Piper saluted by stamp issue honoring D-Day exploits
Piper” has been immortalized in a series of stamps issued to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Bill Millin, 81,
found fame as the soldier who piped Lord Lovet’s II Commando Brigade
ashore during the landings at Sword Beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
originally from Sandyhills, Glasgow, played himself in the film, The
Longest Day, alongside Sean Connery and John Wayne.
Now, an image of
him stepping onto the Normandy beachhead has been included on a stamp
depicting the greatest seashore invasion ever undertaken. The stamps
have been issued by the government of the Isle of Man ahead of
celebrations to mark the day when Allied forces landed in France.
MacAonghais a-rithist!! International Association of Clan MacInnes,
8232 Kay Court, Annandale, VA 22003-2201.
Vesterheim plans a genealogical tour
to Salt Lake City next April
Final plans are now available for the Vesterheim
Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library sponsored research trip to the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on April 10-17,
Participating in this tour will give you an opportunity
to work with the largest collection of genealogical materials in the
world. Plans include registration on Sunday evening, and orientation to
the Family History Library on Monday morning.
Jerry Paulson and Carol Culbertson will be available to
assist you with your Norwegian research and will be available for
personal consultations. Specialists from the Family History Library
will also be available.
Transportation is on your own. The cost is $1,100 for
Vesterheim Genealogical Center members and includes hotel accommodations
at the Best Western Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel.
Write to the Center to receive a brochure on this
exciting trip. The address is Vesterheim Genealogical Center & Naeseth
Library, 415 West Main Street, Madison, WI 53703-3116.
Norwegian Tracks, Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth
Library, 415 West Main Street, Madison WI 53703-3116.
Two new books will add to your
CLANS: Tracing Scottish Ancestry on the
Internet by Alan Stewart
new to family history, or to Scottish research, or to the use of the
Internet for either, everyone will find this book a comprehensive and
as dealing with the records of those who left Scotland for a better life
in North America, Australia, or even England and Wales, the author
explains the sources for ancestors who joined the forces, how DNA can
help research, and the benefits of joining a family history society.
Appendices provide lists of useful websites, details of charges for
access to on-line records and much information that is unavailable
elsewhere. This book will be welcomed as much by professional
genealogists as by amateurs and beginners.
The price is £9.99. ISBN #: 1-86077-291-9.
the book, contact Carolyn Oliver, Publicity Department, Phillimore &
Co., Ltd. (Publisher), Sopwyke Manor Barn, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20
2BG; or email her at
Carolyn.Oliver@phillimore.co.uk. The fax is 01243 787639.
THE GREAT SCOT: A
Novel of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s Legendary Warrior King.
The novel is written by Duncan A. Bruce, a descendant of
one of four Bruce Brothers.
In Mel Gibson’s award-winning movie Braveheart,
the character Robert the Bruce succeeded Wallace after the English King
had Wallace drawn and quartered. Whereas Wallace started the revolution
against English rule, it was Robert the Bruce who became the great
Scottish King who defeated the largest English Army ever to invade
Scotland at The Battle of Bannockburn. Robert the Bruce has gone on to
almost mythical status among the Scots and for the first time in more
than thirty years is the subject of this stirring historical novel.
Duncan A. Bruce has done an incredible job of research on
14th century Scottish history, bringing it to life in a way
that the reader can feel transported there. Scotland’s history is in
every page of the superlative novel.
The price of the novel is $25.95, clothback. Contact St.
Martin’s Press, 175 5th Ave., NY, NY 10010-7848. Call
212-674-5151. ISBN # 0-312-32396. You might wish to email
The Williamsburg Scottish Festival
invites you to join them in celebration
On Saturday, September
25th, the Williamsburg Scottish Festival and Celtic
Celebration will be held at the Jamestown Beach Campsites, Jamestown
Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.
is invited to meet Chief Danus Skene of Skene and make plans to attend
the Clan Skene Annual General Business Meeting. The honored Clan is
Clan Skene. The honored guest, of course, is Danus Skene of Skene.
additional information about the Clan and the Festival, visit
www.clanskene.org or contact Lisa Comp, Secretary/Editor of Clan
Skene Association, Inc. Newsletter, 1 Middlesex Avenue, Goose Creek,
South Carolina 29445; e-mail address:
From: Clan Skene
Association, Inc. Newsletter, 1 Middlesex Ave., Goose Creek, SC
Try these good eats! Wild Rice
Dressing with cranberries and cashews (serves 6-8)
8 ounces (about 2
cups) Wild Lake Rice (Mansomin)
5 cups chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
2-3 tablespoons butter or mild cooking oil
1 cup chopped celery
¾ red chopped onion
1 cup cashews or hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Freshly ground black pepper
the rice in three changes of hot tap water and drain well. In a large
sauce pan, over medium-high heat, bring rice, chicken broth and salt to
a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook about 35 minutes, until the
wild rice has absorbed most of the broth and is tender but not “rolled
Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, melt the butter over medium-high
heat. Add the celery, red onion, nuts and cranberries. Sauté’ for
about 5 minutes, until the celery and onion are slightly softened and
the nuts turn golden.
cooked rice to the skillet and toss to combine all ingredients. Sauté’
over medium-high heat until any remaining liquid has evaporated. Season
to taste with salt and pepper. Serve dressing with roast duck, goose or
Reference: Native Peoples Arts and Lifeways. For more information,
call Native Harvest at 218-573-3448. Website at
www.nativeharvest.com. Submitted – Medicine Chief “Burning Hawk.”
