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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.

David
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RecordGIVNDateAnniversaryEvent
Mitchell, Samuel Cyril Samuel Cyril30 January 20087Burial 
Breaux, John Lynic John Lynic30 January 200510Death 
Turner, Dr. Ward Dr. Ward30 January 200213Death 
Wooley, Martha Jo "Josi" Martha Jo "Josi"30 January 200015Burial 
Bowles, Thomas Edward Thomas Edward30 January 199916Burial 
Jumel, Angelina Odele "Lena" Angelina Odele "Lena"30 January 199223Burial 
Thompson, Norman Ernest "Shorty" Norman Ernest "Shorty"30 January 198530Burial 
Arbour, Willard Louis Willard Louis30 January 198035Death 
Crain, Tera Tera30 January 196649Burial 
Boudreaux, Mary Agnes Mary Agnes30 January 196649Death 
Arbour, Allain Joseph "A. J." Jr. Allain Joseph "A. J." Jr.30 January 196550Death 
Delaune, William Bernard William Bernard30 January 194075Death 
Phillips, Gerald Edward "Jerry" Gerald Edward "Jerry"30 January 193184Birth 
Monget, Newell Gayle Jr. Newell Gayle Jr.30 January 191798Birth 
Canova, Josephine Josephine30 January 1915100Birth 
Arbour, Edwin Joseph Edwin Joseph30 January 1912103Birth 
Abbott, James Byron James Byron30 January 1909106Birth 
Ramouin, Marie Ada Marie Ada30 January 1876139Baptism 
Burns, Marie Corinne Marie Corinne30 January 1874141Birth 
Oubre, Marie Louise Marie Louise30 January 1865150Baptism 
Brian, Soloman Morgan Soloman Morgan30 January 1864151Death 
Oubre, Onesime Onesime30 January 1827188Birth 
Elam, James Mason James Mason30 January 1796219Birth 
Rinaudo, John Joseph
Bonano, Margaret Ann
John Joseph30 January 195065Marriage 
Daigle, Xavier
Daigle, Felidia
Xavier30 January 1894121Marriage 
Persac, Alfred Adrien
Arbour, Marie Edna
Alfred Adrien30 January 1889126Marriage 
Terrio, Euzelien
Kerne, Melazie
Euzelien30 January 1837178Marriage 

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