The Picayune, Sunday, May 28, 2000
Written by Sandra Pichon
The draft of the first of four genealogy books titled "Blood from the Bayou Runs Through Me, the Faciane Family of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana" was recently donated to the Slidell Library for its genealogy department.
The book was organized by Karen L. Siverson, granddaughter of Josephine Mildred "Millie" Faciane Pena and Peter Charles Pena. It contains information contributed by the Faciane, Galatas, Pena, and Pichon families of St. Tammany Parish.
The book is 380 pages and includes more than 40 phtotographs. Joseph Faciane, born in Cadiz, Spain, around 1819 was the immigrant ancestor in the family and was the son of Bartholome Faciane. It contains a detailed descendant section with sources that tells how each individuals is related to Bartholome Faciane, a research contacts section, a Faciane birthday and anniversary calendar and more.
There are 1,703 Faciane family members represened in the draft copy, 1,143 of whom are direct descendants, the remainder being those married into the family. Community members with family ties to the Facianes are encouraged to visit the Slidell Library and review the book.
While Siverson tried to interpret her mother, Frances Pena O'Reilly's handwritten notes and other items, she believes that mistaks may exist and need to be addressed, as well as any additions or deletions before the final permanent copy is bound. The book is the first of four. The other volumes will be on the Galatas family, whose membership is currently 1,276; the Pena family, 2,070, and the Pichons, whose last count was at 3,035.
Each volume will be donated to the Slidell Library for its genealogy department. Siverson may be contacted by E-mail at RoryKaren@ao.com
or by mail, 7556 Bruce Road, Custer, WA 98240.
Family members may pick up genealogy sheets at the green-and-white-canopied booth at this year's Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races and discuss the families.