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If you want a completely unbiased review of
last month's speakers, you will have to ask someone else. All I can say
is we tried to give a summary of some of the things we did and saw on our
trip to New England and Nova Scotia. Some of Gloria's ancestors were born
in Nova Scotia, and a few of mine came from New England so we tried to
be impartial in our talk, but I have to admit that Nova Scotia was much
more interesting than Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It was a whole new
world -- language, money, food. All except the people. They made us feel
right at home. In fact, we kept seeing people that looked just like some
friends in Louisiana. Then there was the unique Bay of Fundy with its tides
of as much as 40 feet, and the consequent tidal bore on the rivers that
fed into the bay. We had photos, but, as usual, pictures can't do it justice.
You will just have to go there for yourself. And, as we said, it is fun
getting there. We showed our Acadian coverlet (remember the article in
the newsletter?) and some other souvenirs, including some bookmarks, each
with a family crest and name and a short history of the name, which generated
some interest. Don Hill noticed the URL (web site address) on the bottom
and copied it down. Here it is for those of you who didn't notice it: <www.hairyfreaky.com>
They have a variety of products besides bookmarks, including T-shirts,
mousepads, fridge magnets and so on. All with the crests of Acadian families
beautifully rendered in color. Try out the site; it is a good one. If you
have an internet connection, you may want to do a search on <pubnico>
which is the area of Nova Scotia that we talked about.
Lucretia McBride was there and informed us that she has been invited to Windsor, N.S., to work on the excavation of the recently discovered cemetery of Ste. Famille near Falmouth (and Windsor). This is the same cemetery mentioned in connection with the Acadian coverlet. Proceeds of sales of this coverlet will be used to help reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of the lot where the remains were found.
For our next meeting on August 28 we have invited Andrew Capone to give a short talk on the history of Donaldsonville. So if you have relatives or ancestors up that way, be sure and attend the meeting and be ready with your questions. And watch for our new book The Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church History & Cemetery by Marcie and Essie Cavalier.
We were saddened to hear of the death of longtime member Marjorie Bourgeois Naquin. She has been a faithful member since 1982, our first year, and will be missed by family and friends. She was the wife of Ronald "Ron" Naquin and sister of Larry, Richard, Michael and Barbara Bourgeois, Audrey Shelley and Mary Chatagnier. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon Ode and Anne Lasseigne Bourgeois; sons Roy and Lloyd Naquin; and brother Ronald Bourgeois.
Our sympathies also go out to Bennie Bailey Naquin Hardberger who lost a dear sister on 5 August, 1999. She was Mary Ina Bailey Sumrall, a native of Ruston and resident of Houma, wife of Jerry Sumrall, mother of Richard Bourque Jr. of Corona, CA, Joey Bourque of Franklin, LA, David and Jerome Bourque, Dwayne Sumrall and Connie Groover, all of Houma, and Rove Marie Boatner of Baton Rouge; and sister of John Bailey of Thibodaux, LA, and Nancy Bordelon of Baldwin, LA, besides Bennie. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Sumrall was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur McKay and Nancy Pearl Mills Bailey; step-daughter Sheryl Lynn Sumrall; and brothers Thomas "Shorty" Martin Bailey and Andrew McKay.
In this space last month I asked you to send any corrections or additions for Generations... Vol. 1 & 2 to Jess Bergeron at the society's address. That is OK if you have already done so, but I have a better address for you. Phoebe Chauvin Morrison will be concentrating on the re-publication of those two books and, perhaps, a third volume. So if you have anything to correct in one of those volumes, or additional information for either the previous volumes or the new one, please send them to her at 312 Tudor St., Houma, LA 70364-1341. Contact her by phone for any questions: (504) 872-9907. Or e-mail to <Phoechaumo@aol.com>
Lifetime member Norris J. Dupré at 714 South St., Houma, LA 70360-7442 is looking to buy copies of South Louisiana Vital Family Records Volumes 1, 3 or 4. So if you have a copy of one of these which haven't seen any use in a long time, or if you know of someone who has, Norris would greatly appreciate any help you can give him. Call (504) 873-7872 (no collect calls, please).
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is breaking new ground, again. Their November seminar is the first of its kind to be held in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The seminar, featuring speakers from NEHGS, is being made possible by the consortium of genealogy societies in the four parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany. The seminar is designed to expand your knowledge of the many resources available to the genealogist. On the first day of the seminar, Gary Boyd Roberts will hold private half-hour consultations on a pre-registered basis to seminar attendees only. The consultations will be held on Friday, November 12, 1999, in the new Eastbank Regional Library's Special Collections Room, Metairie, Louisiana. The Saturday seminar (November 13) will be held on the Tulane Campus in Jones Hall, New Orleans. Guest speakers David C. Dearborn and Gary Boyd Roberts will lecture on basic and advanced methods of genealogy research. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection and the Louisiana Collection, one of the more extensive genealogy collections and historical collections in the New Orleans metropolitan area, will be open to seminar attendees. Throughout the seminar, Lynn Betlock, NEHGS Sales Director will have available books and CD-ROMs. Lunch featuring a recipe by a famous New Orleans chef will be served. Plan to attend one or both days! For information you may call (504) 849-8806, or write the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, P. O. Box 51791, New Orleans, LA 70151 and ask for a registration form. Something a little different: on the registration form is a blank for you to submit a question to the speakers. The fee is just $25 for members and $30 for non-members for the Friday session and $30 for members, $35 for non-members, $40 for late registrants (after October 12, 1999) for the Saturday session.
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