TGS Newsletter
Vol. 29 No. 7 September 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: September 24, 2011, 1:00 p.m., Main Branch 151 Library Dr. Houma, LA 70360

Have you seen it? What, you may ask. I am talking about the “U.S. Veterans of Southeast Louisiana: An Oral History,” which features some of the veterans interviewed thus far. Neil Guilbeau the Assistant Archivist at Nicholls State University was our guest speaker at our last meeting. Neil is currently working on an oral history project for the Nicholls Archives which involves interviewing local veterans about their experience in the armed forces and their life in this region of Louisiana. This is video recording of the local veterans and what they experienced in the war which they were involved in. This will hit you right in the heart. To hear what our own men and women went through is very moving. I was choked up with emotion, because I thought about my own brother-in-law who was in Dessert Storm. I have not ever asked him what he went through. To quote one of the veterans on the presentation, “You don’t know what cold is until you cannot get out of it.” I myself have never thought of it that way because I know I will soon be in the warmth of my home.

We want to thank Jennifer Hamilton, Reference Services Supervisor of the Terrebonne Parish Main Library. Our speaker had a small problem with his presentation equipment and Jennifer organized and made arrangement for the members to go upstairs in the media room and watch the presentation of our speaker. Again, Thank You, Jennifer and the Terrebonne Parish Library System.

Richard Bourgeois will speak about Ducros Plantation which is located in Schriever, Louisiana.

On October 1st, the GRSNO (Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans) will be making a field trip to Carville and Baton Rouge. We will visit the historic Indian Camp Plantation site which is home to the National Hansen's Disease Museum; commonly referred to as "Carville" the site was a leprosarium for nearly 100 years, and is now open to the public. After a picnic lunch, we will then proceed to Baton Rouge for a private tour at the State Archives Building. Visit our website for more info: www.grsno.org Jay M. Schexnaydre, President.

The Grand Reveil Acadien, the Great Acadian Awakening, will celebrate the culture, customs, traditions and history of the Acadians. Throughout South Louisiana, from New Orleans to Lake Charles, from October 7 to 16, 2011,first stop in New Orleans then stopping in Houma October 9 & 10, 11:00 a.m. unveiling of the Acadian Deportation Cross Monument in downtown Houma, near Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. At 12:30 p. m. Gathering of Acadians luncheon with special genealogical presentation by Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. Purchase tickets at the door and an all-day “Voice of the Wetlands Festival” at the Southdown Plantation will be held. On Monday, October 10 will be the Discover Houma region tours and Coastal Restoration Project. Visit the website for all the details: www.gra2011.org

Want a book at the Terrebonne Parish Library but can’t find it? Write down the title, author, and publisher and if you know where it can be purchased; get that information to Sondras SAUCIER and she will see that the library gets a copy of it. She can be reached at (985) 688-6792 or email svbs3@yahoo.com. If you call leave a message of why you are calling her.

We want to say thank you to everyone for the delicious desserts and treats that they bring to our meetings. I don’t know all of you; you don’t like to speak up. Here are some Dorothy, Jo Ann, Blanche, Eloise, Sondras, Ms. T., Sarah Voisin and I know there are others. Sorry, I did not get your names. Sarah Voisin & Sondras Saucier are now in charge of hospitality.

Several people have wanted to purchase the Upper Terrebonne Cemetery, but we have sold all the copes we had. We want to know how many people are interested in purchasing this book. We cannot reprint the book for just 1 or 2 people. The cost of printing on small orders is much more than on a much larger order, therefore the cost to you would be more to purchase the book. If you are interested in purchasing a reprint of the book contact Jess Bergeron at (985) 876-2348.

Meetings are the last Saturday monthly except for November and December. These are the dates for the rest of this year: October 29, 2011 at Terrebonne Parish Main Library. On December 10, 2011 we will hold our annual social holiday gathering at Terrebonne Parish North Branch Library. All meetings start at 1:00 p.m. Join us and bring a small door prize or two.

We can’t pick our family, but we can at least talk about them. Here are some unfamiliar familial words to bring to the next reunion. See if you get the right definition.
1. Ménage (may-‘nazh) n. – a: marriage vow. b: household. c: golden years.
2. Bairn (‘bayrn) n. – a: gap in genealogical record. b: poor relation. c: child
3. Pedigree (‘ped-uh-gree) n. – a: linage. b: inheritance. c: birth announcement.
4. Cognomen (cog-‘no-men) n. – a: clan emblem. b: name. c: last of the male line.
5. Progeny (‘proj-uh-nee) n. – a: ancestors. b: descendants. c: extended family.
6. Avuncular (uh-‘vunk-yuh-lur) adj. – a: without cousins. b: adopted. c: like an uncle.

Did you all know that issues of "Ancestry" Magazine from 2010 and earlier are online at the below site?

Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

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