The GED files for these genealogies – who begat whom - are located at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=madvintner.
When I first began to study our genealogy, I started with the branch of our collective family for which I had the most information already - my father-in-law's Louisiana ROME family. There is a lot of information there, since I didn't confine myself to the immediate family. It's as right as I can make it, but I'll continue to fix blunders as I can. I put in a few pictures, but it's a lot of straight text. I hope Louisiana genealogy researchers will find something here that is useful.
One of Irvin Rome's sisters married Joseph Emile (JEB) BLUM. The background of the BLUM family is an interesting mix of Acadians, many of whom came from France well after the Acadian tragedy, and 19th century German/French immigrants.
Buddy KELLER was an old friend of the Destrehan ROMEs. With the KELLER name, I knew he was surely a cousin of Irvin ROME, and I was curious to see how closely related he was, so I pursued his ancestry also.
A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department shares much of my wife's Louisiana heritage. When I discovered that I started trying to see how many families they shared, and got caught up in his ancestry. So here is the
There are a number of other families that are part of the genealogy of these ancestral families, but do not have any ancestors in them. For convenience of finding all the people who share the surname, I have added links to reports for some of these families – ARSENEAU/ARSENAULT (Pierre, Acadian), ARCENEAUX (Michel, from Quebec), BAUDOIN (Francois I), BERGERON (Guillaume), BOURGEOIS (Jean-Baptiste), CHENIER, FALGOUST, HIMEL, LEBOEUF, MATERNE, ORY, POURCIAU, RIVARD, TASSIN (Francois), TASSIN (Pierre), TROXLER. I have made less attempt to trace these families to their oldest roots, and I have spent less time on these families than on ancestral families, but they are important members of the history of our ancestors, so I have included them.
Please direct comments (broken links, content errors, and so on) to [email protected].
Mistakes - With this many names and dates,
there are bound to be mistakes. Some are
no doubt transcription errors, others are errors in my interpretation of data,
a few are errors in the texts I have used, and some resulted when I edited the
documents. All are, of course, my
responsibility, and I’d be happy to discuss errors. I’m most concerned with relationship
errors. There are many omissions of
dates and offspring, some because I didn’t find the data, others because I was
running out of momentum towards the end and I wanted to get something on
line. I would be happy to discuss these.
Names - I have not seen many original
documents. Working from Madison, WI, my
sources have mostly been the published sacramental records from the New Orleans
and Baton Rouge Dioceses; the courthouse and church records compiled by Rev.
Donald Hebert for other parishes; the journals Les Voyageurs, New
Orleans Genesis, Louisiana Historical Quarterly, and Louisiana
Genealogical Register; and the civil proceedings of St. John the Baptist
and St. Charles Parish, translated by Glenn Conrad. I do not know exactly when and for which
families HUBER became OUBRE, HEIDEL became HAYDEL, LECHE became LAICHE, and so
on. It undoubtedly occurred differently
for different families, but in many cases I have simply changed the name at a
generation. I have also not tried to
discover which family went by VICNER and which by VICKNAIR, and so on. I hope the present Vicknairs
in Louisiana will forgive this oversight.
Printed References – I have used many abbreviations in the references, and have not given full publication information in frequently-used references. The references are all listed in References and Abbreviations.htm.
Electronic Documents – My approach to electronic documents has changed from my previous attempt. Too many of them disappeared, leaving the genealogical documents riddled with broken links. All links to electronic records available on the Web are now from a single page, Websites.htm. In this way I hope to keep this document, and thus all the links, reasonably current, without making major changes to all the documents at the site.
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Research for these genealogies was done largely at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit them at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/. I would like to thank them and recommend to all that you support your local historical society with donations.
This page was last updated on 05/29/2011.