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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Bueche, Lorraine Lorraine23 January 198730Burial 
Kieffer, Joseph E. Joseph E.23 January 198532Death 
DeJean, Roy J. Jr. Roy J. Jr.23 January 198334Death 
Arbour, Jeanne Marie Jeanne Marie23 January 198334Death 
Impson, Charles Audrey Charles Audrey23 January 197938Burial 
Hebert, David Gerald David Gerald23 January 197245Birth 
Beatty, Stacey Lea Stacey Lea23 January 196255Birth 
LeMay, William Bernard Jr. William Bernard Jr.23 January 194077Birth 
Hoot, Ross Hess Ross Hess23 January 193879Birth 
Angell, Meshack Griffith "Jack" Meshack Griffith "Jack"23 January 193087Death 
Bourke, Nell Nell23 January 192493Birth 
LeMay, William Bernard William Bernard23 January 192196Birth 
Abbott, Harry Benjamin Harry Benjamin23 January 192097Birth 
Demarest, Fernand Raymond Fernand Raymond23 January 1906111Birth 
Arbour, Mary Susan Mary Susan23 January 1889128Baptism 
Arbour, Louis Raymond Joseph Louis Raymond Joseph23 January 1872145Birth 
Allain, Marie Eda Marie Eda23 January 1863154Birth 
Oubre, Louis Louis23 January 1861156Baptism 
Boudreaux, Elisa Basilisa Elisa Basilisa23 January 1812205Birth 
Oubre, Emerance Emerance23 January 1807210Birth 
Daigre, Francois Joachin Francois Joachin23 January 1804213Birth 
Conlin, William Mark III
Becker, Lelia Elaine
William Mark III23 January 196849Event 
Laborde, Adras Paul Jr.
Hannaman, Nancy Louise
Adras Paul Jr.23 January 196552Marriage 
Prejean, Louis Earnest
Pourciau, Joan Carol
Louis Earnest23 January 196057Marriage 
Bourgeois, Victor
Oubre, Marie Marcelline
Victor23 January 1867150Marriage 
Oubre, Onesime
Bernard, Josephine
Onesime23 January 1826191Marriage 
Bonavneture, Francois
Pourciau, Marie Jeanne
Francois23 January 1810207Marriage 

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