Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 23 No. 8 November 2004

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at juno.com
      Phone (985) 876Ė2348 
      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 at mobiletel.com
      Phone: (985) 532Ė3586 
Christmas Party !! Saturday, December 11, 2004
Main Library, Houma LA 1:00 p.m.

     Christmas is Coming! The TGS Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 11, 2004, beginning at 1:00 p.m. We promise there will be no business conducted, only the opening prayer and pledge. Now is the time to decide what you will bring to eat, sweets or food or drink, and at least two gifts for the gift exchange. 
     By now you should have received your Fall issue of TLL. Members got together at the North Branch Library meeting room on Friday, October 29th to check copy, collate and get it ready for mailing. Those workers were: Dorothy and Jess Bergeron, Jane and Phil Chauvin, Rita and Brice Bernard, Beverly Alford, Essie Cavalier, Carolyn B. Daigle, Nancy Wright and Ed Hicks. Itís not a bad job when there are a lot of helping hands; it only took 1 ½ hours, but some could not come because of the changed date, which was necessary because of previous scheduling of the meeting room Thank you, everyone.

     Nancy Wright, our Treasurer, has a new e-mail address: wright4766@bellsouth.net The Society address remains the same, if you need to contact her by postal mail, like when sending in your 2005 dues. Itís not too early and you will guarantee receiving all the issues of TLL.
     Congratulations to member, Lou Ostheimer, on his appointment to the Terrebonne Parish Library Board of Directors, and to Judy Soniat, who has been appointed the Library Liaison person to TGS. Both are well qualified for these positions. So, if you need something, talk to Judy, and if you want something done, talk to Lou.
     From Essie and Marcie Cavalier: The Assumption Parish Clerk of Courtís office is now online at www.assumptionclerk.com or you may contact the Clerk of Court, Donna Landry, at www.dlandry@assumptionclerk.com
     The Annual Book Sale is doing well and the books are going like hot cakes. Be sure to order now to get the one(s) you want. The sale ends on December 25th, but thatís too late if you want to give them as Christmas gifts. This will be the last order list sent out. These books are marked down 30% and more, but the price will go back up on Dec. 26th.
     Bonnie Beaulieu has informed us she is having a reprint of South Louisiana Records: Lafourche and Terrebonne, Volumes 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, by special order only, so itís first come, first served. The price is $55 plus $4 shipping and handling per book, payable to Hebert Publications. 
     The next issue of Archdiocese of New Orleans Sacramental Records, Vol. 19 1830-1831, will be out on December 18, 2004. The price of $32 covers the shipping and handling, but Orleans residents must include 8% sales tax, all other residents of Louisiana include 4% sales tax.
     Christ Church Cathedral is celebrating its Bicentennial with exhibits in New Orleans. ďChrist Church Cathedral in New Orleans, the first non-Catholic congregation in Louisiana, is celebrating its bicentennial with an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter. The exhibit: ĎA Heritage. Of Faith: Christ Church Cathedral and Episcopal Louisiana, 1805-2005,í is open through May 7, 2005. It is designed to give viewers a glimpse of the churchís history through architectural plans, artifacts, documents and illustrations. According to the Collection, before the Louisiana Purchase, French and Spanish colonial governments outlawed the public practice of any religion other than Catholicism. However, when the United States government purchased the territory, religious freedom allowed Christ Church to become the first Protestant congregation in the Louisiana territory. Today, the church continues to uphold the Christian faith with its services in New Orleans and surrounding communities. The Historic New Orleans Collection is located at 533 Royal Street and is open to the public free of charge from Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibit and church, log on to www.hnoc.org or visit the cathedralís web site at www.cccnola.org.Ē  (Acadiana Profile, v.24 no. 2, November 2004)
     Member Louis Zelenka, Senior Librarian, Genealogy Dept., Jacksonville FL Public Library tells us at a recent meeting of the Florida Genealogical Society in Melbourne FL, the members of Florida societies were asked to stand to see who had the most delegates. He stood, announcing he was the only member to represent TGS. However, seated two rows away was Anza Bast, who is from Montegut. He was amazed.
     Births. Member Jackie Thibodeaux announced she has another grandson: Braylon James Thibodeaux, born Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 8:17 a.m. His proud parents are Mike Jr. and Shantel (Guidry) Thibodeaux. Braylon weighed 9 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 20 ½ inches long. He joins two big brothers, Peyton Michael and Jayden Joseph Thibodeaux.
     Deaths. The mother of member Keith Williford of Austin TX, Rosemary Berger Williford, age 73, a native of Thibodaux and resident of Shreveport LA, died Thurday, Nov. 18, 2004. Grave side services were held at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport on Monday. Besides Keith, she is survived by a brother, Charles Berger of Thibodaux, a grandchild, one niece, and five nephews. Our condolences to her family.
     Are you Italian? Sheila Rodrigue sent us the most interesting site for members with Italian ancestry. It is www.airf.org. They have the American Italian Museum & Research Library, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70176, which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone (504) 522-7294. The exhibit includes documentation of the tremendous influence the Italian culture had in forming the character of Americaís new lands in the 1700's and 1800's, music, art, politics, sports, business, finance and religious influences brought by Italian families. There are statues, photographs, and letters of marriage between Garibaldiís grandson and a Bogalusa girl. The library contains a living 200 tape library, 1000 vertical files, naturalization records including death notices from 1970 to 1999, and tons of books for research. They also put out a publication, Italian American Digest, which is only $10 a year. Check it out.
     Ancestry Card File. Ed is asking each member to fill out the forms, which will be included in the January newsletter and return them to him for inclusion in the card file we are planning for the library. We need all names, dates and places back to the 5th generation from you, so that means we need the information on the parents of the last generation of your 5 generation ancestor chart. The best way to do this is to begin the list from your mother and your father and go backwards, not from you. (You know all the information on you.) Those who have their genealogy on computers only have to print out one 5 generation chart on your mother and one on your father. Itís that easy, Ed and crew will do the rest of the work. But if you have those stick-on address labels that you always get in the mail, send one for each name on the chart.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Everyone!

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