Genealogist's Exchange Society needs your articles!
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society is now collecting articles for
its second volume of "Pioneers of Florida's First Coast." You do not have
to be a member of SGES in order to submit an article. You do not have to
be related to the person you write about.
Here are the criteria: Must have lived in Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker or
St. Johns County, Florida prior to 1920. The article should contain as
much genealogical information as can be proven or concluded from evidence.
It should be in paragraph form, not a printed Family Group Sheet or
Ancestry Chart. It is appreciated if sources are cited.
No deadline has been set, but they really want to publish this volume in
2003. Please don't wait to submit your article(s). Good quality pictures
which can be copied may also be included. There is no charge.
The published book will be for sale by the Society later. Copies of the
first volume (good looking hard back and excellent print) are selling out,
but can be seen at our library at 6215 Sauterne Dr., Jacksonville. This is
a perfect opportunity to preserve the history of your friends and/or
For more information, you my contact our library via telephone 778-1000
during the hours of operation, or via email at
[email protected]. Check out their
Douglas P. Ross, 64, passed away Friday, January 31, 2003 at
Carolinas Medical Center. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held
at Idlewild Baptist Church with The Reverend Fallon Melvin officiating.
Douglas was a devoted husband of 44 years, a loving father to five
daughters, and "Pop" to ten grandchildren. He was born March 5, 1938 in
Iowa City, Iowa, as son of the late Cameron Mackenzie and Harriet
He was President of the Clan Ross Association of the United States, as
well as a Knight's Templar. He worked at Allstate Insurance Company for 30
years and retired as a Claims Manager.
Information needed on REDDOCH who came from Scotland Mid 1700s.
Forebears of JAMES born 1782 in South Carolina, son (?) WILLIAM born 14
March, 1820 in Mississippi. Pat McDaniel, 2308 Middlecoff Drive, Gulfport,
Mason Bell was an outstanding high school and college athlete from
Atwood, Kansas. He was a student at New Mexico Highlands University in Las
Vegas, New Mexico. In October, 1999, Mason died tragically from a brain
aneurysm at the age of 25. He was a very outgoing and spiritual man who
always wore a smile.
In remembrance of Mason, the first ever Mason Bell Pentathlon was held on
June 30, 2001. The second will be on June 6th of this year at Pojoaque
High School track in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These annual pentathlons are a
fitting memorial to mason who loved the challenges of competition.
Mason's father, Dennis Bell, will soon be submitting his application to
join the Bell Family Association. Mason, a piper as well as an athlete,
would have liked that.
Don't miss these Scottish web sites
If your research takes you to the Orkney Islands, try out the Orcadian
Wedding Traditions web site at
For everything you might want to know about the tartans of Scotland, go to
For a list of archaic medical terms and definitions
Looking for Celtic clip art to download? Try
Thanks to the Scottish Genealogy Society, Chicago and Jean Zack.
Watch out for the golf balls!
A Scottish castle that was built to withstand cannon fire now needs new
defenses - to protect it from stray golf balls!
Niddry Castle owner Richard Nairn has asked West Lothian Council for
permission to erect a 230 foot long net to shield the 500 year old
stronghold at Winchburgh.
One golfer at the Niddry Castle course admitted that at times it must be
like living under fire as balls constantly zero in on the castle.
Thanks to Frank Beavin and The Scottish Society of Louisville, Inc.
Newsletter, PO Box 32248, Louisville, KY 40232-2248,
The last widow of a Union veteran dies
The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, 20 January 2003, that the last
surviving widow of a Union veteran has died at the age of 93. Mrs.
Gertrude Janeway had married John Janeway, 81, in 1927. She was 18 at the
time. He had died in 1937 when he was 91.
As a Union veteran's widow, she had been receiving a $70 monthly check
from the Veterans Administration. The place of her death was a three room
log cabin her husband had bought several years after they married. The
cabin was apparently located near Blaine, Tennessee.
Her death leaves Alberta Martin, 95, of Alabama, as apparently the only
surviving widow of a Civil War veteran. Alberta's husband was a veteran of
the Confederate Army.
One interesting thing is that for many decades after a war ends, the
federal government may be paying pensions and thus there may be records of
interest to genealogist. The basic reason is that an elderly war veteran
may have married a very young woman who then became entitled to a pension
upon his death.
According to the VA, the last pension related for service in the
Revolutionary War was paid in the early 20th century; the last pension
related to the War of 1812 in 1946; to the Mexican War in 1962, and now
the Civil War, in 2003 (or perhaps 02). Since the federal government
didn't pay pensions to Confederate veterans, it appears now the boos will
be closing on Civil War pensions as well, nearly 140 years after the end
of the conflict.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times and Doug Mason.
On-line translation tools now available
So you've traced your line back across the pond to the homeland and you've
even found the church records that list your ancestry for several
generations back in time. But, they are all in the language of your
forefathers and you don't speak much less read the language! Don't
despair! There are several translation tools available on-line.
AltaVista provides one of the best at
http://bablefish.altavista.com/. Text can be converted to English from
French, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish
in blocks of text of up to 150 words.
Two other sites are
http://www.bablefish.org/ which is a portal for may sites and
http://www.Foreighword.com/Tool/transnow.htm which offers "a single
point of access to 28 of the best systems for over 38 different languages.
Thanks to The Collin County Genealogical Society, PO Box 865052, Plano, TX
Marshall C. Guthrie, Jr., age 87, of Hockessin, Delaware passed away on
December 26, 2002.
Marshall was born in the Panama Canal Zone on December 15, 1915, the older
son of Dr. Marshall C. Guthrie, the commanding surgeon of the Canal Zone,
and Harriet Harding Guthrie. He was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and
graduated from Haverford College in 1937, and earned a Master's Degree
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began a lifelong career
at the Dupont Company. Trained as a chemical engineer, he managed a
Dymetrol, a polymer strapping product that he helped to bring to an
He was a very active Episcopalian. He is survived by a brother, his
children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Col. Robert E. Harrison awarded House of Gordon 2003 Allan M. Adams
The Indiana and Kentucky Divisions, of the United States Branch of the
House of Gordon, a Scottish Highland Clan, are proud to announce that Col.
Robert E. Harrison, FSA Scot has been chosen to receive the Allan M. Adams
Award. The Adams Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or
organization for their outstanding contributions in the field of public
education with regard to Scottish culture and heritage.
Col. Harrison, a prominent criminal defense attorney living in the
Glasgow, Kentucky area and Fellow with the Royal Museum's Society of
Antiquaries for Scotland, serves a President of the Glasgow Highland
Games, Inc., and is a well-known public speaker on topics related to
Born and raised in Maine, and a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army Judge
Advocate General Corps, Col. Harrison is as American as you can get, yet
he proudly honors and holds dear his Scottish Ancestry. Col. Harrison
attended the University of Maine majoring in Government, the Washington
University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate, and the U.S.
Army Command and Staff War College. Col Harrison is also the Past
President of the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas.
Nominations for the Adams Award are submitted by the members of the
Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the House of Gordon and the previous
winners of the award. The active members and prior winners then submit
ballots with their votes to the State Convener for tabulation. The winner
is presented the award during the opening ceremonies of the Glasgow
Kentucky Highland Games, which are held the first weekend in June at
Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, Kentucky. The Glasgow
Highland Games Inc. and Barren River Lake State Resort Park are both proud
past winners of the Adams Award themselves.
Established in 1997, the award is named for the philanthropist Allen M.
Adams, a publisher, entrepreneur, and decorated U.S. Naval Aviator with
service in the Pacific theater during WWII, who until his death actively
encouraged people to investigate their heritage and culture. Mr. Adams was
often heard telling young people that the only way to truly succeed in the
future was to have a firm understanding of the past.