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The Family Tree - August/September 2003
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Clan Forrester recently received news that William D. "Bill" Forrester passed away on May 3, 2003 after a long bout with cancer. Funeral services were held on May 6, 2003 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clan Forrester and The Family Tree sends their condolences to Bill's family and friends.

MacDougal kilt made for Highland Games
Max MacDougal (he likes to call himself "Mad Max McDougald") has, for a number of years, worked with youth in Highland Games to get them interested in some of the athletic events. In doing so he has helped advertise and otherwise elevate the honor of the clan.
A couple of years ago he began to wonder how the Clan MacDougall Society could help to get kids more interested and involved in good clean activities like the games. In the past, the MacDougall Society has helped fund scholarships for things like dancing, music, and language lessons. This time Max worked with the officers of the Society for something else.
As we all know, one of the barriers keeping some people from getting involved in Highland Games is the lack of a kilt. Max proposed that the Clan MacDougall Society provide a kilt made out of the cotton MacDougall Modern tartan. They agreed and the deed was done! Don McCullough (who used to operate a small home business making kilts) made a child's kilt that was ultra adjustable. It will fit anyone with a waist between 22 and 27 inches.
To finish the kilt off, Don embroidered "Provided by Clan MacDougall" and the "Motto: To Conquer or Die" on the inside. Don had to cease commercial kiltmaking due to ill health and this was his last project. Now Max can use it as an enabling factor to get new kids involved in one of our favorite activities.
Thanks to The Tartan and the Clan MacDougall Society, Inc.

Canadian records now available
The Canadian government has agreed after a 5 year court battle, to release the "1906 Census of Canada." This is a major breakthrough for genealogists as these records and all records subsequent to these had been sealed and were to be sealed forever.
Subsequent to the announcement of Ministers Rock and Copps regarding the immediate release of the 1906 Census of the Western Provinces, Ian Wilson - National Archivist, has announced that those records are now accessible on-line.
They can be viewed at:
http://www.archives.ca/02/020153_e.html, http://www.archives.ca/02/020153_f.html.
Thanks to the Clan MacDuff Newsletter.

Nona Urquhart Thomas, (1916-2003) joined the Clan Urquhart Association on August 9, 1976 and was member No. 39. Over the ensuing 27 years she has been one of the Associations staunchest supporters as well as dear friend. She kept up a lively correspondence with the Chief. Seldom was a Newsletter issue mailed that Nona didn't send a kind return note. They often included Urquhart information she had found. Over the years the information produced several articles.
Nona was a true clanswoman, one who understood the concept of a worldwide Urquhart Family.
She and her husband Dan had one child, son Ralph Danford Thomas, III, a talented photographer and musician.

Barbara "Barb" Urquhart Jersild (1941-2003) joined the Clan Urquhart Association in 1998. With her husband, her sisters, and their spouses, she attended the 1998 Annual Meeting of the Clan Urquhart Association held in New Orleans.
Barbara passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in Rockford Memorial Hospital to be with her Lord and loved ones. She was born October 21, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of William and Pansy Lewis Urquhart. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago in 1959 and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Barbara married John Jersild January 27, 1962, in Albany Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago. A homemaker, she was a member of Third Presbyterian Church in Rockford.


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