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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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1906 Canadian census is available at last
The Canadian government has just agreed after a 5-year court battle to release the 1906 Census of Canada.  This is a major breakthrough for genealogists as these records and all records subsequent to these had been sealed and were to be sealed forever.
Subsequent to the announcement of Ministers Rock and Copps regarding the immediate release of the 1906 Census of the Western Provinces, Ian Wilson, National Archivist has announced that those records are now accessible online.
You may access them at:
This special census was only conducted in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Happy Birthday to You!
Although we all know the song Happy Birthday to You, few know its history.
The song we sing more than any other song was written in 1893 by two schoolteaching sisters in Lexington, Kentucky whose names were Patty and Mildred Hill.  They first write it as Good Morning to You for a classroom greeting song.
Later, they changed the lyrics to "Happy Birthday to You" and the song became world famous.

Thanks to Mrs. Morris and Mr. Parker!
We surely do appreciate the marvelous goodies sent to us by Mrs. Suzanne C. Morris of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and James M. Parker of Dreland, Pennsylvania for Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003!
We didn't have enough for everyone...but the goodies we had made the VIP goodie bags very special!  We appreciate the wonderful treats!

MacArthur scrapbook donated to Odom Library
Mary "Day" McArthur Lander of Moss Point, Mississippi has given a priceless scrapbook of World War II clippings relating to General Douglas MacArthur.  The scrapbook was presented during the Jacksonville, Florida Highland Games.
Mrs. Lander purchased the scrapbook many years ago from an antique store.
Mrs. Lander also presented to the library a genealogical book on The Hardie Family.

Vaughn Cassell wins Scottish  baskethilt sword!
Mr. Vaughn Cassell of Wytheville, Virginia, won the baskethilt sword donated to The Family Tree by Dick and Chris Lucas of The Scottish Armoury.
The sword was sent the following Monday to Mr. Cassell via UPS.
The sword drawing brought in about $1000 to The Family Tree!
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution!

The Odom Library's book budget is so small...(How small is it?) ....well, ridiculously small in these days of low interest rates. The collection simply could not grow without your kind and generous gifts of your books and materials.
If you wish to donate research materials to The Odom Library, just mail them to either 204 5th St., SE, Moultrie, GA 31768 or to PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828.
Your gifts will be appreciated forever!
Irene H. Godwin of Moultrie, Georgia has given, in memory of John H. Sheffield, Collections of Early County Historical Society 2002, Vol. III.
J. Kenneth Brantley of Powder Springs, Georgia has given Hancock County Georgia Inferior Court Minutes 1809-1833.
Walter McFarland, Jr. of Tifton, Georgia has given in memory of Tom and Gladys Lawson, Luke Families of South Georgia Descendants of Daniel, John and William Luke.
Luther F. Wood, Jr. of Albany, Georgia gave Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (4 vols.), Sleeping with your Ears Open, The Reader's Companion to Military History, The Ultimate Weaponry, Inside the Commandos, Royal Marine Commando the History of Britain's elite fighting force, The American Soldier U.S. Armies in Uniform, 1755 to the Present, The Guards, This is the SAS - Pictorial History of the Special Air Service Regiments, The Making of a Royal Marine Commando, Behind Enemy Lines, The Black Devil Brigade, With 3 Para to the Falklands, The Lost Battalion, Citizen Soldiers, The Victors, and Fightin' "George" Light Infantry.
Jennifer Cain Sparks of Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma gave Manard - A Local History and The Fleetwood Testimonies.
Frank and Susan Shaw of Atlanta Georgia gave Macaulay's History of England with Illustrations, 6 Vol.
Norris P. Wood of Kingston, Rhode Island gave Descendants and Ancestors of Consider Wood and his Wife Mary Adams of Middleborough, Massachusetts, Pomfret, Connecticut, Duchess Co., NY, Bradford Co., PA.
Mrs. La Ray Edwards of Thomasville, Georgia gave Ancestors - A Beginner's Guide to Family History and Genealogy.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Goodwin, II gave True Tales of the South at War - How Soldiers fought and Families Lived, 1861-1865.
Esther Hovey gave The Robert Burns Song Book, Vol. I and II.
The Odom Library collection could not grow without gifts such as these. Thank you!

The Clan Little Society North America plans AGM in Denver, Colorado
The Clan Little Society North America will be having their Biennial General Meeting on August 9, 2003 at the Scottish Games in Denver, Colorado. There will be a social gathering Friday evening with a no-host dinner and then the general meeting on Saturday morning during the games.
The Society's Elected officers, Steuart (President), Marischal, (VP), Secratur, (Secretary) and Mailin, (Treasurer are elected for a two-year term with no limit on the number of terms. This year the present Steuart, Marischal and Secratur will be retiring, therefore, new candidates, will be presented and voted upon for these positions. Nominations are still open so if interested and willing to serve please apply with a resume.
Clan Little Society NA has had several years of good administration with a well-run organization and the Elected Officers are proud to place this great organization into the hands of new officers. Of course the retiring officers are planning to be standing by for advice and assistance, when called upon.
For those interested and wishing to help out there are always appointive positions open where a person can serve the Society. The position of new editor for the quarterly newsletter is open and there is always a need for conveners and commissioners to represent the society at the various Scottish games throughout North America.
For more information contact: Ross A. Little, Steuart, Clan Little Society NA, 4819 S. Land Pk. Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822 or call at 916-446-3909.

The Ostby Education Center schedules genealogical classes
Four classes have been scheduled in the Ostby Education Center at the Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in 2003.
The first will be on May 5-6, 2003, and will be Writing Your Family History Workshop. A limit of twelve students has been sent. Vesterheim members pay $175.
The second class will be the Intermediate Genealogy Class on September 15-16, 2003. This is designed for those who have been working on their family history project for at least three years or have completed Vesterheim's Beginning Genealogy Class. A limit of eight students has been set for this class. Vesterheim members pay $200.
The third class will be the Beginning Genealogy Class on October 13-14, 2003. This is designed for those beginning their family history project. An introduction to the resources at the Vesterheim Genealogical Center will be given. Vesterheim members pay $200.
The fourth class in 2003 will be the Advanced Genealogy Class on November 10-11, 2003. This class is designed for those who have been working on their family history projects for at least five years or those who "have hit a brick wall." A limit of six students is set for this class. Vesterheim members pay $225.
For more information contact the genealogical center office at 608-255-2224, email at, or write at Vesterheim Genealogical Center, 415 W. Main St., Madison, WI 53703-3116.

Dolly the sheep dies at Roslin Institute in Scotland
Dolly the sheep, the first animal cloned from an adult cell, has died. Scientists at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, where she was born, say she was put down after developing a lung disease. Under normal circumstances, sheep can live for ten to sixteen years - so at six she was relatively young. Coming only a week after the sudden death of the first sheep cloned in Australia, it is bound to raise fresh fears about he wisdom of cloning.
Dolly was born July 5, 1996 and revealed to the world in 1997, making headlines across the world. Many believed something as complex as a sheep could never be cloned.
Several domestic animals - including a cow, goat, mouse and cat - have been cloned but many died before birth or are born with severe abnormalities. This had led to concern that even clones, which appear healthy may in fact, have underlying genetic abnormalities.
She was created using DNA taken from an adult cell, in this case the udder of a ewe. The fact that Dolly's genetic material came from a six-year-old sheep meant she may have aged faster than normal. Just over a year ago, she developed arthritis, a disease that could have been caused by the cloning process. Until then, she had shown no signs of ill health and had given birth to four healthy lambs.
Dolly will be put on display after a postmortem examination explains what led to her declining health. Scientists at Roslin Institute in Midlothian, where Dolly was kept, said she would eventually be up on public display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Thanks to the Palmetto & Thistle, PO Box 3325, Melbourne, FL 32902-3325.

