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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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20 December 2008 - 2:25:20pm

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Hannaman, Frederic Anthony "Fred" Jr. Frederic Anthony "Fred" Jr.18 April 20096Burial 
Marchand, Whitney St. Clair Whitney St. Clair18 April 20087Death 
Boudreaux, Mary Ann Mary Ann18 April 200213Death 
Turner, Beverly Marie Beverly Marie18 April 200015Burial 
Conway, Edward Daire Jr. Edward Daire Jr.18 April 199421Death 
Dean, Lawrence Joseph Lawrence Joseph18 April 199421Burial 
Murphy, John Barrett Jr. John Barrett Jr.18 April 198827Burial 
Pourciau, Mathilde Mathilde18 April 198332Death 
Johnson, Dan Kinberling Dan Kinberling18 April 198233Death 
Arbour, Lucious J. Yaun Lucious J. Yaun18 April 197441Death 
Robertson, Louis Lester Louis Lester18 April 197441Burial 
Arbour, Mary Susan Mary Susan18 April 196748Burial 
Pourciau, Mary Zelda "Coteen" Mary Zelda "Coteen"18 April 196451Death 
Knight, William Oscar William Oscar18 April 195857Death 
Watson, Francis Franklin Francis Franklin18 April 194075Birth 
Keith, Henry Lee Henry Lee18 April 193283Birth 
Bourg, Dolores Dolores18 April 192194Birth 
Penouilh, Woodrow B. Woodrow B.18 April 191699Birth 
Mary, James Richard James Richard18 April 1914101Birth 
Darbon, Howard Andrew Howard Andrew18 April 1906109Birth 
Wallbillich, Olga Frances Olga Frances18 April 1901114Birth 
Pourciau, Joseph Savinien Joseph Savinien18 April 1880135Birth 
Bourgeois, Marie Agnes Marie Agnes18 April 1866149Birth 
Oubre, Marie Elizabeth Marie Elizabeth18 April 1865150Baptism 
Allain, Marie Eda Marie Eda18 April 1863152Baptism 
Blanchard, Louis Adolphe Louis Adolphe18 April 1848167Birth 
LeBlanc, Marguerite Margueriteabout 18 April 1788227Death 
Aucoin, Jeanne Jeanne18 April 1718297Death 
Arbour, John Earl "J.E." Jr.
Sharon, Irene Ann
John Earl "J.E." Jr.18 April 194768Marriage 
Comeaux, Bernard Guillaume
Richard, Marie Rose
Bernard Guillaume18 April 1809206Marriage 
Robillard, Pierre
Saizan, Adelaide
Pierre18 April 1798217Marriage 

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