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NEW ARTICLES

Genealogical research will turn up more than you expected as you will see in Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? And Can You Make a Roux? by Denise Hall

Life Long Resident of Gravette Passes Away -- the obituary for Joseph Shelton Austin (12 January 1858 - 20 July 1940)

Links to information about Doctor John Hall, the son-in-law of William Shakespeare

Lavergne

Denise's mother, Grace Marie Lavergne (Blereau), is our connection to this French family. We are researching the Lavergnes of Acadiana presently. Most live near Sunset, Louisiana (just north of Lafayette). These people are real French Acadians (Cajuns). Denise's grandparents' first language is/was French. Her great-grandparents (and others of that generation) didn't speak much or any English. Unfortunately, the French heritage wasn't passed uniformly to Grace Marie Lavergne's generation. Grace was not encouraged to learn French, while many of her cousins learned enough French to converse with the family. Some of the cousins don't use their French outside their home or with anyone other than immediate family. My attempts to speak with the elder generation in standard French met with mild bemusement. Eldine Marie McBride (Grace's mother) said to me "That sure is different from the way we speak it here in these parts." Either my French is very bad or ... well, perhaps there are more differences between standard French and Cajun French than I had anticipated.

Articles:

  1. Genealogical research will turn up more than you expected as you will see in Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? And Can You Make a Roux? by Denise Hall

Links:

  1. The Lavergne Message Board - at Rootsweb
  2. A History of the Lavergne Family -- some comments on Gary M. Lavergne's book (see next)
  3. LIVES OF QUIET DESPERATION: The Ancestry of a Louisiana Frenchman by Gary M. Lavergne -- a family history of the Lavergne family

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