born in Scotland, May 1786, died in Talladega County, Alabama April 1855.
I'm searching for DUNCAN MUNROE'S parents and/or siblings. Contact DeAnn
Monroe Steely, 1405 Southwood Drive, Huntsville, TX 77340.
Car-Knocker? What did they mean by that?
Here is an old term and its definition. Car-Knocker was a railroad
maintenance man. Know to railway passengers as the man who walked the
length of each passenger train at designated points, tapping each wheel
with a hammer. A wheel that had a defect would make a slightly different
sound than a normal one.
Thanks to Kinseekers' Quarterly, April-May-June 2002, via the IPGS
Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.
Photo paper makes a real difference!
Whether you are planning a research trip or just printing out information
that you will be referring to constantly, try printing it on photo paper.
The image will be sharp and clear with darker print, and the paper, being
a bit stiffer, will hold up to sustained use. This works particularly
well with maps. Good hunting.
Thanks to Dorothy Conrey Turley of Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.
Here is another quick tip. When I use my scanner to get a picture from a
book or thick item, it is hard to have the top put down, so when I have
the book in the scanner and the edges sticking out, I throw a large dark
sweater or cloth over the whole thing so no light can get in. The writing
and pictures turn out well.
Buirl Thomsen, Ancestry Daily News, September 10, 2002. Thanks to the IPGS
Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.
What are the ten most common American surnames?
The Census Bureau says that the ten most common surnames in the United
States (1990) are: Smith 1, Johnson 2, Williams 3, Jones 4, Brown 5, Davis
6, Miller 7, Wilson 8, Moore 9, and Taylor 10.
Over 5 percent of the population has one of the surnames!
Thanks to The IPGS Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.
Understanding Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines made easy
One of the most misunderstood issues among researchers is that of
copyright and fair use.
Small portions of copyrighted material may be copied or quoted as long as
they are properly cited, giving credit to the owner/author. Some things
may be copied or quoted for personal use in small quantities.
It is important that the owner of the copyright not be deprived of his or
her intellectual property, nor should he or she be deprived of any income
from the copyrighted material's use.
Genealogical researchers therefore should not be photocopying entire books
or large portions of them, as an example, thereby depriving the author of
potential income from the sale of a copy of the book.
Stanford University's website on this topic provides a great deal of
Thanks to Heirloom, July 2002, and George C. Morgan.
In a hurry? Shut it down fast!
If you've ever wished for a faster way to shut down windows on your
computer, here is the answer.
Create a shortcut on your desktop. To do that, right click on a blank
area on your desktop. Select new. Choose short cut. Type carefully in
the command line the following: <c:\windows\rundll.exe
user.exe,exitwindows>. Note that there is a space before the word user and
a comma before exitwindows. Click next. You can name the shortcut "Shut
down fast." Click finish.
Thanks to PAF, Sept. 2002 Newsletter.
We have all lost a dear friend in Steve Avery 1938-2002
An American politician who did very much to put Scotland on the map in the
United States has died. Steve Avery, who was 64, was preparing for the
annual dinner of the St. Andrews Society of New Hampshire, when he
Steve, a member of the Clan Brodie, once ran a restaurant named Deacon
Brodie's Tavern, after the Pub of the same name in Edinburgh. But he was
best known for his powerful role in promoting the New Hampshire Highland
Games, one of the most successful in North America. As Executive
Commissioner he expanded the Games into a full three day event and in
1997, his last year in that role, added the New Hampshire International
He was a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
and was running for his seventh term at the time of his death.
David Christie, a former SDA executive in the USA , said, "Steve Avery was
one of a kind; larger than life, and combative in the best Scottish sense
of the word." David added, "He dreamed of the day when a Scottish Cultural
Center might be built in New Hampshire which would be the first of its
type in North America. Progress toward that goal is being made, and
hopefully his dream will come to pass."
Steve, of Dublin, New Hampshire, is survived by his wife Ellen and two
Clan Carmichael celebrates at Stone Mountain with their Chief
Clan Carmichael USA held its Annual General Meeting at the Stone Mountain
Highland Games on Saturday, October 19, 2002.
