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The Family Tree - June/July 2004
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St. Louis Games & Festival set for October
Students in several school districts in the St. Louis area will experience the sights and sounds of the Scottish Highlands before they appear on October 8 and 9 at the 4th Annual St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival in Forest Park, Missouri. Just days before the event, several performers scheduled to appear at the Games will stage workshops and presentations, free of charge, to students in the St. Louis Public Schools, the Lindbergh School District, and the Ferguson-Florissant School District, among others. Those performers will be: Brian McNeill, head of Scottish music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow; Scottish-born fiddler John Taylor, who now makes his home in California; Edinburgh-born folk singer and guitarist Ed Miller, host of Folkways, a popular and long-running live music show in Austin, Texas; Jeff Campbell, a former special educator and kindergarten teacher, will return as a seanachaidh (SHAN-a-key, Gaelic for a Celtic historian, record keeper and teller of tales).  Dressed in the ancient Highland kilt, Campbell creates a living history presentation based on his deep knowledge of Scottish history, customs, poetry and personalities.

Archie and Ramona Mason, Native Americans from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who perform and lecture on the historical connections between American Indians and Scottish-Americans will also present programs.  A member of the Osage and Cherokee tribes, Archie is a retiree of the public school system and higher education in Oklahoma.  He has served on several U.S. government commissions on Indian education and cultural affairs.  Ramona, a member of the Muscogee Creek tribe, was designated 2003 Indian Woman of the Year.

The non-profit event will kick off Friday evening, October 8, with a torchlight ceremony and a Calling of the Scottish clans, followed by a ceilidh (KAY-lee).  Saturday’s events will include ancient Scottish athletic contests, bagpipe and Highland dance competitions, musical and other performing artists, Scottish history and storytelling, Scottish foods and crafts, sheepdog herding demonstrations, an exhibit of Highland cattle, birds of prey, a British car show, and several children’s activities.

The exact location in Forest Park will be on Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere, just east of the Missouri History Museum.  Admission prices will vary, with two-day packages and special rates for families.  Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs for Friday evening’s torchlight ceremony.  Pets will not be allowed on the site. For more information, call 314-821-1286, or visit <www.stlouis-scottishgames.com>.

Reuben Oliver (R.O.) Grant, a subscriber and admirer of The Family Tree, died April 4, 2004, at his home in Thomasville, Georgia.  He often spoke of wanting to move to Moultrie, Georgia, a town he always enjoyed visiting.  R.O. was a true Scotsman; his mother was Helen MacKenzie and his father was Reuben Oliver Grant, Sr.  He was born in West Monroe, Louisiana, on January 12, 1914, and he worked as an accountant for many years.  R.O. always drove a comfortable car, and he loved to travel.  True to his Scots heritage, he loved seeing what was over the next hill.  He lived for many years in Texas, in the Houston area and later in Wichita Falls.  R.O. was an avid hunter and fisherman; he preferred his cabin in the Texas Piney Woods to living in town.  In  later years, he moved to Thomasville to live with his brother Ralph Gordon Grant, who survives him, along with two nieces, Peggy and Beth, and many cousins.  R.O. is buried in Antioch Cemetery, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, in the Grant family plot, where his father, grandfather Reuben Henry Grant, great-grandfather William Miles Grant, and many other family members also are buried. 
R.O. was very modest and wanted no obituaries, so this is our remembrance of a very special member of our family.  Signed Coleen Grant Hardin.

Jeffrey C. Blue, a descendent of the River Daniel Blues and a brother of Sept of Blue member Jerry Blue, died on March 3, 2004 and was buried in Culdee Church cemetery. Mary Alice Blue Golby, M.D., a descendent of the River Daniel Blues and a sister of sept member H. Nelson Blue, died at her home in Durham, North Carolina on April 4, 2004 and was buried at Eureka Church cemetery. Marion M. Edmonds, husband of Edith C. Edmonds, a member of Sept of Blue, died in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 9, 2004.

Dale F. Baird, Sir, President of Clan Baird Society Worldwide sadly announces the passing of Frances Baird on April 29, 2004, who died quietly with dignity, which was her usual style, after enduring a 12-year period of paralysis due to Guilliam Barre Syndrome.  Fortunately for visitors, she remained cheerful to the very end.  Frances and her husband, Byron, petitioned the Lord Lyon of Scotland for permission to organize an association that would honor the name of Baird.  In 1976, permission was granted and the first organizational meeting of Bairds was held at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. 

