Archival project underway for
Abb Gunn, world genealogist of Clan Gunn, has undertaken a project
to reconstruct the Old Parish Records in Scotland for clan sept
names. The records are gathered from the International Genealogical
Index, the Scottish Genealogy Society, and the 1881 British Census.
The need is indicated by the lack of records in specific areas for
The completion of the records will
appear in both diskette form and hard copy and will be records of
christenings, marriage banns, and death dates where found in a
centralized record book format. The records will prove invaluable to
researchers who have found sept connection to Clan Gunn in Scotland.
Gunn is concentrating primarily in
the north of Scotland, the seat and origin of Clan Gunn - Caithness,
Sutherland, Orkney, and Shetland. Records are also being gathered in
Inverness (military sites), Edinburgh, Glasgow, England, Wales, and
the remainder of Scotland from the 1881 census of those born in the
A second project is the gathering
of all Federal census records for all states for the sept names. Of
first priority is the period 1850-1920. Records before 1850 will
follow. These records will, like the Scottish ones, be on diskette
and hard copy placed in convenient locations.
A future undertaking will be the
archiving of immigration records, naturalization records, draft
registration records and others that become available from various
sources. The hope is that the Clan Gunn Archives will not only serve
as a chronicle of the history of Clan Gunn, but be a research tool
of value to clan members.
Clan Shaw Society announces appointments
The Clan Shaw Society recently made the following appointments:
Cynthia G. Shaw was named convener for Alaska.
Sandra M. Shaw was named convener for Nova Scotia.
John Andrew Shaw was named society quartermaster and convener for
Information on the Clan Shaw Society may be obtained from William C.
Shaw, Secretary, 1121 North Quail Lane, Gilbert, Arizona 85233.
Tax exempt status given for the John Logie Baird Scholarship Fund
Dale F. Baird, Sr., president of Clan Baird Society Worldwide, has
just announced that the Internal Revenue Service has given final
approval for a tax exempt status for the John Logie Baird
The Fund has been established for
the purpose of providing a full scholarship to a qualified student
in the United States or Canada, who wishes to pursue one of six
postgraduate programs at the John Logie Baird Institute for Vision
Technology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The
individual will be using the new Virtual Environment Laboratory
(VAL), which combines the world's most powerful computer
visualization technologies to provide a unique reality experience.
The VEL has been established and
is managed by the research group ABACUS of the Department of
Architecture at the University. ABACUS has over 30 years experience
researching issues surrounding computer graphics and visualizing.
The Fund and the Institute, takes
their name from John Logie Baird, the pioneer of television who
attended the University.
Gloria Teles Pushker writes new book: Toby Belfer Visits Ellis
Toby Belfer's great-grandmother's family lived happily in a small
town in Poland. When a group of soldiers came into the town and
threatened its inhabitants, the family decided to leave. It was hard
coming to America in 1904. All of the passengers, including people
from all over Europe, were nervous about learning English and
adapting to the new laws and customs. As they arrived, all the
immigrants had to form lines and answer question after question
before they could see a doctor and be on their way. As Toby's
grandmother tells her story about their family's history, Toby gets
especially excited about visiting Ellis Island on her upcoming
Gloria Teles Pushker has written
this book as part of a series, which includes Toby Belfer Never Had
a Christmas Tree, Toby Belfer's Seder: A Passover Story Retold, Toby
Belfer and the High Holy Days, and A Belfer Bar Mitzvah.
For more information regarding
Gloria Teles Pushker's books, readers may contact the Promotion
Department of Pelican Publishing Company, PO Box 3110, Gretna,
Louisiana 70054 or telephone (504)-368-1175.
Severe floods often inundated Louisiana, and just recently
Hurricane Isabel, have caused flooding up the east coast. In the
southwest Louisiana area, the flood of 1953 was the worst in many
years. In 1957 flood waters caused by the devastating Hurricane
Audrey also wreaked havoc in southwest Louisiana.
Floods also damage property in
October and November of 2002, and we can expect the rivers and
bayous to rise in the annual spring floods each year. Floods cause
damage to property, livestock and homes. Family heirlooms and other
valuables are damaged by rain, rising water and the silt deposited
by the water.
The following recommendations may
help clean, treat or restore water damaged items. However, there are
no guarantees that any of these procedures will work in every case.
Photographs and paper items are
particularly vulnerable to water, and damage may be permanent.
patience and care are the key words for the cleaning process. Wear
latex or rubber gloves while treating the water-damaged items; you
do not know what germs may be lurking in the dirt or flood water.
