Achievement Award honorees!
Dennis Smolarek, BA, JLS, of the Hugh Embry Library in Dade City, Florida
is the winner of the $500 Charlotte Freels Duvall/FSGS Librarian
Scholarship this year. Dennis has chosen to attend the Federation of
Genealogical Societies 2003 Conference in Orlando, Florida with his
Hazel Bowman, of Mulberry, Florida; Scott L. Peeler, Jr., of Valrico,
Florida; and Jim Powell, Jr. of Waldo, Florida have all received
Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The President's Citation Award has been bestowed upon Christina Ann
These awards are given by the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS).
For membership and complete information, write FSGS, PO Box 1691, Cocoa,
FL 32923-1691. See their website at <http://www.florida-historical-soc.org/>
Useful scanning tips from Joanne Hintz
Joanne Hintz, writes in The Prospector, "For scanning, since the use of a
bright white or too smooth surface can cause reflections, glare and color
washout, I use a medium to light grey background to provide better
contrast with light-colored objects and a "soft" surface instead of
"hard." (Construction paper will work.)
To avoid color bleed-through when scanning paper (or copying for that
matter) with printing or writing on both sides of the paper, place a sheet
of paper the same color as the writing over the back of the page being
scanned. The back will seem to be a uniform color and the print or
writing from the back will nearly always disappear.
Ed note: Mmm. This seems to be telling me that we need to keep a few
sheets of construction paper with our genealogical materials...maybe
black, blue, brown...and light gray?
Write Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, PO Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV
What is "Once Removed?"
June Pelo writes in The Prospector - the publication of The Clark County
Nevada Genealogical Society - about "once removed."
First cousins have a common grandparent, while second cousins share a
common great-grandparent, third cousins share a common
great-great-grandparent and so on. In all of these cases, they are the
same number of generations away from the common ancestor.
With first cousins who are "once removed," they are one generation apart,
or removed, in their connection to that ancestor. In other words, one
descends from the grandparent; the other from the great-grandparent. Your
first cousin's daughter is your "first cousin once removed." (And your
first cousin once removed's daughter would be your first cousin twice
When we say that Lee Marvin is a 1st cousin 4-times removed of Robert E.
Lee; this means that Robert E. Lee's grandfather was Lee Marvin's 4th
great grandfather. Lee Marvin's 2nd great-grandmother, Ann Matilda Lee
and Robert E. Lee were first cousins.
Write Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, PO Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV
What an absolutely wonderful idea!
Add historic events to your own family time lines!
John Vomhof, writing in The Prospector - the publication of The Clark
County Nevada Genealogical Society - about adding historical events to his
own family time line.
He says, "For example, my great grandparents were married 19 April 1865,
just four days after President Lincoln was assassinated."
Mr. Vomhof says he has included historical and famous sports events. He
includes when each President was elected and the population of the United
States at each census.
Write Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, PO Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV
Do you know your own Clan motto? Here are a few!
In The Palmetto & Thistle from The Scots-American Society of Brevard, PO
Box 3325, Melbourne, FL 32902-3325, we find a list of Clan Mottos...or War
Cries! Many Clan mottos are usually seen in Latin and may vary a little
when translated into English.
If your Clan motto is not here...give Beth a call at the library and
she'll help you find your own. Call 229-985-6540 during normal business
hours, but after 10 AM since she works at home in the early mornings.
Anderson - "Stand sure!"
Bruce - "We have been!"
Buchanan - "Brighter hence
Cameron - "Unite!"
Campbell - "Forget not."
Campbell of Cawder - "Be
Campbell of Breadalbane -
Douglas - "Never behind!"
Fergusson - "Sweet after
Forbes - "Grace me guide."
Fraser of Lovat - "I am
Gayre - "Slow but sure."
Gordon - "Remaining."
Grant - "Standfast!"
Gunn - "Either peace or
Hamilton - "Through!"
Hay - "Keep the yolk!"
Johnston/e - "Never
Keith - "True conquers"
Kennedy - "Consider the
Kerr - "Late but in
Lindsay - "Endure with
Livingston - "If I can."
MacArthur - "By fidelity
Macdonald of The Isles -
"By sea by land."
Macdonald of Clanranald -
"My hope is constant in thee."
MacDougall - "To conquer or
MacGregor - "Royal is my
MacIntyre - "Through
MacIver of Gress - "I will
MacKay - "With a strong
Mackenzie - "I shine not
MacKinnon - "Fortune
assists the daring."