Clan Baird became one of the Clans to have a stone from their ancestral lands placed in the cairn at Grandfather Mountain honoring the founding Clans.  After her husband’s death, Frances assumed the Title of Convener and continued to lead the membership from a humble beginning of 46 members to a vibrant association of over 500 members from New Zealand to Nova Scotia, and Scotland to North America.  Frances was always a leader.  In the July 16, 1984 issue of The Ashville Citizen, it was reported: “For the first time in the 29-year history of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, two women clan leaders officially led their clansmen here Sunday.  Thousands witnessed the break in tradition that allowed Anne Shirey, President of Clan Hay and Mrs. Byron O. Baird, Convener of The Baird Family Society, to march in the ceremony that always stirs Scottish pride and brings a tear to the eye.”  Frances spent the better part of her life in being active in  “All Things Scottish.” She was vice president of the Orlando Scottish American Society, a council member of the Orlando Scottish Highland Games, and in 1981 she was honored as Distinguished Guest of the Games.

Frances Baird was a lovely personal friend and a great friend of The Odom Library and The Family Tree.  She was with us at Scottish Weekend just days before she was stricken with Guilliam Barre...and set an example of grace, dignity and courage that will be impossible to emulate.

Madam Morag MacDougall is Chief of Clan MacDougall
From the Court of the Lord Lyon’s Office in Edinburgh an announcement has been made that Madam Morag MacDougall of MacDougall has been recognized as the Chief of Clan MacDougall and is free to use that title. The previous Chief, Madam Coline H. E. MacDougall of MacDougall, died on May 5, 1990, at age 85 years.  Her niece, who became the 31st hereditary Chief of the Clan in 1991, has succeeded her.  The new Chief’s daughter has inherited the ancient title of Maid of Lorn.
Thanks to The Tartan, Clan MacDougall Society, Inc., PO Box 1279, Frankfort, KY 40602-1279.

Check out online rumors!!!
All of us who  know that from time to time stories appear on the Internet that seem either too good to be true or is something that can upset the apple cart.  We now have help. According to the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society (LAWGS) April 2004 issue, there is a way to check out forwarded messages or online rumors.  One that has been circulating is a rumor about Family Tree Maker’s version 9. 
Check it out at <http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/f/familytreemaker9.htm>. The site heading reads:  Family Tree Maker Version 9.0 Genealogy Software is Spyware - Fiction!  That’s the place to find for debunking rumors. You can check out other rumors by looking in <http://www.truthorfiction.com>.
Thanks to YGGS Family Finders, Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 32, Yucaipa, CA 92399-0032.

Sleuthing done with useful night vision tip
Try using a pair of night vision clip-on glasses when looking at microfilm or microfilm printouts that are not clear.  (I use the kind with the yellow lens - you can also purchase them as just a regular pair of glasses.)  I tried my husband’s this morning and found another ancestor listed on a ship list that is in very bad condition.
Submitted by Marge Clark and reprinted from Ancestry.com, Quick Tip, March 19, 2004. Source:  WAGS Newsletter, Whittier Area Genealogical Society, PO Box 4367, Los Angeles County, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.

MA pipe band chooses Shaw tartan
The Boroughs Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums of Massachusetts has chosen the Farquhar Shaw tartan for its uniforms.  It also uses the motto Fide et Fortitudine, Faith and Fortitude, fitting because these are virtues required of firemen and policemen, apt for this organization that includes both groups. The tartan was chosen because it consists of red, representing the fire department; blue, representing the police; and green, for safety.

The unit was formed in 2001, after a group of Southborough firefighters discussed learning to play the bagpipes.  Ben Ethridge of Southborough agreed to give the small group chanter lessons.  An invitation was extended to local fire departments, and about a dozen members of the Southborough Fire Department, Marlborough Fire Department, Marlborough Police Department, and the Ashland Fire Department showed interest. Unfortunately, not all of the interested could commit to the band, and when the bagpipes were purchased in 2002, there were some left behind. 

