Pittsburgh project online
Historic Pittsburgh is a digital collection that provides an
opportunity to explore and research the history of Pittsburgh and
the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area on the Internet. The
project is a joint project of the University of Pittsburgh's Digital
Research Library and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
at the Heinz History Center, and is a highly useful tool for
genealogists with Pittsburgh-area families.
Historic Pittsburgh Project includes: ú A digital full-text
collection of 476 books published prior to the 1920s ú A searchable
database of the U.S. Census schedules for Pittsburgh (1850-1880) and
Allegheny City (1850-1970) ú A collection of more than 900 historic
land ownership maps of the area ú A searchable collection of 289
finding aids that detail important archive collections on great
Pittsburgh history ú A searchable chronology of Pittsburgh history
with over 3,100 entries (1717-2001) ú An online catalog for the
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.
search for ancestor John Townsend found him in Pittsburgh in 1870.
Testing a little further afield, a digital search of book resources
for ancestor Amos Miller found him in a roster for Company K, 211th
Regiment raised during the Civil War in Westmoreland County.
reference was a local history, Old and New Westmoreland. This
indicates that this site is useful for the entire region surrounding
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and not just Pittsburgh.
access this Web site by pointing your browsers to:
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh. Thanks to the
Newsletter of The Paradise Genealogical Society.
The Clan MacLeod Society, USA, held its annual meeting at the
University Plaza Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky on May
28 - June 1, 2003.
business meetings were held on Thursday and Friday, leaving Saturday
open to attend the Glasgow Highland Games where Chief John MacLeod
of MacLeod was the Honored Guest. The Games were well attended and
Chief John received a warm reception at the Opening Ceremony. The
MacLeods made a bright appearance in their "Loud MacLeod" tartans.
business meeting, William C. MacLeod of Naperville, Illinois, was
elected President of the Clan MacLeod Society to replace Donald B.
MacLeod whose term had expired. Other officers elected were:
John B. MacLeod, Vice-President; Anne L. MacLeod, Secretary; Richard
A. MacLeod, Treasurer; John McLeod Tutterow, Counsel; Harry E. Boyes,
Newsletter Editor; Norman Livermore, Piping; Rev. Dr. James A.
McLeod, Chaplain; Dixie McCaskill, Migration Director; W. Jefferson
Bryson, Jr., Historian; Gloria McLeod, Publicist/Recording
Secretary; Perry Beaton, Youth.
Regional Vice Presidents in the thirteen Regions are: Dr. Donald A.
MacLeod, Robert E. MacLeod, Richard W. MacLeod, W. Franklin Wyatt
III, Jay McClure, Larry McLeod, John N. MacLeod, Arthur Nicol,
Douglas Beaton, William M. Woodall, Michael E. Barger and Penny
were scheduled for each day that covered migration/genealogy,
Scottish harp and fiddle, the USA Clan MacLeod Web Site, and
piping. An especially entertaining session was conducted by
Mr. Leroy May, an amateur genealogist, who traced the relative of a
MacLeod whose ashes had lain in the Postal Recovery Service for a
dozen years unclaimed.
was held on Saturday night where Chief John was the guest speaker.
The Clansperson of the Year Awards were given for the years 2002 and
2003. Dual awards were given to Don Mack and Kathrine McLeod from
Boling, Texas, for 2002 in recognition of their many years of
service to the Society. Don Mack served as Regional Vice President
of the South Central Region, then as Vice President of the Society
followed by his term as President from July 1996 to July 1999.
Clansperson of the Year for 2003 was William F. MacLeod of San
Diego, California, who has served as Vice President, President and
most recently Treasurer of the Society covering the years of 1991 to
the present. His wife, Mary, accompanied him to the podium to
accept this very special award. Bill is relinquishing his duties as
Secretary this year and will be replaced by Richard A. MacLeod of
these recipients was greeted with standing ovations from fellow
members for their faithful service over the years.
joined in singing "Auld Lang Syne" to end the evening but were
already looking forward to the North American Gathering that will be
held in Arlington Heights, Illinois, July 1-4, 2004 at which time
the MacLeods from Canada will join the American MacLeods for a big
Laugh out loud!
