Free DAR Patriot lookup service
The Daughter of the American Revolution records are among the most
valuable genealogical resources available. The DAR Patriot Index
contains names of Revolutionary patriots, both men and women, whose
service (between 1775 and 1783) has been established by the National
DAR Society. Information available may include: dates and places of
birth and death, name(s) of wife/wives or husband(s), rank, type of
service, and the state where the patriot lived or served. If pension
papers are known to exist, that fact will be included. If you are
interested in knowing if your ancestor is recognized by the DAR as a
Revolutionary Patriot, find out at:
Source: Kishwaukee Genealogists Newsletter, P O Box 5503, Rockford,
Researching Mayflower ancestors?
If you are researching ancestors who may have arrived in New England
on the Mayflower, take a look at Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Wed
Pages. The web address is
http://www.mayflowerhistory.com. The site has the ship's
passenger list from the 1620 voyage, with some biographical and
genealogical information for each passenger. The site also includes
documents concerning the ship itself; some wills and estate
inventories of the original Pilgrims; full test of some Pilgrim
writings; historical documentaries; genealogical and social
resources; links to museums and archives containing information
about the Plymouth Colony; as well as a list of professional
researchers to hire.
Our thanks for this information to
Kith and Kin, Volume 20, via Gems of Genealogy, Bay Area
Genealogical Society, and Kishwaukee Genealogists Newsletter, P O
Box 5503, Rockford, IL 61125.
Genealogical Seminar planned for Lake Havasu City, Arizona
The tenth annual Genealogical Seminar, sponsored by the Lake Havasu
Genealogical Society, Inc., will be held Saturday March 13, 2004.
Registration will be at 8 AM with the program from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.
The seminar site will be Mountain View M.H.P. Clubhouse, 2635 Anita
Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Topics to be presented are Vital
Records; Emigration, Immigration and Naturalization Records; Note
Taking and Citations; and Love's Labour's Lost - Finding Female
Ancestry. Early registration deadline is March 5th.
For more information, contact Lake
Havasu Genealogical Society, Inc., 1208 McCulloch Blvd. S., Lake
Havasu City, AZ 86406-8963.
25th Arkansas Scottish Festival set for April
Now's the time to begin lining up your Scottish Festivals, and the
25th Arkansas festival is one not to miss. The event will be held
April 23-25, 2004 at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. The
festival will move to the heart of the campus this year, so you can
reconnect with your Scottish roots and explore the latest additions
to the campus physical plant, including Lyon's new Derby Center for
Science and Mathematics. Deadline to reserve your space is March
For more information, contact Gina
Garrett at GGarrett@lyon.edu
or phone 870-698-4624. You could also register online by visiting
www.lyon.edu and click on
Join the Lyon College Pipe Band in New York City
Have you ever dreamed of marching with the Lyon College Pipes and
Drums? Wondered at the excitement of April in New York? Plan to join
the Pipes and Drums and see them perform in the Tartan Day Parade
down New York's Sixth Avenue on April 3rd. The band, along with
other alumni and friends, will represent Lyon College, Batesville,
and Arkansas in the parade.
If you'd be interested in more
information, contact Gina Garrett, Chair, Arkansas Scottish Festival
Clans, at GGarrett@lyon.edu
or phone 870-698-4624.
XV Ulster-American Heritage Symposium coming in June 2004 in
The Fifteenth Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will be held at the
Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland from Wednesday,
June 23, 2004 through Saturday, June 26, 2004. The theme will be
Changing Ways of Thinking about Emigration from Ulster. This
biennial symposium is always a major event in the Scotch-Irish
Since 1976, this symposium has met
every two years, alternating between Ulster and the United States.
Its purpose is to encourage scholarly study and public awareness of
the historical connections between the two countries, including the
Scotch-Irish heritage. Its approach is interdisciplinary, and
includes history, language and literature, archaeology, folklife,
religion, and music.
One of the keynote speakers will
be the world-famous linguist Professor Michael Montgomery, who is an
active member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Scotch-Irish
Society of the USA. Other speakers will include many whose names are
familiar to readers of the Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies.
A preliminary program is now
available. This indicates that one of the Symnposium days will be
spent at the Institute for Ulster Scots Studies at Magee College,
Londonderry. There will be a guided tour of historic sites,
including the celebrated walls. There will be opportunities for
independent sight-seeing, both before and after the presentations at
Anyone interested in attending the
Symposium should contact the organizer, Dr. Brian Lambkin, Director
of the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
and ask to be put on the mailing list.
