Delaware tribal member releases
Steve Osburn, a member of the Delaware Tribe, has been playing the
Native American flute for just over a year, and his music has
reached the #1 position on <Mp3.com>, <Broadjam.com> and other music
charts. His latest CD is The Best of Steve Osburn, combines
traditional flute music with modern effects such as strings,
percussion, nature sounds, with English and Native dialog. Using a
Navajo flute, Osburn recorded his first CD in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His
music is currently in the #1 position on MP3 .com's Native American
and North American music charts.
You can hear his music at
http://www.mps.com/steveosburn, and on American Indian Radio on
http://www.airos.org. His CD can also be purchased on his
website and at
Crypto-Judaic Annual Conference set for August 2003
Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies in San
Antonio, TX is being held August 3-5,2003. Contact: Gloria Trujillo,
Missouri Database available now
The Missouri State Archives has a database of over 185,000 records
of births, stillbirths, and deaths in the state of Missouri prior to
1909. For more information go to
The most aggravating thing about
the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.
Arline Barsamian, died in
Milwaukee from complications suffered while undergoing surgery.
Born Ruth Arline Potterson, she and her husband Nick had been
married 42 years. Arline was a past president of the Welsh Woman's
Club and the Welsh Gymanfa Ganu Association of Wisconsin. She also
served as a co-chairperson of the Milwaukee '97 National Welsh
Gymanfa Ganu. Arline was also the loving mother of Donald Ramsey,
Sandra Ramsey Brake, Loree Simuncak and Nicholas Barasamian. And the
grandmother of six and great grandmother of nine.
You're Invited to a day with Helen Leary
This all day event suitable for every genealogical skill level will
be held at the Walnut Creek Country Club five miles east of
Goldsboro just off Highway 70.
Helen F.M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, has been active in genealogy
for more than twenty-five years and as a professional genealogist
since 1978. She is a Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical
Lecturer, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, and a
Fellow of the National Genealogical Society, receiving its Award for
Merit in 1987. She is past president of the Board for Certification
of Genealogists and past President of the North Carolina
Genealogical Society and has held numerous other elective offices in
the field. She is a member of the adjunct faculty of Samford
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and is a founding
member of the Genealogical Speakers' Guild. She is coeditor and a
contributing author to North Carolina Research and has published
widely in genealogical and historical periodicals.
For registration forms and complete information mail to: NCGS Summer
Workshop, PO Box 22, Greenville, NC 27835-0022 or see their website
http://www.ncgenealogy.org or e-mail them at:
United States Statistics for 1903...compare your life!
The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes in the United States had a telephone and
a 3 minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8000 cars in the United States and only 144 miles of
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 m.p.h..
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each were more heavily
populated than California.
California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
The average wage in the United States was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
Thanks to Ballentine Branches, 2714 Phyllis Dr., Copperas Cove, TX
Cauthon Family Reunion planned for July
The Cauthon Family Reunion will be held on the Third Saturday of
July 2003, at the Osceola, Missouri Community Center. Sign-in will
begin at 9:00 AM. Come early for family history discussion and
viewing of printed material. Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, and a
group picture will be taken at 1:00 PM.
Please bring your favorite homemade recipe and drinks for the buffet
table. There will be many door prizes given, games to play, new
acquaintances to meet and newly found cousins to visit. Our theme is
"Island Party" so dress accordingly if you wish.
For more information please call 1-816-358-4070 or 1-321 268-1201.
Duncan A. Bruce honored in NYC
Duncan A. Bruce of New York City was the recipient of the first
National Tartan Day Award, presented on behalf of The Scottish
Coalition at a reception and dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge,
Williamsburg, Virginia, on Friday evening, March 21, 2003.
The award ceremony was the opening event in the Eighth Annual
Scottish Symposium which is presented annually under the auspices of
The Caledonian Foundation USA, Inc. Chairman of the foundation, The
Earl of Dalkeith, arrived from Dumfriesshire, Scotland for the
Symposium and welcomed conferees from around the USA.
Bruce is the author of two books regarding Scottish heritage and the
contributions of Sots and ScotsAmericans to the US and the world.
His first book, The Mark of the Scots, involved more than 20 years
of continuous research, and his second book The Scottish 100 was a
History Book Club selection.