A call was put out to other local fire departments, and soon several members of the Hudson Fire Department formed the majority of the band’s drum section.  Ken McLeod began lessons for the sections in the summer of 2002 and interest developed in other local departments. The pipes instructor announced that he had brought them as far as he felt capable and suggested hiring a more advanced instructor, Cindy Carrancho, assisted by Lyn Tasso, who took on training the newer pipers. It was then time to buy uniforms and raise funds for lessons and equipment.  That was when the decision was made to buy the Shaw tartan.  By late 2002 various members were performing solo at local events and on Memorial Day 2003, the piping section had their first performance in Ashland.  It is anticipated that the full band will be performing soon throughout the area. You might enjoy the band’s web site at <http://www.boroughsfirebrigade.org.>
Thanks to An Biodag (The Dagger), Quarterly Newsletter of the Clan Shaw Society, 3031 Appomattox Avenue #102, Olney, MD 20832.

Tax records provide aids in genealogical research
Bryan L. Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library,  2050 Central Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901-3917. Tax records allows the researcher to locate a person in a particular place at a given time, both before census records are available and for periods between the federal population censuses.  A careful reading of tax lists over a period of years may also reveal dates of settlement and removal, marriages and deaths, approximate ages, and family relationships. One of the earliest forms of taxation in Colonial America was the quitrent.  Landowners were required to pay a quitrent to the Crown or the proprietor.  In reality, this was a tax on real property.  In some instances, the quitrent was nominal and amounted only to a token of loyalty to the colonial government. 

In other instances, a substantial tax in the form of money was due.  Records known as rent rolls and debt books were kept.  Information compiled in these rolls and books may include the name of the person, number of acres taxed, name and location of the tract, amount of the annual rent, and date of the most recent survey. Early colonial and state tax lists consisted of taxes on people, on land, and taxes on personal property which was on possessions versus land.  Taxes on people were also known under headings such as poll taxes, capitation taxes, or head taxes.  The poll tax was a fixed tax on white males and slaves.  Taxes on land were generally applied to include buildings and other improvements although they were seldom specifically listed.  The tax could be based on the number acres or on the value of the land depending on the circumstances existing in the jurisdiction.

Personal property taxes applied primarily to horses, cattle, and tools of the various trades.  Sometimes luxury items such as plates, jewelry, and pleasure vehicles were also included. Tax lists, including names of taxpayers with their taxable property, were compiled by counties and within a county by districts headed by militia captains, constables, or other public officials. Older tax records can be found in state archives, state libraries or county courthouses.  Access may depend on the time period being searched and having the exact name and time of residence within a given jurisdiction.

The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies presents help for Scotch-Irish
From: Richard K. MacMaster
4130 NW 19th Place Gainesville FL 32605-3528
A Guide to Scotch-Irish Genealogy in Ulster and America by Linda Merle is one of the articles in The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, Fall 2003 issue, which has just been published.  Her fifty-page “Towards a Methodology of Scotch-Irish Genealogical Research” scusses many kinds of sources for research and includes an extensive bibliography.
The American branch of  Dunbar McMaster and Company, staffed entirely by emigrants from Ulster, is studied by Marilyn Cohen of Montclair State University in “From Gilford, County Down, to Greenwich, New York: Geographical Mobility of Labor and Capital in the Ulster Linen Industry, 1880-1920.”
Other articles in the new issue deal with “Two Scotch-Irish Families of Industrial California,” and “Ulster Emigrants in Early Industrial America,” a suggestion for research on Ulster-born textile workers in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Joseph McClenachan traced the career of “A Controversial Cleric: The Reverend William McClenachan,” who served churches in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland between 1734 and 1765.
Two other articles deal with language.  Michael Montgomery of the University of South Carolina investigated letters written by emigrants in “Emigrants from Ulster Meet the Observer’s Paradox: A Typology of Emigrant Letter Writers” and Anita Puckett of the Center for Ulster Migrations, Cultures, and Societies at Virginia Tech used correspondence of the William Preston family in “Towards a Linguistic Anthropological Understanding of Early Scotch-Irish Communities.”
Copies of The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies can be ordered from The Center for Scotch-Irish Studies, P.O. Box 71, Glenolden, PA 19036-0071 at $22 for individuals and $15 for libraries and educational institutions,  plus $2.50 postage and handling.


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