The Clan MacLeod Society, through the Dunvegan Foundation,
has established three scholarships at St. Thomas Episcopal School in
Houston, Texas, i.e., piping, drumming and the Harry M. McLeod Dance
Scholarship. The recipients for 2003 are Zach Goodrick, drummer;
Carla Gardner, dancer; and Harry Isensee, piper. These young people
are receiving their training from some of the best teachers
available. Gordon Sampson and Michael Cusack are the Band Directors.
Donna McPhee Cusack and Diane McPhee Krugh teach dancing. Also
pictured are Douglas Beaton, Regional Vice President of the South
Central Region of the Clan MacLeod Society, and Gloria McLeod,
Publicist for the Society. The Clan MacLeod Society is privileged to
be associated with such fine talent.
Clan Johnston/e in America elects new officers for new year
Jeffrey Johnstone, FSA Scot, of Rochester, New York, has been
elected president of Clan Johnston/e in America. Jeff takes over
from Arthur Johnston, FSA Scot, who retired after serving the clan
society in this capacity for the past seven years. Arthur will
remain on the Council as past president, and will continue in his
role of Chief Commissioner to Lord Annandale in North America.
Also elected was a new vice
president-east, Bartlett Johnston of Underhill, Vermont. Bartlett
filled the spot left vacant after Jeffrey Johnstone's appointment as
president. The elections took place at the clan's annual general
meeting held in conjunction with the Stone Mountain Games this past
One of the most important
announcements made during the meeting was the new classification of
Clan Johnston/e in American as an tax exempt organization under the
Internal Revenue Service's Section 501(c)(3). As a charitable
organization, gifts made to the organization are now deductible for
income, gift and tax purposes.
Clan Johnston/e's next event is
the much anticipated International Gathering to be held in Moffat,
Dumfriesshire, Scotland in June 2004. The event will feature a
luncheon and tour at the home of the Clan's Chief, The Right
Honourable The Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, Patrick Andrew
Wentworth Hope Johnstone of Annandale and of That Ilk, and hosted by
the Earl and Lady Annandale.
It was also agreed that the 2004
Annual General Meeting would be held in Estes Park, Colorado,
September 10, 11 and 12, in conjunction with the Longs Peak
Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, one of the premier games of the
country. Clan Headquarters will be The Inn at Estes Park.
For full information, contact
What's a Squire?
from Christine M. Burton
Question: A friend and I had a discussion about the title "Esquire."
Both of us read somewhere that the title "Esquire" before a name
meant that a person was a lawyer. I am a reader. I'll read anything.
If I can't find a good book, I'll resort to reading cereal box and
canned good labels, but what I really like are classics, such as
David Copperfield and Tale of Two Cities.
I also enjoy a well-written "who
done it" especially one by a British author (they seem to have made
of the genre a science). In all those novels, I have continually met
fictional "esquires" and never got the impression that any of them
were lawyers. The impression I got was that they were men of
importance in their communities, but not royalty.
My friend expressed the opinion
that the title of "esquire" may be one applied only to American
lawyers. Could you or some of your readers shed some light on this?
I've found several "esquires" in my family tree and if they were
lawyers it's news to me, but then, just their names amounts to "news
Answer: Esquire was "the title
given to any owner of a large tract of land. It was also the title
given to a Justice of the Peace, but as nearly every lawyer in
Colonial America at one time became a J.P., the title ultimately
devolved on all lawyers. The word was originally squire from the
Latin scutarius - 'shield-bearer'." (Richard M. Lederer, Jr.,
Colonial American English; Essex, Connecticut: A Verbatim Book,
1985, page 80).
However, like with so many things
we learn in genealogy, there are other meanings, so one must take
the time and locality into consideration for how this term might
apply in a particular situation. For example, esquire also:
* Refers to a man or boy who is a
member of the gentry in England ranking directly below a knight.
* Is used as an honorific usually in its abbreviated form,
especially after the name of an attorney or a consular officer: John
* Used in medieval times for a candidate for knighthood who served a
knight as an attendant and a shield bearer.
* Refers to an English country gentleman; a squire, (archaic) - from
the Middle English esquier, from the French escuier.
Black's Law Dictionary points that
the term esquire, as used in the United States, is different from
its usage in English law. It says: "In English law, a title of
dignity next above gentleman, and below knight. Also a title of
office given to sheriffs, sergeants and barristers at law, justices
of the peace, and others. In United States, title commonly appended
after name of attorney; e.g., John J. Jones, Esquire."
