Chapman Family holds reunion in
The Chapman Family Association will hold its Fourth Annual
Convention and Reunion May 14-16, 2004 at the Kansas City Missouri
Airport Hilton. The convention will consist of a family business
meeting, a variety of workshops and research sessions and local
tours. Individuals need not be a member to attend the sessions but
registration is required and advance registration is highly
recommended. Further information is available by contacting one of
the following: Chapman Family Association Data Central, P.O. Box
1586, Florissant, Missouri 63031; or Gil Alford, CFA Corresponding
Secretary at 314-831-8648; or the website
Ashley County Genealogical Society presents a beginners' workshop
A beginners' workshop for family research will be presented by the
Ashley County Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 28, 2004,
at the Crossett Public Library Community Room in Crossett, Arkansas.
Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sessions will be held
9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring a sack
lunch. Drinks and snacks will be served.
Topics will include: Why Do I Do This and How Do I Begin?,
Genealogical Websites and Their Use, Genealogy by Mail, Finding
Military Records, Soundex Search Methods, How to Take Notes and
Saving Them for Future Use, and Ways to Present Your Genealogical
Information to Others.
The cost will be $20 before January 15th and $25 thereafter. Cost
will cover printing of handout material.
To pre-register send your name, address, city, state and zip, along
with your check to ACGS, P.O. Drawer R, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
For additional information contact William C. Finch, 407 East Third
Avenue, Crossett, Arkansas 71635-3014.
International Hunter and Muirhead Clan Gathering will be held at
News regarding the Hunter and Muirhead Clan Gathering at Hunterston
Castle has been received from Madam Pauline Hunter, Chief of Clan
Hunter. The Gathering will be held August 6-8, 2004 and booking is
needed in advance. Charges will beper person for the weekend,for
children ten and under. Registration will be Friday, August 6th,
with the Opening Ceremony to be held that evening. Christine
Scouller is the Gathering coordinator and may be contacted by post:
Hunterston Castle, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9QG; Scotland,
United Kingdom. Call 011 44 01294-82.
Festival plans are announced by Slighe nan Gaidheal
Feis Shiatail 2004 (FAYSH he- AT-ul), an internationally recognized
celebration of Scottish Gaelic and the arts of Scotland, will be
held June 15-20 at Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend,
Hosted by Slighe nan Gaidheal (SHLEE-ul num GAY-ul), the Seattle's
Gaelic language and cultural society, Feis brings participants
together with leading tradition bearers in language and arts.
Drawing enthusiasts from throughout North America and the United
Kingdom, the gathering allows everyone from beginner to native
expert to "focus deeply Scottish Gaelic language, music, culture and
community," said Kathryn Cole, Feis co-chair.
In addition to language classes at all levels, attendees will be
able to participate in seminars covering piping, singing, weaving,
harping, fiddling, and step dancing, as well as history and
"As a Feis participant myself, I treasure the time to spend with my
Scottish Gaelic family, welcome newcomers and share their discovery
of their heritage," Cole said.
Presenters at the biennial event are a veritable "Who's Who" of the
Scottish Gaelic world. They include: Catriona Niclomhair Parsons,
associate professor of Celtic studies, St. Francis Xavier
University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Catriona Chaimbeul, editor,
Speaking Our Language, a member of the Gaelic Broadcasting committee
and former head of Grampian Television's Gaelic news service; Muriel
Fisher, founder, Tucson Gaelic Institute and University of Arizona
instructor; Catherina Ann MacPhee, award-winning Gaelic singer and
recording artist; Rona MacDonald Lightfoot, internationally
recognized bagpiper whose family archives include one of the most
extensive collections of Gaelic song; Wendy MacIsaac, Cape Breton
fiddler and step dancer; Dr. Michael Newton, director, Gaelic
studies program, University of Richmond, Virginia; and, Norman
Kennedy, weaver and singer, former master weaver at Colonial
Feis Shiatail is sponsored in part by the Dunvegan Foundation, an
organization dedicated to educational, cultural and informational
activities in both the United States and Scotland. The Dunvegan
Foundation supports such activities as workshops in History, Gaelic
and Tartan, provides for musical scholarships in harp, fiddle and
bagpipe, and strives to enrich the knowledge of Americans in things
Scottish and Scottish-American.
For further information and registration, visit Slighe nan
Gaidheal's website at www.slighe.com
or phone 206-903-9452.
Looking for a dictionary of
surnames currently used in Poland?
In the early 1990s, a Polish professor compiled from official
government records a list of every surname then used in Poland along
with the number of individuals bearing the surname. It was published
in a 10-volume set of books. It is now online at
If you believe there is a remnant of your family let in Poland, or
have an unusual surname that permits a generic search, it might be
worthwhile to use the database. If there is a hit, you are given the
surname, each province in which the name appeared, and the total
number of persons with the surname in the particular province.
