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Tangipahoa Historical & Genealogical
Meets the first Saturday of each Month.
At the Tangipahoa Parish Library
739 West Oak Street
11:00 A. M.
The next meeting will be July 07, 2001 - Saturday
Louisiana Cemeteries and Grave Yards
Most of us do not stop to think there may be a
A Cemetery is a fenced in area for the burial of
the deceased. Usually from that area.
A Grave Yard is usually referred to as a burial plot
for Family Members and is not fenced.
Louisiana does have a Cemetery Board where the
cemeteries can be "Registered".
However the board does not keep a list of the burials
in these cemeteries. I would say only about ten
percent of these Louisiana Cemeteries are Registered.
Most perpetual cemeteries keep a list of Plot owners and no record of the
burials are usually kept.
Some Cemeteries are now putting these burial on
Most of the Old Family Country Type of cemetery is
donated property. Most have not been recorded as such
in the local Parish Court House. Some sucessions and
probates mention the Family Grave Yard. Records of
burial are not a requirement or a fact of Law.
A lot of the Cemeteries are started on the Church
Grounds. Family Members are buried as they expire.
The church usually keep no records. Exception is that
most Cathloic Churches Do keep Records.
There are no Laws stating that Records be kept of
burial in these Cemeteries. In Most cases there is no
record of any sort. Some indivisuals and groups have
recorded a number of cemeteries in many of the
Louisiana Parishes. This is of great value for the
Genealogical researcher. It is hopefull that someday all the cemeteries will
be recorded. Remember there are mistakes is some of these recordings.
Typo's and etc. You may need to located the cemetery and double check.
GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES AND RECORDS IN LOUISIANA
The Historic New Orleans Collection invites the public to a lecture
presented by noted Louisiana genealogical specialist, Claire Bettag, on
Saturday August 11, 2001, from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Williams Research
Center, 410 Chartres Street (New Orleans, LA 70130-2102). The lecture
will provide a basic overview of records useful for Louisiana
from both colonial (pre-1803) and post-colonial periods and of the
repositories where these records can be found today. Settlement patterns
in Louisiana will be covered. Special Emphasis will be on documents of
colonial period, such as church, Superior Council, Cabildo, and Santo
Domingo records. Genealogical study sources from the period following
the Louisiana Purchase will highlight those records whose character and
importance were influenced by the colonial period and differ from those
found in other states because of the continued impact of French and
Spanish record keeping. Such colonial influences include Catholic Church
records, probate documents, and Land records, especially those related to
private land claims. Ms. Bettag is a Certified Genealogical Record
Specialist, whose extensive work has focused on French, Acadian, and
of Louisiana. She has conducted research at repositories in the U.S.,
Canada, France, Spain, and England and maintains memberships in U.S. and
foreign genealogical societies. She has lectured and written extensively
about Louisiana genealogy.
Cost for this lecture is $15 and includes a light lunch followed by a
tour of The Historic New Orleans Collection's current exhibition "In
of Yesterday's Gardens: Landscapes of 19th Century New Orleans."
Participants will receive a sample family preservation kit, courtesy of
Please call 504/598-7171, FAX 504-598-7108, or
Point of Contact: Alfred Lemmon, Director, Williams Research Center.
Once again it is getting close to the time of the Stevens Family Reunion. I
am getting excited at the possibility of seeing many friends and relatives at
this year’s annual gathering. We will meet again this year at the Hammond
Lions Club on Morris Road on the second Saturday in September, September 8,
2001. As those of you who were present last year will recall, we decided to
move the annual Reunion forward in an effort to avoid many conflicts we have
been having and try to increase our attendance. As in the past, registration
will begin at 10:00 a. m. Come early and stay as long as you wish.
We are again asking each attending person over 12 years of age to pay $3.00
to defray the cost of renting the Lions Den and other incidentals that may
come up in preparations for this year’s reunion.
Bring a food dish and soft drinks of your choice (no alcoholic beverages,
Bring pictures, mementos, artifacts, etc. that may be of interest to those
There will be a short business meeting, during which time recognition will be
given to the oldest person present, the youngest person present, the original
family with the most descendants present and the person(s) who have traveled
the farthest to attend.
A short memorial service will honor those of the family who have passed away
since our last reunion. If you know of someone who has passed away during the
year, please bring that information so they can be recognized. We would also
like to announce any new births in the family again this year.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY NOT RECEIVE THIS NOTICE OR
WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED A PREVIOUS REUNION, PLEASE EXTENT AN INVITATION TO THEM
TO ATTEND THIS YEAR.
Looking forward to seeing you again this year and let’s try to make this the
largest and most successful reunion we have had.
Doris H. Johnston
P. O. Box 865
Tickfaw State Park to celebrate Cajun Day
June 18, 2001
SPRINGFIELD - Tickfaw State Park officials are still accepting applications
for the jambalaya cookoff which will highlight Cajun Day at the park.
