SDFA declares Odom
Library archival "home"
Judi Lloyd, President of the Scottish District Family Association recently
announced that the SDFA has officially declared The Ellen Payne Odom
Genealogy Library in Moultrie, Georgia their archival and genealogical
This brings to 118 the
number of Scottish clans and organizations utilizing the facilities in
The Scottish District
Families Association was formally begun at the Grandfather Mountain
Highland Games in 1997 out of concern by the Council of Scottish Clans and
Associations (COSCA) for those people of Scottish heritage whose name or
ancestry linked them to Scotland, but to an area not an organized Clan.
It is estimated that 70% of
all persons attending festivals or highland games are in this category.
Clan affiliation is familial. District Families affiliation is usually
geographical, but also includes those families without an organized clan
and those waiting for someone to organize an American branch of their
clan. There are over 50 districts in Scotland. Many have their own unique
tartan which in some districts are older than the clan tartans.
The purpose of the SDFA is
to provide knowledge about the districts, cities, lowlands, etc., to its
members and to other interested people and to assist anyone in determining
whether they may have some Scottish heritage in their background.
For more information
contact Judi Lloyd at:
Public library book sales may provide a treasure trove for genealogists
Many public libraries are supported by their Friends of the Library
groups. One of their prime fund-raising ventures is the book sale. Such an
event can be used to liquidate older versions of books that can be
valuable to your genealogical research.
Older atlases may be
useless to a library or a donor, but may be invaluable to your work.
Reference books, language dictionaries, almanacs, local, state and
national histories, and other books may supplement your reference
collection at a tiny fraction of the price of new books.
Check with your library at
to whether they or other libraries in your area sponsors book sales.
You can register for the 2003 Kennedy Scholarship...now!
The time is past for applying for our scholarships for this year, but we
wish to remind you that there is always another year coming up and hope
that you will keep our program in mind. Again, we urge all members to
submit qualified applicants to us.
1. Financial need.
2. Plans to attend a certified school of instruction.
3. Must be at intermediate level.
4. Student must write to the Scholarship Chairman and requesting a
5. Must send a resume and letter of recommendation from the teacher.
5. Preference goes to Kennedys and relatives of Kennedy Society members;
lacking such, others are eligible.
The deadline for letters
from teachers is May 1, 2003. Get applications in early!
We wish to thank those
members who have contributed so generously to the scholarship fund.
For more information contact: Zora Drake, 2000 Firth of Tay Way, Raleigh,
NC 27603, or call at 919-829-1851.
Thanks to the Kennedy Gazette, 520 Harrison Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725.
None Shall Forget An Epic journey to Antarctica
Clan Pollock member, Herbert W. Pollock, pens a new novel based on his
five tours on the Great White Continent, Antarctica.
The harrowing experiences
of installing a Nuclear Power Plant in the worlds most hostile
environment, Antarctica, are detailed in "None Shall Forget". A historical
novel of the installation/operation of the PM-3A Nuclear Power Plant at
McMurdo Station, Antarctica by a tri-service crew.
It describes the selection
of the initial Crew I, the testing and shipping of the plant, and relates
some of the experiences of the crew in New Zealand.
The story also relates some
of the trials and tribulations the crew encountered in assembling,
testing, and finally placing the plant into power operation. The story is
based on events that actually happened, though not perhaps, to the
The book may be ordered
online: <www.buybooksonline.com >, <Amazon.com>, <b/n.com>, or may be
ordered through Ingram at your local bookstore. For additional information
contact the author: Herbert W. Pollock, 625 West Springwood Drive, Seneca,
SC 29672, call 864-882-0387, email:
MAGS to hold its 20th Anniversary Banquet
The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) will celebrate its 20th
Anniversary on Friday evening, October, 18, 2002 at the Hilton Hotel, 5485
Twin Oaks Rd., Columbia, MD 21045.
Cash bar starts at 6;30 PM.
Dinner Banquet starts at 7:15 PM. All members and interested nonmembers
are welcome at $35 per person if you register by October 5, 2002.
Registration is limited to 200 attendees so please register early.
Banquet Speaker: Dr. George
K. Schweitzer will present "Was you Ancestor a wine drinker, a beer
drinker, or a Schnapps drinking German?"
For registration details
contact: Diane M. Kuster, Registrar, 251 Serpentine Dr., Bayville, NJ
08721 or email:
Check MAGS website for the
latest Banquet arrangements:
MAGS is a copartner with
NGS for the weekend events. Please note that the Saturday, 19 Oct 2002,
registration is separate from the banquet, so see the NGS website for
registration details for Saturday at:
I'm trying to locate any family members of JAMES and SARA ODOM from
circa of 1912. There were seven boys and three girls born of this union.
Abbeyville, GA was the birthplace of WILLIAM. I believe they were married
in 1898, the same area. I think, the oldest HUBERT was born in 1899. The
last name of GIBBS could possibly be the maiden name of SARA. Wilcox
County has been mentioned. Any help would be appreciated. Ruth Ann Odom,
9595 Adler Ave., Fontana, CA 92335, call at 909-822-8225.