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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
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Interested in Silesian dialects
Silesia, sometimes under Germany and now under Poland, is a difficult place to research ancestors. While it is no longer part of Germany, earlier settlers were mostly Germans. With considerable contact with the Polish language, the German Dialects in that area show the Polish Language influence. The first-ever book about Silesian dialects, titled Confusion of the Idioms of the Polish Dialect by Robert Fiedler, was written in the early 19th Century. Further developments of Silesian dialects are mentioned in an article in The German Connection, 26:3:54 ff. The author gives helpful suggestions to researchers in Silesia. We received a list of three new Multilingual Genealogical Home Pages for Silesia via the FEEFHS Newsletter. You may wish to explore these: the Alleum Genealogical Society, the Silesian Genealogical Society, and the Worsten Genealogical Society.
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369,

Watch out for the Austrian trap
A letter was published in German Life magazine (Aug./Sept. '02) from a Floridian who traveled in Europe. He and his family were driving a rental car and were fined 120 Euros for not having a "Vignette" sticker on the car window. They had not been warned by their friends or the car rental company of the need for such a sticker. According to a five-year-old Austrian law, you must pay 4 Euros to travel in Austria for 10 days or less, and the Vignette sticker shows you have paid. There is no sign at the border warning of this necessity. It appears that Austrian officials are taking advantage of travelers deliberately, since the borders between European Union states were opened about ten years ago. Beware, if you plan to travel in Austria.
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369,

Don't let phone scams get you!
Don't dial "90#" if instructed to do so - it will allow the caller to bill you for their calls. Now comes a warning from AT&T and Verizon. If a message on your answering machine instructs you to return a call for a dire emergency, family problems, unexpected winnings, etc. that include a return call to these area code prefixes - 809, 284, 876 - don't respond. The 809 area is in the Bahamas, 284 and 876 are in the Caribbean, outside control of U.S. laws. Blocking of US 900 numbers will NOT prevent this sort of calls from these prefixes. You may be charged over $24,000 with no legal recourse, if you call these areal codes. Be careful! If you wish to check on telephone fraud, you can go to
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369,

A hint for traveling with film
A note in the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society Newsletter, October 2002, warns that the new Invision CTX-5000 X-ray units now being installed in airports to detect explosives in checked luggage can be deadly to film. Put film in your carry-on bag, or into a small plastic bag that you can hand to the checker to examine. Better Safe than Sorry.
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369,

Rare Stewart of Galloway tartan for sale...only 13 yards!
For sale, 13 yards hard to find Stewart of Galloway tartan.  To have it woven in Scotland, had to order 20 yards. It is 28 inches wide, both edges selvaged, ideal for gent's kilt, lightweight, best quality. Takes 7 yards for average size kilt. If your Stewarts are from the District of Galloway, this is your tartan. Similar to Royal Stewart.
Call or write J. S. Coltrane, Jr., 2240 Meadow Hill Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, or 336-924-5150. Excellent price.

Tartan afghan to be given away at Scottish Weekend wins at Minnesota State Fair
Afghans have always been an interest of mine especially since my husband and I share a Scottish heritage and activities within our Scottish community. About two years ago I started searching the Internet and finally found a person in Australia who was interested in helping me. I ordered her book and began making Tartan Afghans. For her book I was able to figure out the formula for the color thread count for any tartan afghan so that the sett repeats evenly and properly.

In January of 2002, my husband suggested that I enter one of my crocheted Tartan Afghans in the Minnesota State Fair. I told him I couldn't do that - "I'd never entered any contest of any type in my life so how could I start now and at the State Fair level?"

Entering the State Fair competition was an experience in itself. I had the rule book in hand, reading and rereading the categories and rules. My Tartan Afghan was finished but I wasn't sure I was ready. I simply didn't know what to expect but I knew one thing for sure - I had better have consistency throughout, as I knew the judges would be examining every stitch with a magnifying glass, looking for each and every flaw they could find. As crocheting has always been a most relaxing hobby, I couldn't believe I'd taken it into competition making it anything but relaxing!