The Mark of the Scots is credited with the rekindling of interest in
and appreciation of Scots and ScotsAmericans, as a result of which,
hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish background have taken
a new interest in their Scottish forebears.
The Tartan Award was presented to Duncan Bruce by Robert W. Murdoch
of Pittsburgh, National Chairman of Tartan Day.
Duncan Bruce was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the
grandson of three Scottish immigrants. Bruce is a graduate of the
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of
the Board of the American Scottish Foundation, Inc., and the St.
Andrew's Society of the State of New York and is chairman of that
organizations's 250th anniversary celebration, which will take place
in 2006. Mr. Bruce is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of
Scotland, and is one of the few Americans to receive a grant of arms
from the Lyon Court in Edinburgh. He was awarded the Ellis Island
Medal of Honor in 1998.
Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival 2003
The Hartsfield-McCoy reunion will start Thursday, June 12 - Sunday,
The Chairman's Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 12 at the
Landmark Inn. Tickets are $25 a space and the dinner is extremely
A barbecue is scheduled for Friday, June 13 at the Pikeville College
The annual softball game will also continue. If you would like to
sign up for softball (men and ladies) and for more information on
this reunion, contact Ron @
Announcing AzGenShare Workshop
The AzGenShare 2nd Annual Workshop is Saturday, November 15, 2003,
from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The workshop will be held at the Salt River
Project Administrative Building, which is located on 1521 North
Project Drive in Phoenix, Arizona. This 2nd Annual Workshop will
feature Marian Shepherd and Joel Ayala, whom are both Arizona
Capitol Museum Exhibit Curators.
For more information contact: Betsy Gottsponer
Ways to Find a Maiden Name
1. If within the past 100 years-death certificates.
2. If more than 100 years all her children's death certificates.
3. Newspaper obituaries.
4. Her children's marriage certificates.
5. Public Church Libraries.
6. Unpublished records microfilmed at branch LDS libraries.
7. International Genealogical Index (IGI) on microfiche at LDS
8. Divorce papers from county courthouse where filed.
9. Newspaper indices by Anita Cheek Milner for records from burned
out courthouses and churches no longer in existence, bibliographies
in book form, such as N.Y. Genealogy and Biographical (at Sutro).
10. Survey of American Genealogical Periodicals indices by Skip
Perry; also state and local historical society quarterlies.
11. Look for wills. Write local historical societies and ask for an
12. Send out queries to periodicals and quarterlies in the areas
where your ancestors were.
13. Deeds and other land records.
14. Sometimes a census will mention a mother-in-law from the
Thanks to Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society, PO
Box 312, Pekin, IL 61555-0312.
6th Baronet of Lanrick and Balquhidder, 23rd Cheif of Clan Gregor,
died on Sunday, March 30th in Ninewells Hospital Dundee after a
short illness. He served from 1944-1980 with his regiment in BOAR
(Germany), Palestiine, Malaya, Borneo, USA, Greece, and NW Europe in
WW2, commanding the first Battallion in the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel from 1966-1969, and commanding both the 1st and 2nd
Battalions in the rank of Colonel from 1971-1974. From 1975-1978 he
served as Military Attache in Athens, and was then appointed
Brigadier commanding the Lowland Brigade until retiring in 1980
after nearly 37 years of service.
Sir Gregor was a member of the
Queens Bodygaurd in Scotland, (The Royal Company of Archers) from
1949, and was a life long Freemason becoming Grand Master Mason of
Scotland in 1988 for a five year term. He also served on many of the
Grand Lodge Committees, and traveled widely whilst in office. Sir
Gregor succeeded his father Sir Malcolm as Baronet, Clan Chief, and
Hereditary Patron of the Clan Gregor Society in 1958, 45 years wise
service having more knowledge of the Society than any other person
during that time.
He was laid to rest in the family
mausoleum in Balquhidder on Friday, April 4th at 4pm, in the
presence of his widow, Lady MacGregor of MacGregor, sons, relatives,
friends, and members of the Clan Gregor Society. Major Sir Malcolm
MacGregor of MacGregor, late Scots Guards, now becomes the 7th
Baronet and 24th Chief of Clan Gregor.