The MacDonalds of Tulloch plan reunion in Mabou, Cape Breton
The first reunion of the MacDonalds of Tulloch in almost 200 years will take place at Mabou, Cape Breton on August 22-24, 2003.
For further information contact: Walter F. MacDonald, 30 Alden Road, Wareham, MA 02571 or email at

Joseph Leo Cody, 78, husband of Virginia M. (Schofield) Cody of Gloucester, died Saturday January 11, 2003, surrounded by his family. Mr. Cody was born in Lynn, son of the late Charles V. and Jessie (Buchanan) Cody.
He attended school in Lynn, graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 1942. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours during which he was stationed in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Guadal Canal, New Zealand, Guam and Japan.
Following his military service, Mr. Cody received his bachelor's degree in art education from Massachusetts College of Art in 1950 and his master's degree in education from Tufts University in 1951.
His career as a teacher and administrator in the Melrose school system spanned 35 years. He retired from his position as director of fine arts in 1987.
Mr. Cody was an avid art collector and historian. He also enjoyed 18th and 19th-century paintings, particularly those by Cape Ann artists.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, David C. Cody and friend Susan Navarette; three daughters and a son-in-law, Robin Cody Brown and Peter W. Brown; Lisa K. Cody and friend Michael Lessard and Meredith A. Cody; a brother, John Cody and three granddaughters.

ROBERT ROBERTSON, born in NC, c 1833, parents/family unknown. County/town unknown. The parents said to have died when ROBERT was four years old, leaving a large family of boys. ROBERT and CATHERINE A. GARBER, married 3 September, 1859, Douglas County, Illinois. Six sons were born in Illinois and in Indiana before the family settled in SE Colorado where ROBERT died 8 April, 1905. Burial was from the Presbyterian Church. I've found nor information from the Presbyterian Church. I appreciate any help. Thank you. Mabel I. Robison, 2235 Juntura Ct. S., Salem, OR 97302-2222. Tel. 503-589-9567.

The descendants of the Brudnell pioneers set bicentennial gathering
In August of 1803 a group of Scottish emigrants under the leadership of James MacLaren left Port Glasgow in the Commerce, (Captain Galt), bound for Pictou. From there the group moved on to the Three Rivers area of Prince Edward Island, where they settled on land which they purchased from Lord Selkirk.
The group was characterized by strong family ties which, after 100 years still held their descendants together to the extent that they erected a cenotaph on Brudenell Island, held a Memorial Service and formed a Society dedicated to maintaining the memory of their forbears. This Society, now known as The Descendants of the Brudenell Pioneers Inc., has held an unbroken succession of annual memorial services since just after World War II.
In this, the bicentennial anniversary of the Pioneers' arrival, the descendants are planning a special commemorative over the weekend of July 12-13, 2003. Since one of the pioneers was James Stewart, James MacLaren's son-in-law, we thought that the Clan Stewart Society might be interested to know of our plans.
James Stewart was born in 1766. James married Janet "Jessie" MacLaren, oldest of the children of James MacLaren and Isabel MacDonald, in Blair Atholl parish in March, 1789. It is supposed that James was an Atholl Stewart. There had been a long-standing relationship between the Appin Stewarts and the Balquhidder MacLarens (of whom James was one, his father having been Big Donald the Drover who led the MacLarens in the Appin Regiment at Culloden) but the relationship would have strained at that time by a lingering dispute over the disposition of Donald MacLaren's Invernenty property.
When James and Jessie embarked for the new world, they had four children: Donald, Isabella, Janet and Charles. On the passenger list of the Commerce, James is identified as a farmer whose "farm was taken from him."
After settling at Three Rivers, the Stewarts had four more children. They and their descendants spread out all across the North American continent. Somewhere among them may be the oldest surviving descendant of James and Isabel (MacDonald) MacLaren and perhaps, the oldest surviving descendant of Donald and Elizabeth (Stewart) MacLaren of Invernenty.
If any of this rings a bell or raises an interest among your Stewarts, please regard this as a cordial invitation to any of your membership to join the Brudenell Pioneers in Brudenell, P.E.I., July 12 and 13, 2003. For more information, see their website at or contact Lawson Drake at Meadow Bank, Cornwall, RR@, PE, C0A 1HO, Canada or email at

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