The annual meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Board of Directors.
The annual meeting was called to order by President William "Billy Mac"
Carmichael and a moment of silence was observed for departed members.
Alana Nigro, treasurer, gave the financial report, followed by each
committee chairperson giving individual reports.
The Chief, Richard Carmichael of Carmichael, was present and spoke to the
meeting about he happenings on the Carmichael Estate in Scotland. He also
announced that their next international gathering will be held at
Carmichael in Scotland in late June of 2004.
The annual meeting for 2003 will be held at the Tennessee Highland Games
in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the first weekend in October.
Some of the clanspeople were camping at the campgrounds in Stone Mountain
Park, so that evening, the clan gathered around the campfire for chili
and salad supper, fellowship and perhaps a wee dram or two.
On Sunday Chief Richard and Lady Patricia, along with several clan
members, ran the kilted mile.
Clan Carmichael sponsors the trophy for best clan participation in the
kilted mile. This year they won the trophy for the very first time.
Meet Chinnubbie McIntosh - our very special guest for Braveheart
Scottish Weekend 2003
One of our Special Guests for Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003 is a
descendant of the 16th Chief of the Clan Mackintosh in the Highlands of
Invernesshire, Scotland. Chinnubbie McIntosh's Scottish ancestors arrived
in the United States to serve as protectors and buffers between the
Spanish Forces in Florida and Governor Oglethorpes' colony of Georgia.
They intermarried into the Creek Indian Nation and were elected as
Principal Chiefs of the prestigious and aristocratic Wind Clan of the
Muskogee Indian Nation of Georgia. Thus Chinnubbie has equal recognition
with principal families on both sides of his family lineage.
Chinnubbie was born in 1927 in Oklahoma and is married to the former Nancy
Fortner. They have two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren and three
This friendly Scots-Indian can be found at Scottish or Creek Indian
festivals all over the United States wearing his eagle feather warbonnet,
ribbon shirt, beadwork and the only Muskogee or Creek Nation tartan kilt
This tartan was designed by Chinnubbie's father, Chief "Dode" McIntosh in
the 1960s and was registered in 1973.
To honor both his Scottish and Indian ancestry, Chinnubbie had the first
piece of this tartan off the loom made into the kilt he wears!
Chinnubbie or "Hacoce", his ceremonial Indian name, has served as a member
of the Creek Nation Indian Council, has been a District Judge of the Creek
Nation and a Director of the Okemah Creek Nation Hospital Board.
Not ignoring his Scottish ancestry, he has also served as the President of
the Clan Mackintosh Society of North America and currently serves as one
of three trustees for the Society. He worked for over 30 years in the
field of transportation, but is now retired.
Currently his main activities are attending Scottish and Indian Festivals
throughout the United States. His hobbies are genealogical research,
archeology, treasure hunting, TV sports and hunting ancestral burial
grounds throughout the United States.
Chinnubbie will present talks on archaeology at Braveheart Scottish
Weekend 2003, and will appear at local schools the Friday preceding.
Letter to the Editor
Dear Ms. Gay,
The St. Andrew's Society of Connecticut has a large genealogy library and
answers many questions at the Games and Festivals throughout New England,
as well as providing Scottish genealogy workshops during the year.
During the 2002 season, I have met four people who trace their Scottish
ancestry to the prisoners of the Battle of Dunbar who were transported to
Boston and sold on the docks. Most of them worked in the Saugus Iron
Works. These people have a unique Scottish ancestry. My question is: Is
there a lineage society for the descendants of these prisoners?
Sincerely yours, Betty Odenwald, 87 Fairmount Terrace, Fairfield, CT
Does anyone know? Please contact both Mrs. Odenwald and The Family Tree!
Jack Steele of Albany makes book possible!
Jack Steele of Albany, Georgia wrote shortly after the last edition of The
Family Tree and offered to purchase the Ancestry of Chamberlin & Grant
that was advertised in that issue. Upon learning that the library had
already purchased a copy of this fine book, Mr. Steele made a most
generous contribution to the library so that another needed book could be
added to the collection!
Thank you, Mr. Steele!