Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 21 No. 9 Nov./Dec. 2001

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Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

NEXT MEETING Saturday, December 8, 2001   North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
     Our October meeting went very well. An out-of-town guest was Mr. Carley T. Ledet of Quitman, Arkansas. He was accompanied by his daughter, whom he introduced as his “chauffeur.” This was his first visit and he was very favorably impressed by our general meeting, as well as the genealogical section of the North Branch Library. During the meeting we welcomed two new members; a direct result of our Beginner’s Workshop that morning. Naturally, they made some connections at the meeting, as did Mr. Ledet. This is one of the best features of our meetings, and we always like to make time for that portion, no matter how many speakers we have — both scheduled and extemporaneous. We like to make time, but at our Christmas Social we sometimes fail to get around to genealogy. Somehow, the discussion wanders to good things to eat, recipes for the same, and thoughtful gift-giving. All of these are in evidence at this one special meeting during the holiday season. Please make plans to attend, and, if possible, bring something to add to our groaning table as well as a gift (or two) to put under our imaginary tree. We will have Santa’s helpers (Marcie and Essie Cavalier) there to help distribute the gifts. This may take up a large part of the time, since the number of gifts far outnumbers the members in attendance. We have been known to go around the room two or three times, with everyone getting something each time. Of course, we won’t throw you out of the meeting if you happen to mention a “brick wall” that you have encountered in your research. It’s amazing how much advice our members are willing to give.
     To get back to that groaning table, you may want to bring snack-type foodstuffs, either salty or sweet (even vegetables), either homemade or purchased ready-made, or you might prefer to bring hardware (plastic flatware and cups or paper plates and napkins). Whatever you bring will be put to good use, and it will make you feel better, knowing you participated. So try to find something to bring. You’ll be glad you did.

     We know this is too late for this year’s party, but you may want to drop hints around the house for yourself. Take a look at the stocking fillers at www.FunStuffForGenealogists.com and get some ideas. They have everything from mugs and mousepads to ties, jewelry and cross-stitch patterns. Even license plate frames! You may prefer to call toll free 877-259-6144. The company is Petersen Reproductions, and I saw the ad in Family Chronicle magazine, November/December 2001 issue. And we don’t own any stock in this company.

     Where would we be without our volunteers? Nowhere, that’s where. Due to the untiring efforts and patience of our faithful volunteers, we managed to do an excellent job of putting the fall quarterly together on October 25. If you haven’t received yours, better contact Jess, because it went out on time. Those who helped were: Beverly Alford, Jim Avet, Rita and Brice Bernard, Marcie and Essie Cavalier, Maxie Champagne, Phil Chauvin, Cynthia Daigle, Gloria and Edgar Hicks, Cecilia Richard, and Dot Smith. A hearty thank you from all of us to you for a job well done! And thank you  to all who contributed to the content of the quarterly. You know who you are, right?

     On the tenth day of November 2001 our hard-working Corresponding Secretary Jess Bergeron and his wife Dorothy Mott Bergeron were celebrating the marriage of their daughter, Jessica L. Bergeron, to Michael Todd Mouton. He is the son of Gerald and Laura Nezat Mouton. All the participants are residents of Houma, so we can be sure the reception was well-attended by family and friends.
     Rumor has it that another Board Member will be in a similar ceremony in December. Can you guess who? We haven’t been given any of the particulars, or you would see them here.

     Are you a member? You are if you paid your dues. Most of us are paid through February of 2002, which is only a few more months. Only 94 members have their membership assured through 2002. If you are not one of those, why not send a check or money order today. For an individual, make out the check for $25.00 and for a family $30.00. If you are an individual who would like to become a Contributing member, send $30.00. If you represent a library who would like to be a member, send $22.00. And make the check payable to Terrebonne Genealogical Society. The address can be found in the masthead on page 1 of this newsletter. Thank you for taking care of this expeditiously.

     One book, in particular, is getting popular. I have had two inquiries in the past month. The book is Houma Newspaper Deaths 1855-1981. It is out of print, so we can’t just wrap it up and send it out. However, I promised that I would mention it here, and maybe one or two of our readers can help. Perhaps you have a copy that you don’t use that much any more. Perhaps you inherited a copy and you are not interested in genealogy. Anyway, whatever, if you know of someone who might have a copy to sell, would you please put them in contact with one of the following persons?
     Dr. Hugh P. Champagne was the first to call us. His address is P. O. Box 1344 Gretna, LA 70054-1344, or if you want to call him at home, phone (504) 348-8201. His office number is (504) 362-1776 (no collect calls, please). If you have email, send a message to hugh@deltsig.com
     And on November 24th I received an email message from Ms. Jackie Freeman. She is interested in the same book, so who you choose to contact is up to you. Her address is P. O. Box 323, Elgin, TX 78621-0323, and phone (512) 285-2826 (again, no collect calls, please). If you have email, send a message to jfre@totalaccess.net

     The Historic New Orleans Collection is sponsoring the  Williams Research Center Symposium VII, “The French Empire in North America: From Canada to Louisiana, A Shared History.” It will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans on Saturday, January 19, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a distinguished lineup of speakers. The Honorable Morris S. Arnold will be moderator for the group which will include Daniel Usner, Jr., Glenn R. Conrad, Emily Clark, Gene A. Smith, Guy Vadeboncoeur, Patricia Lemée and Stephen A. White. Then at 4:00 p.m. there will be a reception and private viewing of the exhibition This Vast Country of Louisiana: The Founding Years 1682-1731. Registration is $25 (students $10), which must be received by January 7, 2002, and is  non-refundable. For further information, contact WRC Symposium, 410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, or you can register by fax (504) 598-7168, or by telephone (504) 598-7171. Do it now, I have a feeling that this is going to be a popular one.

     Just a quick note: you may have heard that Damon Veach’s column Louisiana Ancestors is no longer being carried in the Sunday Times-Picayune. That’s not right. It is down to two Sundays per month, but it is there. Just not weekly like we’d like!

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