Published in RootsWeb Review,
October 8, 2003, and Larimer County Genealogical Society Newsletter,
P O Box 9502, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Signs you have a bad computer
1. Lower corner of screen has "Etch A Sketch" on it.
2. You have to pedal it.
3. The manual contains only one sentence: "Good Luck."
4. Only chip inside is a Dorito.
5. When you turn it on, all the dogs in the neighborhood start
6. You catch a cold virus from it.
7. While running, it emits awful calliope music.
8. It cybersucks.
Source: Rickey Roots & Revels, Stanton M. Rickey, 235 15th Street,
NE, Salem, OR 97301-4228
David J. H. Sinclair was born in Glasgow, Scotland, September
18, 1930. He passed away on September 22, 1003. Donald was a Bay
Area resident for 45 years. He was the devoted and loving husband of
Mary Frances Sinclair of San Rafael, California; father of Maureen
Sinclair of Atlanta, Georgia, and Andrew (Amy) Sinclair of Novato,
California; and brother of Gloria (Woody) Atwood of Salt Lake City,
Donald had a great love of people
and travel, and was very active in many social and philanthropic
organizations, including the St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco,
Clan Sinclair Association, Marines Square Club, Sons in Retirement,
British Benevolent Society, Masonic Lodge of San Francisco, and the
Marin Irish-American Club.
He brought life and joy into any
party. He was well respected and loved by all who knew him and will
be greatly missed for so many reasons, not the least of which was
his great sense of humor and his famous rendering of Robert Burns'
Address to A Haggis.
Illinois researchers have a new
A new website for Illinois researchers, part of the Illinois
Secretary of State site, has the original surveys for over 500,000
original land entries in Illinois. Locate at
http://landplats.ilsos.net/Flash/FTP_Illinois.html, the Public
Domain Database link will open a window where you can search the
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales by name.
Thanks to Nuggets from Paradise,
November 2003, and The Tipsheet, Foothills Genealogical Society, P O
Box 150382, Lakewood, CO 80215-0382.
Texas researchers have a database
The Texas General Land Office offers a searchable database of their
land grant collection. The Land Grants of Texas tell the story of
the settlement and early history of Texas. The database currently
has 442,716 records. The URL is
The title is GLO/Archives and Records/Land Grand Collection.
Source: From Nuggets from
Paradise, November 2003, and The Tipsheet, Foothills Genealogical
Society, P O Box 150382, Lakewood, CO 80215-0382.
Royalty is in the Crawfords blood
The Crawfords of Saltoun in Aberdeen-shire were introduced to "the
Royals" as kin in the 1900's. Local lore has the Crawfords getting
their lands as a reward for helping Robert the Bruce remove the
Comyns from Inveriochy Castle. It is said that Bruce's claim to the
throne rested as much on his Crawford grandmother's rights as his
male Norman inheritance. His grandmother's sister was also said to
be the mother of William Wallace. So it would appear that William
Wallace and Robert the Bruce were first cousins once removed!
Our thanks for this article to
Bannockburn, newsletter of Family of Bruce Society in America, 90
Chestnut Street, Bristol, NH 03222.
Here's some interesting links for your review
Harvard Law Library:
According to LA newsletter they have old English documents dating
from 1170 to 1888, consisting of deeds, manor rolls, chancery writs,
etc. Recommended by Martha E. Reamy.
Including spelling, abbreviations and common names.
The Stories & Genealogies of Maui: Na Mo`olelo o Na Mo`okua`uhau o
Well done Hawaiian genealogy site.
Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States:
Middle Ages Biographies:
Source: Ke Ku`auhau newsletter, Honolulu County Genealogical
Society, P O Box 235039, Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-3500.
Munro descendents are needed for surname project
Frustrated by a brick wall due to records long ago burned in a
courthouse fire, or just simply lost over time? For those of Munro
descent, consider participating in the Munro Surname Project with
Family Tree-DNA to find answers. If interested in more information,
please contact Margaret Bardin at
email@example.com or DeAnn Monroe Steely at
ROBERTSON, ROBERT. Where might our ROBERTSON families coming
early to North Carolina from Scotland have settled? Could it have
been the East Coast or Cape Fear area? My grandfather ROBERT
ROBERTSON, born c1833, was probably the youngest of a large family
of boys. No other member of this large family is known. According to
census records, ROBERT's parents too were born in North Carolina.
ROBERT and CATHERINE GARBER married September 3, 1859, Douglas
County, Illinois. Six sons were born in Douglas County, Illinois and
in Indiana before the family settled in southeast Colorado where
ROBERT died April 8, 1905. Any help would be very much appreciated.
Mabel I. Robison, 2235 Juntura Court, So., Salem, OR 97302-2222,
Virginia Genealogical Society Conference meets in April
The Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its annual Spring
Conference on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at the Library of Virginia,
800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. The conference theme will
be Methodology: The Foundation of Good Genealogy.
