Hebert Newsletter March 2014 (PDF Format)
March 2014 Hebert Gathering (Reunion)
The Hebert Gathering (Reunion) will be held once again in the Abbeville library located at 405 E St. Victor Street.
A program has been prepared which will present many aspects of our Acadian ancestors. There will be chances to compare lineages of your Hebert cousins. We will have tables for travel agents who have scheduled the trip to Maine and Canada for the CMA. They can sign you up or provide information should you want to travel by other means.
We have invited the France trip tourists who made the Acadian Heritage tour in September 2013. They will help Kathy and I show you the many people, places and history we learned as we traveled the parts of France where our ancestors originated and where their descendants were later deported to prior to many coming to Louisiana in 1785.
Non–members and potential members are welcome to join us. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the Gathering will end at 4: PM. A program is enclosed or attached. Hope to meet you there.
New Hebert Association Website
Your Hebert Association website is under con-struction and should launch in March. Allen Hébert our webmaster. Allen is a long term member of the Association. He works in the Information Technology field, in his spare time, he maintains several websites for non-profit organizations. Allen and his wife Denae, have been married for over twenty three years and they have been blessed with nine children. They recently founded Your Holy Family, a ministry to promote God’s plan for family life through family retreats, workshops and family fun days. More information on their ministry can be found at www.yourholyfamily.com. He can be found on Facebook using this link: www.facebook.com/ahebert
“Grand Surpris” (Great Surprise)
By James and Lona LeBlanc Bourque
Back in the spring of 2001, 19 members of the Acadian Memorial Foundation including us (Lona & James) went on an unforgettable trip to France. After landing at Charles deGaulle Airport in Paris, we met one of our guides, Mr. Girard Braud, who is an expert on Acadian genealogy and history of France. During the next 12 days we visited Tours, Martaize, La Chausee, Poitiers, Nante, Dinan, Mont-St. Michel, St. Malo, Omaha Beach, Givemy and ended in Paris. However the big surprise was at Nantes where we visited St. Martin de Chanteney Church and the waterfront where the Acadians gathered for several years while waiting for passage to Louisiana on the Spanish ships.
Prior to the trip we were asked if any of our ancestors were deported back to France. Both of us had and we provided the names and genealogy to our group planner.
During the visit to the Church of the Acadians (St. Martin de Chantenay) we were surprised by Girard Braud and the local priest with records of marriages between Lucien Bourg and Marie Elizabeth Trahan at St. Martin de Chantenay before they left France to come to New Orle-ans. They also provided Lona with records of marriages between Charles Hebert and Marguerite Bourg at St. Similien Church in Nantes. Both of these couples are in our respective ancestral lines.
But there was more to the surprise as the group had made arrangements for us to reenact our marriage vows in one of the same Churches where our ancestors were married! To renew our marriage vows in the same Church was indeed very emotional for both of us and remains the highlight of our trip.
We were told by the priest that although two wings have been added, the main body of St. Martin de Chantenay, the altar and confessionals are original to the time when our ancestors were married.
We do not know the name of the person who brought the portrait of Paul Octave Hebert to our Gathering last year. For this I apologize. If you are coming to the Gathering again this year we would hope that you could once again bring the portrait. Please contact me using contact information on page 4. Thanks. ——John Hebert
WHAT’S MY LINE ?
There will be lineages to compare at the gathering. Thanks to our members who have sent their lineages to us in response to the calling. Ed and Paul Hebert will be setup with their computers containing the Hebert Association database. Even if you sent your lineage to us, bring a copy when you come to the March 29 Gathering. We may have failed to add your lin-eage to our database.
One of our goals is to have the complete lineage of every member of our association in the Hebert Database
We will also have some member lineages in a Microsoft Excel format. This method was devel-oped to compare lineages between members. The Excel procedure allows most of you to pre-pare lineages without any additional genealogy software. We hope to find time on March 29 to briefly discuss this method and provide a way for members to work on their lines.
ATTENTION: We do not know the name of the person who brought the portrait of Paul Octave Hebert to our Gathering last year. For this I apologize. If you are coming to the Gathering again this year we would hope that you could once again bring the portrait. Please contact me using contact information on page 4. Thanks. ——John Hebert
Your Member ID
Today’s computer world identifies us using numbers. Our organization is no different. We use your member ID to track your information. Your ID number is on the envelope address label if postal mail or as part of your email address. It would help us if you brought or remembered your member ID when coming to our gathering.
Please remember to send your dues in the small envelope sent to you enclosed in the Janu-ary 2014 newsletter. Return the corrected form so we may update our records. Thanks.
The CMA will be held August 8-24 in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. The Hebert Reunion will be August 13-14 in Madawaska, Maine. Louisiana Day will be August 18 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. Go to www.CMA2014.com for details, changes and information on all family reunions. Remember that a passport is needed to travel into Canada.
Please send us stories, ideas, suggestions for future newsletters. YOU are our reporters for this publication! Our next newsletter should be in May…. Send us your comments, stories and other material by April 15.
John & Kathy Hebert
18488 Belle Alliance Rd
Prairieville, LA 70769