Future Genealogical Programs
March 22, 2003 - Friends of Genealogy and Barbour County 10:15am
Carnegie Library, Hwy 85 N., Crestview, Florida
Topic:Using Vital Records in Family History Research
April 12, 2003 - Okaloosa Genealogical Society, 10:00am
Crestview City Library, Hwy 85 N., Crestview, Florida
Topic: Using Vital Records in Family History Research
May 27, 2003 - Escambia Historical Society, Brewton, Alabama
Topic: Using Newspapers in Family Research
June 28,2003 - Burmingham Genealogical Society 2:00 pm
Linn Henley Research Library, Burmigham, Alabama
Topic: Native American Family History Research
July 13, 2003 - Lowndes County Historical Society 2:00 pm
Benton Methodist Church, Benton, Alabama
Topic: Using Vital Records in Family History Research
The Mathis Family is having a
The descendants of Henry Scott Mathis and Sarah Jane Carroll will
gather for a family reunion at the Cookson, Oklahoma Community
Center, Wednesday, June 18th through Saturday, June 21, 2003. The
reunion events include lunch, talent exhibits, boat cruise,
breakfast, bus tour, photo crop, story exchange, mixer, BBQ dinner,
and a dance.
For more information call or email Randy Mathis at 281-655-8832 or
Librarians to offer 24 Hour
Last week, libraries across the state of Maryland launched a free
service called Maryland AskUsNow. Which will make librarians
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for online chat
Thanks to Lake Havasu Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 953, 1750
N. McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405-0953
BSGR Convention for June 2003
The BSGR Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio on June 20-21.
The general theme is migration into and through Ohio. At the program
on Saturday, Paul Immel, Genealogy Librarian at the State Library of
Ohio, will provide an overview of migration in and through Ohio,
starting with Indian paths that were later used as migration routes
by the early white settlers. Charlotte Stewart will discuss
migrations from Pennsylvania and other east coast points into Ohio.
Also the program will be an update on the Blair DNA Project by John
A. Blair. Door prizes will be awarded and BSGR merchandise and
publications available for purchase. You may also wish to sit at the
Executive Board Meeting on Friday.
Scots In Hawai'i
Scots have been coming to Hawai`i
since the end of the 18th century. They arrived with other westeners
soon after Kamehameha the Great unified the island and Captain James
Cook, a part Scot, opened Hawai`i to the West. Hawai`i's own
Princess Ka`iulani was half Scottish. Her father, Achibald Scott
Cleghorn, who arrived in Hawai`i in 1851, was born in Edinburgh. He
married Princess Miriam Likelike, sister of Queen Lili`uokalani and
King Kalakaua. Cleghorn served in several government positiions
under the monarchy and was Governor of O`ahu under Queen
Many Scots either immigrated to
Hawai`i or passed through as visitors, since the first seafaring
Scots discovered our beautiful islands. Avisit by the author, Robert
Louis Stevenson in 1889, was well publicized and has a historical
note because of his friendship with King Kalakaua and Princess
From 1976-1982, The Caledonian
Society sponsored an oral history project involving Scots in Hawai`i,
which resulted in 26 oral interviews being taped and transcribed for
research purposes. In 1986 a monograph entitled Speaking of Scots in
Hawai`i was published. Many of the stories from the interviews and
from some of the more famous Scots who visited and came to live in
Hawai`i can be found in The Story of Scots in Hawai`i, a book
published by The Caledonian Society in 2000.
For more information visit their website at:
Thanks to Ke Ku`auhau "The Genealogist", Honolulu County
Genealogical Society, PO Box 235039, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96823-3500.
Kilt For Sale
Macpherson hunting kilt, worn once for a wedding, 34" waist x 24"
long for $350.00. Contact Gearge Ellis at 541-679-1277 or email
There will be the Thirtieth Annual General Meeting of the Clan
Macpherson, USA, held October 10-12, 2003, at the Holiday Inn in
historic Roswell, Georgia. You can enjoy sone of the enchantment of
the South as you ramble through a historic home and a living
plantation that are preserved as they were more than a century ago.
The Stone Mountain Highland "Games are the following weekend,
October 18th and 19th. The Friday night Ceilidh will be a time to
show off your talents. Each region is asked to participate. Prices
for this General Meeting will include banquet, ball, and
For more information write, Dodie McPherson, 395 Waverly Hall Drive,
Roswell, GA 30075, email,
www.clan-macpherson.org, or call 770-993-7685.
The Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virginia Genealogical Society announces it will sponsor the 2002
running of the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research, July
6-10, 2003 in Richmond. There will be a four day, four night
institute for Virginia researchers, which will be held at Roslyn,
the Virginia Diocesan Center at 8727 River Road, Richmond, Virginia.
Space is limited.
The Institute will conduct two tracks of instruction:
Track One, is for the novice Virginia researcher (not beginners),
whom will have 19 structured one hour sessions introducing research
in Virginia what sources are available and where to find them.
Track Two, for the more experienced Virginia researcher, also will
have 19 structured one hour sessions. This track will explore
techniques used in analyzing Virginia records, the impact of the war
and other events on migration patterns, and the use of period maps.
A group of eight leading experts in Virginia genealogical research
will conduct these sessions.
For full details contact the Virginia Genealogical Society at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-285-8954
on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 9:30am and 12:30pm Eastern time.
Dean and Creech Families Volume 5 for Sale
Volume 5 of Dean and Creech and Related Families History is off
press and is available for $10.00 plus $1.50 for shipping and
handling. Volume 5 is a treasure source for genealogists and others
searching for historical materials. It is also a continuation of
Volumes 1,2,3, and 4. Copies of Volumes 3 and 4 are also available.
At the Annual General Meeting of The St. Andrew Society Sarasota
held on February 23, 2003 a slate of Officers were elected to the
SAS Board for 2003-2004. The following are the elected Officers.
President: Jim Martain, VP: Don Taylor,Secratary: Barbara
Montgomery, Membership Secratary: Deidre Ambrose,Treasurer: Caroline
David, past President: Jack Rice,Trustees: Charles Craig, Barbra A.
Bartz, Deidre Ambrose, Joe Ambrose, Betty Stewart, Dennis Craig,
Tony Staurt, Sergeant at Arms: Jim Malcolm, Historian: Jean M.
Catsakis, Chaplain: Rev. Roger Kunkel, Braw Lads: Dennis Craig, and
last, but not least was the Saltire Editor: Rose Gillet
For more information email
Highlandfling2000@hotmail.com or write St. Andrew Society of
Sarasota, Inc.,PO Box 2592, Sarasota, Fl. 34230.
General Meeting Set for Labor Day Weekend
The 2003 Annual Meeting is set for Albany, New York on Labor Day
Weekend. There will be Capital District Scottish Games hosted by
Roger and Alice Montgomery on August 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 at the
Best Western Sovereign Hotel, on 1228 Western Avenue, in Albany, New
For more information contact: Roger and Alice Montgomery, 2071 State
Highway 29, Johnstown, New York 12095, call 518-762-1060, or email
Bagpipes for sale
Highlander full size bagpipes, Rosewood spare chanter, and two books
(new). The amount asked is $500.00, but no reasonable offer is
For more information call Bill Lawing in Albany, Georgia at
What you can find in Military Records
If your ancestor served in the military service at any time after
1775, chances are a great deal of genealogical data could be found
in his military record. If an ancestor served in the Revolutionary
War, the Civil War, or the two World Wars, their names were probably
passed down to us. However, many military men enlisted during
peacetime that we may not know about.
There are exactly four types of
military records that contain personal information about armed
1. Service Record: This record includes a "muster" roll that will
contain a physical description, marital status, residence,
occupation, and birth information. It also includes the "muster out"
roll and all the details of the discharge. If your ancestor or kin
was in service between 1775 and 1903, there will be a "complied
service record", created by the federal government. In this record
will be payroll data, prison or court marital records, hospital
records, and promotion records.
