Wednesday, August 8, 2007


By Gary J. Gabehart

Bless their little heart's, Lester and the old, old one are confused again -- ya gotta take your medicine on time!

Just to set the story straight, The Redbone Heritage Foundation (RHF) is holding a research Conference October 18, 19, 20 in Lake Charles, Louisiana -- some of the Conference will be held at the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library -- some of the Conference will be held at other nearby locations yet to be announced.

Got that!
For early registration, check out the following link:
Or Call Direct, Stacy R. Webb, President, 1341 Grapevine Rd., Crofton, Ky 42217 (270)-985-8568 email:

Now the Ray Bridges, Bearhead Creek Redbone meeting, "last I heard," was to be held at the VFW Hall in Starks, Louisiana. That's the last I heard, and you can get that information from Ray Bridges. It's printed on his web site, and he has all but dared members of the RHF to show up, so RHF would not be connected with that meeting. Get It? Two different meetings, by two different groups!
Ray Bridges Bearhead Creek Blog,
Now that is the real deal! Can't tell you anything else except, (although we are cousins through the Drakes which according to LV Hays he also connects), Ray Bridges has not informed anyone to the contrary that I am aware of -- not that it would affect my schedule anyway.

I truly do wish Ray Bridges well with the Bearhead Creek Redbone Meeting on October 27th at the Starks VFW. Seems he has many issues to work out at Starks involving him personally. Maybe he will send this blog some pictures of the event.
Call or write Ray Bridges at, Ray "Houston" Bridges, 195 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, Ca 94610 email

As I understand it from RHF planners, they will be giving away DNA kits, providing dinning discount packets and Hotel/Motel packets. Do it yourself cemetery tours will also be planned.

There will not be a formal Conference Dinner, which I thought was great, as I hate Conference food. There will be some dinner gatherings at classic Cajun restaurants where you can roll your own taco's and eat your own poisons, so to speak.

So, ya'll come down to Lake Charles in October and have a great time on the beach, clubbing, and the Historical District, and --spend some time at the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library -- they have what you're looking for!

The above picture is my Great-Grandfather, Charley Thomas. This is the 1880, full blood, Chickasaw Indian in his everyday Indian regalia. What, no spear or loin cloth?

Gary J. Gabehart, Mishiho (Mish-eh-ho)

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