TGS Newsletter
Vol. 29 No. 5 July 2010
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at bellsouth.net
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor: Wanda Moore
     116 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      E-mail: wmoore1048 at aol.com
      Phone: (985) 876-2686  

      July 31, 2010 — 1:00 p.m.
      Main Branch Library: 151 Library Dr. Houma , LA

Have you have ever wondered how to get a copy of a birth, marriage or death record from Father Hebert's books? Well, if it a catholic church, we have just the place for you to go!! It is the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Archives & Historical Research Center and the Archivist; Kevin Allemand was the speaker at our last meeting. If you don't remember, Kevin has been a speaker before and he came back to give us an update to what he, the staff & volunteers have done so far. You can go there and do research and there is a set of Rev. Hebert's books among many other books for you to use while doing your research. He has over thousands of records that they have put into the computer while combining records, such as a birth, marriage & death record of the same person. Now is that a treasure or what. Everything you need in one place. It can't get any better than this. Stop by and visit them at 205 Audubon Ave. , Thibodaux , Louisiana 70301 . The office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. You may phone (985) 446-2383) or e-mail the research center at kallemand@htdiocese.org . They are looking forward to see you.


Yes we have another guest speaker. Nella MELANCON, about 78, who has survived the Holocaust. She was born in Trieste , Italy ( Northeast Italy , near the coast of the Adriatic Sea ) and about age 10 during WWII lived 2 blocks from gas chambers. She came to the United States as a War Bride. She will be talking of what she experienced as child growing up during the Holocaust and WWII. Come in and listen to her story.


The Lafourche Heritage Society will hold its Annual History & Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Envie Restaurant in Thibodaux , LA. It is open to the public and if you are a member you will receive a registration form. Pre-registration is required if you are interested in the meal. Registration will be accepted at the door but will not include the meal. There will be a power point presentation on family charts and old pictures or if you have an exhibit you would like to display contact Sandra Boudreaux at (985) 448-1251.


We have received two thank you letters. One from Charlene Bonnette, Head of the Louisiana Department of the State Library of Louisiana for our donations of copies of Houma Courier Deaths, Comet Deaths, and 2009 Engagements, Marriages and Births and the second came from Clifton Theriot, University Archivist of Nicholls State University for our monetary donation for needed resources for the genealogy and history researchers to preserve to history of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. The members, Officers, & Board say to give both of these entities you're welcome!


Congratulations to Gloria GRAVOIS HICKS who has her story in the Publication of the American-French Genealogical Society's Je Me Souviens. Her article is titled “Growing up in French-Speaking Louisiana ”. To read her article read Volume 33, Number 1, Spring 2010. Gloria, YOU ROCK !!


Aid to French Translation by Ken Toups and Edited and Expanded by Gloria Hicks, Louis Duet & Nancy Wright. This $7.00 booklet is not a French - English dictionary. It contains words used in the documents genealogists and researchers use. This 48 page booklet is intended for use in translating the meaning of documents of south Louisiana that are a hundred or more years old. See attached order form.


If you cannot find a book in the genealogy department at the Terrebonne Parish Library let Sondras Saucier know the title, author, and price and where the book can be purchased. She will get the information to Judy so that the library can purchase the book. Sondras can be reached at (985) 688-6792 leave her a message & why you are calling or email her at svbs3@yahoo.com .


Have you hit a brick wall? Jot down the information you are looking for and bring it to the meeting and share it with us. We will try to help you make some holes in that wall and then we will give it to Blanche Brown who will try to break down that wall for you. We can put it in the quarterly for our out of state members to help you too.


I want to thank everyone who has been sending in material for the quarterly. I am currently working on the Fall quarterly which is almost complete. But I need more material. If you have something you would like to submit, please send it as an attachment to your email to: wmoore1048@aol.com .


By Ken Toups

Edited and Expanded by

Gloria Hicks, Louis Duet & Nancy Wright

This $7.00 booklet is not a French - English dictionary. This contains words used in the documents genealogists and researchers use. It includes separate listings of phrases found in legal documents; years 1740-1850; a table of relationship terms; numbers, both cardinal and ordinal; as well months; days and times of the day. There is an alphabetical listing of words used in documents, first in English to French then French to English. Some of the terms are colloquial and others are archaic. This 48 page booklet is intended for use in translating the meaning of documents of south Louisiana that are a hundred or more years old.

Order Form:

Mail to: Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295 , Houma Louisiana 70360

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Aid For Translating French Records Only $7.00
















$3.00 for the first book, $1.00 each additional book




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