Family Genealogy

The rich history and kindred ties of a Louisiana Family

The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do.


Dear Ancestor

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Your tombstone stands among the rest

Neglected and alone

The name and date are chiseled out

On polished marble stone

It reaches out to all who care

It is too late to mourn

You did not know that I exist

You died and I was born

Yet each of us are cells of you

In flesh and blood and bone

Our blood contracts and beats a pulse

Entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled

One hundred years ago

Spreads out among the ones you left

Who would have loved you so

I wonder how you lived and loved

I wonder if you knew

That someday I would find this spot

And come to visit you.

-Walter Butler Palmer



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Featured Families

Thomassee Family
Joseph Willman Thomassee

Joseph Willman Thomassee

1881 - 1953

Married Marie Louise Hebert

Had 7 children: Loula, Willie "Te Negre", Cecilia "Tiah", Henry "Hank", Frank, Lillian "Grande" and Sophie

Broussard Family
Sosthene Broussard

Sosthene Broussard

1875 - 1945

Married Rose Trahan

Had 12 children: Robert, Mercedes, Florence, Hilda, James "Jim", Lloyd, Percy, Julian, Chester "Pee Wee", Claude, Bernice and Jules

Sonnier Family
Georges Sonnier

Georges Sonnier

1898 - 1966

Married Anna Louviere

Had 6 children: Louis, Claude, Lula, Joyce, Nolan and Donald

Ledoux Family
Maurice Ledoux

Maurice Ledoux

1891 - 1978

Married Loretta Hollier

Had 3 children: Lula, Lena and Sybil

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Hubert Clebert Hollier married Celestine Melancon and fathered twelve children.


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Lucien proudly fought for the Confederate cause when his home state was invaded by the Union Army.


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This family history is the result of over twenty-five years of research and information collecting, yet it remains a work in progress. Much of the data in this family tree do not contain references to source materials and we are constantly working at updating our site to add this information. We welcome contributions from others, specifically additional photographs for our collection in order to put faces with names and stories which aid in documenting and aiding the stories of those no longer here to speak for themselves.