To compete, all handcrafted items had to be delivered a week in advance of the Fair. I read in the rule book that now calls would be accepted at the fair office for inquiries of how individuals placed. Winners were to be posted on the Internet but they were not. I would simply have to wait until the fair opened to attend and see how my Tartan Afghan placed, if at all.

My husband and I went to the Fair on the second day after opening. I was so anxious I could hardly eat. We left ear in the morning so as not to get tied up in traffic. However the line of traffic going into the Fair was already two miles long at 8:30 am - there we were, slowly making our way to the entrance, moving about an inch every twenty minutes on a very hot, humid day in Minnesota.

Just as we got to the gate entrance, smoke started billowing out from under the hood of our car - it had overheated. All we could do was turn away from the gate and head for the nearest gas station! Leaving our car at the gas station, we walked the rest of the way to the fair and headed straight for the Creative Activities building where all of the handcrafted items would be on display.

Inside the Creative Activities building we wove our way round the windowed showcases. The handmade items on display were absolutely gorgeous, divided into various categories and entered by thousands of participants. What a horrendous job for the judges.

All of the sudden there was my Tartan Afghan "The Patriot" (which was adapted for afghans from the American St. Andrews (Bicentennial) tartan from 1976), with a prize-winning ribbon attached. Since I didn't have my glasses on I couldn't read the printing so I asked three young boys standing near if they could read the ribbon to me. In unison they read: "Third Place - Premium Class - Minnesota State Fair 2002"! I was absolutely gob-smacked! I guess it pays to listen to one's husband once in a while.
By Alice L. Henry, FSA Scot, "Afghans by Alice"

UT Genealogical Association names Fellows
The Utah Genealogical Association has named Kory Meyerink, AG and Tony Burroughs as Fellows of UGA (FUGA). This award honors living individuals whose distinguished contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy are of national or international scope.
Thanks to Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum, PO Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.

Self Familyplans event
The Self, Selph, and Selfe Family is having its sixth annual national gathering of researchers and descendants on April 26, 2003 in Shelby, North Carolina. For more information contact the Self Family Newsletter, 106 Northside Drive, Calhoun, GA 30701-2919,, or

Euro stamps are now required for the Deutsche Post
If you have left over from years past any German stamps that specify their value in German pfennigs, you should know that since July 1, 2002, they are no longer valid. Now, only letters, postcards and parcels with stamps that bear the value in euro or cents will be transported by the German postal service Deutsche Post. Stamps that specify both currencies can still be used. The deadline for exchanging for free the older stamps (designated by marks or pfennigs) at Deutsche Post branches passed on September 30. Old deutsche mark stamps are best kept for nostalgia's sake.
Thanks to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 5, 2002 via Der Blumenbaum, Sacramento German Genealogy Society, PO Box 660061, Sacramento, CA 95866-0061.

Germany has a new World Heritages Sites
On June 27, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added nine cultural sites to the World Heritage List. Included in the nine were Germany's central Rhein Valley, with its Lorelei rock and romantic castles, and the Hanseatic cities of Stralsund and Wismar. The central Rhein Valley, stretching some 40 miles between Bingen and Koblenz, shows off dozens of castles and fortresses scattered along the vineyard-clad embankments of the Rhein in the region. Both Stralsund and Wismar were founded in the early 13th century and retain their medieval layouts. A group of six monumental brick churches, three in each city offer a singular cross-section of the sacred architecture of the Hanseatic era. Other major UNESCO sites in Germany include the cathedrals in Cologne, Trier and Speyer, the house where Martin Luther lived and died in Saxony-Anhalt, the rococo pilgrimage church Die Wies in Bavaria, and Museum Island in Berlin. With the two recent additions, Germany now has 27 UNESCO sites.
For more information, go to and scroll down to Germany.
Thanks to The Week in Germany via Der Blumenbaum, Sacramento German Genealogy Society, PO Box 660061, Sacramento, CA 95866-0061.