The event will be June 30 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the park near
Springfield. And entrance fees to the park will be free that day.
Visitors will be able to sample the jambalaya during the cookoff as long as
the food lasts, said Brad Lavigne, park curator. Other activities will
include live Cajun music played by Choupique and Cajun dancing with free
Drinks and snack foods will be sold by local groups, or visitors may bring
their own lunches and picnic on site, Lavigne said.
"This program is designed to be fun and give everyone a chance to enjoy some
good Cajun food and music," he said.
The park is located along the Tickfaw River and offers diverse recreation and
nature-based educational opportunities. Admission is $2 per vehicle with up
to four people, and 50 cents for each additional person. The park is open
daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Participants are still needed for the jambalaya cookoff, Lavigne said. The
entry to participate is the donation of each competitor's jambalaya to park
visitors. Competition rules require that participants bring their own
supplies, use a minimum of 5 pounds of rice and no seafood. The cookoff will
take place at the park's picnic shelters. Competitors can set up and begin
cooking at 7 a.m., and judging will begin at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
To sign up or for more information, call (888) 981-2020 or (225) 294-2218.
Recreations, period activities part of July 4th celebrations
By <A HREF="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Baker-Zachary bureau</A>
The Office of State Parks will feature Fourth of July programs at its two
historic sites in East Feliciana Parish.
Port Hudson State Historic Site will host a special "Port Hudson Surrender"
ceremony Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m.
The ceremony gets under way at the site museum where park staff and
volunteers dressed in Union and Confederate uniforms will lower the
Confederate flag and raise the Union flag, recreating the surrender of the
Port Hudson garrison on July 9, 1863.
The park’s 42-pound cannon will fire as a salute to the Union, and park staff
will lead a guided tour to Old Port Hudson, the actual surrender site, for
presentation of the historic details on the concession.
"A program such as this one, based on historical research, is a great way for
the visitor to learn a bit of history in a unique way," said Michael
Fraering, site curator.
The site is on U.S. 61, north of the East Baton Rouge-East Feliciana Parish
Visitors are encouraged to also visit Centenary State Historic Site in
Jackson after the Port Hudson surrender ceremony for an old-fashioned Fourth
of July celebration.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Centenary visitors will meet park staff and
volunteer interpreters dressed in period costume as they stage activities
typical of an old-fashioned, family Fourth of July celebration.
Balloon rides, face painting, syrup-making demonstrations, period games
conducted by the Feliciana Belles, sack races, a pie-eating contest and a
watermelon seed-spitting contest will be held.
Smithfield Fair will provide musical entertainment throughout the day, and
guided tours of Centenary’s late Victorian period Professor’s House will be
conducted every hour.
"We want to educate our visitors about the traditions that accompanied July
4th celebrations of the past," said Cody Westmoreland, site curator.
Centenary originally opened as the College of Louisiana in 1826 and became
Centenary College of Louisiana in 1844. The site commemorates the history of
education and student life in Louisiana.
Centenary is at East College and Pine Streets in Jackson, four blocks north
of La. 10.
Admission at each site is $2 per person, but visitors 12 and younger and 62
and older are admitted without charge. Picnic areas are available at both
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From: dpitt2(a)datasync.com (Dianne Pittman) <<<Reply to:<<
Can you help me find the ancestors that lived in and around the areas of
Ponchatoula/Kentwood, LA that had a daughter by the name of Rosa Ann Gill
that married William H. Lott on July 9, 1901 in Tylertown, MS? I would like
to be able to find out if there are any realtives left of the family and
bring some peace to my Mother's mind about it.She has wondered about her
Grandmother's family for years and there is no one to her knowledge that she
can ask.She thinks that Rosa was born in Aprl of 1883 or 1884.She knows that
Rosa's parents couldn't speak any English just French-Acadain and lived on a
plantation in those areas, I think.We have no birth certificate or names of
her parents on anything that we have.I would certainly appreciate any help
that you could give me.Please feel free to email me at this address.
Circumstances presented themselves for us to get a good last-minute
speaker for our June 12 meeting. Dr. E. Russ Williams, renown historian
and genealogist, will be in Washington Parish next week for the Williams
reunion. His cousin (and our president) Fran Harry called to see if he
would be able to fit us into his schedule while he was in the area.
He would love to speak to our group. I know that St. Tammany has its
picnic and pool party earlier that day, but maybe some of the members
would be interested in hearing Dr. Williams talk.
Our meeting will be at 5:30 pm in the Bogalusa branch of the Washington
Parish Library. We would love to have all of you to join us that
Dr. Williams recently retired from the faculty of the History Dept. of
Northeast LA University in Monroe, LA. He has written several books
about our area's history. He is definitely an authority. The book he
is working on now covers such well-known area names as Richardson,
Williams, Talley, Mizell, Knight, Magee, etc.
Please invite your members and your friends to be with the Washington
Parish Genealogical and Historical Society for this meeting. I would
appreciate your putting this in an e-mail to them.
We look forward to seeing you.