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Petry Family Reunion followup

Okay, so I’m really frustrated with myself for having so much going on at the same time and taking such a long break from blogging because it also caused me to miss out on the family reunion this past July, that I was SO looking forward to attending!

But anyway, what I would like to know is if any one of you reading this were able to attend the Petry Family Reunion in Houston this year could you please do me the favor of passing on any info that was distributed on that weekend??? Any t-shirts…programs…WHATEVER you have!!! I would REALLY appreciate it!!! =P (please excuse the begging LOL)

Thanks in advance!!!


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Elijah Douresseau and Hazel Pete

This is a picture of my paternal great grandparents on their wedding day (this is actually one of my favorite family photos).

They looked so cute together, don’t you think! =P


(click on the photos to enlarge them)

And this is a much later picture of the happy couple…


(The first picture makes them look light-skinned for some odd reason though)

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Take THAT!

Get ’em LDS! Get ’em!!!

Can you tell I’m excited? =D

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Ancestry gives free access to immigration records is currently giving FREE access to registered users wanting to search its immigration records, as a way to celebrate “the hundredth anniversary of 1907 – the largest year of immigration through Ellis Island”…

(I know! I didn’t believe it either at first! What? No WAY! LOL)

Go ahead, do a search =)

The catch? You only have until April 30th…

But hey that’s better than nothing, right?

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Deridder, Beauregard, Louisiana, USA

I also have never been to my Madea‘s hometown of Deridder, so I will only post some links for right now…

City of Deridder

(from the site)

“The History of DeRidder


The story of DeRidder goes something like this. In 1893, railroads were being built in the United States, and one of their builders was Mr. Stilwell. There was an international financial crisis that year, and Mr. Stilwell could not raise the $3 million needed to finish constructing a railroad from Kansas City down to the Gulf, about 800 miles. Since he could not raise the money in the United States, he decided to go to Europe for aid. He first tried England, but failed. He then went to Holland for assistance. He was at a loss while in Amsterdam, and then remembered a young coffee merchant he had met while on a previous trip to Europe with his wife. Mr. Stilwell went to the Coffee Exchange for their list of members, and found the name of the young merchant, Jan Dehouyen. Mr. Stilwell found Jan Dehouyen and told him about his plans for building the railroad in the United States. These plans intrigued Jan Dehouyen, so he raised the $3 million needed for this Kansas City Southern Railroad. Then Mr. Dehouyen decided to change careers from coffee to railroads, and traveled to the United States with Mr. Stilwell.

Jan Dehouyen kept an office in Amsterdam, Holland, and there was a map in his office showing Kansas City in the north and the Gulf in the south. Occasionally, Mr. Dehouyen would be asked to name a place, which might be of interest in the future, which was located along the railroad. Mr. Dehouyen had a sister-in-law named Ella DeRidder Dehouyen. She was a beautiful girl from Belgium, and was a favorite relative of Jan Dehouyen. He named our city “DeRidder”, in honor of his sister-in-law…”

The Local Newspaper

Lots of Miscellaneous Info and Links


(from the page)

“As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,808 people, 3,819 households, and 2,616 families residing in the city. The population density was 446.0/km² (1,155.4/mi²). There were 4,454 housing units at an average density of 202.6/km² (524.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.81% White, 34.73% African American, 0.57% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.

There were 3,819 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,952, and the median income for a family was $39,384. Males had a median income of $36,388 versus $21,302 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,996. About 15.0% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over…”

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Free or Cheap Genealogy Stuff

Just a bunch of random genealogy stuff I found (a lot of it is very similar though)

Free Genealogy Charts/Forms

More charts (some are the same)

More charts

More free charts (these are a bit more different and creative though)

More free charts and files

Free genealogy classes/tutorials

Free lookups

Free genealogy graphics

Free genealogy clipart

Free genealogy Publications

Legacy Family Tree Software (standard edition is free)

Free Genealogy Tools

More Free Lookups

Miscellaneous Freebies

GenoPro Software (free trial)

Free Tools, Calculators, and Dictionaries

Free Genealogy Consultation

More Misc. Free Stuff

Free Genealogy Downloads

Free Genealogy Research (research is free but misc. expenses for things like copies, printing fees, or postage are not)

Free Lookups (from rare or out-of-print books)

Free Genealogy Web Hosting

Free Genealogy Downloads

Personal Ancestral File (from familysearch; create detailed pedigree charts, gedcoms)

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Baden-Baden ???Wirstenburg???, Germany

I noticed that the Petry website had “Wirstenburg“, Germany listed as George Petry‘s (my gggg grandfather’s) place of birth.

I had never heard of this place before so I did a few searches…

Turns out that there is no such place (family researchers are only human, so it really doesn’t surprise or bother me much when I find errors; comes with the territory).

I have found two possible alternatives, however.



(map borrowed from this website)




Map of Baden Wurttemberg – Visit us for more German Maps

The more logical choice would seem to be Wurttemberg, though IMO.

What do y’all think?

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