Mackintosh - "Touch not the
cat bot a glove."
MacLachlan - "Brave and
MacLaren - "The boar's
MacLeod - "Hold fast!"
MacMillan - "I learn to
succour the distressed."
MacNaughton - "I hope in
MacNeil - "To conquer or
MacRae of Inverinate -
Ramsay - "Pray and work."
Robertson - "Glory is the
reward of valour."
Stewart - "Courage grows
strong at the wound."
Stewart of Appin - "Wither
Stuart Marquis of Bute -
"The wrath of the lion is noble."
Wallace - "For liberty."
So, you like a "cuppa
Here are some interesting things to know about tea from The Palmetto &
Thistle publication. The Palmetto & Thistle is published by The
Scots-American Society of Brevard, PO Box 3325, Melbourne, FL 32902-3325.
Great Britons drink 165 million cups of tea every day which is three per
The United Kingdom tea market is worth œ66m ($105 million) annually.
Tea outsells coffee by 2 to 1 in tonnage.
The average cup of tea contains 50 mg of caffeine - half the amount in
98% of the people in the United Kingdom take milk in their tea. 93% drink
tea made from tea bags. 42% of the United Kingdom fluid intake is tea.
There are more than 3000 tea varieties. Herbal teas - or infusions -
continue to grow in popularity, with the market, up 17% from last year.
This market is worth œ23.87 ($38 million) each year.
Green tea is also gaining in popularity with its market valued at œ6.5
($10.4 million) and is up 25% from last year.
We think about what will happen to our silver and china....
How about thinking what will happen to our genealogical work when we're
Someday, someone will have to deal with all of those books, photographs,
voluminous paper files and other records we genealogists hang onto so
dearly. Heaven forbid that years of painstaking research and analysis
will end up in the dumpster.
Each of us should plan now for what we want done with our important work.
Who is the ideal family member who should be designated as "Keeper of the
Family History" for future generations? Take time now to write
instructions so that the administrator of your final affairs will be award
of your wishes and act appropriately when the time comes.
Remember to specify that instead of discarding books or records deemed
superfluous, your heirs should offer them to a historical or genealogical
society or library. (Remember The Odom Library in Moultrie!) In fact,
put it in writing in your will that your genealogical papers and books
should go to a specific society or library!
Today's technology offers methods by which some of your holdings can be
shared with more than just your immediate family (which is a good idea
anyway). Use a genealogy computer program to synopsize and record data
that can be transmitted to others on diskettes or CDs. If your material
is on paper only, be sure and copy as much as you can and be sure it is
located in several places - not just in your guest-room closet!
With thanks to Rickey Roots & Revels, Stanton M. Rickey, 235 15th St., NE,
Salem, OR 97301-4228.
JAMES McKINLEY born 1 October 1830 in Scotland to JOHN McKINLEY and
MARGARET BROWN, who married 1823, to Pennsylvania 1852, married 1856
MARGARET HAUGHY, settled Illinois. Who were JAMES' grandparents? Please
contact Barbara Tuck, 28 Ruhlig, Saginaw, MI. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Does anyone know what the Gaelic is for "Godmother?"
What is the Scottish Gaelic for "Godmother?" I have not been able to find
this term in the Gaelic to English dictionaries. Please contact Bernard
P. Nofs, 237 Oakland Street, Apartment 705, Trenton, NJ 08618-3547. <BerniDoris@cs.com>
Link of Friendship from Clan Hunter to Clan Muirhead sets gathering for
It has been historically customary with clans with their own seats and
presence in Scotland to extend the hand of friendship and cooperation to
others, who for various reasons no longer have a clan seat in Scotland.
This is the first such link of friendship to be made by Clan Hunter in
this tradition and it is an honor to Clan Muirhead.
Raymond Morehead accepted this Link of Friendship and announces to Clan
Muirhead members and friends this historic event.
An official letter was written to Raymond L. Morehead. President/Chief
Elect Clan Muirhead, received from Madame Pauline Hunter of Hunterston and
of that Ilk, 30th Laird of Hunterston Castle, dated last 23 June: "On the
23rd of June 2001, the Clan Chief of the Hunters, Madam Pauline Hunter of
Hunterston and of that Ilk, 30th Laird of Hunterston Castle and all her
Officers, agreed that a Link of Friendship should be offered to Clan
Muirhead. Clan Muirhead has formed a strong bond with Clan Hunter through
their both losing Clansmen at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
As Clan Muirhead no longer has any Clan home in Scotland, Madame Pauline
Hunter of Hunterston and of that Ilk, Clan Chief and 30th Laird has
invited Clan Muirhead to join their International Clan Gathering held
every three years at Hunterston Castle.
