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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
Burke's Peerage & Gentry

Coming soon: ATAVUS, Issue 5

Family Tree readers will be interested to know that the latest issue of Burke’s Peerage & Gentry subscriber magazine, Atavus will be available online on November 5th. Visitors to the Odom Library can access Burke’s online database and magazine for FREE.

American Presidential Families

To celebrate the launch online of ‘American Presidential Families’ by Hugh Brogan and Charles Mosley, due to be added to Burke’s Peerage & Gentry’s database on November 28th 2002, Atavus opens with a presidential theme.

Editor, Charles Mosley examines the history of political dynasties in the United States of America, unearthing some surprising family ties and allegiances.

"A staggering 27 out of 42 Presidents have been kin, sixth or seventh cousin at most, to at least one other. Originally this was because most white Americans descended from a few, relatively recently-arrived eastern seaboard settlers of predominantly British Isles origin."

Subscribers are treated to a sneak preview of Mosley’s latest presidential article, a forthright evaluation of Bill Clinton’s family background and political legacy. Coverage of the current US President’s genealogical and political history will be published early 2003.

Letters to the Editor

For those of you who are confused by courtesy titles and British nobility, or simply want to impress your friends at dinner parties, check the Letters to the Editor section for mini tutorials on who’s who, correct form and a host of other useful tips.

Features and articles

Sarah Powell’s interview with the Knight of Glin dips into an ancient but resilient Irish family history of some 900 years to tell a story of battles, adventures and survival.

Jean Spens, 23rd feudal baron of Lathallan, now resident in Australia, speaks to Sarah Powell of lost ancestral lands and how she came to be the representative of the Baronial House of Spens of Lathallan.

While it is impossible to separate the name of Robert Adam from Georgian design and architecture, how much do we know about the man? Writer, Jan Towers explores how Adam’s family background combined with the timely rise of affluent Scottish gentry allowed him to capitalise on his considerable artistic talent.

In this final extract from the excellent publication ‘The Scottish 100: Portraits of History’s Most Influential Scots’, American author Duncan Bruce writes about the eighth Earl of Elgin – one of the most prominent people in the history of Canada.

From the Odom Library archives, Chapter three of an extract from 'The Tartans of the Clans of Scotland', By James Grant. Published in the 1800’s, this book can be viewed in full at the Odom Library, 204 Fifth Street, S.E., Moultrie, GA 31768,USA as part of an exceptional collection of Clan and genealogical resources.

In addition, Atavus will feature items on inheritance and titles, Acheson’s Morrison’s Haven in East Lothian, The Genealogical Society of Ireland and a personal tale of a trip home to the ‘auld country’.


A subscription to Atavus includes full access to Burke’s Peerage & Gentry’s growing genealogical database. Subscribe here (ADD LINK) for individual access or why not visit the Odom Library who hold a full subscription?

ATAVUS, online subscriber magazine for Burke’s Peerage & Gentry

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