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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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The Creaky Traveler in the North West Highlands of Scotland is a great read, great idea!
Sentient Publications is proud to announce Warren Rovetch's new book The Creaky Traveler in the North West Highlands of Scotland: A Journey for the Mobile but Not Agile, featured on NPR's Morning Edition best gift book list last December. 
What happens to the backpacking crowd when the lure of the open road is still strong, but the feet are better suited to loafers than hiking boots?  With the average length of retirement reaching 14 years and travelers over the age of 50 taking 50% more leisure trips than their younger counterparts, Creaky Traveler has stepped forward to give his practical advice, and with a twinkle in his eye, some whimsical observations along the way.
On an adventure of discovery, Warren and Gerda Rovetch, both in the mid 70s, explore the hidden places and deep feelings of Great Britain's last wilderness, the rugged and spectacular coast of Scotland's North West Highlands. Rovetch offers travelers techniques to sift and sort information sources as they plan their trips and a "character study" method for choosing routes and destinations.  He also examines the art of dealing with airlines.
ISBN 0-9710786-7-X.  Sentient Publications, $15.95.  Contact 1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 90302.  Call 303-443-2188.  Visit

Aberdeen Conference Center Expansion nearing completion
The renovation program is nearing completion at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC, Ltd.) - one of Scotland's premier convention venues. 
The 18 million-expansion will be completed on schedule this year and will provide the city of Aberdeen with a world-class convention center with plenary capacity for up to 2000 delegates.
For complete information contact Tricia Jean-Baptiste or 212-941-3988.

The BIA Guide is now available for Native American research
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has long been the custodian of tribal records and maintains a small set of pages to help you with your genealogical research.  There are good basic steps to beginning your research, tips on how to proceed as you seek documentation and some good information on tribal enrollment.  There is even a special page on Cherokee ancestry.
The pages are dotted with links - both online and offline - to repositories and agencies that can help with research.

18th Legan-Admire reunion set for July
Descendants of George Admire and Margaret Kuhn will have their 18th Admire-Legan reunion on Sunday, July 13 and Monday, July 14, 2003 at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Fieldhouse, Harmony Lane, Goshen, Kentucky.
For full information contact Carol Legan Anderson, 26 N. Bennington Rd., Olney, IL 62450 or Gerald Legan, 3590 S. 3000 W. Road, Kankakee, IL 60901-7878 <>

Gerald Wayne Shinglebar, 50 years old, a member of Clan MacIntyre, died unexpectedly on January 26, 2003.  Gerald's grandfather was George MacIntire of Pulaski, Tennessee.

Lt. Col. Howard Massey hangs his Templar painting on Friday afternoon prior to presenting it to The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library on Saturday, February 15, 2003.  The painting entitled "Non nobis, Domine, no nobis" was purchased for the library by members of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem.  The artist, Chev. Howard Massey, GOTJ (Commandery of the Cumberlands)  made his presentation during Braveheart Scottish Weekend, 2003.

Beverly Stephen Kelley, KCTJ, Master Woodcarver, (Waynesville, North Carolina) presented his red oak plank which is chip carved with two ancient seals of the Knights Templar (the Temple Seal and the Two-Knights-On-A-Horse-Seal).  The 115th Psalm motto of the Templars is carved in a lettering style that dates to the 7th century as found in the Book of Kells.  The plank measures 36 x 5 inches.  It was donated to The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library to accompany Howard's painting.

Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO) members at their Robert Burns Dinner Dance on January 25, 2003.  (l-r) SHANO piper, John Montgomery, Burns Night Chairman, Craig Shepperly.  Special Entertainer, Frances Acar and SHANO Treasurer, P.C. Joe Clarke. 

