Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 21 No. 8 October 2002

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot@juno.com
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks@mobiletel.com
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
      Meeting between two hurricanes like that, you would think that our spirits would have been kinda “dampened,” to say the least. Well, we were not exactly unconcerned. I overheard many members asking if the last “tropical storm” — the one called Isidore — had caused any problem. And, sure, we had heard about Lili, and were concerned that it had caused much damage to Cuba and was heading our way. Some of our members were busy assisting those unfortunate citizens who lost homes and property to the storms, and we sympathize with those whose homes and places of business were inundated with several feet of water. You are in our prayers. But when we were at that meeting, on that particular day, we were genealogists to the end, and to that end, we certainly were able to “talk genealogy.” Lots of people were making connections, finding out about untried sources, and just having a good time sharing in general. It seemed to me that our “talking genes” were surfacing. And we really enjoyed Ms. Karen Hart’s explanation of the upcoming celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase in 2003. We got our quarterlies after all, folks. The Collating Party was cancelled due to the weather, but Phil, Marcie, Essie, Jess and Dorothy and their respective families chipped in and put together some 500 issues and mailed them out. They didn’t say how long it took, however. I think they had plenty of time, am I right? Anyway, our thanks go out to all of you who helped.
      For the October meeting our guest speaker will be Mrs. Mary Cosper LeBoeuf, Director of the Terrebonne Parish Library, who will discuss with us our future “home away from home,” the Terrebonne Parish Library System’s new Main Branch building, with an honest-to-goodness Genealogy Department on the second floor! We have heard that some of the new equipment (such as additional microfilm reader/printers) (Someone must have prayed for another microfilm reader/printer. You think?) and the furniture is in and waiting for the walls and floors to be finished. Mrs. LeBoeuf will be bringing the layout for the furnishings. Please come and show your interest in the new facilities.
      All you members from outside the parish need to attend, too. I don’t know if everybody is aware of the spread of our society. Besides our “regulars” that come from Jefferson, Orleans and Lafourche Parishes, we have had members come in from Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Slidell, Donaldsonville, Lafayette, Patterson, Franklin, and Morgan City. And these are just the ones from Louisiana. I’m sure you remember seeing some of our out-of-state members from Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, Tampa and Kissimmee, FL, Houston, Kerrville, San Antonio and Austin, TX. And we don’t want to leave out our compadres from Mississippi (Jackson, Union, Saucier, Carriere and Biloxi). Please come and find out what Terrebonne Parish has in store for us.  Even if you never make another meeting this year, please let this be the one you DO make. We would like to demonstrate (in a peaceful manner) our support of the Terrebonne Parish Library with our presence. 
      It is important that we report in person to Mrs. LeBoeuf that we plan to use the Library to the fullest extent possible and that we appreciate all she has done for us. That is, after all, why the new Library is being built, and why the Genealogy Department exists — to serve its patrons. The Society has always worked hand-in-hand with the Terrebonne Parish Library, from the time 20 years ago when the whole Genealogy Collection could be housed in one bookcase, until the present time. Now we have an excellent reputation throughout the country as an up-and-coming group making a difference in Southeastern Louisiana Genealogy research. I have heard more than one person (member or not is unimportant) make the statement that they planned their vacation so they could come to the Terrebonne Parish Library and do their research. They praised the collection and the help they would get from the Library Staff who always gave them such knowledgeable and unselfish assistance.

      Jesse and Marrial Pitre would like to announce the birth of their new granddaughter, Koryn Nicole Barrett, born on 14 August 2002. She is the daughter of Lionel August Barrett and Sonya Pitre Barrett. The paternal grandparents are Melton Maurice Barrett and Ezola Fontenot Barrett, and the maternal grandparents are Jesse Lawrence Pitre and Marrial Morvant Pitre. She joins a brother, Kade August Barrett, and a sister, Kamryn Shelby Barrett.

     It saddens us to report the death of the beloved father of member Diana M. Coupel, Claude Joseph Metrejean, 70, a native and resident of Pierre Part, who died at 5:15 a.m. Friday, 4 October 2002. He is survived by his wife, Angeline Landry Metrejean of Pierre Part; five daughters: Jacqueline Gaspard and husband, David, Carolyn Morales and husband, Alton, and Evelyn Berthelot and husband, Olan, all of Pierre Part; Diana Coupel and husband, Jimmy, of Schriever and Eileen Metrejean of Lake City, Fla.; two sons, Brian Metrejean and Darren Metrejean and wife, Nikki, of Pierre Part; four sisters, Annie Giroir, Frances Hebert, Louetta Blanchard and Maggie Foret, all of Pierre Part; two brothers, Rand Metrejean Sr. of Morgan City and Alvin Metrejean Sr. of Bayou Vista; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Louise Guillot Metrejean; one infant daughter, Emelda Marie Metrejean; and one sister, Marie Theriot. He was owner of Claude’s Seafood.

