Mark these dates!!!
The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Arizona announces A Season
of Sephardim, 2003-2004.
Sunday, January 25, 2004 - Trudi Alexy, author of The Mezuzah in the
Madonna's Foot and The Marrano Legacy: Jewish Identity in a Hostile
Climate, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch.
Sunday, March 21, 2004 - Rabbi
Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El: The History and Song of the
Sephardim, 1:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.
Last year's winner of the Judge Marcus and Bernice Calhoun
Memorial award for Grade II Piper was 14 year old Jennifer Ewing
of the John Mohr MacIntosh Pipe Band (Atlanta). Presenting the award
is past Society President Skeets Cahoon.
Richard A. Wallace of Marysville, California, a Director of
the Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, was invited to participate in a
wreath laying ceremony at the statue of William Wallace in Aberdeen,
Scotland in August 2003, the occasion being the anniversary of the
murder of William Wallace. Richard Wallace, representing the Clan
Wallace Society, presented a check to Peter Licari for $500 to
further the efforts in 2005 of the Wallace 700 group of Aberdeen in
commemorating the 700th year anniversary of William Wallace's
Presenting the Clan Wallace Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard A.
Wallace (center) and his wife, Janice Wallace, is Marcus J. Wallace,
president of the Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, during the 3rd
Biannual International Gathering of Clan Wallace in Reno, Nevada, in
July 2003. The award included a silver Quaich. The prestigious award
has been given only three other times in the history of the Clan
Researching North Carolina?
Granville County Heritage, North Carolina, Volume I, 2002 is a
collection of Granville County's past and present, compiled and
written by and about Granville County and its people. The business
histories, tributes and memorial section honors very special people
and an integral segment of their society. Throughout the book there
are wonderful photographs of buildings, landmarks and people.
Copies of the book may be purchased for $68.50 by contacting
Granville County Heritage Book Committee, 322 Aiken Avenue,
Creedmoor, North Carolina 27522-9186.
The mystery flower saga continues . . .
Trevia Wooster Beverly, who is with Tejas Publications & Research in
Houston, Texas, wrote to say: "The name of your 'mystery flower' is
Alstroemeria pelegina - Peruvian lily.
My mother had them for years and her, too, grew at the base of an
old pecan tree and flourished. Before she died I brought some home
with me, but they do not do as well as hers. I think it may be the
soil conditions - the leaves contain tannic acid and I presume the
tree may also. Whatever the reason is that the ones I brought home
do not do as well, I will be looking for a more suitable place. Of
course, it may also just be that she had a wonderful 'green thumb.'"
Genealogy conference is hosted by Angelina College
Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas will hold its 8th annual Summer
Genealogy Conference Thursday through Saturday, July 22-24, 2004.
The conference will once again feature a cadre of experienced
instructors presenting an academic interdisciplinary approach to
genealogy, history and preservation of family artifacts and
documents. A session will also be presented on related computer
technology and a host of other genealogy-related topics.
To receive a conference
registration packet to be mailed in the spring, please contact
Angelina College Community Services, Attention: Genealogy, at PO Box
1768, Lufkin, Texas 75902-1768 or via e-mail to
You may also visit
http://www.angelina.cc.tx.us/genealogy.htm. 2004 conference
coordinator is Melvin C. Johnson, PhD, of Nacodoches, Texas.
POINT will reduce its annual dues
POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together), THE American Network of
Italian Genealogy, has announced that starting with its 2004
membership year, annual dues will be significantly reduced. Dues for
those members with a United States mailing address will be $30 per
year, and for those living outside the United States, dues will be
$50 per year.
Since 1987, POINT has been the
premier network for those who are interested in their Italian roots
or their Italian heritage, and who want to trace their Italian
family tree and pursue their Italian family names. POINT members
(who are called POINTers and whose level of expertise ranges from
beginner to very experienced) freely and eagerly share their
knowledge with one another in the pages of the quarterly journal,
POINTers, and through various other means of communication.
The POINT Italian Surname Data
Base currently contains over 23,000 Italian surnames submitted by
some 2500 active members from all 50 states and several countries
around the world. These surnames originated in over 3500 Italian
cities and towns.