American Cherokee Confederacy NEWS, National Tribal Office, 619 Pine
Cone Road, Albany, GA 31705-6906.
Now you can order English BMD records
now order English birth, marriage, death certificates online if you know
the full GRO reference (name, quarter and year, registration district,
volume and page number).
research assessments from British-based researchers are also available.
Researchers personally visit archives throughout England and Scotland,
searching original birth, marriage, census, church, and other records
not available on the Internet.
http://www.britishancestors.com/awnorder for more information.
Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) Newsletter, PO Box 4367, Whittier,
The list of ship arrivals at Ellis
Island is now complete!!
P. Morse’s project to compile a complete list of every ship arrival at
Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 is now complete. It can be accessed at
arrival the database has the microfilm roll, volume, frame, date,
ship-name, and ports. Now, for the first time, there is a searchable
list of every ship arrival along with links to the associated manifest
pages. This means you can now search for persons not found in the Ellis
Island Database because of misspelling or misindexing if you know the
name of the ship on which the immigrant came.
consists of a total of 84,000 ship arrivals. The work was done by a
team of over 50 volunteers who read through every one of the 3700 rolls
of Ellis Island microfilms from 1892 to 1924.
Newsletter, PO Box 4367, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.
The use of finger rings has been
around for a long time
there is a touch of barbarism in wearing rings on the fingers, yet the
civilized hand has so long been adorned by them, that it would look
plain and unfinished without its hoops of gold.
ancient Romans wore the ring on the joint just under the nail. The
Hebrews wore it on the right hand alone. The Greeks wore their rings on
the fourth finger of the left hand, the Gauls and Britons on the third
finger of the left hand. In Pliny’s time the betrothal ring was an iron
hoop, set with a loadstone instead of gem.
Romans were even greater slaves to fashion than we of the present. They
had winter and summer rings, the weight and color of the rings being
adapted to the season. The Greeks wore weekly rings, which were charms,
and were always intaglios and cameos. Talismanic rings were also in use
among the Romans.
rings were heirlooms and of great value in business transactions. The
wedding ring is of great antiquity. It is a common thing to find wives
who have been married a lifetime, yet never have allowed the wedding
ring to slip over the finger joint. It is considered unlucky to take it
off. To lose it indicates a misfortune.
Taken from the Roanoke News, December 18, 1884.
County Genealogical Society, PO Box 447, Halifax, NC 27839.
You can still order Macfie tartan in
still some cotton Macfie tartan available. However, the web site to
purchase it has been moved.
now order it from their web site at
www.thescottishweaver.com. Peter Wilson is still the contact person
and you can contact him directly at 704-556-1555 or email them at
believe the price will remain at $15.99 a yard.
Thanks to The
Newsbeat, Newsletter of the Macfie Clan Society of America, 420 Ash
Drive, Baxter, TN 38544.
See if you can decipher this!
genealogists and family historians, we are always put in the position of
trying to decipher documents that we find whether they are written in
current English, “old” English, or other languages. Our brains are
wonder “computers” which decipher squiggles and lines which are often
difficult to decode, let alone difficult to see.
an example of how wonderful our brains are: (“enjoy”)
PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID
According to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in
what order the ltteers in a word are, the only iprmoatnt thing is that
the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pcclae. The rset can be a
taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae
the human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a
Our thanks for this
article go to The Prospector, Clark County Nevada Genealogical
Society, PO Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929.
Do you know you can prowl with
is a database within the OCLC (Online Catalog of the Library of
Congress) FirstSearch reference service. WorldCat is a general-purpose
catalog with a special section devoted to local and family history. It
is available exclusively through libraries or other organizations and
cannot be purchased by individuals. Check to see if your library has
access to WorldCat on their website. If not, ask. If they have it,
your prowls could begin tomorrow.
is a catalog of materials held in more than 7,600 libraries in the
Unites States and the rest of the world: public, academic, state and
national libraries; archives; and historical societies. The catalog
references regular and special collections – including digitized
materials – devoted to local history. More than 900 million library
holdings of 54 million items will be found in WorldCat.
examples of the types of materials which are cited are:
(some of which have been catalogued and preserved through the United
States Newspaper program, including newspapers in many languages)
(e.g., from the collections of the Denver Public Library Western
History/Genealogy Department and the Colorado Historical Society)
Civil War and other
Diaries and journals
and local history collections
Indexes to wills
Indexes to births,
marriages, and deaths
resources such as directories, handbooks and magazines.
