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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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Brigadoon Celtic Festival set for June
The Geauga County Historical Society will present the Gathering of the Clans at the Brigadoon Celtic Festival on June 7, 2003. This event will be held rain or shine at Century Village in Burton, Ohio.
For more information call 440-834-1492 ext. 2.

Want to know more about Acadian Usher Syndrome?
Acadian Usher Syndrome is a genetic disease common to the Acadians of Louisiana.
It was discovered in 1914 by Charles Usher who recognized it as an inherited trait.
If you would like to know more about this disease and its links to the Acadians, send a SASE to: The Family Tree, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828.

Familial or hereditary, the same or different?
Familial means that something "runs in the family," like maybe a gift for singing, or high intelligence, or short stature, and, of course, like genetic disease.
Hereditary means that some thing is transmitted from parent to child, specifically something genetic. It has the same root word as "inheritance." Some thing "hereditary" can also be call "familial."
Thanks to , Kinfolks, PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, LA 70606-5652.

It cost an arm and a leg!
In George Washington's day, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back, while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but how many "limbs" were to be painted
Arms and legs are "limbs:" therefore, painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, "It will cost you an arm and a leg."
Thanks to the Central Louisiana Genealogical Quarterly, (Winter 2003), Alexandria, LA.

Where did the name "America" really come from?
We were all taught that the name "America" came from the Italian explorer, Amerigo Vespucci. However, there is now argument but forth by British writer, Peter MacDonald, that America was named for a Welsh merchant, Richard Amerike, who gave a large amount of money to John Cabot's 15th century voyage to the New World.
Cabot sailed from Bristol, England, which was also Amerike's home and business headquarters. Amerike donated large oak trees from his estate to build Cabot's ships and provided Cabot's family with a home while the explorer sailed west.
In exchange for his generosity, Amerike requested that Cabot name any newly-discovered lands for him. You can find more on his theory at

The 4th Biennial POINT National Conference planned for October
POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together) - The American Network of Italian Genealogy will hold its fourth Biennial National Conference (October 7-9, 2004) at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
Early signing will be on Thursday evening, October 7, in the Hospitality Room in the hotel. Attendees may also sign in on Friday morning, in the same room.
Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 will feature lectures and workshops on Italian genealogy both for beginners and for those more advanced in the search for their Italian family roots.
Sunday, October 10 is planned for an optional activity, to be announced, in conjunction with Columbus Day.
Cost for the conference will be $160 (before May 31, 2004) and $175 for registration after May 31, which will include all lecture and workshop sessions, a Continental breakfast each morning, refreshments and snacks at the morning and afternoon breaks both days and our traditional banquet on Friday evening.
Spouses or guests may accompany the conference registrant to the banquet for an additional cost of $45.
On both days, attendees will be free for lunch, and will probably want to eat at one of the restaurants in the hotel or at one of the many eating establishments (from fast food to sit down) in the mall, just a few steps from the hotel lobby. Plenty of time has been planned between morning and afternoon sessions to allow for lunch.
For more information contact: Danny Zangara, PO Box 2441, Kansas City, KS 66110-0411, email or Joseph LaBella, President, Holy Rosary Credit Union, 533 Campbell Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Or visit their website at

The Underground Railroad reunion planned for June 2003
The National Underground Railroad Family Reunion Festival will be in Camden, New Jersey, June 27-29, 2003 and is open to the public. It reunites descendants of conductors, abolitionists, stationmasters, fugitives and persons whose ancestors were associated with the Underground Railroad.
Contact Eve Elder, 513-853-0297; 513-542-2489 fax; and click on the UGRR Famfest link.
Thanks to Reunions Magazine, PO Box 11727, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0727.

Scottish Words that're fun to know!
Rumple-bane - the lowest bone of the spine.
Crouse - merry, lively, brisk, bold, from the Gaelic 'craos' meaning greedy, gluttonous, eager for any pleasure of the senses.
Grunzie - a derogatory name for the nose or mouth, possibly applied originally to the snout of a hog in reference to the grunting noise of the animal.
Muslin-kail - a name applied by Burns to a purely vegetable soup without animal ingredients of any kind and made up of mainly barley, greens and onions.
Sook - a drop, sip, or taste of liquor.
Blaud - to lay anything flat with violence, as the wind or rain does the corn.
Athol Brose - whisky with honey, taken as a morning drop; a powerful and indigestive mixture that no one but a Highlander out in the open air and in active exercise during the whole day can safely indulge in.
Bap - a small wheaten cake or roll, sold in Scotland for breakfast when porridge is not used.
Gowan - a daisy. Derived from 'day's eye,' or more probably from the Gaelic word 'dise,' meaning pretty flower.
Thanks to Scottish Memories publication.

Clan MacNicol Society AGM set for Williamsburg
The annual meeting of the Clan MacNicol society will be held in Colonial Williamsburg on Friday September 26, 2003. This is the weekend of the Williamsburg Scottish Festival and Celtic Celebration, and Clan MacNicol will be the Clan of Honor at the Games on Saturday, September 27, 2003.
The Chief's High Commissioner for the Americas, Dr. Murray Nicolson, will be the Honored Guest at the Games, representing the Chief with feathers flying!
For more information contact Jeremy Nicholson, Special Projects Manager at 770-650-0905 or email at

An idea for your library or church bulletin board!
Let's support our service men & women with yellow ribbons and lots of mail!
At the library in Moultrie, we have a bulletin board in the hallway. We've put red, white and blue ribbon around the edges...and a yellow ribbon too...and a little sign that says, "If you have a service man or woman in your family or for a friend, please post a photograph and their service mailing address so that others in the community might write to them to say 'Thank you and be safe!'"
As photos and addresses are added, we notice library patrons taking note of the information...and we've heard that our service folks are receiving little notes from friends and neighbors back home.
You might suggest this to your own library or church or any place where lots of people gather. It's a small, simple, easy way for us to show our appreciation to those who are sacrificing for us all by serving in our armed forces.
Yellow ribbons from tablecloths?
We made a huge yellow ribbon out of two plastic tablecloths for the front window of our library. Just fold one into a circle and tape the ends together. Then, take the other one and tie a knot in the middle of the first one. The lightweight plastic drapes beautifully and looks like a real ribbon. When it's tied together, you have a huge yellow ribbon!
We got the ladder and taped the ribbon high INSIDE the glass of our front entrance. This way, it's visible outside, but safe from the weather...and will last as long as it needs to last.
We took other plastic tablecloths and cut them into strips and tied them around each and every tree in the front yard of the library...I think there are about 15 or 16 trees! The plastic is weatherproof and sturdy...and all of those yellow ribbons look wonderful.

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