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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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Rodrigue, Evelyn Evelyn5 March 200411Burial 
Brown, Victorine Victorine5 March 199223Death 
Knight, Murnie Lee Murnie Lee5 March 198530Death 
Cothell, Ida Belle Ida Belle5 March 198035Death 
Smith, Eugene Scott "Scott" Eugene Scott "Scott"5 March 195560Birth 
Arbour, Raymond Patrick Raymond Patrick5 March 194174Birth 
Maronge, Nathan Peter Nathan Peter5 March 193184Birth 
Arbour, George Edward George Edward5 March 192788Death 
Schram, Leo Benedict Leo Benedict5 March 192095Birth 
Ashford, Thomas Floyd Thomas Floyd5 March 1915100Birth 
Winston, Gladys Arie Gladys Arie5 March 1891124Birth 
Arbour, Frederic James Joseph Frederic James Joseph5 March 1885130Birth 
Caillouet, John Joseph John Joseph5 March 1877138Baptism 
Lasseigne, Liboneau Olivier Liboneau Olivier5 March 1862153Birth 
Oubre, Alexandre Florida Alexandre Florida5 March 1860155Burial 
Lasseigne, Cecilia Cecilia5 March 1860155Baptism 
Labat, Jean Baptiste Alfred Jean Baptiste Alfred5 March 1858157Birth 
Oubre, Pierre Togin Pierre Togin5 March 1844171Birth 
Boudreaux, Celeste Celeste5 March 1831184Death 
Phillips, Hannah Maria Hannah Maria5 March 1821194Birth 
Oubre, Valeri Valeri5 March 1821194Baptism 
Foret, Elie Elie5 March 1799216Birth 
Arbour, Frederick Edward Frederick Edward5 March 1770245Birth 
Daigre, Anne Appoline Anne Appoline5 March 1768247Baptism 
Daigre, Anne Appoline Anne Appoline5 March 1768247Birth 
Prou, Marie Catherine Marie Catherine5 March 1760255Burial 
Harnois-Prou, Jean Baptiste Jean Baptiste5 March 1738277Baptism 
Prou, Joseph Joseph5 March 1697318Baptism 
Prou, Joseph Joseph5 March 1697318Birth 
Talbot, Kinnery Anthony
Arbour, Lorraine Mary
Kinnery Anthony5 March 194669Marriage 
Evans, Jules William
Arbour, Mary Cecile "Mamie"
Jules William5 March 193283Marriage 
Bourg, Theodule
Aucoin, Euranie
Theodule5 March 1867148Marriage 
LeBouf, Moise
Caillouet, Marie Scholastique
Moise5 March 1832183Marriage 
Landry, Joseph
Daigre, Josephine Lucia
Joseph5 March 1810205Marriage 

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