Read a description of the database on JewishGen at
http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/slownik.htm before using it. You
will be navigated through the Polish descriptions at the search site
and given insight as to how it was compiled and its potential
Source: Previously published in NU? What's New? Volume 4, Number 6,
April 13, 2003. Also, WAGS Newsletter, Volume 23, Number 7, Whittier
Area Genealogical Society, PO Box 4367, Whittier, California
Here's a message to you from
"The proud warriors of Baker company wanted to do something to pay
tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only
Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq, the one way that we could
think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying
the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to
share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was
any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that WE
HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN and are proud to serve our country. Semper Fi."
Signed 1st Sgt. Dave Jobe.
Cherokee leaders visit New
The Cherokee Nation's Principal Chief Chad Smith and Deputy Chief
Joe Grayson visited the tribe's members in Albuquerque, New Mexico
on the first weekend of November. The visit was to meet with
followers to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, as
well as to give a message and share gifts.
During the gathering's feast, including traditionally Cherokee "Kanuchi"
and other foods, Ralph Stevenson, Jr. KTJ, presented the leaders
each with scarves made from the State of New Mexico Tartan and
documentation. The red threads in the New Mexico Tartan represents
Native Americans as the "Original Cultural Providers" and the gift
also bears meaning as John Ross, the Principal Chief for 40 years in
the mid-1800s, was of Scottish ancestry.
Thanks to Steven Burns, IFP, for this article.
Chief Chad Smith, R. L. Stevenson, Jr. KTJ, and Deputy Chief Joe
Grayson display the New Mexico Tartan at the Township Meeting
November 8, 2003.
It is with extreme sadness
we inform you that Suzanne McGrath Dale, Lifetime Member, Convener
and former Brieve for The Clan Morrison Society of North America,
died suddenly on October 25, 2003 in Sacred Heart Hospital,
Cumberland, Maryland. This was after her only son Hospitalman First
Class Shaun Lachlan Dale, U.S. Navy, was lost at sea in May 2003
while returning from the Persian Gulf.
Shaun Dale was the second sailor who went missing (lost at sea) as
the U.S.S. Nassau returned to port in S.E. Virginia from its duty in
the Middle East. The Navy had declared him officially missing on
June 3rd, and the family held a service for him in 29 Palms,
Suzanne is survived by her husband, Roger Dale, former Treasurer for
the Society and her daughter-in-law, Alma Dale. Suzanne and Roger
were active in Clan members in the western end of the panhandle and
in the Arlington/Alexandria region for Clans Morrison and
MacLaughlin. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Please remember Roger Dale in your prayers as he passes through this
very difficult time.
Dr. W. Jeffrey Scott, M.B., Ch.B., FRCGP, passed away in
2003. Born in 1924, he was a well respected General Practitioner
from 1950 onwards. He was a much respected member of his community
and was secretary of the Community Council, chairman of the
Investment Club, chairman of the Church Congregational Board and an
active member of the Burns and Probus Clubs. He also found time to
be a very active member of the Friends of Loch Lomond as a Council
member and as vice-chairman. He had a special interest in planning
and a passionate zeal to defend Gartocharn from changes such as
increased activity by walkers.
Mrs. Emily Galbraith passed away in 2003. Born in 1895,
Emily's life spanned 108 years and five reigns. She witnessed the
Sydney Street siege, met David Lloyd George and Ernest Shackleton,
the explorer, and watched Queen Victoria drive by. Emily trained as
a teacher and learned to fly a Gipsy Moth in East Lothian. She
married a Scottish sea captain and visited the USA. Emily received
birthday greetings from US Presidents Clinton and Bush. She taught
as a headmistress until she was 75 in 1970. From her Penicuick home,
she then began a new career as a television star relating history in
two films Married Love and Pocket Full of Posies ending in 2002 at
age 107. She also contributed to the Channel 4 book All Quiet on The
Home Front which was recently published. What a woman!
Norrie C. MacPhee died in Nashua, New Hampshire on December
16, 2003. He was 81 years old. A memorial service was held at The
George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack on Saturday, December
20th. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Find the fawn!
A family in Oregon found this fawn on their front steps a few weeks
ago and took this photo. The white spots on the steps are apple
blossom petals. As you know, deer hide their fawns and go away for a
while. The fawns have no odor yet, and naturally stay absolutely
still. The fawn stayed there all morning (they live in Bend,
Oregon), and the mama came to get it after 4-5 hours. Kudos to the
people for leaving the fawn alone, knowing mom would come back.
William James and James William Bruce of
Plainfield, Illinois visit the grave of their ancestor William Bruce
(1718-1795) in Aberdour Kirkyard, Aberdeenshire in May of 2003.