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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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Dec/Jan 10/31

Was GEORGE STREIBEL (1785-1871) a member of St. John German Church, Baltimore, MD? Burial – Old Cathedral Cemetery. Actress – "Dorothy Phillips." Reverend PRESTER BESCHTLER? Spouse MARY FILLINGER (1793-1862). Have picture SUZIE STRIBLE WEBER (1887-1907) and her mother. Contact: Richard Morrissey, 28656 Murrieta, Sun City, CA 92586.

The Story of Highland Cathedral

One of the most popular pipe tunes to appear on the Scots music scene in recent years is the haunting "Highland Cathedral, a favorite with bridal couples as an alternative during the wedding service to "Marie’s Wedding" or even "Amazing Grace".

It appears two Germans composed the tune – some say brothers – who went by the name Roever and Korb. Lyrics were set to the tune after the fashion of a national anthem, and were based on an old legend.

The folk tale goes that, during the reign of King James I of Scotland. All clan chiefs were required to assemble in a secret place known as Highland Cathedral, to pledge a cessation to their constant feuding, and to live in peace with each other.

This they agreed on – unanimously – and peace prevailed in Scotland, but unfortunately only as long as the king lived.

Thanks to The Merito.

Warning: Carrots Can Kill!!!

  • Nearly all sick people have eaten carrots. Obviously, the side effects are cumulative.

  • An estimated 99.9% of all people who die from cancer have eaten carrots.

  • Another 99.9% of people involved in auto accidents ate carrots within 60 days before the accidents.

  • Some 93.1% of juvenile delinquents come from homes where carrots are served frequently.

  • Among the people born in 1893 who later dined on carrots, these has been a 100% mortality rate.

  • All carrot eaters born between 1900 and 1910 have wrinkled skin, brittle bones, few teeth and failing eyesight.

Thanks to The Merito.


Nuestra Herencia is the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York’s publication. The Society is committed to providing the Hispanic community with the resources needed to help with research on their family history and to actively seek out and preserve the resources relative to the Hispanic genealogical past. Hightlights of the activities of this organization include: general membership meetings, a Puerto Rican genealogy workshop, celebration of Hispanic Heritage month with educational events, a family history fair, and seminars. The Fall Winter 2000 issue of Nuestra Herencia contains such useful information as "Puerto Rico contributions to the American Military" as historical article, and a listing of 53 students at the Carlise Indian School who came from the island of Puerto Rico C1900-1902. Contact: The Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York, Murray Hill Station, PO Box 818, New York, NY, 10156-0602. Telephone 212-340-4659. E-mail or visit the web site at

Thanks to FGS Forum.


Melungeons were a group of dark-skinned people with European features frond living in the mountains of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia by explorers as early as the mid-1600s. These people were farmers who spoke broken English and lived in cabins. They were clearly not Native Americans nor black or white. The Melungeon Heritage Association is a newly formed organization whose purpose is to document and preserve the heritage and cultural legacy of mixed-ancestry peoples in or associated with the southern Appalachians. This society has as its goal to set up a clearinghouse of Melungeon related information, an archives of Melungeon related materials, and to facilitate gatherings and events. Additionally, they would like to become a central exchange for information on this group of people. For further information, contact the society at: The Melungeon Heritage Association, PO Box 4042, Wise, VA 2493. Their web site is

Thanks to Federation of Genealogical Societies, PO Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.

National Archives Order Forms changed

NATF Form 80, used for ordering military or pension records from the National Archives, has been eliminated.

NATF Form 85 is now used for pension records or bounty land warrant applications. A full pension application file costs $37.00; a pension documents packet costs $14.75; and a bounty land warrant costs $17.25.

NATF Form 86 is used for military records from 1775-1916, and the fee is $17.00.

To obtain current NATF forms, you may:

Send an e-mail to  or

Write a letter to: National Archives and Records Admin., Attn: NWCTB, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20408-0001 and

Be sure to:

Provide your name and mailing address
Specify the form number
State the number of forms you need (limit five per order).

For more ordering information, visit the NARA web site

Thanks to Footprints, Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogical Society, PO Box 10166, Loves Park, IL l61131-0166.

Helton Carmichael, Past President of Clan Carmichael USA, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2001, while on vacation with his wife in Aruba. Helton traced his Scottish ancestry back to Dougal Carmichael who was born in Scotland in 1750 and came to America from Fort William, then fought for the British during the Revolutionary War. He was born July 25, 1931.

Helton and wife, Tommie Anne, were married in 1954; and they have two children, Alana and Scott. They all reside in Marietta, Georgia.

Helton had a degree in Forest Management from Mississippi State University; and he retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1984 to begin a new career working with training programs for underprivileged youth. In recent years he had led teams of workers in building homes for Habitat for Humanity; and just this summer led a team to build homes in New Zealand. He was in the process or organizing a team of volunteers to go to Scotland next year.

