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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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Those genealogy scams are back
Seems as if those genealogy scams will survive with the cockroaches.  They keep springing up like ants at a picnic. 
If you receive an unsolicited email in SPAM form, claiming to provide "billions and billions" of genealogy records for a fee of $49.95, you will find you have paid for access to information that merely points to free web sites.  You can obtain far better information at no charge by going to
The National Genealogical Society's Consumer Protection Committee actively pursues and warns against these scams.  See

Walton County's cemeteries compiled
The East Georgia Genealogical Society has published two-volumes recording all known tombstones in Walton County, Georgia.
Walton County, Georgia, Cemeteries (East) and Walton County, Georgia, Cemeteries (West) are dedicated to the later Walter R. Cox, who pioneered cemetery preservation in the county.  The books were compiled by EGGS members.
Committee members include Ted Brooke, Faye Poss, Jane Grider, Jim Patton and John Beckum and a large team of transcribers.
The R.J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation of Atlanta furnished a grant for the publication of these books.  Guidelines and application information is available at
Each cemetery is given a name, specific directions to the cemetery and its location.  In a distinctly modern move, the actual Global Positioning System coordinates and references to any published or unpublished survey of the cemetery are given.
You'll find the date of the survey and the number of graves noted. The inscriptions are copied by rows with the information arranged in columns, with all additional information included.  This way of presenting the information keeps family plots and family relationships together.
Each volume contains appendices of lists of 18th century births, Revolutionary War soldiers and Confederate soldiers, cemeteries in the other volume listed by name.  There is also a full name index.
The volumes are sold as a set for $68 to non EGGS members and $58 for members, plus $5.00 s/h.
Write EGGS, PO Box 117, Winder, GA 30680.  You may get complete information about EGGS by contacting or at

Clan Henderson appoints Judge Earl Ronald Hendry vice president   and general counsel
ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Clan Henderson Society position of Vice President and General Counsel became vacant upon the resignation of David S. Henderson when the Chief appointed him the Clan's Chieftain and High Commissioner of North America last summer.  After a search committee looked at the qualifications of several society members, they made a recommendation of one individual to the president, who subsequently nominated that person the Executive Board for approval to fill the position.  The approval was received at the end of February and an appointment of Judge Earl Ronald Hendry of Roan Mountain, Tennessee was made by the Clan Henderson president, effective 1 March 2003.
Judge Hendry was born May 1934 in Palm Beach County, Florida and has resided most of his adult life in Tennessee.  He is married to the former Patricia Huskey and they, together, have ten children and 17 grandchildren.
Judge Hendry has been a practicing lawyer since his graduation from law school in 1964.  He became a trial judge by appointment in 1971 and was twice re-elected to that position.  He was admitted to practice before the United State Supreme Court that same year and is licensed to practice in Tennessee before all State and Federal courts.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Bar Association and has served as president of the Carter County Bar Association for the past two years.  He has lectured extensively at colleges and universities on civil procedures and is the author of several books on civil procedure and discovery.  In 1977, he co-authored a book, Swimming Pools and the Law, with attorney James F. Stern, a book which is recognized for its guidelines within the swimming pool industry.
Judge Hendry appeared in the National Register, Who's Who in Executives and Professionals in 2002; served as a director and later as president of the Elizabethton, Tennessee Rotary Club; was awarded the Milbauer Fellowship, University of Florida, for excellence, in 1983; was named in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law in 1977 and is listed in Personalities of the South (1974).

Rawlings, Gordon, Podein, McCormac track him down!
Lots of folks win big in our skeleton hunt contest !
Congratulations to Judith Rawlings of Cynthiana, Kentucky - who tracked down our boniest guy to win a package of Caledonian Kitchen's delicious (It really is!) haggis!  
Congratulations to Donald E. Gordon of Dexter, Maine, who tracked down the skinny fella to win Scotland Remembers the Alamo - a fabulous CD by Carl Peterson!
Congratulations to Frances Podein of Jacksonville, Florida who followed the boney one to win a wonderful gift portfolio from D. Bruce Bennett Celtic Art! 
Congratulations to Mary C. McCormac of Clemson, South Carolina, who diligently searched for the only diet-less person I know, to win a tartan dog collar from Bonbright Woolens!
Winning subscriptions to the always interesting and filled-with-useful-information publication, Reunions Magazine are:  Mrs. Virginia A. Stefanovich of San Gabriel, California; Maureen Howell of Rockingham, North Carolina; Mrs. Bonnie Bolding of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Audrey Howe of Albion, Illinois; Ms. Martha S. Geyer of Pelham, Alabama; James Frances of Maumee, Ohio; Joy C. Graham of Kingsville, Texas; Doris Murdoch Kusch of Kalaska, Michigan; James J. Stewart of Manahawken, New Jersey; and Celia M. Brock of Cumming, Georgia!

Why hunt a skeleton at all?
The answer to the question, "Why hunt a skeleton?" is pretty simple.  It's fun.
Lots of beginning genealogist are afraid to find "skeleton's" in their closets.  Experienced genealogists know that everyone has skeleton's in their closet along with black sheep and a few nuts in their family trees!
We just take the fear out of it...and make finding that skeleton into a game!
He's always hiding somewhere amongst our pages - usually lurking in an advertisement.
When you spy him, just send us a postcard addressed to: Skeleton, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828 along with where you found the skinniest fella.  He's really running from his closet!
Last time, he was peeking out from the Ada's 5, 6 N 9 Publishing Company's advertisement.
Prizes next time?
We're so fortunate to have wonderful prizes for our Skeleton Hunters!
We'll draw from the huge stack of entries to see who wins a Competitor's Folio from Bennett Celtic Art or a Scotsmen Portfolio from Bennett Celtic Art.  You may visit to see the portfolios!
You might win one of Carl Peterson's Scotland Remembers the Alamo CD's!
You might win a tartan dog collar from Bonbright Woolens.
You might win a package of delicious haggis from Caledonian Kitchen.
You might win a subscription to Reunions Magazine.
So, look at our pages very closely and track down the elusive skeleton.  Send in a postcard...and you just might win a nice prize.

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