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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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English & Welsh records online
Indexes to the vital records of England and Wales are now online for 1837 to the present.  You'll find scanned images of the original index pages.  The records do NOT include Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. There is a small fee for accessing them.  Visit

At the same time, Scotland has a project called Digital Imaging of the Genealogical Records of Scotland's people (DIGROS), which will make all paper records on the 6.5 kilometers of shelves in New Register House, available in digital images.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The 1901 Scottish census was completed by the end of 2002.  It resulted in an index of about 4.5 million individual names.  No longer will researchers have to visit Edinburgh to secure records.  Eventually, even the early church records will be digitally imaged and all will be available by computer access for a small fee.

Are you researching West Prussia or Poland?
If you have ancestors who lived in West Prussia, now a province of Poland, back in 1772-1773?  If so, they may be listed in The Land Register of 1772-1773 for the area if they owned land.  The Land Register is posted on a convenient website at

200th  Selkirk settler anniversary to be celebrated in Belfast, PEI
The 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk settlers at Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada will be celebrated this year. The Selkirk settlers were Scottish colonists brought to Canada in 1803 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk. From August 7 to 10 this summer, the Belfast Historical Society and the Caledonian Club will host the anniversary celebration together with the annual Highland Games.
For complete information visit

United Kingdom free surname site available now
The United Kingdom Surnames Website is a free facility for exchanging family history data.  This website allows you to personally post your own updates and change previous ones if necessary.  It covers the entire United Kingdom but records are grouped by county and region for easier use. All email addresses are hidden so that spammers find it very difficult to find them.  You can search either the entire site or individual counties for matches to your surnames. If you have English ancestry, it's a great place to post family information. Visit

A treasure for home-bound researchers!
The National Genealogical Society placed their library collection in the St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, Missouri, a few years ago.  That library now handles the interlibrary loan requests for the NGS books.  For home-bound researchers, that can be a real blessing as any researcher can borrow the books. Recently, an anonymous donor added 1500 volumes to the NGS collection.  You may wish to check their online catalog to see what books might be useful in your own research.  The catalog is: The address for the St. Louis County Library is

National Genealogy Society offers  free  newsletter
A free publication from the National Genealogical Society is distributed via email to anyone who wishes to receive it. The publication includes articles, tips and information about events planned. To subscribed, send a message to Include the word "subscribe" in the body of the email.

Does anyone have extra Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003 pins?
Every pin made for Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003 was given away at the Saturday night Gala Banquet & Ceilidh.  If anyone has an extra pin, we surely would appreciate having it back as one of our speakers had to go home sick...and did not get a pin at all. If you have an extra pin, please send it to: Beth Gay, Odom Library, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828.

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