MacAskill Sept of the
Clan MacLeod gathers in Cape Breton
A Gathering of the MacAskill Sept of the Clan MacLeod of Harris was held
in Englishtown, Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia the last weekend of June, 2003.
Besides discussions of topics of special interest to our kith and kin,
breakfasts were held each morning, a dinner concert featuring talented
Cape Brenton entertainers, a lobster boil, and a pot luck dinner were
enjoyed. Another Gathering will be held in the summer of 2003, and we hope
to reach as many Canadians and Americans with MacAskill (all spellings)
interested as possible. Inquiries may be addressed to the following: Olive
MacAskill Bell, phone or fax: 505-898-1961, email
[email protected], 3309 El Malecon Road. N.W.,
Albuquerque, NM, 87120-2275. Emiline MacAskill Campbell, phone:
[email protected], Englishtown, Victoria County, Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia, B0C, 1H0, Canada, Lonnie Fetzer McCaskill, III,
phone: 910-997-3019, email
[email protected], PO Box 923, Rockingham, NC 28380-0923.
The Lee County, Florida Genealogical Society sets seminar for January
The Lee County, Florida Genealogical Society will sponsor an Ancestor
Tracking Seminar on January 18, 2003 from 8:30 - 3:30 at the Wesley
Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon Street, Ft. Myers, Florida. Featured speaker
is Ann Mohr Osisek, popular genealogy lecturer, who will present four
sessions: "Fast Forward in Reverse: Back to the Basics"; "Dead Men (and
Women) Do Talk: Effective Cemetery Research"'; "Out of the Census, Into
the Bookstacks: Effective Use of Library Collections"; and "Calico and
Cornbread: Finding Your Female Ancestors."
The cost is $25 by December 28 (includes lunch); $30 after December 28
(includes lunch); and $30 on site (bring own lunch). For more information
call 239-549-9625 or email [email protected].
The Cornish Heritage Society East wants you!
The Cornish Heritage Society East formed to unite descendants of Cornish
immigrants; to promote the study of the ancient culture of Cornwall; to
forge and maintain bonds with Cornish around the world. This Society meets
four times a year with an Annual Meeting on the Saturday nearest to St.
Piran's Day (March 5). Virginia Trythall Richmond is the president, Sylvia
Stephens Hadowanetz is 1st vice president, Nancy Oster Heydt is 2nd vice
president, Ann Dalrymple is secretary, Alan Rowe is treasurer, and Gerri
DeLazier is the historian. For membership contact: Nancy O. Heydt, 5
Hampton Court, Neptune, NJ 07753-5672. An individual membership is $15, a
Family is $20, a library is $10, and a student is $5. The quarterly
Cornish Crier will announce each meeting and to help learn about Cornish
activities, folklore and facts. Please send articles, tidbits and
suggestions to Editor Nancy O. Heydt at 732-776-5909 or
It is sad to note the passing of Bob Douglass, Clan Douglas member
of Huntsville, Alabama. Bob and his wife, Ginny were active for may years
with the North Alabama Highland Games in Huntsville. Also noted is Bob's
contribution of pictures and commentary to the Clan Douglas publication, A
Guide to Douglas Land - marks In Scotland by Lt. Col. Gawain Douglas,
Bob's photos captured the area around Teba, Spain where The Good Sir
James, The Black Douglas fell in battle with the Moors while carrying The
Heart of Bruce on its way to The Holy Land.
What does "Eendenkooi" mean?
Did you know that the word, decoy, comes from two Dutch words, eend
(meaning duck) and kooi (meaning cage)? The additional -en added to eend
indicates the plural; therefore "eenden" means duck.
When combined with kooi (eendenkooi), it simply means decoy. Eendenkooi is
pronounced as follows: een = long a + n (rhymes with mane), den = den,
kooi = coy (rhymes with toy). The next time you see a carved wooden duck,
remember that the word, decoy, comes from your ancestral language!
Thanks to Marilyn Van Voorhis Voshall via the Van Voorhees Nieuwsbrief,
2880 Rosendale Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309-1506.
Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home & Illinois Soldier's Widows Home
information is now on-line
In 1885, the Illinois General Assembly created the Illinois Soldiers and
Sailors Home at Quincy, Illinois to proved subsistence and a home for
honorably discharged and disabled veterans of the Mexican and Civil Wars.
In succeeding years Illinois veterans of all wars and veteran's wives,
mothers, and daughters became eligible for admission. In 1973, the General
Assembly changed the home's name to the Illinois Veteran's Home. Since
1973 the Department of Veteran's Affairs has administered the Home. (The
following is information regarding residents from Carroll County at the
time of their admission, the entire database can be searched on the
Illinois Secretary of State's webpage:
database was created and donated to the Illinois Secretary of State by
Fred Delap of Kansas, Illinois, a volunteer with the Ed County
In the Days of Auld Lang Syne
This is an excerpt from a letter written to Martin and Monroe McKiel by
Herd Frazer of Los Angeles, California. "When Lincoln and Douglas had
their celebrated discussion on the question of slavery at Freeport in 1858
my father and mother as well as myself attended that meeting and heard
their speeches. When it was over and there was an outdoor reception held
for the great speakers and my father and mother met Lincoln and I was
introduced to Lincoln by my mother as her youngest son in her family of
eight children. Lincoln placed his hand on my head and said, in that
kindly way of his, that is was his hope and wish that in the years of the
future when I had reached into the years of manhood I would become a good
and useful citizen of the great commonwealth of Illinois. Seven years
afterwards Martin McKiel and myself were standing on the hill above the
ruins of the old log cabin where I was born, each with a string of fish we
had caught in the creak below, when my brother, Tom, came dashing up the
hill riding "Philip" his saddle horse and shouting at the top of his
voice, "Lincoln is assassinated." He had been to Mt. Carroll and was the
first to bring the news to Oakville."
Thanks to the Daily Mirror Democrat, November 4, 1929 via The Carroll
County Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 354, Savanna, IL 61074.
Here is a checklist for caring for your family papers
Keep your papers at a constant, moderate temperature and relative
Store papers in darkness, expose them to light - especially sunlight, as
little as possible.
Fold and unfold letters and other documents as little as possible.
Store loose papers unfolded in acid-free paper or polyester folders.
Separate highly acidic paper like newspaper clippings from other
Photocopy contents from highly acidic documents onto acid-free paper.
Don't laminate important papers.
Leave deacidification to professionals.
Don't use paper clips, rubber bands, tape, glue or post-its on important
Thanks to The Carroll County Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 354,
Savanna, IL 61074.