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Updated July 24, 2012

Velia 'Bert' Bertrand, Jr

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First of all, I would like to say thank you to all who aided me in this endeavor, especially brother Robert Bertrand of Beaumont, TX., sister Edna Marie Bertrand-Martinez of Thibodaux, LA and cousins; Sherlley Joseph Bertrand of Baton Rouge, LA, & Jeannine Bertrand-Audet, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, and Denis Bertrand of Montréal. Their inputs of data & photos are indeed appreciated. To all the other cousins, too many to mention here, who donated info for their "twig" on the tree, I say merci beaucoup!
These reports do contain some errors, so be cautious and do verify through your own soures/references. They have been "privatized", vital stats on the living removed, for security. If you are a relative & have a need for such data, contact me & I will provide (if I have the data). Please email to me any changes/errors/additions/etc you deem helpful/necessary. Send to A2faa(at) and please share what data you may have. This is one way to pass on some knowledge of our heritage to our children & grandchildren.
In the several years of research, I find that there are possibly six to seven separate clans of Bertrands in/around Louisiana that I cannot connect to each other, thus far. All of those that I find are considered "blue-blooded royalty" (and very prolific) from areas of old France. I will attempt to post the Custom Report of the three largest Bertrand family files that I have in my database on this website.

The largest file is that of the descendants of LOUIS BERTRAND & CHARLOTTE DENIS of St-Maxient, Poitou Province, France. Their son, Jean-Baptiste, emigrated to Montréal & his son, Antoine b. 1722, emigrated to the "German Coast Area" near New Orleans/Edgard in the Louisiana Territory around 1746. Antoine's descendants prospered & produced large families throughout South Louisiana & East Texas.

The FRANÇOIS BERTRAND & MARIE LEGARDE Descendants file has their son, Pierre, emigrating in the 1740s from near Paris, France, to the New Orleans/German Coast area of Louisiana. This clan multiplied and populated the Louisiana territory as did the descendants of LOUIS BERTRAND. Infact, François' descendants believed they were closely related to Louis' clan & worked/socialized with each other, perhaps better than with their own actual family!

The GILLES BERTRAND & PERONNELLE LENOYER of Britague, France file, has their son Giles emigrating to Boucherville, Québec & his son, AMABLE AMAND BERTRAND-dit-BEAULIEU, emigrating from there to the Opelousas Outpost, Louisiana territory, in/about 1766. His descendants were as significant as the German Coast Bertrands in populating this area and as well as east Texas. This family seemed to be centered during the time soon after, around the communities of Plaisance & Prairie Ronde.

Again, the researching of family is a two-way street in "sharing" data. You can contact me, Velia "Bert" Bertrand, Jr by email:
a2fay4u(at) for sharing. (The (at) is shown instead of @ to prevent spammers' automated skimmers from picking up my email address).

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