include many materials that were created locally but are long out of
print. Also, many non-U.S. materials are listed, i.e., more than 27,000
non-English language newspapers.
find material you would like to search, ask your librarian if
inter-library loan or copy service is available. Or, the OCLC website
suggests you seek the material at web-based booksellers, visit the
holding library, or locate a researcher in the area who could visit for
http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/genealogy/ for more information – and
The above information is from the OCLC and WorldCat
website. The URL is given above.
of Genealogical Societies FORUM, PO Box 200940, Austin, TX
FLOWERS OF THE FOREST
recently learned of the passing of Jeanne Henley of New
Hampshire. She was born February 13, 1925 and was a descendant of Angus
MacPhee born in South Uist, Scotland, 1768. He came to Prince Edward
Island in 1803 supposedly on the POLLY. Angus and his brother Hugh
settled on lot 55. Great-grandfather – Donald Angus MacPhee;
Grandmother – Mary Jane MacLean; Mother – Margaret Wood.
Elfers’ brother, Thomas Burnet Macfie passed away on January 3,
2004. She also noted that her oldest brother, Eddie, was buried at sea
60 years ago during WWII on the same month and day. Eddie’s ship, the
USS Turner DD-648 was torpedoed and sunk along the New Jersey coast,
Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Two Scotsmen who served our country bravely.
Tom was a POW in a Japanese camp for 3-1/2 years. The servicemen who
came and carried him out were sailors. Tom did not know his brother was
already in the arms of our Lord.
Joseph Arthur Cathey, Ann Parker’s uncle, died June 14, 2004. He
was born May 23, 1908, Montpelier, Idaho to parents: Joseph Webster
Cathey, born Waynesville, North Carolina; and Anna Evodia Erickson, born
Stephanie Wolf reports that her uncle James Cathey died on
Monday, June 21, in California. He was 74. He is survived by three
children and three grandchildren, by his sister and one brother, and by
Cornish Society of Greater Milwaukee lost a dear friend when Fred
Heise died on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the age of 92. Beloved
husband of the late Audrey (nee Prideaux). He was the loving father of
Diane (Herbert) Kriese, Kathryn (Chat) Irmiger, James (Lynn) Heise, and
Jill (Bruce) Peterson. He was the grandfather of eight boys and the
great-grandfather of three. He is survived by other family and Scouting
a retiree of Mueller Climatrol and a graduate of Bay View High School,
class of 1930. He was extremely active and involved in all aspects of
Scouting for over 80 years. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver
Award and Order of the Arrow, and a member of the North and South Side
also a long-time member of the board of the Cornish Society of Greater
Milwaukee. He volunteered at the folk fair every year.
dedication to the Society will be greatly missed.
George Leon Ellis, age 66 of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, passed away on
Thursday, May 20, 2004 at his home. He was born April 29, 1938 in Los
Angeles, California, son of William and Juanita (Wyatt) Ellis. He was
raised and educated in the San Fernando Valley. He was proud to have
served his country while he was in the United States Navy, serving with
the First Medical Battalion, First Marine Division. He later returned
to California where he trained as a pipefitter. He was a member of the
National Automatic Sprinklers Industry, Local #709.
united in marriage to Jill Berry on December 13, 1973 in Studio City,
California. They raised horses, including driving ponies, and enjoyed
attending horse shows around the country. After George retired, he and
Jill had the good fortune of traveling the country in their motor home.
They recently moved to Douglas County, Oregon, settling in Myrtle Creek
where they found many dear and beloved friends. George was very active
in the Douglas County Scottish Society and the Clan Macpherson
Association and thoroughly enjoyed attending the Scottish Highland Games
around the country and in Scotland. He was recently investitured as a
Chevalier (Knight of the Order) in the Knights Templar of Jerusalem.
George still served his country as a volunteer driver for the Disabled
survived by his wife of over thirty years, Jill of Myrtle Creek; his
daughter, Tamra Barnard and her husband Cliff; his son Ian Ellis and his
wife Angela; a stepdaughter, Judy Kelley and her husband Scott; two
stepsons, George Duncan, and David Duncan and his wife Nieves. He also
leaves three brothers, Bill, Jim, and Bob Ellis; as well as two sisters,
Dodie Brown and Judy Muraco. His grandchildren are Joshua, Leanne, and
Shanna Cushman, Nicole Kelley, Malarie Barnard, Nathan Kelley, Chance
Duncan, Nieves Duncan, and Lela and Crysta Ellis. George has one
great-grandson, Bradley Morrison.
Services were held at the Tri-City Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Creek,
on Saturday, June 19, 2004. Officiating was Reverend Patrick Webber.
Graveside services were held at the Roseburg National Cemetery. George
was buried with military rites by the VFW District Twelve Honor Guard.