Do you need information on emigration Myths?
In a recent article from Der Blumenbaum an article by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G., discussed bursting emigration myths. It talked about among other things some of the common beliefs of the families in the United States regarding their ancestors who left Northwest German for the new world.
If you would live a copy of this article send a SASE to: Bursting Emigration Myths, The Family Tree, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31766-2828.

Searching for information on the parents of WILLIAM STEWART, SR. born January 5, 1756 in Botetourt County, Virginia who was married to MARY (last name not confirmed, but possibly - MONTGOMERY) in Virginia where they lived until late 1700s when they migrated to Tennessee, Davidson County and later, Hickman County. He died December 12, 1833 in Madison County, Tennessee. WILLIAM enlisted at the very beginning of the Revolutionary War in Capt. Thomas Posey's company and sent northward to join Col. Daniel Morgan's regiment of riflemen. In 1777 he took part in the battles of White Plains and Saratoga and the taking of Gen. Burgoyne. Contact Jeanette West at

Once removed? Twice Once Once removed? Twice removed? Taking the cufusion from cousins!
The term "removed" is a cause for confusion when determining relationships. What is really meant is that two people are from different generations. For example, you and your first cousin in the same generation. The term "removed" would no apply to your relationship. The term "once removed" means that there is a difference of one generation between related family members. Your mother's first cousin s your first cousin "once removed." This difference in relationship is the fact that you are one generation removed from the cousin. Think of it this way. The generation starts with your maternal grandparents. Your mother and her cousin are one generation younger than their parents (your grandparents).

Travelers on the Gordon 2000 tour might have thought of Frank Garrison of Chico as the quiet, long suffering husband of the effervescent Dona but nothing was further from the truth. Oh, Dona is the outgoing girl we all know and love and Frank remained happily in the background but they were a team. A team than garnered the amazing strength necessary for Frank to even make that 2000 trip. It looked all but hopeless that they could join us but, together, they somehow pulled it off and had the trip of a lifetime and then gave Frank two more years of what you could call bonus time. The House of Gordon is glad for all the times spent with these worthy gentlemen.

The ancient ways are recreated at Huntly (Alistair Beaton)
A scene from ancient times could be seen at Huntly yesterday as an experimental archaeology group called Celtic Knotworks recreated a Bronze Age setting by the banks of the River Deveron. In a living history demonstration, staged as part of Scottish Archaeology Month, the enthusiasts from across Aberdeenshire set up a riverside camp.

While some of the 10-strong team completed a wickerwork shelter at the water's edge, others in ancient costume cooked fish over an open fire. Throughout the afternoon, spectators watched as the group took to the river with both a coracle (small boat), made from branches and animal hides, and a copy of a local log boat, which has proven to be one of the earliest found in Scotland.

The replica log craft was copied from a prehistoric vessel uncovered during drainage work near Turriff in 1897. Carbon dating revealed that the craft had been built between 1770 and 1670 BC - and a copy was recently created from a newly-felled oak tree trunk.

"The log was cut using only traditional ancient adze and axe tools," said Hilary Murray, one of the team who built the log boat. "It is also amazing - and exciting to discover - just how well it handles in the water." Ms. Murray added: "The response from local people has been wonderful. It is by using ancient tools and methods to recreate what has been found from the past that we can bring alive and fully understand our heritage."

Thanks to the Cock's Crow, House of Gordon, 9654 Kessler Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Scottish trades/occupations
collier - coal miner, coal merchant, or one who works on coal barges
couper - one who buys and sells; could also be cooper or cuper - a barrel maker
cutler - knife seller or sharpener
fermourer - farmer
litster - dyer
maltman - brewer
scheirsmyth - shearsmith: maker of shears or scissors
wobster - weaver
Also, I have sometimes see whitesmith (tinsmith) written as whiteironsmith or whyteironsmith
Thanks to Loretta Layman, 20 Persimmon Trail, Carroll Valley, PA.

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