Old age can kill you
I’ve been transcribing county death scheduled from New Brunswick
and discovered that: Sarah died in 1891, she was a 67 year old
housekeeper and cause of death was “worn out,” length of illness
Then there’s Margaret, she died in 1888, she was 92 years old and
cause of death was “old age,” length of illness “one week”.
Phoebe, on the other hand, was only 88 when she died in 1888.
She, too, died of “old age,” but she had it “several years”.
William died in 1888 at 84 of “old age,” but he had it “not long”.
Mrs. Seeley, age 91 in 1888, died of “old age,” but she only had
it “one day”.
Thanks to The YVGS Family Finders, Yucaipa Valley Genealogical
Society, Inc., PO Box 32, Yucaipa, CA 92399-0032.
Genetic marker established by CDUSA Genetic Project. Viking?
The Clan Donald USA Genetic Project has established a 25 marker
signature for identifying descendants of Somerled, ancestor to the
Macdonalds, MacDougalls and MacAlisters.
Somerled was an important figure in the history of the western
highlands of Scotland. He died in 1164 attacking Glasgow with 160
ships. His descendants controlled most of the west coast of
Scotland and the Hebrides for more than 500 years.
The MacDonalds are currently searching for the paternal ancestors
Genetic studies have demonstrated that Clan Donald is heavily
peopled with descendants of Colla, the historical father of the
kingdom of Dalriada. The genetic studies by Clan Donald USA
concur with a parallel finding by Professor Sykes of Oxford that
all lines descended from Somerled are Norwegian Viking in origin
rather than Dalriadic gael.
Clan Donald seeks to determine the Norwegian source of that line,
whether it be found in Iceland, Scotland, Norway, the Orkneys or
the Isle of Man.
Any person who has a genetic signature with haplogroup R1a,
similar in substantial part to Somerled’s signature, is urged to
contact the Clan Donald USA Genetic Project through its Director
and National Historian for Clan Donald USA, Mark E. MacDonald
Any persons of known pure paternal descent from Harald Fairhaired,
Eric Bloodaxe, Rognvald of More, Thorfinn the Mighty, St. Olaf,
Harald Hardrada, Jarl Hacon, the Arnesons of Giske, or the Viking
Kings of Man are of special interest. Each of these lines are
historically present in maternal lines of the sons of Somerled
through his wife Ragnhilda. They are potential starting points
for our search. Persons who do not know their genetic markers,
but know that they have an ancestry rooted near Trondheim,
Alesund, Giske or More in Norway, Iceland, the Orkneys or the Isle
of Man, are also welcome to participate in this study. You may
also contact Mr. MacDonald at 325 North St. Paul Street, Suite
2400, Dallas, TX 75201, telephone 214-922-9050.
Can you identify this Clan badge?
Robert Madeux sent a picture of this Clan badge inherited from his
second great grandfather and wondered if anyone could help him
identify it. The motto is Tant Que Je Puis.
Madeux said his second great grandfather, William Bisset, was born
in New Deer, Aberdeen, Scotland.
If you have any information, contact Robert Madeux, 56 Seymour
Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525, phone 203-393-1511.
Gulf County Genealogical Society requests newsletter exchange
The Gulf County Genealogical Society would like to exchange
newsletters with other genealogical groups. Their own
publication, Gulf Waves, begun in May 2002, is the quarterly
publication of the Gulf County Genealogical Society and is
published in March, June, September and December each year.
The Gulf County Genealogical Society would like to exchange
publications with other societies. Gulf County is located in the
Panhandle of Florida. Monthly meetings are held in Port St. Joe,
Florida. In November 2002, our society was nominated for and
received an Achievement Award from the Florida State Genealogical
For full information visit
McDuffie/MacDuff Clan sets up DNA Surname Project
A new genealogical technique is revolutionizing the tracing of
ancestors and establishing links between different family lines.
Scottish Clans around the world are setting up DNA Surname
Projects using the proven technology of male Y-chromosome DNA
Clans Campbell and McGregor have already well-established programs
which have shown interesting results. There are a large group of
Campbells in the USA who clearly have a common ancestor showing
the Clan to have been relatively stable. The McGregors on the
other hand have a large number of different family lines probably
as a result of the surname being banned in former times.
Now a McDuffie/MacDuff DNA Surname Project has been established
with the following aims:
1. To determine the degree of relatedness among those with
surnames of the great McDuffie/MacDuff diaspora and establish
links with the ancestral homeland.
2. To establish how closely associated surnames are linked.
3. To assist with paper genealogical research in breaking through
4. To determine which McDuffs were McDuffies.
The project is set up with a genealogical research purpose only.
Participants are allocated a number on joining and anonymity of
those providing the DNA is preserved. Participants each pay for
the test. A DNA testing laboratory, which is currently the most
popular one with Clan surname projects, is used to analyze the
samples. The project is not commercial. The DNA sample cannot be
used for any other purpose than the genealogical research. The
sample is taken from a standard mouth swab and is non-invasive.
Samples are tested in the USA and the University of Arizona
controls and maintains the genetic library under strictest privacy
These projects are most interesting and successful if the data set
is reasonably large. For this reason MacDuffs and McDuffies are
being taken together. There are good reasons for this. In the
pre-Dalriadic period of Scottish history, it is likely that Duffs
and Duffies were one. Also in more recent times, records show some
McDuffies changed name to McDuff.
The project results may shed fresh light on our Clans history. For
more details visit the Familytree DNA website
http://www.familytreedna.com and McDuffie DNA Project website
Thanks to the newsletter of The Clan MacDuff Society of America,
Mac Dhubhaich, 100 Barcelona Court, Cary, NC 27513-4201.
Dorothy (Dolly) Bentley died on May 19, 2003 after a six
month fight with pancreatic cancer. Dolly was 71 years old.
William and Dorothy were married 52 years. She was proud of her
Scottish heritage: her maiden name was Fyfe. Her father, John,
was born in Kilberny and her mother, Marion, was born in Peebles,
Scotland. Her parents met in Winnipeg, Canada after separate
migrations. They had two children and moved to Chicago, where
three daughters were born, one was Dolly. Bill and Dolly moved to
St. Petersburg, Florida in 1993, where they were very active in
The Caledonian Society. They proudly hung their rampant lion
shield on their home in Largo where they moved to seven years
Margaret (Marshall) MacDuff died on December 18, 2003. She
was the wife of J. R. Earl MacDuff, mother of Gail H. Hoadley,
and grandmother of John Hoadley of New Jersey and Katherine
Marshall of Oregon. She was the sister of the late Hubert
Marshall and Velma MacLean. She was the sister-in-law of Muriel
Marshall of Falmouth, and beloved aunt of Jean Engel of Falmouth
and Janice Lavalle of Lexington. Her husband Earl sent a note
that Margaret had dementia from February 3, 2003. They were
married 57 years.
A genealogical codicil may be important to you! Here’s a
The following item was printed in the Moultrie County Historical
and Genealogical Society Quarterly, October 2003.
Of course, it would be prudent to discuss this with your attorney
or estate planning agent in advance and you will have to make
changes to fit your particular needs, but this is a good
A Genealogical Codicil to my Last Will & Testament: To my Spouse,
Children or Guardian: Upon my demise it is requested that you DO
NOT dispose of any or all of my genealogical records, books,
files, notebooks or computer programs for a period of two years.
During this time period, please attempt to identify one or more
persons who would be willing to take custody of the said materials
and the responsibility of maintaining and continuing the family
histories. In the event you do not find anyone to accept these
materials, please contact the various genealogical organizations
that I have been a member of and determine if they will accept
some parts or all of my genealogical materials. Please remember
that my genealogy endeavors consumed a great deal of time, travel
and requests. Signed and dated by: Witnessed and dated by:
Witnessed and dated by:
Thanks to Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Newsletter, Questing
Heirs Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 15102, Long Beach, CA
Pal-AM libraries are a great resource...and they are easy to
The Palatines to America Library is a non-circulating research
library with a wide variety of materials published in the US,
Europe and other countries.
Currently, the library has more than 5,000 volumes of resources
including: * Genealogical directories and manuals; family
histories and surname files * Thousands of pedigree and Immigrant
Ancestor Register family group charts * Biographies of famous and
not-so-famous Germans and German-Americans * Geographical aids
such as maps, atlases, and gazetteers (place-name dictionaries) *
Foreign language materials * Surname dictionaries and other
surname reference materials * Rare books and unique manuscripts
* Church records, histories and their indexes, as well as
religious reference works with biographical, historical, and
family articles and bibliographies * Over 300 periodical titles
or various genealogical, historical, religious and family
associations, and commercial publishers * Transcripts of
immigration/emigration and passenger lists and their indexes *
German, United States, and European histories, including some with
historical information on many of the major German settlements and
migrations across North America * Resources on German-speaking
migrations to/from other parts of the world, such as Ireland,
England, Russia, and the Danube Valley of Eastern Europe *
Hard-to-locate materials on the Hessians and other forces who
fought in the American Revolution.
Those who cannot use the library in person can access the
collection through the help of dedicated volunteers who will fill
research and copy requests for a modest fee for both members and
The Pal-Am Library, #1, is located in central Ohio, minutes from
the Ohio Historical Center & Archives, #2, the State of Ohio
Library, #3, the Franklin County-Ohio Genealogical Society’s
Library, several Family History Centers (LDS), and the Columbus
The Pal-Am Library’s resources are available to researchers most
weekdays and some weekends and minor holidays.
The Library is open to both members and the public (nonmembers pay
a small usage fee). Call for hours or to make an appointment at
614-267-4700 or e-mail
You can visit www.palam.org and
browse the Pal-Am Library collection.
Palatines to America is a society for researchers of
German-speaking ancestors in Europe and their descendants in North
America, 611 East Weber Road, Columbus, OH 43211-1097.