A letter to our readers
Dear Readers:
We have recently taken on the task of recataloging and rearranging our genealogy collection here in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  In review, we find we have patrons that need more data on our shelves from the south and the Midwest; but of course, would welcome any donation for our department.
The Genealogy Department of the Laramie County Library houses a very good collection of genealogy data from all time periods and areas of the United States.  Because we lie at the crossroads of I-25 and I-80, and in a tri-state region, we get a log of out-of-town visitors.  We also interlibrary loan throughout the state of Wyoming so anyone who wishes to pursue genealogy in our sparsely populated state can do so.  So you see, any donation to our library gets a log of mileage.
If a reader has genealogy materials they no longer use, or have published genealogy materials and have copies left, we would welcome them.  A letter of receipt would be sent to satisfy IRS requirements.  Please contact me by email to get the address to send the books.  Thank you so much for any help you can give us.
Sharon Lass Field

Sandy Mott writes about Haggis hunting in Scotland!
Sandy read this at our recent Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003.  It was enjoyed by all and so we take pleasure - with Sandy - in sharing it with our Family Tree readers.  Sandy writes for her hometown newspaper...and this was one of her columns.

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Scotland was a Haggis Hunt.  Our coach driver/guide, who is also a well-known professional Haggis hunter, arranged this very special outing to enhance our knowledge of the Scottish Highlands.  This is a privilege offered to only a few visitors to Scotland and is truly an experience not to be missed.
The Scottish people are very protective of this exotic creature - the Haggis - which is indigenous to Scotland.  During their mating seasons in May and October, Haggis hunting is strictly forbidden, and this law is rigorously enforced.  July and August are considered to be ideal times for Haggis hunting.  At this time of year, the white heather is in bloom, which is far and away the favorite food of the Haggis.  In fact, each animal is said to eat about three times his own weight in white heather just before sundown each day.  Thus, they grow fat and sleek.
The favorite habitat of the haggis is on the mountainsides of the Highlands.  Our guide explained the way to locate a good Haggis hunting area.  He pointed out what looked like a line that ran across the top of the hill about 15,000-17,000 feet up.  That is the track the Haggis use.  Because they live high up on the hills, the Haggis grow long and shaggy hair to keep themselves warm, which tends to be swept back because they spend their life galloping around the hill.
In order to travel round and round the mountainside in comfort, the Haggis had adapted in a most unusual way.  He has developed shorter legs on one side than on the other to keep him level on the hill.  This peculiarity aids in the hunting of the Haggis.
Our hunt was conducted in the same manner the Highlanders have used for hundreds of hears.  Hunters go in pairs, and the best time for the hunt is 4:00 in the morning.  One hunger stays at the bottom of the hill with a sack while the other one takes a candle and climbs up to the Haggis track.  Standing on the track, the hunter lights the candle.
Now, the Haggis comes tearing around the mountain, and sees the candle and is drawn like a moth to the flame.  He increases his speed as he flies toward the flame until he gets close enough to see a human attached to the candle.  Panic sets in, and he turns around and tries to go back the other way.  This puts the short legs on the long side and the long legs on the short side, so the Haggis falls off and rolls down the mountain.  By the time he gets to the bottom, he is so dizzy he doesn't know where he is, giving the hunter time to pick him up and put him in the sack.
With the hunt complete and the Haggis successfully bagged, it is time to turn our attention to its preparation.  In our case, the hotel chef prepared our catch for presentation at a traditional Scottish evening of music, dancing and feasting.
Of course, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Haggis.  The chef brings in his traditional dish on a silver platter, preceded by a piper in full Highland dress.  The master of ceremonies presents the Ode to the Haggis, then, before it is served to the guests, everyone joins in toasting the Haggis with a "wee dram" of Scotch whisky.
The hunting of the Haggis is not for the faint of heart, but if you are ever offered a chance to go in quest of this elusive creature, grab a sack and a candle, put on a warm coat and join that elite group privileged to claim the distinction of being invited to hunt Haggis in the Scottish Highlands.  Those who have experienced this declare that it far surpasses the thrill of an African safari.

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