1. Try to carefully clean off as
much of the silt and water as possible. Rinse photographs with clear
water, touching only the borders. Blot other wet items with paper
towel, trying to get off as much grime as possible. Do not rub or
scrub, as dirt may scratch items. Use a soft, wet rag or paper towel
to clean objects, rinsing the cloth often. Blot again.
2. Air dry item face up, if possible, or dry with soft rags or paper
towel. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat, which may fade, buckle
or warp objects. Use fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers to
reduce humidity and prevent mold and mildew.
3. Do not store wet objects in plastic bags; this will cause mold
and mildew. If it is necessary to transport the water-soaked item in
a plastic container, do not seal the bag or box.
4. If the wet items begin to fall apart or break, put the pieces in
carefully labeled, unsealed plastic bags. Do not try to repair or
restore until items are completely dry. In some cases it may be
necessary to consult a professional cleaner, restorer or
5. Documents and works of art should be removed from frames, if
possible, and air-dried. If items need to be professionally
restored, keep them in a refrigerator or freezer.
6. Except for household surfaces, avoid the use of disinfectants,
which may stain or damage object.
Source: Kinfolks, Volume 27, Number 3, September 2003; Southwest
Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles,
Searching for information about
ALPHONSO MACDONALD. Please contact Robert W. Macdonald, 2026
North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
ROBERTSON, ROBERT: Where in North Carolina might the
ROBERTSON Families coming early from Scotland, I believe from
Argyll, have settled? I believe our ROBERTSON Families came early to
North Carolina, settling on the eastern coast area. I believe as
early as 1715 or 1745. Might this be the area the Families settled?
My grandfather ROBERT ROBERTSON, one of the youngest, if not the
youngest, was born c.1833. No other member of this large family is
known. Apparently ROBERT, one of a large family of boys, was
orphaned at an early age. According to census records ROBERT's
parents too were born in North Carolina. ROBERT and CATHERINE A.
GARBER married September 3, 1859, Douglas County, Illinois. One son
was born in Illinois, five more sons were born in Indiana before the
family settled in southeastern Colorado where ROBERT died April 8,
1905. Any help would be very much appreciated. Mabel I Robison, 2235
Juntura Ct. S., Salem, OR 97302-2222.
I have the following lines: BARNWELL, BYRD, STRICKLAND, RUSSELL,
WHITE, WATKINS and WEAVER. I believe that RUSSELL and STRICKLAND
might possibly be Scottish. Am I correct? I am quite interested in
the RUSSELL Family, since my great-grandfather married in Hall
County, Georgia, in 1824 to MARTHA RUSSELL and his brother married a
MARY RUSSELL. I think they came to Georgia from South Carolina. I
would love to hear from anyone who could help me with information
about them. Ms. Marion E. Watkins, 1434 Hawthorne Way, East Point,
Alabama adds several Civil War
The state of Alabama has added several archive databases to its
archive search at
http://www.archives.state.al.us/dataindex.html. There are four
new databases in addition to the Civil War service database. The new
Hardbound Newspapers Database - Includes original newspapers
available at Alabama Department of Archives and History. Searchable
by county, title, and newspaper type (African-American, Populist, or
Newspapers on Microfilm Database - As you might imagine, newspapers
available on microfilm. Also searchable by county, title and type.
Map Database - Only browsable by topic, from "Alabama, General" to
"Outside United States." Listings include author, title, date if
available, and comments on the map.
Photo Database - This photo database contains images which have been
requested by patrons since 2001. The photographs have been scanned
and added to the database with thumbnail images. This database does
not include all images in the ADAH collections. Searchable by
keyword only. A search for "school" found 12 records. Bear in mind
that thumbnail versions only are available in this index.
Source: AZ GAB Newsletter, Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board,
Inc., PO Box 5641, Mesa, Arizona 85211-5641.
Stars And Stripes World War I edition is now available on-line
The United States Army published The Stars and Stripes newspaper for
its forces in France from February 8, 1918 to June 13, 1919. When it
began publication, American forces were dispersed throughout the
Western Front, often mixed at the unit level with British, French
and Italian forces.
The eight-page weekly featured news from home, sports news, poetry,
and cartoons. This on-line collection, presented by the Serial and
Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress,
includes the complete 71-week run of the newspaper's World War I
edition, and it's searchable.
Visit the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library website at