January 25, 2013



   The LaBauve Family

1.Labauve is the 40,195th
most popular last name (surname)
in the United States; frequency
is 0.000%; percentile is 84.140

I have seen two versions of the
LaBauve Coat of Arms. This is
a picture of one of them.


Dear all,

We are beginning the year 2013 with something a little different for our
first workshop.
*Wednesday, January 30th* Workshop Presenters/Topic: Janie Bulliard
& Michelle
Johnson, Acadian/Cajun Family Coats-of-Arms

Join us in the 2nd floor conference room at the *Acadian Memorial *for
coffee at 9:30am and the workshop from *10:00am until 11:30am*. This first
2013 workshop will be presented by Janie Bulliard and Michelle Johnson and
will cover the history of coats-of-arms among Acadian/Cajun families and
the symbolism of those coats-of-arms mosaics in our garden. Please bring
your note-taking materials and any questions you may have from previous
workshops. Registration is free and open to the public, however, we ask
that you *contact us if you plan to attend* because seating is limited.
Please check our website in the coming weeks for the full 2013 workshop

Thank you,

Michelle Verret Johnson
Curator/Director of the Acadian Memorial
121 S. New Market St.
P.O. Box 379
St. Martinville, LA 70582
(337)394-2260 fax

January 17, 2013


Jan. 15, 2012
Chris Smith
Manager, Adult Programming, Jefferson Parish Library
METAIRIE, LA – Sal Serio, curator of the Italian American Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will lead a series of six genealogical seminars for beginners after Mardi Gras 2013.
The sessions are designed as introductions to basic genealogical research. They are open to the public and are free of charge. All occur at 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons at the West Bank Regional Library, 2571 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues. Some of the courses will be presented by Serio and some will be presented by guest speakers.
1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
“Introduction to Family Research and Forms” and “Vital Records”
1 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013
“Census” and “Cemeteries”
1 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013
“Immigration and Ship Manifests” and “Italian Records”
1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013
“French Records” and “German Records”
1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013
“Military Research – Revolutionary to World War II” and “Military Research – World War II Individuals”
1 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013
“Photographs – What They Tell Us” and “Libraries and Genealogy Societies”
For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.
In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. Library patrons that require auxiliary aids or devices or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA should submit requests to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as possible. A 72-hour notice is needed to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator / Office of Citizens with Disabilities, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 210 Jefferson, LA 70123; (504) 736-6086; ADA@jeffparish.net
The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. The Jefferson Parish Library is the second largest system in the state of Louisiana. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. JPL is supported by a vibrant volunteer organization, the Friends of the Public Library. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or www.jefferson.lib.la.us.

January 07, 2013


Time for our annual--
French-Canadian’s New Year’s Resolutions

Apparently many of our Québécois ancestors in the past made New Year’s resolutions along the following lines. Alors, they did it to confuse and confound us later researchers of family information:

1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name at least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give the appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.

2. I will also be totally inconsistent in the use of my “dit” name.

3. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same given names that my ancestors and cousins have used for six generations in a row.

4. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never list the same age or birth year twice on any document.

5. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different church or in a different parish. Every third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an itinerant missionary who keeps no records.

6. If a child should die, I will give the next child born the same name. Also, girls will all be named Marie-something. Marie-Josèphe and Joseph-Marie will be good names for my children.

7. I resolve that if my beloved wife Marie-Catherine should die, I will marry another Marie-Catherine. I will see that she write her name as Marie, Marie-Catherine, Catherine, and Catherine-Marie in different documents.

8. I will name all the children of my second marriage with the same names as the children of my first marriage. Thus, for instance, each Jean-Baptiste will have several brothers and half-brothers as well as cousins and other relatives, plus moi, named Jean-Baptiste, all with the same surname. Again, I will see that they all be inconsistent in the use of a “dit” name.)

9. I resolve to give each of my children at least five first names--i.e. Jean Pierre Miguel Télesphore Antoine, and encourage them use a different name or names for baptism, confirmation, marriage and death.

10. If I emigrate to the U.S. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least once every 10 years—just before those pesky census enumerators come around asking silly questions.

11. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every few years.

12. I will join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in record keeping or in participating in military service.

13. If a census enumerator does come to my door, I will loan him my pen, which has been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink. I will also find that I can only guess at my children’s ages—and even their names.

14. I will not take pictures of the family. If I do, I will not identify the people in the photos. If anyone does not know who the people are, they have no business nosing through the album.

15. I will not make a will. Sacré bleu—who needs to spend money on a lawyer?

16. I resolve that if my family emigrates to still another country, some of us will use our original surname, some will use the “dit” name only, some will use both, and some will choose another surname, totally unrelated.

17. Finally, I resolve that when I die, my tombstone will be made of soft stone with shallow engraving so that it will be sure to weather away as quickly as possible and become ILLEGIBLE. This will be done to confuse cemetery transcribers and force them to list my grave as UNKNOWN.

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