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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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Dec/Jan 10/15/01

Chism Family Association Biennial Reunion will be August 9-11, 2002
The Chism Family Association Biennial Reunion will be August 9-11, 2002, in Lincoln, Nebraska. A Genealogy Workshop will be held Friday night; a CCS-USB Breakfast Buffet on Saturday morning; then a great, new bus tour showcasing some beautiful and memorable sights of Lincoln; and the CFA Banquet that evening will be the finale of the weekend. There will be activities planned for children as well. More details may be obtained at

Lester Andelson passed away September 2, 2001. He was the husband of Jean Andelson and participated in the activities of the Great Lakes Chapter of Clan Gregor Society.

Eiko Bingo Cramer, wife of Clan Stewart Society in America member, Stewart Stewart-Cramer and a resident of Mariposa, California, passed away at home. The memorial service was held August 31, 2001. She was born March 12, 1927 in Poshando, Kosanji, N.K. and was a member of the Sons of Norway. Survivors include her husband, daughters, Kinue McLean and Helen Parrish, both of Mariposa and Keiko Buck of Tampa, Florida; sons, Sherman Cramer of Mariposa, Masayuki Cramer of Ceres and Sterling Camer of Homitos; brothers Isao Bingo of Kumanmoyo, Jampan, Hisahiro Shimabara of Nagano, Japan and Tadahiro Bingo of Tokyo, Japan; 20 grand children and two great grandchildren.

The way it was...

  • A load of firewood tumbled off a wagon just after you finished stacking it-and one chunk fell on your toes that were so frozen they were numb.

  • You went out to the cistern to pump a pail of water for the kitchen and found the pump was frozen.

  • You prepared to shovel your way through a 6-ft. snowdrift at the back door, then remembered you left the shovel in the barn.

  • You paid a midnight visit to the outhouse during a blizzard, and the storm blew out your kerosene lantern on the way back.

  • You cuddled together on the way home from a party, and were glad the horse knew the way by himself.

  • You finally got to take a Saturday night "tub" bath in front of the potbellied stove, and your city friends paid you a surprise visit!

  • You shivered while trying to warm your feet over the meshed floor ventilator, then wondered if they would ever call these the "good ol’ days"!

Armadale Museum of the Isle of Skye to house permanent Clan Donald Exhibit
Designers Northcross, celebrating their tenth birthday this year, have been appointed to design the permanent exhibition at the newly created Clan Donald The Museum of The Isles visitor attraction at Armadale on the Isle of Skye. The appointment, by Clan Donald Land’s Trust, means a return to Skye, where 10 years ago when Northcross was first launched, a visitor attraction on Skye was one of the first projects on their books. In 1991, when the fledgling company created the Aros centre at Portree, the Edinburgh based team consisted of a staff of eight. Ten years later The Northcross Group employs 80 staff from its three bases, with design teams in Edinburgh and York and a manufacturing facility in East Lothian.

The Museum of the Isles project tells the story Clan Donald in relation to the history of Scotland and the Western Isles. The permanent exhibition traces the Clan’s origins from the Lordship of the Isles, through the clans to Jacobites and chiefs to landlords right up to the clearances and current ‘global Clan Donald". The story is told with a contemporary treatment of both the information and the interior spaces. The scope of the project encompasses the visitor attraction, all graphics, and a retail area. The project value to Northcross is £200,000 in total and the attraction will open in Easter 2002. Northcross Chief Executive Graham Russell explains "we always enjoyed our meetings on Skye and the original Aros Centre project was very successful for both the client and ourselves, and for the Island of Skye. We are looking forward to repeating the same success for The Museum of The Isles, although in 10 years many things have progressed and developed in visitor attraction design."

The Typical American is a "Funny Feller"

  • He gripes because Uncle Sam does not balance the budget, then borrows $10,000 to buy a new car he does not need!

  • He knows every baseball player in major leagues—but only a dozen words of the Star Spangled Banner.

  • He spends lots of money on vitamin pills to make him feel better, then more on "licker" to make him feel terrible.

  • He agitates for more rigid speed laws to stop fast driving, but won’t buy a new car unless it will do 120.

Thanks to Martin County Genealogical Society Newsletter.

Hemphill Historical Society Reunion set
June 7 & 8, 2002 has been set for the Hemphill Historical Society Reunion to be held in St. Petersburg Florida at the Colonial Bayfront Hotel. Anyone interested in Hemphill History and Genealogy is welcome. Scheduled tours, welcome get-together, genealogy sessions, guest speaker and banquet are part of the activities. For more information contact: Ray Hemphill, phone: 770-924-7342 or e-mail:

Roderick MacRae, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been appointed Genealogy Editor for the bi-monthly Scottish heritage journal, The Highlander, 560 Green Bay Road, Suite 204, Winnetka, IL 60093. Mr. MacRae, retired from a professional career in education, is the Convener for the 12-state Great Rivers Region of the Clan MacRae Society/NA and lectures on Scottish history and genealogy. He is past President and Treasurer of the Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans; past High Chief of the Minnesota Pan-Celtic Festival; past national board member for Clan MacRae; past clans coordinator for the Macalester College Scottish Fair; a member of the St. Andrews Society/MN and Scottish Heritage USA.

Ted O. Brooke has two new volumes of interest to researchers. Milton County Georgia Marriage Records 1865-1931 and Madison County Georgia Marriage Records 1812-1909.

Milton County was created in 1857 from areas of Cherokee, Cobb and Forsyth counties and ceased to exist on January 1, 1932, when it was merged with Fulton County. This book includes all 4,055 marriages recorded in marriage books A, B, C, and D, recorded from 1866 to 1931. The earliest marriages from 1858 to 1866 were apparently lost in a courthouse fire in late 1866. Publication of this book was made possible by a grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation. The book is arranged alphabetically by grooms and also by brides. Milton County Georgia Marriage Records 1865-1931 is hardcover, 216 pages, and the price is $28.00 postpaid.

Madison County was created in 1811 from areas of Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Jackson, and Oglethorpe counties. This book includes all 5,337 marriages recorded in marriage books A, B, C, 1, and 2, recorded from 1812-1909. Publication of this book was made possible by a grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation. The book is arranged alphabetically by grooms and also by brides. Madison County Georgia Marriage Records 1812-1909 is hardcover, 239 pages, and is $30 postpaid.

For more information or to order, contact Ted O. Brooke, 2055 Foster Drive, Cumming, GA 30040.

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