We welcome this Link of Friendship in the knowledge that it will forge
stronger links between Clan Hunter and Clan Muirhead for the mutual
benefit of both our Clans."
Clan Hunter has set the dates of the gathering for 6, 7, 8 August 2004.
If you would like more information on this important gathering of family,
please contact Raymond L. Morehead, Esq., FSA Scot, President/Chief Elect,
Clan Muirhead at <email@example.com>
or write 6522 194th Ave., East, Bonney Lake, WA 98390-8835.
Officers of the newly formed Scottish Society of Southeast Georgia:
(l-r) Dr. Tom McMullen, treasurer; Dr. Jack Proctor, vice president; Dr.
Quinn Pugh, president; Mary Phillips, clerk. Seated is Dr. Kemp Mabry,
the liaison with The Bulloch County Historical Society.
Just for fun... some 1800s recipes!
Johnny Cake: Take 2 cups meal, one of flour, one egg, half cup molasses,
one teaspoonful salt, one cup sour milk, little butter, one teaspoon soda.
That's all. We're supposed to know what to do to finish this recipe.
Cream Cookies: (without eggs) One cup thick cream, one cup sugar, one
teaspoon of soda and one of salt, just enough to roll our meely. That's
all. We're supposed to know what to do to finish this recipe.
Jelly Cake: Three eggs, one cup sugar, three tablespoons water, one of
baking powder, cup of flour, little piece of butter. Jelly. One egg, one
half pint milk, one tablespoon cornstarch, sugar and flavor to taste.
That's all. We're supposed to know what to do to finish this recipe.
Cake: One teacupful of new molasses. Two tablespoonfuls of melted lard;
put into a basin and let it come to a boil; put in half teaspoon soda, one
half of ginger and one half cup of cold water and flour; stir til thick
enough to run, put in a shallow dish to eat cold. It requires neither
eggs nor sugar. That's all. We're supposed to know what to do to finish
Sausages: To forty pounds of meat add one pound of salt, one cup of sifted
sugar, one quarter pound of pepper. That's all. We're supposed to know
what to do to finish this recipe.
Sponge pudding: Two cups of sweet milk, one cup molasses, half cup butter,
three and a half cups flour, one cup raisins, one teaspoon baking powder,
one of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Put in a basin and steam two hours.
Serve with sauce. Sauce: One half cup sugar, butter the size of an egg,
tablespoonful of flour. Stir thoroughly then pour on boiling water til
thick. That's all. We're supposed to know what to do to finish this
Pork Fruit Cake: One pound of pork, one cup of molasses, two cups sugar,
one pint boiling water, two eggs, cinnamon, cloves and all spice, one
tablespoon each, two teapoonfuls of cream tartar, one teaspoon soda, one
pound of raisins, chopped, flour to make it the consistency of any stirred
cake. Chop the pork fine and turn on the boiling water; let stand until
no longer hot. Bake very slow. The longer it is kept the better. I have
kept it six months and it was moist and nice.
Wouldn't it be fun to try some of these for an old fashioned family
It's nice to know this when you're "cemetery searching."
The oldest graves are found in the south part of a churchyard as it was
the custom to avoid the shadow of the church falling across the graves.
It was thought that "in the shadows lurked the devil and, as every good
man and woman knew, the devil always rode in from the north." In
Victorian times, the extreme north side of the churchyard was reserved for
Interesting to know...
Think about this next time you play any card game!
We thank The Genie's View from The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild, 115 W.
Glover Street, Ottawa, IL 61350 for this interesting story of the playing
cards we all take so for granted.
Playing cards are thought to have originated in Hindustan about 800 AD.
During the Middle Ages, jacks, queens and kings (face cards) were named
for legendary, historical and Biblical figures.
Did you know that the proper name for the King of Hearts is Charlemagne,
Emperor of Rome and founder of the Roman Empire? The King of Spades is
David, who slew Goliath. The King of Diamonds represents Julius Caesar.
The Queen of Clubs is Elizabeth 1 of England. Judith, who the Bible says
killed an Assyrian general to save Israel, is The Queen of Hearts.
Athena, the Greek goddess of war and wisdom, the pseudonym for the Queen
of Spades. The Queen of Diamonds represents the Biblical Rachel.
