Ligonier Games award
On Saturday, September 6th some 10,000 enthusiasts for Scottish
music, dancing and athletics gathered at Idlewild Park, Ligonier,
for the 45th Annual Ligonier Highland Games. At noon over twenty top
grade bagpipe bands followed a parade of Scottish clan societies,
military re-enactors, heavy athletes, rugby players and Scottish
breed dogs around the main field, then joining together to perform
as one massed band with some 500 pipers and drummers thrilling the
crowd. Activities for all these groups then continued throughout the
day until 6 PM.
Following the day-long
competitions in solo piping, drumming and Highland Dancing, eight
scholarships worth $150 each to be used to attend clinics or
workshops were awarded to the following contestants by Games
president Gordon M. Reid.
Amateur solo piping in Grades 1-4
respectively were won by Eric Ouellette of Coventry, Connecticut
(Grade 1); Daniel Cole of Scotia, New York; Sean Regan, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; and John Hasley also of Pittsburgh. Grades 1-2 winners
in the solos drumming were won by Alex Wright of Lorain, Ohio, and
John Massey of Jackson, New Jersey. In Highland Dancing the winners
were Madelyn Shaffer of Level Green, Pennsylvania, and Shelby Makel
of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
The Ligonier Highland Games are a
cultural activity of the Clan Donald Educational & Charitable Trust
of Pittsburgh. The 2004 Ligonier Highland Games are set for the
weekend of September 10-12. For information
Do you remember seeing the elephant?
No expression characterized the California gold rush more than the
words "seeing the elephant." Those planning to travel west announced
they were "going to see the elephant." Those turning back claimed
they had seen the "elephant's tracks" or the "elephant's tail," and
admitted that view was sufficient.
The expression predated the gold
rush, arising from a tale current when circus parades first featured
elephants. A farmer, so the story went, hearing that a circus was in
town, loaded his wagon with vegetables for the market there. He had
never seen an elephant and very much wished to. On the way to town
he encountered the circus parade, led by an elephant. The farmer was
thrilled, but his horses were not. Terrified, they bolted,
overturning the wagon and ruining the vegetables. "I don't give a
hang," the farmer said, "for I have seen the elephant."
For gold rushers, the elephant
symbolized both the high cost of their endeavor - the myriad
possibilities for misfortune on the journey or in California - and
like the farmer's circus elephant, an exotic sight, an unequaled
experience, the adventure of a lifetime.
Source: Jo Ann Levy in They Saw
the Elephant (from the Website, Life Along the Trail). From the
Sequoia Genealogical Society, Inc. Newsletter, Volume 30, Number 7,
September 2003, Tulare City Library Genealogical Department, 113
North "F" Street, Tulare, California 93274-3803.
Things to be sure to include in
1. Who are you looking for? Burial site, names of children, wife,
etc. Be specific.
2. When providing the surname, are there other spellings that may
have been used? Example: Calkins/Caulkins.
3. Approximate dates, if available, are helpful in narrowing the
search - birth, death, marriage, also, last known to be living in or
near. Example: born 1848 NY, married Sarah Webster 1869. Lived in
Grant County 1880. Not listed as a survivor in daughters obit in
4. Occupation - religion if known.
5. Always include a Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope (SASE). Don't
expect a reply without one. An e-mail address is helpful.
From GEMS of Genealogy newsletter, September/October 2003, Volume
29, Number 3, published by Bay Area Genealogical Society, PO Box
283, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54305-0283.
Let's go site-seeing
Slave narratives from the Federal Writer's Project:
From 1936 through 1938, the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA
collected over 2,300 first-person accounts of slave life and 500
black and white photos. These were microfilmed in 1941 and assembled
into the seventeen volume, A Folk History of Slavery in the United
States from Interviews with Former Slaves. These fascinating
autobiographical accounts contain the impressions and reactions to
their bondage. The Library of Congress has made the collection
available online. More than 200 photographs will be available to the
public for the first time. The collection can be found at:
Kansas sites for the Internet
Kansas State Historical Society:
www.kskh.org/library/news.htm Kansas census reel listing:
www.kskh.org/library/censks.htm, Kansas County
www.kskh.org/library/kscoa.htm. Guide to Kansas Research
www.kskh.org/research/findaids.htm (requires Acrobat Reader).
Researcher's Guide to Local Government Records:
www.kskh.org/research/findaids.htm (requires Acrobat Reader).
For more information contact The Historical Society at 6425 SW Sixth
Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099.
Signers of The Declaration of
For bios of each of the signers of The Declaration of Independence,
check out these sites: Colonial Hall - A look at America's Founders:
http://www.colonialhall.com/index.asp, Signers of The
Declaration of Independence:
The Political Graveyard at:
What would it be worth in
Here's a neat and easy-to-use site that does the figuring for you
The United Kingdom Surnames
...is a free facility where you can post and exchange family history
data with others. It covers the entire United Kingdom but records
are grouped by county and region for easier use. You can search
either the entire site or individual counties for surname matches.
If you have English ancestry, it's a great place to post family
Our thanks for this information goes to the Larimer County
Genealogical Society Newsletter, September/October 2003 issue.
Familial or hereditary: is it the same or different?
Familial means something "runs in the family," like a gift for
singing, high intelligence, short stature, and, of course, genetic
Hereditary means something is
transmitted from parent to child, specifically something genetic. It
has the same root word as "inheritance." Something "hereditary" can
also be called "familial."
Source of information from
Kinfolks, PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.
Archival project underway for
Abb Gunn, world genealogist of Clan Gunn, has undertaken a project
to reconstruct the Old Parish Records in Scotland for clan sept
names. The records are gathered from the International Genealogical
Index, the Scottish Genealogy Society, and the 1881 British Census.
The need is indicated by the lack of records in specific areas for
The completion of the records will
appear in both diskette form and hard copy and will be records of
christenings, marriage banns, and death dates where found in a
centralized record book format. The records will prove invaluable to
researchers who have found sept connection to Clan Gunn in Scotland.
Gunn is concentrating primarily in
the north of Scotland, the seat and origin of Clan Gunn - Caithness,
Sutherland, Orkney, and Shetland. Records are also being gathered in
Inverness (military sites), Edinburgh, Glasgow, England, Wales, and
the remainder of Scotland from the 1881 census of those born in the
A second project is the gathering
of all Federal census records for all states for the sept names. Of
first priority is the period 1850-1920. Records before 1850 will
follow. These records will, like the Scottish ones, be on diskette
and hard copy placed in convenient locations.
A future undertaking will be the
archiving of immigration records, naturalization records, draft
registration records and others that become available from various
sources. The hope is that the Clan Gunn Archives will not only serve
as a chronicle of the history of Clan Gunn, but be a research tool
of value to clan members.
Clan Shaw Society announces appointments
The Clan Shaw Society recently made the following appointments:
Cynthia G. Shaw was named convener for Alaska.
Sandra M. Shaw was named convener for Nova Scotia.
John Andrew Shaw was named society quartermaster and convener for
Information on the Clan Shaw Society may be obtained from William C.
Shaw, Secretary, 1121 North Quail Lane, Gilbert, Arizona 85233.
Tax exempt status given for the John Logie Baird Scholarship Fund
Dale F. Baird, Sr., president of Clan Baird Society Worldwide, has
just announced that the Internal Revenue Service has given final
approval for a tax exempt status for the John Logie Baird
The Fund has been established for
the purpose of providing a full scholarship to a qualified student
in the United States or Canada, who wishes to pursue one of six
postgraduate programs at the John Logie Baird Institute for Vision
Technology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The
individual will be using the new Virtual Environment Laboratory
(VAL), which combines the world's most powerful computer
visualization technologies to provide a unique reality experience.
The VEL has been established and
is managed by the research group ABACUS of the Department of
Architecture at the University. ABACUS has over 30 years experience
researching issues surrounding computer graphics and visualizing.
The Fund and the Institute, takes
their name from John Logie Baird, the pioneer of television who
attended the University.
Gloria Teles Pushker writes new book: Toby Belfer Visits Ellis
Toby Belfer's great-grandmother's family lived happily in a small
town in Poland. When a group of soldiers came into the town and
threatened its inhabitants, the family decided to leave. It was hard
coming to America in 1904. All of the passengers, including people
from all over Europe, were nervous about learning English and
adapting to the new laws and customs. As they arrived, all the
immigrants had to form lines and answer question after question
before they could see a doctor and be on their way. As Toby's
grandmother tells her story about their family's history, Toby gets
especially excited about visiting Ellis Island on her upcoming
Gloria Teles Pushker has written
this book as part of a series, which includes Toby Belfer Never Had
a Christmas Tree, Toby Belfer's Seder: A Passover Story Retold, Toby
Belfer and the High Holy Days, and A Belfer Bar Mitzvah.
For more information regarding
Gloria Teles Pushker's books, readers may contact the Promotion
Department of Pelican Publishing Company, PO Box 3110, Gretna,
Louisiana 70054 or telephone (504)-368-1175.
Severe floods often inundated Louisiana, and just recently
Hurricane Isabel, have caused flooding up the east coast. In the
southwest Louisiana area, the flood of 1953 was the worst in many
years. In 1957 flood waters caused by the devastating Hurricane
Audrey also wreaked havoc in southwest Louisiana.
Floods also damage property in
October and November of 2002, and we can expect the rivers and
bayous to rise in the annual spring floods each year. Floods cause
damage to property, livestock and homes. Family heirlooms and other
valuables are damaged by rain, rising water and the silt deposited
by the water.
The following recommendations may
help clean, treat or restore water damaged items. However, there are
no guarantees that any of these procedures will work in every case.
Photographs and paper items are
particularly vulnerable to water, and damage may be permanent.
patience and care are the key words for the cleaning process. Wear
latex or rubber gloves while treating the water-damaged items; you
do not know what germs may be lurking in the dirt or flood water.
1. Try to carefully clean off as
much of the silt and water as possible. Rinse photographs with clear
water, touching only the borders. Blot other wet items with paper
towel, trying to get off as much grime as possible. Do not rub or
scrub, as dirt may scratch items. Use a soft, wet rag or paper towel
to clean objects, rinsing the cloth often. Blot again.
2. Air dry item face up, if possible, or dry with soft rags or paper
towel. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat, which may fade, buckle
or warp objects. Use fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers to
reduce humidity and prevent mold and mildew.
3. Do not store wet objects in plastic bags; this will cause mold
and mildew. If it is necessary to transport the water-soaked item in
a plastic container, do not seal the bag or box.
4. If the wet items begin to fall apart or break, put the pieces in
carefully labeled, unsealed plastic bags. Do not try to repair or
restore until items are completely dry. In some cases it may be
necessary to consult a professional cleaner, restorer or
5. Documents and works of art should be removed from frames, if
possible, and air-dried. If items need to be professionally
restored, keep them in a refrigerator or freezer.
6. Except for household surfaces, avoid the use of disinfectants,
which may stain or damage object.
Source: Kinfolks, Volume 27, Number 3, September 2003; Southwest
Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles,