Next gathering scheduled November 12,
meeting will occur in Maurice at the Woodmen of World Hall, and will commence at
10 am. Following our normal business and announcements, we will have a lunch of
jambalaya, and usual side dish, plus desert. We will also have punch and water,
but those who prefer having a cold beer with their meal may bring their beer to
the meeting. I would ask that common sense be applied in what you bring and the
quantity you bring.
The Trahan get together will be followed by a
meeting of the CAFA Board of Governors.
250 years ago our
Acadian Ancestors were forcefully evicted from their lands, many placed on
boats, and shipped to various parts of the world. Some to the colonies on the
east coast, some to England, and some eventually arriving in France. I would
add, that a group led by the “Beausoleil Broussard” Brothers would resist this
forced deportation by the British, and would eventually surrender and remain at
Halifax, Nova Scotia until 1765. Following their release in 1765 from prison at
Georges Island, located in harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, many of the
prisoners would sail for land where French was spoken, and arriving in
Louisiana. The remainder would go overland to parts of Canada to reestablish a
life for themselves in new areas.
August 27, 2005 we in Louisiana will commemorate this 250th
Anniversary; in Canada, the commemoration was at beginning of August, and I was
fortunate enough to be able to attend both
the descendants of these hardy, faithful, Acadians, have advanced far beyond the
visions they likely held for their descendants, yet we ourselves have failed to
take the time to inform our children of the history and heritage of our
ancestors. Too often we wait for someone else to do that, which we should have
already did, but haven’t. As I talk to many Trahan's, I find several who know
little or nothing about their ancestors, some hardly know their grandparents.
What a shame, that something so beautiful is being
In my two years as your
president, I have traveled to France, to Canada, and have had numerous visitors
from both areas as guests at my house. These cousins actually have shown more
pride than some of us in our roots, and certainly they work harder at finding
answers about those ancestors.
I believe that we
the best materials available for research, and our genealogist has never shied
away from helping members or non members in
tracing their ancestors.
So, do we use the phrase “I am not interested in the past”, or “I don’t have time
to waste looking for ancestors”, as an excuse for admitting we don’t know how or
where to start?
day may come, or may have already come, when one of your children will ask about
the family history, and when they do, what will you tell them? I urge each of
you to educate the children and grandchildren of there history and heritage. If you need help, call Mitch
or Loubert, or e-mail them.
believe the charge is acceptable, as most cases it is
they celebrate the 300th Anniversary, I hope all attendees will know
about the Acadians, who they where, where they came from, what they did for a
living, and what they contributed to society. The
greatest gift you can give your kids is love, and teaching heritage is a labor
While we commemorated
our ancestors forced exile from their “Acadie”, and received a long overdue
apology and proclamation from the Queen of England, we also were witnesses to
other tragedies named Katrina and Rita, which have claimed many lives and devastated much of
the Gulf Coast, an area that many descendants of those ancestors came to and
survivors of Katrina and Rita, like our ancestors, have had a very tough way, and they,
like our ancestors need help. Whereas our ancestors were unwanted and abused by
the citizens of the areas they were transported to, the survivors of Katrina and
finding help and assistance and shelter from many sources and places. We urge all of you, “Our Famille Trahan”, to be generous and to help these poor people make their way
back to recovery; give whatever you can, and remember no donation is too small.
Each of us that were unaffected by Katrina and Rita should count our blessings and give
thanks to our maker. God Bless all.
Birth:__________________Place of birth:_________________________
My mother’s name (include maiden name)______________________________
My father’s parents (include mother’s maiden
mother’s parents (include mother’s maiden
My husband/wife’s name (if
wife, include maiden name)________________________
husband/wife’s parents are (include mother’s maiden
of brothers and
mailing address is:
is $10 per family per year (note: this includes unmarried children under age 18
years; married children, regardless of age are a separate
completed form and entry fee to:
% Loubert Trahan
Maurice, La. 70555
for 2006 now being accepted
This affords many of you
to pay early and save postage.
Directions to Woodmen of World Hall in
If you are traveling on U.S. Highway
167 from Lafayette to the South, turn right at Red Light in Maurice (Hwy 92),
and proceed approximately ˝ mile, and Woodmen of World Hall will be on your
left. If you are traveling North on U. S.
Highway 167 from direction of Abbeville to Lafayette, turn Left at Red Light in
Maurice (Hwy 92), and proceed approximately ˝ mile, Woodmen of World Hall is on
your Left. If you are traveling East on Hwy 92
toward Maurice, the Woodmen of World Hall is on your Right as you approach city