      We are happy to announce the availability of a book that was formerly out of print. We have reprinted a limited quantity of the book History of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church and Cemetery Inscriptions. This is an impressive book, folks, and useful for its cemetery inscriptions, alone, besides the map of the cemetery and a 12-page illustrated history of the church and its environs. Many persons asked when we would reprint it, well the answer is NOW. Don’t miss out again. It is available for the price of $27.00 plus the usual postage ($3.00 for the first book, $1.00 for each additional book)
      Maybe you’re waiting for the Christmas bonus, or when you win the lottery, but let me tell you this: if you wait too long you will miss the sale. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to save $40.00. Well, you can save that much if you take advantage of our book sale going on now through December 14, 2002. Talk about some valuable books! Check out the flyers printed with this newsletter.
      Awhile back, one of our members had ordered some books from Provincial Press. This is the company that was handling Winston DeVille’s books. The order never came in, and when she tried to contact the company, it couldn’t be found. We heard about the outcome this month. Provincial Press had been “merged” with or taken over by Banner Press, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, so that company is responsible for all order fulfillment for Provincial Press. And responsible is the right word. Our member sent me the correspondence from the owner of the company. Very apologetic, he was, explaining the problem and sending the replacement books for the ones that were lost. He even offered $25.00 credit toward any book in their catalog. What a nice ending to the story! Genealogy people are the nicest people in the world, right?

      As I stated in the July newsletter, Board Member Patty W. Gravois needs help organizing the special files in the North Branch Library. We have several vertical files which need to be re-arranged and re-organized in the library. Ms. Mercedes Pertuit left us some family files that are rather loosely organized. They need to be indexed so that they will be more useful to researchers. Like to do that sort of thing? Also, Ms. Myrtle Meyer left an obituary collection that is priceless, but, again, needs an index. Patty has done the Bergerons and is working her way through the Bourgeois. If you have any connections to any local families, you may be very interested in those files. See Patty at a meeting or contact her through the society.
      Our President, Phil Chauvin Jr., needs help researching marriages, births and successions for the Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes in the years 1933, 34, and 35. This data will be used in producing the next book in our series of Vital Records. For those who never had an occasion to use these, they are just like Father Hebert’s books, just an extension of them. We picked up right where he left off. Check them out. If you have never done research in the courthouse, this is a good opportunity to “get your feet wet.” A member of our Board will go with you to get you started and show you exactly what you need to do. Then, when you need to do research in the original records, you will know where to go and who to talk to. Who knows, you might even make some friends in the court house. They have regular people working there, too.

      Longtime member Godfrey Olivier sent along a flier from The Catholic Center in Mobile. They are offering Volume 1 of their Sacramental Records. This is an opportunity for those families who came to Louisiana by way of Mobile, and there were quite a few in the years when Louisiana was changing flags from the French to the Spanish and back to the French and so on, as Elton Oubre explained in his excellent article in the Fall, 2002, issue of Terrebonne Life Lines. Volume 1 of The Diocese of Mobile Catholic Sacramental Records covers the years from 1704-1739 (said to be the oldest records on the Gulf Coast), and is being issued in several different forms. The CD costs $25.00, the Library-Genealogy Issue goes for $35.00 and the Presentation Leather Issue is $125.00 ($5.00 for shipping and handling in the U.S.) To order, write The Catholic Center, Archdiocese of Mobile, P. O. Box 1966, Mobile, Alabama 36633, or phone (251) 434-1589. If you do place an order, tell them where you saw it, OK?
     Here’s a free resource you may be interested in: it’s the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. These online volumes list all soldiers who participated in Wisconsin’s Civil War regiments. These two volumes were compiled in 1886 from archival records and an alphabetical index was published in 1914. Together these 3,000 pages give Civil War service details on about 90,000 Wisconsin soldiers. Search for soldiers by last name and/or regiment and company. Browse this free resource. <www.wisconsinhistory.org/roster/>

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