Helton, a member of Clan Carmichael since 1982, attended all international gatherings since 1986. He and his first cousin, Rodney Waltman, along with their wives, manned the first Carmichael Clan tent at the Stone Mountain Highland Games. He has been a Commissioner, first vice president and president of Clan Carmichael USA. He originated the name and was the first editor of The Eagle Gate newsletter. As immediate Past President, he was currently chairman of the Nominating Committee for Clan Carmichael USA. In his own words, "If ever a man was proud of his name and heritage, it is I."

Memorial donations may be made to the Carmichael Mansion Roof Fund, 1585 Grant Road, Lox Altos, CA 94024.

Can you help?

The Wisconsin Society for the Sons of the American Revolution are seeking graves of Revolutionary War veterans buried in Wisconsin. When an alleged veteran is called to the group’s attention, they attempt to certify that the burial is that of a veteran.

This is done by completing a search of official records – service records, pension records, muster, etc. They will also attempt to locate the burial site and photograph it. This information eventually is placed on their website:

The goal of this project is to have the names of those certified as Revolutionary Veterans put on a bronze plaque to be placed in the State Capitol or Veteran Museum. The plaque would leave room for veterans revealed at a later time.

Write to: Harold Klubertanz, 2 La Salle St., Madison, WI 53713 or e-mail hwplfk4@it

Thanks to Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society, 6100 West Mequon Rd., Mequon, WI 53092-1951.

Blair Society for Genealogical Research Convention June 22-23, 2002 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The next Blair Society for Genealogical Research Convention will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with research facilities available at the Allen County Public Library, one of the finest genealogical research libraries in the united States. Why not get together all those "cousins" you’ve been communicating with and form a "study group" at the Blair Society Convention? With all the "cousins" hunting, many more documents can be searched. A hospitality suite will provide a place for informal discussions, and a chance to get to know one another. Details of the convention will appear soon on the Society website: and registration forms will be included in the Winter issue of Blair Family Magazine, 113, Carlisle Court, Cary, Illinois 60013-1908.

Orphans to Canada extracted

Children taken from workhouses and orphanages in the British Isles between 1869 and 1930 were sent to Canada, many losing all connection with their families. Now these ships’ passenger lists at the Ottawa National Archives in Canada have been extracted by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa and released through the Department of Human Resources. For information, write BIFHSGO, PO Box 38026, Ottawa, ON K2C 1NO, Canada.

Thanks to Rootdigger, MCGS, PO Box 1206, Ocala, FL 34479-1206.

Clan MacCallum/Malcolm names new officers

At the Annual Meeting of Clan MacCallum/Malcolm held July 14 in conjunction with the Grandfather Mountain Games, a new slate of officers was named. Jon McCollum of Minnetonka, MN, was named President and Donald Hoskinson Malcolm of Atlanta, Vice-President, with their terms to begin in July 2002. For this year, Brown McCallum will take over as interim President, and Donald A. Malcolm, Roanoke Rapids, NC, will act as Interim Vice President.

J. R. McCallum will continue as Secretary/Treasurer, with J. Kinloch McCollum Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Other officers also will remain the same, with Bob MacCallum as Vice-President-East and Oscar D. McCollum, Jr., Vice-President -West. Jon McCollum and J. Kinloch McCollum, Jr. will continue as Games Commissioners for the coming year.

Malcolm Cotton Tartan still offered.

Donald H. Malcolm reports that the first 200 yards of Malcolm cotton tartan have been sold, but that he has received an additional 200 yards and is now taking orders. The tartan is 54" wide and the cost is still $15 per yard, plus postage, with any extra proceeds going to the Clan treasury. The price will increase on any future orders, he states.

Donald and his wife Joan, who are handling the orders, say that those who have received the tartan have been very pleased. Send your orders to Don H. Malcolm, Jr., 1676 Berkford Ct., Atlanta, GA 30319; 770-458-2745; or

Celtic Burial Chariot Discovered

A Celtic burial chariot, complete with human remains, thought to be 2,250 years old, has been found at a building site near Newbridge, a village west of Edinburgh. This is the first Iron Age burial chariot ever unearthed in Scotland, and it is now under intense study at the National Museums of Scotland laboratory.

While the wooden portions of the chariot had decomposed, both iron wheels and seven iron fittings were found unscathed. Fragments of tooth enamel from the site indite the chariot held the body of a high-profile person.

Thanks to The Argent Castle, Newsletter of Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society, 3890 Lorli Lane, Salado, TX 76571.

Do you need help making genealogy more than just dates?

In 1993, Joanne Todd Rabun compiled a list of oral history questions from many sources, including her daughter’s 6th grade class project and a college-level Women’s Studies class project of her nephew.

The list was printed in Vol.20 of Rota.Gene. Newsletter. If you will send a stamped, self addressed envelope with your request "Oral History Questions" to The Family Tree, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776, we will be glad to send you a copy for your project.

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