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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
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How big is the 1930 census?
123 million people
2,668 reels of microfilm
1,591 reels of soundex

A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors, for the expression of all his history, all his wants. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you looking for important dates regarding naturalization?
Are you looking for important dates regarding naturalization of your ancestors? These dates are important in the search for you ancestors. For instance, did you know that in 1804 widows and children of an alien who died before filing his final papers were granted citizenship? These could be great help for you. If you would like a copy of this article send a SASE to Important Dates Regarding Naturalization, The Family Tree, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828.

Do you know the law?
In the City of Duluth, Georgia, per an ordinance enacted May 6, 1907, any person who was found "riding or driving one or more horses, mules, or asses, or cattle at an unusually fast gait or rate in the streets or alleys thereof (Duluth, GA) except in cases of actual necessity..." could be "fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars," or imprisoned "in the guardhouse for a term not exceeding 50 days..."
By an ordinance of the same year, "Every male person not under sixteen or over fifty years old shall be required to pay two dollars street tax...or work four days on the streets of said town, and upon failure to pay said tax or work on the streets in lieu thereof" could face the same fine or imprisonment as the speeders!
From the City of Duluth, Georgia, May 2002 Newsletter via CGGS News and Reviews, 283 Moss Oak Lane, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

Was your ancestor in Collin County, Texas before 1900?
Were your ancestors in Collin County, Texas before 1900? If so you are eligible to become a member of Pioneer Families of Collin County, Texas. There are two categories of membership.
First Families of Collin County, for those ancestors were residents of the county at any time between the formation of the county in 1846 and the close of the Civil War on 9 April 1865.
Reconstruction Families of Collin County, for those whose ancestors were residents of the county at any time between the close of the Civil War and 31 December 1899.
For those who qualify, a beautiful certificate will be issued for each ancestor to be honored. The fee for the first ancestor is $25.00. For each additional ancestor of the same applicant the fee is $10.00. Funds raised for these fees will be used to support the projects of the Society, including the purchase of books for the genealogy section of the Gladys Harrington Library.
For forms and further information, please send a SASE to: Pioneer Families Project, Collin County Genealogical Society, PO Box 865052, Plano, TX 75086-5052.

Handmade American (St. Andrews) tartan afghan donated to Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003!!
Alice Henry, FSA Scot, of St. Paul, Minnesota, who crochets all sorts of tartan afghans, is donating this American St. Andrews Tartan afghan to Scottish Weekend in Moultrie, Georgia, in February 2003! (Write for advance registration form or find it on
The American (St. Andrews) Tartan, also known as the American Bicentennial Tartan, was initiated by J.C. Thompson, FSTS, modified by J.D. Scarlett, FSTS, and commissioned by the St. Andrews Society of Washington, D.C., in 1975 in connection with the American Bicentennial of 1976.
The dark blue and the red are the same color as the Stars and Stripes of the US, and the Union Jack of the U.K., symbolizing Americans with Scottish ancestry. The medium blue and the azure blue are intended to provide and even graduation from dark blue to white. Where the lighter stripes cross each other in the dark blue of the set, the effect is often that of the stars of the American flag is strong.
This beautiful American Bicentennial Tartan has become generally well known as the American St. Andrews Tartan, which was the intent of the Washington St. Andrews Society. They hoped it would outlive the Bicentennial celebration and it certainly has.

A river of words if flowing across Georgia!
This spring an unusual river will begin flowing from Atlanta, meandering through Athens and Conyers, rippling across Milledgeville and Savannah, and curving back inland to Bainbridge and beyond to Moultrie for Scottish Weekend in February of 2003. This river is no ordinary one. It is a river carrying words and art of Georgia's student prizewinners in the annual international contest, River of Words.
Coordinated in the state by the Georgia Center for the Book and Georgia Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers), River of Words is a poetry and art project designed to nurture respect and understanding of the natural world. The competition, begun by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, encourages children in grades K through 12 to hone their observation skills and describe through poetry and art their own place in space.

In the 2002 ROW contest, Georgia's students showed a tremendous understanding of their ecological addresses, capturing two national grand prizes in poetry and art, five national poetry finalists awards, five national art finalist awards, as well as fifteen poetry and sixteen art prizes at the state level. Winners, spanning the range of ages, participated from towns across Georgia, from Snellville to Woodstock, from Evans to Milner.

The ROW exhibition showcases watercolors such as first-grader Jennifer Qualey's colorful bugs on water lilies, senior Elizabeth Smith;s "Lazy Days," and fifth-grader Adam Conner's geometric abstraction of fish. Impressionistic watercolors and black-and-white photography are featured alongside poems such as "The Simple Life," "RiverBank Song," and "My World."

Organizers hope that this touring exhibition of Georgia's talented young poets and artist will inspire Georgians of all ages to explore their own relationships with the environment. This is just another "treat" for you when you come to Moultrie for Braveheart Scottish Weekend!

It's time for the 2002 Marjoribanks Annual Gathering
We will follow in the footsteps of Lord and Lady Aberdeen (Ishbel Marjoribanks) in the their adventure as rancher, during the later years of the 19th century. The Guisachan ranch, named after Ishbel's father's highland estate, has long since been swallowed up by mass-produced housing, but the handsome frame ranch house has been restored and is now a charming restaurant. The thirteen-thousand-acre Coldstream Cattle Ranch is still thriving and many of the ranch buildings have survived from Lord Aberdeen's day. As a reminder of Ishbel's love of animals, there is a grave where her two favorite carriage horses are buried.

The Kelowna Museum contains much Aberdeen memorabilia which we will inspect with the help of Ursula Surtees, a former director of the museum and a descendent of Ishbel's brother Coutts. Other social events have been planned, as well as the Annual General Meeting. It's the best opportunity of the year to meet and talk with your kinsmen and kinswomen. For more information contact: Robert Marjoribanks, 2228 Kipling Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6T5, Canada.

Charles Monroe Binford, born April 22, 1964 died June 1, 2002. When Charles was born in Memphis, Tennessee, his parents and older brother Joe called him "Charlie". When he was two, he and his family moved to Dallas, Texas. Through out his life, Charles was optimistic, outgoing, and a stranger to no one. He had many talents. He loved playing soccer, tennis and basketball with his friends. He and Joe were on the same soccer team, and were known as the "dynamic duo". He was very musical and played the cello, drums, and piano. When he was 15, Charles earned his Eagle Scout award from Boy Scout Troop 82 in Highland Park. He was a 1983 graduate of Hillcreast High School in Dallas. He attended Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Charles had a strong faith in God. He loved his family and church family. He was a member of the Atlanta Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and opened the doors at weeknight zone meetings. He never missed his daily Bible Study with church brothers. He was a true disciple for Christ by sharing his faith with others. He enjoyed helping. He was among a group honored by the Governor of Georgia at the State Capitol for raising thousands of dollars for the Hope for Kids Foundation. He will be missed by his friends and family.

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