La Hire, a French warrior who fought with Joan of Arc, earned the title of
Jack of Hearts. The Jack of Spades stands for Hogier, cousin of
Charlemagne and a Danish hero. The Jack of Diamonds signifies Sir Hector,
a Knight of the Round Table and half-brother of Sir-Lancelot. The Jack of
Clubs is Sir Lancelot himself, chief knight of King Arthur's Round Table.
The suits in a deck of playing cards represents the four ranks of society
in the Middle Ages. Hearts are churchmen and statesmen; spades, the
military; diamonds, the merchants; clubs, the peasants and workers.
The earliest playing cards in Europe were those used in Italy during the
14th century. During the French Revolution, playing cards were forbidden
by law. During this time, the kings, queens and jacks became "sages,"
"virtues," and "heroes."
Surnames DO disappear!
Did you know that only 20% of the surnames used still exist after only 13
generations. Ninety percent of all families from the 1700s are now
In 1974, the Social Security Administration had 1,285,556 different
surnames on file, of which 448,663 had only one occurrence.
Over 5,000 surnames of the knighthood of the Domesday Book of 1086 have
Here's an interesting Federal Census Internet link you might find
If you are patient and if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can access <http://www.census.gov/prod/2002/pubs/po102-ma.pdf>
to find much information on the United States Federal Census from 1790 to
the present. You'll find all the questions asked and how to interpret
them...the instructions given to the census taker. It takes 149 pages to
print it out...but is well worth time, ink and paper to genealogists!
The almost ten-year-old grandson of former House of Gordon Virginia
Convener, Jim Gordon (Dr. Jim) and his wife, Abbye, was taken away
from the family by leukemia just prior to the holidays last year. Little
Davis Stewart Holbrook fought the good fight for five years until his
little body could fight no more.
Donations to the Gordon Highlanders Museum are always welcomed, but it is
not too late to have your own donation become a part of the special
Memorial for Davis Stewart Holbrook. Just send your check, made out to
the House of Gordon and 100% of it will go to the fund. (House of
Gordon, 9654 Kessler Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.)
Friends now on the Internet!
The Friend Family Association is now on the internet at <http://www.friendfamilyassociation.org>
If you would like membership information contact Pat Thompson, 5910
Lawrence Ct., Adamstown, MD 21710.
Great article on copyright in FGS
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, FUGA, has written a very good article on
copyright, entitled Fair Use in the latest edition of the Federation of
Genealogical Societies Forum.
If you receive this publication, be sure and look on page 31 of the Winter
If you do not receive the magazine, please send SASE to us at The Odom
Library and we'll be glad to copy the article for you and send it. Please
be sure and put in a note telling us what you wish to have sent. Write
The Odom Library, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828.
Want to reunite with a lost friend or loved one?
If you've been longing to reunite with a friend or family member, this may
be the opportunity! A TV production company is looking for a few special
people willing to share - on TV - the stories of their ongoing searches.
The producer is accepting submissions only from people who have not
located or met the person they are seeking.
http://reunite.myfamily.com/tvsignup.asp to complete the
Great idea from Reunions magazine!
Reunions magazine found this charming idea at
www.igrandparents.com from Barbara York in Amarillo, Texas.
"I remember a tablecloth my grandmother carried to all family reunions.
We put our hands on the tablecloth and she drew around them. She'd have
us sign our names either in or under the hand, with the date and our age
at the time. She then embroidered all the hands and signatures."
What a treasure that tablecloth is!
WWII orphans stay in touch
The American WWII Orphans Network is a worldwide support network for those
who lost their father in World War II. Ann Bennett Mix founded the group
in 1991 as 406,000 men died in WWII, leaving an estimated 183,000 children
Membership is open to those whose father was killed in WWII or who later
died of service related injuries.
Contact The American World War II Orphans Network, 5745 Lee Rd.,
Indianapolis, IN 46216.
Are you a World War I veteran?
The Veterans History Project is urgently seeking World War I veterans.
Professional oral historians are conducting interviews with the veterans.
If you are a World War I veteran or know of any, please contact The
Veterans History Project at 202-707-4412.
Florida library needs our help now!
Under the Florida governor's plan, the Division of Library and Information
Services, currently part of the Florida Department of State, would be soon
eliminated. Parts of the Division would be retained and moved from the
Department of State to other state agencies. The Library Development arm,
which administers the federal LSTA program and State Aid to Libraries, is
slated to be incorporated into a newly formed "Department of State and
The State Archives would be moved to the Department of Environmental
Protection, and the records management function to the Department of
Management Services. The library itself, which provides library services
to state agencies, libraries throughout the state, the general public and
manages the State Documents Program, would be eliminated completely with
its collections dispersed.
