Ligonier Games award
On Saturday, September 6th some 10,000 enthusiasts for Scottish
music, dancing and athletics gathered at Idlewild Park, Ligonier,
for the 45th Annual Ligonier Highland Games. At noon over twenty top
grade bagpipe bands followed a parade of Scottish clan societies,
military re-enactors, heavy athletes, rugby players and Scottish
breed dogs around the main field, then joining together to perform
as one massed band with some 500 pipers and drummers thrilling the
crowd. Activities for all these groups then continued throughout the
day until 6 PM.
Following the day-long
competitions in solo piping, drumming and Highland Dancing, eight
scholarships worth $150 each to be used to attend clinics or
workshops were awarded to the following contestants by Games
president Gordon M. Reid.
Amateur solo piping in Grades 1-4
respectively were won by Eric Ouellette of Coventry, Connecticut
(Grade 1); Daniel Cole of Scotia, New York; Sean Regan, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; and John Hasley also of Pittsburgh. Grades 1-2 winners
in the solos drumming were won by Alex Wright of Lorain, Ohio, and
John Massey of Jackson, New Jersey. In Highland Dancing the winners
were Madelyn Shaffer of Level Green, Pennsylvania, and Shelby Makel
of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
The Ligonier Highland Games are a
cultural activity of the Clan Donald Educational & Charitable Trust
of Pittsburgh. The 2004 Ligonier Highland Games are set for the
weekend of September 10-12. For information
Do you remember seeing the elephant?
No expression characterized the California gold rush more than the
words "seeing the elephant." Those planning to travel west announced
they were "going to see the elephant." Those turning back claimed
they had seen the "elephant's tracks" or the "elephant's tail," and
admitted that view was sufficient.
The expression predated the gold
rush, arising from a tale current when circus parades first featured
elephants. A farmer, so the story went, hearing that a circus was in
town, loaded his wagon with vegetables for the market there. He had
never seen an elephant and very much wished to. On the way to town
he encountered the circus parade, led by an elephant. The farmer was
thrilled, but his horses were not. Terrified, they bolted,
overturning the wagon and ruining the vegetables. "I don't give a
hang," the farmer said, "for I have seen the elephant."
For gold rushers, the elephant
symbolized both the high cost of their endeavor - the myriad
possibilities for misfortune on the journey or in California - and
like the farmer's circus elephant, an exotic sight, an unequaled
experience, the adventure of a lifetime.
Source: Jo Ann Levy in They Saw
the Elephant (from the Website, Life Along the Trail). From the
Sequoia Genealogical Society, Inc. Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 7,
September 2003, Tulare City Library Genealogical Department, 113
North "F" Street, Tulare, California 93274-3803.
Things to be sure to include in
1. Who are you looking for? Burial site, names of children, wife,
etc. Be specific.
2. When providing the surname, are there other spellings that may
have been used? Example: Calkins/Caulkins.
3. Approximate dates, if available, are helpful in narrowing the
search - birth, death, marriage, also, last known to be living in or
near. Example: born 1848 NY, married Sarah Webster 1869. Lived in
Grant County 1880. Not listed as a survivor in daughters obit in
4. Occupation - religion if known.
5. Always include a Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope (SASE). Don't
expect a reply without one. An e-mail address is helpful.
From GEMS of Genealogy newsletter, September/October 2003, Volume
29, Number 3, published by Bay Area Genealogical Society, PO Box
283, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54305-0283.
Let's go site-seeing - Slave
narratives from the Federal Writer's Project:
From 1936 through 1938, the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA
collected over 2,300 first-person accounts of slave life and 500
black and white photos. These were microfilmed in 1941 and assembled
into the seventeen volume, A Folk History of Slavery in the United
States from Interviews with Former Slaves. These fascinating
autobiographical accounts contain the impressions and reactions to
their bondage. The Library of Congress has made the collection
available online. More than 200 photographs will be available to the
public for the first time. The collection can be found at:
Kansas sites for the Internet
Kansas State Historical Society: <www.kskh.org>, Kansas Newspaper:
www.kskh.org/library/news.htm Kansas census reel listing:
www.kskh.org/library/censks.htm, Kansas County
www.kskh.org/library/kscoa.htm. Guide to Kansas Research
www.kskh.org/research/findaids.htm (requires Acrobat Reader).
Researcher's Guide to Local Government Records:
www.kskh.org/research/findaids.htm (requires Acrobat Reader).
For more information contact The Historical Society at 6425 SW Sixth
Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099.
Signers of The Declaration of
For bios of each of the signers of The Declaration of Independence,
check out these sites: Colonial Hall - A look at America's Founders:
http://www.colonialhall.com/index.asp, Signers of The
Declaration of Independence:
The Political Graveyard at:
What would it be worth in
Here's a neat and easy-to-use site that does the figuring for you
The United Kingdom Surnames
...is a free facility where you can post and exchange family history
data with others. It covers the entire United Kingdom but records
are grouped by county and region for easier use. You can search
either the entire site or individual counties for surname matches.
If you have English ancestry, it's a great place to post family
Our thanks for this information goes to the Larimer County
Genealogical Society Newsletter, September/October 2003 issue.
Familial or hereditary: is it the same or different?
Familial means something "runs in the family," like a gift for
singing, high intelligence, short stature, and, of course, genetic
Hereditary means something is
transmitted from parent to child, specifically something genetic. It
has the same root word as "inheritance." Something "hereditary" can
also be called "familial."
Source of information from Kinfolks, PO Box 5652, Lake Charles,