2. Veteran's Benefit Record: Both federal and state governments
granted pensions and/or free land as rewards and compensation for
military service. Sometimes these benefits were given in payment for
service connected disability. These records, housed in the National
Archives, contain documentation of disability, if any. Also, in many
cases there will be a widow's pension file containing additional
family details. Between 1776 and 1855, the government gave "bounty
land" to those who had served in the military. A veteran or his heir
could claim this land by completing an application at a nearby
3. Draft Records: These records have been maintained since the
government initiated the military draft in 1863. All men eligible
for military service were required to register for the draft during
World War 1. "World War 1 Selective Service Draft Registration Cards
1917-1918" are on file for about 24 million men. Send inquiry to:
Archives Branch, Federal Center, 557 St. Joseph Avenue, East Point,
4. Records of the regular military forces: The National Archives has
71 reels of microfilm containing the Registers of Enlistment's in
the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. Each record contains personal information
such as enlistee's place of birth, age, occupation, and physical
description. The National Archives "Select Catalog of Military
Service Records" can be viewed at
www.nara.gov/genealogy/ (Editors Note: This link no
longer works but the main site is still there at
I found that the NARA in Kansas City, Missouri, also has excellent
military records and very helpful research assistants available.
(However, if you go there to do your research, be prepared to stand,
as writing desks were almost nonexistent when we were there.)
The Veteran's Administration, Washington, DC maintains an index
record of all servicemen and women buried in national or federal
Thanks to the Newsletter of Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and
Historical Society, 119 Lake Dr., West Monroe, LA 71291.
If Tomorrow Never Comes
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I
would tuck you in tighter and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the
door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in
praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play
them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time I could spare an extra minute or
two, To stop and say I love you, instead of assuming you would know
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let this one slip
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and
we always get a second chance to make everything right.
There will always be another day to say our "I love you's,".
And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like
to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike. And today
may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if
tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day, that you didn't
take the extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss. And you were to
busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.
So always hold them dear. Take time to say "I'm sorry", "Please
forgive me, "Thank you" or "It's okay." And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.
Thanks to the Newsletter of Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and
Historical Society, 119 Lake Dr., West Monroe, LA 71291.
Chief Ross of Ross and Lady Eileen attended Robert Burns Dinner
in Sarasota, Florida
It was the 25th of January 2003 at the Oaks Golf and Country Club in
Sarasota, FL. that the St. Andrew Society of Sarasota Members and
Guests met to celebrate the 244th birthday of the illustrious Poet
of Scotland, Robert Burns. A night that will long be remembered for
the feasting of fine food, the amber "water of life" and good
company. The members were honored with the presence of Chief David
Campbell Ross of Ross and Lady Eileen Ross of Perth, Scotland. The
Chief and Lady Eileen were on vacation in Florida. They attended the
Scottish Highland Games in Orlando, Fl. visiting with members of the
Clan Ross Association of the U.S., before coming to the Sarasota
area at the invitation of the St. Andrew Society. In attendance were
the three Florida members of the Robert Burns Association of North
America, Barbra A. Bartz (Trustee of SAS and Clan Ross member)
Robert J. Fraser and Frank J. Campbell.
The Atlanta Pipe Band "leader among pipe bands in the South!"
The Atlanta Pipe Band is recognized as a leader among pipe bands in
the South and a major competitor throughout the United States and
Canada. The Band has established this standard of excellence in
performance and competition under the skillful leadership of a
number dedicated Pipe Majors, most recently that of Pipe Major Jerry
Founded in 1970, the Atlanta Pipe Band is dedicated to furthering
the great tradition of Scottish music and culture through education
and demonstration. The Band routinely performs for civic, private
and commercial groups, adding a unique flair to these functions.
The Band's 31 year history included performances for Presidents
Carter and Bush, Prince Charles, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Dalai
Lama. It was also a notable contributor to such events as Rod
Stewart's World Tour, the Indigo Girls at Atlanta's Chastain Park
and the prestigious Walker and Curtis Cup Golf Tournaments. The Band
has also performed at college football half time shows at Georgia
Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee.
Over the years, the Band has established a standard of excellence in
competition. The Band's titles have included US Open Pipe Band
Champion (Grade 3), Eastern US Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3 and 4),
Southeast Pipe Band Champion (Grade 3 and 4) and Southern Pipe Band
Champion (Grade 3).
The Band proudly wears the distinctive tartan of the 78th Fraser
Highlands, and is the only band in the US allowed to do so.
Associated with the Fort New Inverness Garrison of the 78th Fraser
Highlanders, the Band is pleased to promote our unique Scottish
The band has an ongoing student program dedicated to promoting
programs for pipers and invites experienced drummers to audition for
the corps. There are competition units in both Grade 3 and 4.
For more information, please visit the band's web site
www.atlantapipeband.com, or contact Jim Thompson at (770)