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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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Dec/Jan 11/06

Are you related to a President?

It seems that most families that have old roots in America have a Presidential relationship legend. When records were harder to find, these legends were accepted and passed down from generation to generation. Now many of us are doing detailed research and finding them to be closer to legend than to fact.

An old joke says that the best way to get your genealogy done is to run for office. The web is full of sites that list the ancestry of our presidents. Some are:

Thanks to The Live Oak, East Bay Genealogical Society, PO Box 20417, Oakland, CA 94620-0417.

Purple Ribbons

A movement has been started like that from Desert Storm, During Desert Storm we tied yellow ribbons anywhere we could. Well, now the movement is to tie purple ribbons the same way. This is for two reasons:

    1. In remembrance of not only the firefighters, police officers, paramedics who have died, but also for ALL who have died in this terrible tragedy.
    2. Just as in the military, when a serviceman gets injured, he is given the Purple Heart. Well, our country has been injured to its core.

Please tell everyone you know, and let’s see purple ribbons everywhere!…Along with the flag of the United States of America.

Thanks to IPGS Newsletter, Imperial Polk Genealogical Society, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.

Twelve Days of Christmas

The songs and poetry of the 16th and 17 centuries were usually a satire or parody of the politics or religions of the times. Each word or phrase usually had a hidden meaning. Here is an explanation of the Twelve Days of Christmas taken from the Internet.

What in the world do "leaping lords, French Hens, swimming swans and, especially, the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree" have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning—the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.

Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  • Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  • Four Colly birds (today "calling") were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • Five gold rings recalled the Torah or Law, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • Six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. (He rested on the seventh.)
  • Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit—Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.
  • Eight maids a-milking were the eight Beatitudes.
  • Nine Ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit—Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.
  • Ten Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
  • Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples (remember-Judas betrayed Him).
  • Twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles" Creed.

Well, a history lesson (whether it has basis in fact, or not) and a wonderful carol to boot!

(Editor’s Note: A Catholic lady saw this list and said she had never heard this explanation. Has anyone else heard a different version?)

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