VIII ENSEMBLE ENCORE Spring Issue 2008
Gathering set for April 26, 2008 in Maurice
The Famille Trahan will co-host a Gathering with the
“Famille Beausoleil” in Maurice on April 26, 2008 at the Woodmen of World Hall.
As is the case for all our Gatherings, there is no admittance charge, membership
is not required to attend, and only charge is for those choosing to stay for
meal. I would again ask those attending, who can do so, to bring an item for
The date in April signifies a change in planning to
afford the Association an opportunity to space out our gatherings, and November
is the likely month for the next Gathering.
Among topics to be covered in April will be DNA
Presentation by Loubert Trahan, Gerard-Marc Braud will comment on his latest
book concerning those Acadians who were shipped to France during “Grand
Dearrangment”, and a briefing on Spanish Land Grants by Donald Arceneaux,
provided he is still in local area.
At the conclusion of Gathering, a meal of bar-be-que
chicken will be available at cost of $10 per person over age 10 years; 10 years
and younger eat free. An RSVP is required for all planning to eat the bar-be-que,
your RSVP is required not later than noon on April 25th, to allow
for purchase of correct amounts of food. Once again we would ask those who can
do so, to bring a dessert.
To RSVP use any of the following e-mail addresses
firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephones: 337-989-0319 or 337-893-2084.
The plans for the Congre Mondial 2009 are progressing at
a better pace now that the time is getting shorter. A message from Gilles Pinet,
the coordinator for the Leger/Legere and Trahan Reunion indicates that souvenir
items are being ordered. The Trahan Assoc. here will order some to have
available there for those attending. The CMA 2009 Committee has given the
authorization to one vendor exclusive right to produce these and use the CMA
2009 Logo. The company will have a mobile boutique on site of the reunion for
the sale of these items. As of now there would be T-Shirts, baseball caps,
mugs, flags and other misc. items. They are also planning to have some with
multiple logos, showing the Acadian Flag, Cajun Flag, Leger Logo and Trahan
Logo. These are still in the discussion stage. All of this will be discussed
at the Broussard/Trahan meeting on the 26th of April. Hope to see
you then at the Woodman Hall in Maurice.
Work is progressing along for Louisiana to Host the 2014
Congre Mondial. We have formed an organization known as “Louisane Acadie”. An
Executive Committee and also a steering committee have been formed and are
meeting regularly to make the bid, which is due later this year. Elected
officials, as well as the Mayors and Council of the different parishes and
working with us. Some of the committee members are from the tourist industry,
the different tourist bureaus as well as business people-corporate, bankers,
We hope that our endeavors bear fruit.
Bits and pieces
By Loubert Trahan
The progress of the DNA project is ongoing. They now
have over 176,000 records in the YDNA database that includes over 73,000
surnames. In 2007 Family Tree DNA even opened an office in Zurich, Switzerland
to further provide support for the countries of Spain, France, Italy, Germany
and England. More and more evidence is showing up that most of the natives of
these countries have similar genetic backgrounds. Even in my own case, I have
been receiving messages from persons throughout the U. S. for more information
because we have similar genetic roots. From these messages, with German,
Spanish as well as French, and of course Acadian surnames, it becomes even more
evident that some of all our genes are similar to so many others. We may be
cousins, 20 times removed, but our forebears, or grandfathers and mothers of
10,000, 20,000 or further back, were from the same locality. As I recounted
before, our bloodlines all started in East Africa, south of the Sea of Galilee
or further south. Climate dictated some physical changes in different peoples,
but its seems that so one is able to look down at another nation’s people and
think themselves superior – we all came from the same source.
In 1955, when I first started to research the Trahan
Family, I found little information to go on. The Rev. Msgr. George A. Bodin had
published a volume on church marriages and births, Genevieve Maission had
written a thesis on Acadians that including a History of Guillaume Trahan, and
Father Clarence d’Entremont was writing several volumes on Acadians (all in
Later Father Donald Hebert began collecting church
records. Bono Arsenault would publish a six volume set “Histoire ET Des Acadiens”,
the Diocese of Baton Rouge would publish their records, and the records of St
Louis Cathedral would be published.
Research required a great amount of time sorting through
old court records, successions, wills, and land records. Additional time was
required to walk and record data at cemeteries, and it seemed that one would
never finish his/her research. Truly, research is easier to accomplish now;
however, pitfalls still exist with much used names of Jean Baptiste, Joseph,
Marguerite, Marie, and Anne.
With the advent of internet, and the expanded
availability of materials allow us to recheck our past research, and to correct
erroneous data we have collected along the way.
One aspect has not changed, we have not caught up, and
we will never be finished, nor get ahead. Keeping current is the easiest and
best way to do family history.
Separate genealogy note: Scott Hooks is seeking contact
with his cousins; Scott is a descendant of Ambroise Mathieu and his wife Marie
Irma Trahan. Those who wish to follow up on Scott’s offer can address Scott at
93 J. C. Lear Lane, Mt. Croghan, S.C. 29727.
Date of Birth:__________________Place of
My mother’s name (include maiden
father’s parents (include mother’s maiden name)__________________________
mother’s parents (include mother’s maiden name)_________________________
My husband/wife’s name (if wife, include maiden
husband/wife’s parents are (include mother’s maiden name)_________________
brothers and sisters:______________________________________________
My mailing address is:
Membership is $10 per family per year or $25 for three
years (note: this includes unmarried children under age 18 years; married
children, regardless of age are a separate family).
Mail completed form and entry fee to: Famille Trahan
% Loubert Trahan
9515 Hwy 92
Maurice, La. 70555