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The GED files for these genealogies – who begat whom - are located at


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.

 Ancestors of Irvin Joseph Rome


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.

Ancestors of Joseph Emile Blum


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.

Ancestors of Buddy Keller


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

Ancestors of Juanita Rita Frederick


Other Louisiana Families

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.


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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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This page was last updated on 05/29/2011.