Prime Minister Tony Blair visits an Edinburgh, Scotland hospital
accompanied by a doctor. He enters a ward full of patients with no
obvious signs of injury or illness.
the first patient and the patient replies: "Fair fa! Your honest
sonsie face, great Chieftain o' the pudden' race. Aboon them a' ye'
tak' your place, Painch, tripe or thairm, as lang's my airm."
confused, so he just forces a smile and moves on to the next patient
and greets him. The patient responds: "Some hae meat and canna eat,
and some nae meat that want it. But we hae meat and we can eat, so
let the Lord be thankit."
confused, but trying not to show it, Tony moves on to the next
patient, who immediately begins to chant: "Wee sleekit, cowerin',
timorous beasty, thou needna' start awa' sae hasty, wi' bickering
alarmed, Tony turns to the accompanying doctor and asks. "What kind
of facility is this, is it a mental ward?"
replies the doctor. The serious Burns unit!"
Matthew R. Edgar.
AGM scheduled for Clan Moncreiffe Society of North America
The 6th annual meeting (AGM) of the Clan Moncreiffe Society of
North America (CMSNA) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Stone
Mountain Highland Games on Friday, October 17, 2003. The
meeting will be held at the Stone Mountain Hampton Inn from 9:00 AM
to 2:00 PM. Lunch will be available. For more information contact
the Publicity Chairman Rachel Moncrief at
Virginia Genealogical Society Conference holds annual meeting
The Virginia Genealogical Society in partnership with the Fairfax
Genealogical Society, will hold its annual Fall Conference on
Saturday, October 25, 2003 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651
Dranesville Road, Herndon, Virginia.
Conference theme will be "Virginia's Friends and Neighbors." The
topics will be wide ranging and in addition to Virginia, will
include lectures on aspects of research in Pennsylvania, Maryland,
North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and the National Capital
area. The Conference registration table opens at 8:15 AM, and
the main program starts at 9:00 AM. The Conference will feature
three separate lectures in each of four time slots.
Virginia's most popular speakers will be there: Charles S. Mason, Jr.,
Clifford C. Neilson, Barbara Vines Little, Ken Macomber, Eric
Grundset, Margaret M. Hofmann, Char McCargo Bah and Patricia O'Brien
Registration forms with agenda and details are available directly
from the Virginia Genealogical Society, "Fall Conference," 5001 W.
Broad Street, Suite 115, Richmond, VA 23230.
Mecklenburg County cemetery books now available
The Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society has issued the second
volume in a series of six surveys of cemeteries of Mecklenburg
County, North Carolina. The books include burial in the original
colonial Presbyterian churches of this area, which was first settled
by Scots-Irish in the 18th century. Burials date from the
Revolutionary War era until present day and include a number of
surnames of interest to those researching Scottish forebears who
settled in colonial America.
covers 11 cemeteries in the northern part of the county as well as
eight burial grounds that were flooded at the creation of Lake
Norman in the 1950s. There are 272 pages plus 16 pages of
Volume 2, which covers 10 cemeteries in southern Mecklenburg County,
has 224 pages plus 16 introductory pages.
Each book is completely indexed by surnames, and a map marking the
cemetery location accompanies each listing.
volumes will cover the west and east areas as well as city
cemeteries. The lists were compiled by the late Melvin Cook and his
also issues a Quarterly. A list of published articles may be found
on the group's website
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncmgs or a printed list is available
for $2.00. A complete list of all publications is on the website,
along with an order blank.
Cost of each volume of the cemetery books is $32.50 postpaid.
Orders may be sent to Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society, P.O.
Box 32453, Charlotte, NC 28232. Thanks to Mary E. Utting.
Allen Miller of Olathe, Kansas died April 3, 2003. He was an
early member of the Macfie Clan Society of America who made several
trips to Scotland for Clan Parliament and to visit Colonsay. He was
a regular, until recently, at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in
Atlanta, Georgia and over the past six years convened a clan tent at
the Kansas City Games. He suffered a stroke in February of this
year and did not recover. He was only 55. He is survived by his
Bruce McPhee of Palmerston North, New Zealand, died May 28,
2003 after a long illness. He was one of the first Macfie Clan
Society members to respond to Belle Brew's call to form a McPhee
Clan Society in New Zealand and served as the society's president in
the 1980s as well as other management committee positions for many
years. Bruce was 75 and is survived by his wife, Shirley, and
daughters Kristine, Shona and Diane who are the clan society's