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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2004
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Things it's just fun to know!
Coca-Cola was originally green.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
Average number of people airborne over the U.S. any given hour: 61,000.
The most commonly used password on computer systems is "password."
Our thanks for this article from LEGS, Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society, PO Box 807, Lake Elsinore, California 92531-0807.

AZ State Library has interlibrary loan
The Arizona State Library has a professional collection of genealogy books that can be checked out through Inter-Library loan. This is the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records web site
If you would like to phone them, their number is 1-800-228-4710. Two librarians that could help you are Daniela at <> and Judy at <>. If you would like a group tour of the library and archives, they would love to have you visit.
From the Lake Havasu Genealogical Society, Inc. Newsletter, PO Box 953, 1750 North McCulloch Boulevard, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86405-0953.

Things to remember when researching females...
For the best results, all men associated with your female ancestor need to be searched.
Don't say something never happened.
Keep an open mind. (Think outside the box.)
Don't assume that all female ancestors used their husbands' names.
When creating a history about your female ancestor, always use known facts.
Always study women's relationships with men and other women.
Read periodicals from major genealogical societies such as NGS, NEGHS, UGA, FGA, etc.,
And remember to "Cite your sources!"
Thanks for this information from Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lakes Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

World War I draft lists give excellent information
All men in the US, regardless of physical, marital or citizenship status, from the ages of 17 to 45, had to register for the draft in World War I. Each prospective serviceman was required to answer certain questions, including name, age, birthplace, occupation, educational and citizenship status.
These forms give excellent information on immigrants who came into the US from the late 1800s to 1915. The forms were collected by the Georgia branch of the National Archives and have also been microfilmed by the LDS. However, information is filed by state and county, so it is necessary to know the county of residence.
Source: Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

The nation's first USO was at DeRidder AFB
The United Service Organization (USO) was formed in February 1941. Just ten months later, the doors of the white, wood-framed building in DeRidder opened its doors to the servicemen and women stationed at Camp Polk and the nearby DeRidder Army Air Base, and became the nation's first USO. It served thousands of people during the war.
Six decades later the building, now known as the Beauregard Parish War Memorial Civic Center, still stands as a gathering spot for entertainment and community business.
This article came from Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

April is Confederate history month
Many men from Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish (Louisiana) fought in the war, and after the war men who had fought on the Union side came to make their homes in southwest Louisiana.
There are many veterans buried in Lake Charles (Louisiana) cemeteries. There are 31 Confederate graves in the old Catholic Cemetery on Iris Street, 12 in Bilbo Cemetery on the Lake front, 17 in Corporation Cemetery off Interstate 10, 20 in Sallier Cemetery on South Ryan Street, 32 in Goos Cemetery, and almost 100 in Orange Grove and Graceland Cemeteries on Broad Street.
Source: Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

I have been searching my CHRISTIE Family of Lindores, Fifeshire, Scotland but don't seem to get far on the history. My second great grandparents were GEORGE CHRISTIE and ELIZABETH BARCLAY. They had about nine children and the son, The Right Honourable JOHN CHRISTIE, was my great grandfather. He was born November 11, 1817 in Fifeshire and was married to MARGARET ISOBEL YOUNGER, born September 29, 1821 in Kent, England. Her father was VISCOUNT JAMES YOUNGER and from family history, he was of Scottish birth. JOHN CHRISTIE and MARGARET ISOBEL came to Canada about 1858 and I have some history of them in Carluke, Wentworth County, Ontario. In an old book I have of MARGARET ISOBEL's she had crossed out "LADY" MARGARET ISOBEL YOUNGER and had written MRS. JOHN CHRISTIE, but I can't seem to get farther on the history. If anyone has information about this family, please contact Jean Christie at

Ancestor searches for JAMES CUNNYNGHAM, born about 1740 in Ulster, North Ireland, and his wife ARABELLA GOODE, born Ulster, North Ireland. Married-Ulster, North Ireland. Looking for Scottish connection. Contact John Ford, 909-794-2899, 1736 Parkview, Redlands, CA 92374-5563.

All ancestors birth and death dates wanted! Sea captain EDWARD MORRISSEY and MARY AYRES, wed March 24, 1754, Waterford, Ireland - Arundel Square. Maternal ancestor SAMUEL STROUD and MARY MARTIN, April 6, 1865, Loudon County, (Hopewell) VA? Pedigrees needed! Contact R. Morrissey, 26209 Chambers, Sun City, CA 92586.

Henri Eugene "Gene" Cowger, 73, a retired professional engineer, died Sunday, February 29, 2004, at Big Bend Hospice House. He is survived by his wife, Sue F. Cowger.
A native of Decatur, Illinois, Gene moved from Lakeland to Tallahassee in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1952 from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honorary societies. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and served 18 months in Korea. From 1983 until retiring in 1997, he was an engineer-director for the Florida Limerock and Aggregate Institute.
Gene was a member of the St. Andrews Society, BPEO No. 937, and Springtime Tallahassee, where he served on the Andrew Jackson Staff and the antebellum crew. He was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include three children: Command Sgt. Maj. James Christian Faris (and wife Alisia), U.S. Army, Fayetteville, N.C.; James Henri Cowger, and Mary Cowger; and two grandchildren, Lauren Brittany Hughes-Faris and Paige Faris.
Gene and Sue never missed a Scottish Weekend in Moultrie. The loss of Gene will leave a large empty place in all of our lives.

American Family Records Association disbands
The Board of Directors of the American Family Records Association announced they voted at a recent Board meeting to disband AFRA as an organization due to membership declining and funds dwindling.
President Janice Schultz notified members that the organization in lieu of reimbursing membership fees would be offering free to any member any of AFRA's publications. She said they only ask to be reimbursed for the cost of postage. Members may check their latest Family Records, Today! for a complete list of publications.
Members are encouraged to use the Internet and email with a list of those publications they would like as soon as possible.

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington
The 18th annual Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games are scheduled for June 4-6, 2004 at Maverick Stadium. Renowned for its outstanding entertainment, the Festival again features some of the top Scottish performers in the world including the acclaimed Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, renown Scottish balladeer Alex Beaton, noted Folk singer Brian McNeill, the Celtic Groups of Ed Miller with John Taylor, Jiggernaut, Killdares, Brothers 3, and Scottish Rogues. Also returning will be the high energy Canadian Celtic rock group Glengarry Bhoys and many other artists and performers.
The 2004 Games will again host top professional athletes from around the world including the defending world champion from Australia. There will be Championship Scottish Highland Dance and Scottish National Dance competitions, solo bagpiping contests, and the featured Bagpipe band will be North Texas Caledonian Pipes & Drums.
Various scheduled events will include a kilted golf tournament, Scottish fiddle workshop, Gaelic language seminar, Scotch whisky tasting and seminar, an all-Scottish breed dog show, and falconry demonstrations, plus many, many more events.
For additional information, visit website or contact 800-363-SCOT (7268).

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