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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
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DUNCAN MUNROE, born in Scotland, May 1786, died in Talladega County, Alabama April 1855.  I'm searching for DUNCAN MUNROE'S parents and/or siblings.  Contact DeAnn Monroe Steely, 1405 Southwood Drive, Huntsville, TX 77340.

Car-Knocker? What did they mean by that?
Here is an old term and its definition.  Car-Knocker was a railroad maintenance man.  Know to railway passengers as the man who walked the length of each passenger train at designated points, tapping each wheel with a hammer.  A wheel that had a defect would make a slightly different sound than a normal one.
Thanks to Kinseekers' Quarterly, April-May-June 2002, via the IPGS Newsletter,  PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.

Photo paper makes a real difference!
Whether you are planning a research trip or just printing out information that you will be referring to constantly, try printing it on photo paper.  The image will be sharp and clear with darker print, and the paper, being a bit stiffer, will hold up to sustained use.  This works particularly well with maps.  Good hunting. 
Thanks to Dorothy Conrey Turley of Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.

Here is another quick tip.  When I use my scanner to get a picture from a book or thick item, it is hard to have the top put down, so when I have the book in the scanner and the edges sticking out, I throw a large dark sweater or cloth over the whole thing so no light can get in.  The writing and pictures turn out well. 
Buirl Thomsen, Ancestry Daily News, September 10, 2002. Thanks to the IPGS Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.

What are the ten most common American surnames?
The Census Bureau says that the ten most common surnames in the United States (1990) are: Smith 1, Johnson 2, Williams 3, Jones 4, Brown 5, Davis 6, Miller 7, Wilson 8, Moore 9, and Taylor 10. 
Over 5 percent of the population has one of the surnames!
Thanks to The IPGS Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.

Understanding Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines made easy
One of the most misunderstood issues among researchers is that of copyright and fair use. 
Small portions of copyrighted material may be copied or quoted as long as they are properly cited, giving credit to the owner/author.  Some things may be copied or quoted for personal use in small quantities.
It is important that the owner of the copyright not be deprived of his or her intellectual property, nor should he or she be deprived of any income from the copyrighted material's use. 
Genealogical researchers therefore should not be photocopying entire books or large portions of them, as an example, thereby depriving the author of potential income from the sale of a copy of the book. 
Stanford University's website on this topic provides a great deal of information at
Thanks to Heirloom, July 2002, and George C. Morgan.

In a hurry? Shut it down fast!
If you've ever wished for a faster way to shut down windows on your computer, here is the answer. 
Create a shortcut on your desktop.  To do that, right click on a blank area on your desktop.  Select new.  Choose short cut.  Type carefully in the command line the following: <c:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows>. Note that there is a space before the word user and a comma before exitwindows.  Click next.  You can name the shortcut "Shut down fast."  Click finish.
Thanks to PAF, Sept. 2002 Newsletter.

We have all lost a dear friend in Steve Avery 1938-2002
An American politician who did very much to put Scotland on the map in the United States has died.  Steve Avery, who was 64, was preparing for the annual dinner of the St. Andrews Society of New Hampshire, when he collapsed.
Steve, a member of the Clan Brodie, once ran a restaurant named Deacon Brodie's Tavern, after the Pub of the same name in Edinburgh.  But he was best known for his powerful role in promoting the New Hampshire Highland Games, one of the most successful in North America. As Executive Commissioner he expanded the Games into a full three day event and in 1997, his last year in that role, added the New Hampshire International Tattoo. 
He was a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was running for his seventh term at the time of his death.
David Christie, a former SDA executive in the USA , said, "Steve Avery was one of a kind; larger than life, and combative in the best Scottish sense of the word." David added, "He dreamed of the day when a Scottish Cultural Center might be built in New Hampshire which would be the first of its type in North America.  Progress toward that goal is being made, and hopefully his dream will come to pass."
Steve, of Dublin, New Hampshire, is survived by his wife Ellen and two daughters.

Clan Carmichael celebrates at Stone Mountain with their Chief
Clan Carmichael USA held its Annual General Meeting at the Stone Mountain Highland Games on Saturday, October 19, 2002. 
The annual meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Board of Directors.
The annual meeting was called to order by President William "Billy Mac" Carmichael and a moment of silence was observed for departed members. 
Alana Nigro, treasurer, gave the financial report, followed by each committee chairperson giving individual reports.
The Chief, Richard Carmichael of Carmichael, was present and spoke to the meeting about he happenings on the Carmichael Estate in Scotland.  He also announced that their next international gathering will be held at Carmichael in Scotland in late June of 2004. 
The annual meeting for 2003 will be held at the Tennessee Highland Games in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the first weekend in October.
Some of the clanspeople were camping at the campgrounds in Stone Mountain Park, so that evening,  the clan gathered around the campfire for chili and salad supper, fellowship and perhaps a wee dram or two.
On Sunday Chief Richard and Lady Patricia, along with several clan members, ran the kilted mile. 
Clan Carmichael sponsors the trophy for best clan participation in the kilted mile.  This year they won the trophy for the very first time.

Meet Chinnubbie McIntosh - our very special guest for Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003
One of our Special Guests for Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003 is a descendant of the 16th Chief of the Clan Mackintosh in the Highlands of Invernesshire, Scotland.  Chinnubbie McIntosh's Scottish ancestors arrived in the United States to serve as protectors and buffers between the Spanish Forces in Florida and Governor Oglethorpes' colony of Georgia.
They intermarried into the Creek Indian Nation and were elected as Principal Chiefs of the prestigious and aristocratic Wind Clan of the Muskogee Indian Nation of Georgia.  Thus Chinnubbie  has equal recognition with principal families on both sides of his family lineage.
Chinnubbie was born in 1927 in Oklahoma and is married to the former Nancy Fortner.  They have two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 
This friendly Scots-Indian can be found at Scottish or Creek Indian festivals all over the United States wearing his eagle feather warbonnet, ribbon shirt, beadwork and the only Muskogee or Creek Nation tartan kilt ever made.
This tartan was designed by Chinnubbie's father, Chief "Dode" McIntosh in the 1960s and was registered in 1973. 
To honor both his Scottish and Indian ancestry, