TGS Newsletter
Vol. 29 No. 1 March 2011
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  

NEXT MEETING: March 26, 2011 1:00 p.m., North Branch Library 4130 W. Park Ave. Gray, LA

if you have not paid your dues yet, this will be your last newsl ett er . You can still have time to renew your membership. Simply complete the membership form and return to the address listed on the form. Do it today, don't delay.

Pharmacist Lloyd Duplantis was our guest speaker last month. He told us how he gathered different home remedies, over the years, since he became a pharmacist. When someone would come into the pharmacy and asked for a certain type of medicine, he would ask them what were they using it for. After a while he decided to write them down in a journal as a reference. His journal was getting larger and larger and a few people asked what he were going to do with it and why don't you put them in a book. He did just that and had it bound with mothers with sick babies in mind. All those Home Remedies are in his book. Stop by his pharmacy and pick one up.


Jay Michael Schexnaydre will talk about the Creole Families of the River Parishes. Jay is a 10 th -generation native of Convent in St. James Parish along the Mississippi River where his ancestors have resided for nearly 300 years. Currently, Jay works as the assistant manager at the Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana where he has been employed since 2001. Jay has been actively researching his genealogy since 1996. In 2005 he was elected to a three-year position as Second Vice President of Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, a nine-year commitment which transition to First Vice President and recently President (2011-2013). Since 2002 he has served as the Webmaster of the German-Acadian Coast Historical & Genealogical Society. He also holds membership in the Terrebonne Genealogy Society , La Société des Cajuns and the St. James Parish Historical Society . Since 2005, Jay has logged 6 trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah accumulating 460 hours of research there. Over time, he has also visited 32 different courthouses in Louisiana and has hit every library and archives in between researching both the Schexnaydre family and his other lines as well. In October of 2005 he visited Belgium and met with the Archivists for both the Diocese of Gent and the American University in Louvain researching origins of the Schexnaydre family in Europe. In 2009 he visited several towns in France tracing origins of his families there. Jay has intensely studied the families of St. Charles, St. John, St. James, Ascension, Assumption, Iberville & Lafourche Parishes from which his ancestors hail. He is particularly interested in the complex and extended network of families within this “German/Acadian” Coast & Bayou Lafourche region and their origins. Jay is very proud of his Acadian, Québecois, French, German, Swiss, Portuguese, Catalan and Isleño background, in short, his Creole Louisiana roots. This is one you don't want to miss, stopped by and joined us.


FORET, Johnny P. He was 78, a native and resident of Raceland, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 . He is buried at St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church in Mathews. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nola Adams Foret ; one son, David C. Foret ; three daughters, Rebecca F. Ricks , Kathleen “Kathy” F. Guidry and husband, Randy, and Susan F. Guidry and husband, Lawrence; two brothers, Junius J. Foret and Armand J. Foret Jr.; three sisters, Bertha Mae Theriot , Azema “Susie” Arabie (She is a member of TGS) and Mildred Ande rson ; six grandchildren, Heath Guidry , Sarah R. Ricks , Amanda C. Guidry , Colin GUIDRY, Traci Guidry , and Kailey Guidry ; and five step-grandchildren, Stephen G. Ricks Jr., Catherine R. Colbert , Jerry Ricks , John Ricks and Susan R. Clark . He was preceded in death by his parents, Armand Joseph and Georgia Champagne Foret ; and one son-in-law, Stephen G. Ricks Sr.


The Terrebonne Parish Library will be hosting a genealogy class “Your Family Tree on the Web” at the Main Branch library on March 30, 2011 from 6 to 7 p.m. You must register for the class; call the library to register at 876.1733, x. 2011. The library also has several copies of books from Ethel Daigle , author of Boudreauxs on the River , published 2001. Books of that title are for sale at the library. They are available through the reference desk - $10 each, at the Main Branch.


Ronald Berger is in charge of gathering old photos of local families for an up coming photo book. If you have old photos bring them to the next meeting. He will scan your photo at the meeting and return your photo. If they are in an antique frame do not remove them he can scan them in the frame. He needs to know who is in the photo and who gave him the photo. If you are unable to get the photos to him at the meeting you can email them to him at ronjberger@aim.com or call him at (985) 413-0396 if you have any questions.


Houma Courier Deaths 2010 and Lafourche Comet Deaths 2010 on sale for $35.00 and Houma Courier and Lafourche Comet 2010, Engagements, Marriages & Births on sale for $15.00.


Can't find a genealogy or family history book at the Terrebonne Parish Library and you would like to have it there. Jot down the title, author, publisher and if you now where it can be purchased; get that information to Sondras Saucier . She can be reached at (985) 688-6792 or email svbs@yahoo.com . If you call leave a message of why you are calling her.


If you have moved please send us your new address. If your mail is return we cannot forward your mail unless you pay the extra cost of re-mailing. Please forward any address changes to Jess Bergeron , TGS P O Box 20295, Houma, LA 70360-0295.


Mocavo < http://www.mocavo.com/ > launched yesterday and it's definitely worth
a look. Quoting from the website: The world's largest free genealogy search engine, Mocavo.com , provides
genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including
billions of names, dates and places worldwide. Mocavo.com seeks to index and
make searchable all of the world's free genealogy information.


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