The conference registration table
opens at 8:15 AM, and the main programs starts at 9 AM. The
conference will present three separate lectures: handwriting and
transcription, abstracting, and documentation, and feature practical
hands-on sessions afterward. All portions will be conducted by three
nationally known speakers, Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Marti Hiatt, and
Barbara Vines Little. Vendors of books, software, forms and other
material will be available all day.
For more information, contact
Virginia Genealogical Society, Spring Conference, 5001, West Broad
Street, Suite 115, Richmond, VA 23230-3023.
Arizona biographical database
Searching for persons in works not specifically about them has
always been especially challenging. Years ago, librarians kept
lists, but these lists were very difficult to update. The
transference of paper lists to an online database is a major step
forward, as it allows not only easy public access but also gives the
staff the ability to add, subtract or update entries.
The History and Archives Division
of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records has now
made its Arizona Biographical Database available on its website at
http://www.lib.az.us/archives/. You can access the database
directly by going to
http://www.lib.az.us/bio/index.cfm. From there you can search by
surname, given name or both. One is also allowed to search by city
or dates, but these are less reliable, as not all records have
entries in these fields. If one is not certain of the spelling of a
surname, he may use the Browse feature and select the first letter
of the surname.
The entries in our biographical
database refer to persons in our collection of books, newspaper
articles, periodicals, obituaries and vertical files. This is not a
complete listing of the names of people who appear in our records
nor does this list include all the records in which an individual
may appear. This list is being constantly updated. For additional
help, you may contact the Archives staff at:
>From the AzGAB Newsletter,
September 2003, published by the Arizona Genealogical Advisory
Board, PO Box 5641, Mesa, AZ 85211-5641.
The Federal Writers' Project materials found in larger collection
The Federal Writers' Project materials in the Library of Congress
Manuscript Division are part of a larger collection titled The US
Work Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project and Historical
Records Survey. The holdings from Federal Writers' Project span the
years 1889-1942 and cover a wide range of topics and subprojects.
Altogether, the Federal Writers' holdings number approximately
300,000 items and consist of correspondence, memoranda, field
reports, notes, graphs, charts, preliminary and corrected drafts of
essays, oral testimony, folklore, miscellaneous administrative and
miscellaneous other material.
Well over one-half of the
materials in this record group pertain to the American Guide, the
sobriquet for the critically acclaimed state guides. The remainder
of the material reflects other areas of interest. A collection of
rural and urban folklore; first-person narratives (called life
histories); studies of social customs of various ethnic groups, and
Researchers should note that the
American Memory collection presented here is a coherent portion of
the Library's larger Federal Writers' series and the WPA collection.
It includes the life histories and corollary documents assembled by
the Folklore Project within the Federal Writers' effort.
For more information visit
Thanks to Nuggets from Paradise,
December 2003, published by the Paradise Genealogical Society, Inc.,
PO Box 460, Paradise, CA 95967-0460.
Index to final rolls of citizens and freedmen of Five Civilized
Tribes in Indian Territory (Dawes) available online
The index to the final rolls of citizens and freedmen of the Five
Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (Dawes) is now available
online! This is the index to the names of individuals entitled to
enrollment on the rolls of the various tribes comprising the Five
Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory, Oklahoma.
The index entries are arranged by
tribe and thereunder by enrollment category (Cherokee By Blood,
Cherokee Minor, Cherokee Freedmen, etc.). The entries for each
enrollment category are arranged alphabetically by surname. (It
should always be noted that the surname entries are not always in
strict alphabetical order.) Each index entry gives an enrollee's
name and final roll number. After a person's enrollment category and
final roll number have been determined, the final rolls can be
searched to discover the enrollee's census card number. URL:
Source: Nuggets from Paradise,
published by the Paradise Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 460,
Paradise, CA 95967-0460.
Website available for deaths of U.S. citizens in foreign
From the earliest days of the republic, one of the duties of U.S.
consular officers was to report to the Department of State the names
of U.S. citizens who died within their consular districts. These
death reports commonly provide acceptable documentation in the
English language for causes in which satisfactory proof of an
American death might be very difficult to obtain in any other form.
Our thanks for this information to Nuggets from Paradise, published
by the Paradise Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 460, Paradise, CA
Dr. R. Quinn Pugh, President of the Scottish Heritage
Society of Southeast Georgia, welcomes the Reverend and Mrs. Julian
Ward as the 99th and 100th members of the society. The Society has
just made Family Tree editor, Beth Gay, an honorary member of the