POINT is the first organization
dedicated to Italian genealogy and Italian family history.
POINTers (THE American JOURNAL of
Italian Genealogy) has been published quarterly - and on time -
since 1987. It is the preeminent source of Italian genealogical
information. Each issue contains an average of 60 pages of Italian
genealogical material. POINTers has been named the best Italian
genealogy publication five years in a row. For a sample copy of
POINTers, send $3 to the address below.
For more information about POINT,
write to POINT International Headquarters, Box 14966 (Dept. PR), Las
Vegas, NV 89114-4966, or visit the POINT website at
Missouri site for the 2004
POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together) will hold its 4th
biennial national conference on October 7-9, 2004 in Kansas City,
Missouri. Conference headquarters will be the beautiful Westin Crown
Center Hotel in the Hallmark Crown Center.
Thursday, October 7th, will be
sign-in and welcoming day, with the conference opening on Friday,
October 8th, and closing on Saturday, October 9th. The conference
will feature lectures and workshops on Italian genealogy both for
beginners and for those more advanced in the search for their
Italian family roots.
Presenters will include Sharon
DeBartolo Carmack, Suzanne Russo, Dan Neimiec, Lou Alfano, Joseph
Mastrangelo, Ugo Perego, Mrs. V. G. Johnson, Gary Toms, Mary
Burtzloff and Marilyn Finke.
Cost to register for the
conference will be !75 (before May 31, 2004). After May 31, 2004,
the registration fee will be $200. Registration to the conference
includes the syllabus, a continental breakfast each morning,
mid-morning and afternoon refreshments both days, and a Kansas City
strip steak dinner at the conference banquet on Friday evening.
For more information or to receive
a registration form, contact: Danny Zangara, Box 2441, Kansas City,
Kansas 66110-0441, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or Joseph LaBella, president, Holy Rosary
Credit Union, 533 Campbell Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Or
you may visit the POINT website at point-pointers.net for the latest
Innes Clan Society elects new officers
The Innes Clan Society held its 19th annual general meeting at the
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September
27th. The meeting was held in conjunction with Bethlehem's 16th
Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival, which has grown
to become the largest free Highland Games and Festival in North
At the business meeting, Von Innes
of Lincoln, Nebraska, was elected president of the Innes Clan
Society, replacing Andy Innes of Palm Desert, California, whose term
Also elected was Steve Innes of
Westminster, Colorado, as vice president; Larry Innis of Fort Worth,
Texas, as treasurer; and Chuck Mitchell of Long Beach, California,
It was also decided at the meeting
that the next annual general meeting will be held in Gatlinburg,
Tennessee, in conjunction with the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and
Games, May 14-16, 2004.
A banquet was held following the
meeting at the Minsi Trail Inn, Bethlehem, where a delicious meal
was enjoyed and awards were presented to the outgoing officers and
chairpersons continuing in their present capacities. Each of the
recipients were given a hearty round of applause for their hard work
in serving the organization over the years.
Entertainment for the evening was
provided by James Ruhf, a well-known Bethlehem piper, and one of his
students They played a series of well-known Scottish tunes before
returning to entertain at the Celtic Festival.
The evening concluded with a
presentation of an engraved crystal beer mug to Andy Innes, the
outgoing president, for his leadership over the past three years.
Dr. Ellis J. Jones retires from Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu
On August 31st Dr. Ellis J. Jones retired as executive director of
The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association. Beginning September 1,
2003, the new executive director is Dr. John Ellis.
The new address of the international headquarters is The Welsh
National Gymanfa Ganu Association, PO Box 215, Hartland, Michigan
48353-0215. The phone number is (810) 632-7850, toll free is (800)
477-0090, and FAX is (810) 632-7805. You may also e-mail at
Tulsa has a new genealogy
A new 5,500 square foot facility located at 29th and Harvard in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the site of the new genealogy center in Tulsa.
The genealogy center, which opened in September, is part of the
Tulsa City-County Library system and one of the largest genealogy
collections in Oklahoma. In addition to Oklahoma and American
Indian, there are a large number of materials covering Arkansas,
Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
They are open Monday through
Thursday 10-7, Friday and Saturday 10-5, and Sunday (September-May)
1-5. Check out their website at