Everyone in Florida is asked to contact their State Representatives and
Governor Jeb Bush. Let them know how you feel.
Those who come to Florida to use the collections are also asked to contact
Governor Bush in Tallahassee, Florida.
Do you have Collinwood photographs?
Photographs of both interiors and exteriors of businesses in Collinwood,
Tennessee between 1913 and the present are sought. If you have a
photograph of a business, factory, house, etc., made in Collinwood, please
contact Edgar D. Byler, III, 201 First Avenue North, Collinwood, TN
Dr. Donald A. Henderson honored at Clan Henderson Christmas Walk
Ceilidh in Alexandria, Virginia
President John F. Kennedy established the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1963 to honor the distinguished service performed by civilians in
peacetime. This past summer, President George W. Bush so honored Clan
Henderson member, Dr. Donald A. Henderson, at a White House ceremony. The
President called Donald "a great general in mankind's war against
Dr. Henderson, an epidemiologist, led the World Heath Organization's
campaign to stamp out smallpox. He accomplished this feat in 1977 when
the last case of smallpox occurred in Somalia.
Accomplishing this task required great ingenuity and tenacity; skills Dr.
Henderson will still need as he chairs the Health and Human Services
bioterrorism advisory commission. He heads the Center for Civilian
Biodefense Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
His parents, who had volunteered with the Salvation Army after they
retired, insisted that a strong work ethic was a part of their Scottish
Heritage. At 73, Dr. Henderson continues his efforts to save us all from
Clan Henderson is proud of this clansman and of his service to mankind.
He was recognized with Clan Henderson's Order of the Chief at the Ceilidh
after the 2002 Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia.
Greenlaw family plans bisesquicentennial gathering
Greenlaw descendants in the Untied States and Canada will gather in
Brunswick, Maine in August of 2003 to commemorate the bisesquicentennial
of their ancestor's arrival in America two hundred and fifty years ago.
William and Jane Greenlaw and their children arrived on the coast of Maine
(then part of Massachusetts) in the area of the St. Georges River near
Warren in 1753 after setting sail from Greenock, Scotland and crossing the
Atlantic Ocean aboard the brig Dolphin.
Later, after the American Revolution, many Greenlaws, as Loyalists,
migrated to St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada (then part of Nova Scotia)
while others remained in Maine.
Greenlaw 250, as the commemorative is known, will include a reunion of
Greenlaw descendants planned for August 14-17, 2003 in Maine and is
expected to be the largest gathering ever of the descendants of William
and Jane Greenlaw. It will be held in conjunction with the 25th Annual
Maine Highland Games at Thomas Point Beach, which are sponsored by the St.
Andrews Society of Maine. In recognition of this milestone event for
Greenlaw descendants, the St. Andrews Society has extended the great honor
of designating the Home Clan, of which the Greenlaws are a sept or family,
as the honored clan during the Maine Games. An American (US and Canadian)
Greenlaw tartan is being designed especially to commemorate the historic
Anyone wishing information on the reunion (including the registration
form) may check the Greenlaw web site at
or they may send SASE to Greenlaw 250, c/o Snell, 1106 Belle View Blvd.,
#C-2, Alexandria, VA 22307.
Stovall Cookbook available for limited time
For a limited time, you may purchase a Stovall Cookbook (3rd edition) for
only $7.00 including shipping and handling.
For every cookbook you order you will receive two free Koozies to keep
those canned drinks cold (from the 2002 Stovall Reunion).
Order with a check payable to the Stovall Family Association, Inc., from
Linda Stovall at 3345 Tibey Ct., Dubuque, IA 52002. Call 563-557-9227 or
Where can we find a male Maine Coon?
Narra The Wonder Cat, The Family Tree proofreader and ROI Computer Repair
Cat, is seeking a male Maine Coon cat as a companion to herself, Peggy
Hairy and Sylvester. (She says that four cats are a perfect household.)
In the always tradition that Narra gets what Narra wants, does anyone know
where a Maine Coon kitten may be obtained?
She would like a male kitten. (Shhh! Neutering would happen.)
Please write Narra The Wonder Cat, c/o The Family Tree at PO Box 2828,
Moultrie, GA 31776-2828. You may email Narra at