Arbour Genealogy
20 December 2008 - 4:21:28pm

I first became interested in genealogy in the late 1960's when my family obtained a copy of Gayle Kinsmen, published in 1968 by John N. Averitt. Until that time, I knew little of my ancestry beyond my grandparents.

By chance I met and briefly chatted with Joseph Henry Arbour Jr. in the mid-1970s. Joe told me that there were some Arbour women who were researching the family's ancestry and that they had discovered the Arbour ancestor who first came to Louisiana. Many years would pass before I would learn who these ladies were.

For many years family reunions were held at my parent's home which were gatherings of my father's brothers, sisters, cousins, and their children. At one of these in the early 1990s I first saw the huge volume of research that had been compiled on the Arbour family. It was the work of the two women who I'd heard about almost two decades earlier.

I learned that the two women were Tallulah Mary Arbour and Vera Elizabeth Arbour. Most of what you see relating to the Arbour surname on this website is based in the work of Tula and Vera. All of us Arbours owe a debt of gratitude to them for their many years of effort to preserve our family's history.

I met Tula when she was in her nineties. Her mind was bright and clear, and she loved to talk about the Arbours who had come before us. She allowed me to make a photocopy of her "book" and shared many old newspaper articles and clippings with me. My goal is to make these things available on this website.

Sadly, I never met Vera, who was my father's first cousin. Thankfully, much of her work has also found its way to me by way of other family members with whom she had shared her compiled research.

What is truly impressive is the amount of information that Tula and Vera collected -- and then maintained -- before the age of computers and instant communication.

Other noteworthy contributors to this effort include Elizabeth Hathaway Gibbens and George Peter Gagnet Jr. Hathaway composed a series of articles that she called Kissin' Kin and Loose Connections. Her article on the Arbour family will be included on this website. I saw much correspondence between Tula and George.

To all of these, I say "thank you." The goal of this website is to continue what they started, and to keep the Arbour story alive -- for us and for future generations.

David Rowland Arbour Jr. -- January 28, 2005
Pourciau Genealogy
20 December 2008 - 4:13:43pm

I'd like to acknowledge the research done by Carroll Wendell Lanier on the Pourciau family, which gave me a tremendous kick-start in my own research on my maternal grandmother's family.

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20 December 2008 - 2:25:20pm

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Heard, Leslie Harold Leslie Harold21 October 199224Burial 
Templet, Ione Rita Ione Rita21 October 199125Burial 
Cambre, Leah Leah21 October 198432Death 
Bickford, Anna Mae Anna Mae21 October 198432Death 
Arbour, Maria Olivia "Ollie" Maria Olivia "Ollie"21 October 198234Death 
Watson, Elizabeth Carolyn "Betty" Elizabeth Carolyn "Betty"21 October 197739Burial 
Lasseigne, Louis U. Louis U.21 October 197541Burial 
Michelli, Maggie Maggie21 October 195759Burial 
Marti, Garry Garry21 October 193878Birth 
McDonald, Everett Leith Everett Leith21 October 191898Birth 
Whealdon, Guy Hiller Guy Hiller21 October 191898Death 
Mabile, Wallace Pierre Wallace Pierre21 October 1915101Birth 
Arbour, George Donald George Donald21 October 1900116Birth 
Chaney, John James John James21 October 1886130Birth 
Pourciau, Althea Myrtle Althea Myrtle21 October 1883133Birth 
Brown, Elizabeth "Bessie" Elizabeth "Bessie"21 October 1874142Birth 
Oubre, Pierre Hermogene Pierre Hermogene21 October 1866150Baptism 
Caillouet, Jean Pierre Jean Pierre21 October 1850166Burial 
Day, Mary Catherine Mary Catherine21 October 1835181Birth 
Oubre, Marcellin Marcellin21 October 1796220Birth 
Heard, Faulkner Faulkner21 October 1787229Birth 
Banks, Christopher Christopher21 October 1595421Death 
Bernard, Taylor Simon
Armstrong, Cecile Catherine
Taylor Simon21 October 198234Marriage 

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