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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
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SDFA declares Odom Library archival "home"
Judi Lloyd, President of the Scottish District Family Association recently announced that the SDFA has officially declared The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library in Moultrie, Georgia their archival and genealogical home.

This brings to 118 the number of Scottish clans and organizations utilizing the facilities in Moultrie.

The Scottish District Families Association was formally begun at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1997 out of concern by the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA) for those people of Scottish heritage whose name or ancestry linked them to Scotland, but to an area not an organized Clan.

It is estimated that 70% of all persons attending festivals or highland games are in this category. Clan affiliation is familial. District Families affiliation is usually geographical, but also includes those families without an organized clan and those waiting for someone to organize an American branch of their clan. There are over 50 districts in Scotland. Many have their own unique tartan which in some districts are older than the clan tartans.

The purpose of the SDFA is to provide knowledge about the districts, cities, lowlands, etc., to its members and to other interested people and to assist anyone in determining whether they may have some Scottish heritage in their background.

For more information contact Judi Lloyd at:

Public library book sales may provide a treasure trove for genealogists
Many public libraries are supported by their Friends of the Library groups. One of their prime fund-raising ventures is the book sale. Such an event can be used to liquidate older versions of books that can be valuable to your genealogical research.

Older atlases may be useless to a library or a donor, but may be invaluable to your work. Reference books, language dictionaries, almanacs, local, state and national histories, and other books may supplement your reference collection at a tiny fraction of the price of new books.

Check with your library at to whether they or other libraries in your area sponsors book sales.

You can register for the 2003 Kennedy!
The time is past for applying for our scholarships for this year, but we wish to remind you that there is always another year coming up and hope that you will keep our program in mind. Again, we urge all members to submit qualified applicants to us.

Qualifications for Scholarships

1. Financial need.
2. Plans to attend a certified school of instruction.
3. Must be at intermediate level.
4. Student must write to the Scholarship Chairman and requesting a scholarship.
5. Must send a resume and letter of recommendation from the teacher.
5. Preference goes to Kennedys and relatives of Kennedy Society members; lacking such, others are eligible.

The deadline for letters from teachers is May 1, 2003. Get applications in early!

We wish to thank those members who have contributed so generously to the scholarship fund.
For more information contact: Zora Drake, 2000 Firth of Tay Way, Raleigh, NC 27603, or call at 919-829-1851.
Thanks to the Kennedy Gazette, 520 Harrison Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725.

None Shall Forget An Epic journey to Antarctica
Clan Pollock member, Herbert W. Pollock, pens a new novel based on his five tours on the Great White Continent, Antarctica.

The harrowing experiences of installing a Nuclear Power Plant in the worlds most hostile environment, Antarctica, are detailed in "None Shall Forget". A historical novel of the installation/operation of the PM-3A Nuclear Power Plant at McMurdo Station, Antarctica by a tri-service crew.

It describes the selection of the initial Crew I, the testing and shipping of the plant, and relates some of the experiences of the crew in New Zealand.

The story also relates some of the trials and tribulations the crew encountered in assembling, testing, and finally placing the plant into power operation. The story is based on events that actually happened, though not perhaps, to the characters depicted.

The book may be ordered online: < >, <>, <b/>, or may be ordered through Ingram at your local bookstore. For additional information contact the author: Herbert W. Pollock, 625 West Springwood Drive, Seneca, SC 29672, call 864-882-0387, email:

MAGS to hold its 20th Anniversary Banquet
The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Friday evening, October, 18, 2002 at the Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Oaks Rd., Columbia, MD 21045.

Cash bar starts at 6;30 PM. Dinner Banquet starts at 7:15 PM. All members and interested nonmembers are welcome at $35 per person if you register by October 5, 2002. Registration is limited to 200 attendees so please register early.

Banquet Speaker: Dr. George K. Schweitzer will present "Was you Ancestor a wine drinker, a beer drinker, or a Schnapps drinking German?"

For registration details contact: Diane M. Kuster, Registrar, 251 Serpentine Dr., Bayville, NJ 08721 or email:

Check MAGS website for the latest Banquet arrangements:

MAGS is a copartner with NGS for the weekend events. Please note that the Saturday, 19 Oct 2002, registration is separate from the banquet, so see the NGS website for registration details for Saturday at:

I'm trying to locate any family members of JAMES and SARA ODOM from circa of 1912. There were seven boys and three girls born of this union. Abbeyville, GA was the birthplace of WILLIAM. I believe they were married in 1898, the same area. I think, the oldest HUBERT was born in 1899. The last name of GIBBS could possibly be the maiden name of SARA. Wilcox County has been mentioned. Any help would be appreciated. Ruth Ann Odom, 9595 Adler Ave., Fontana, CA 92335, call at 909-822-8225.

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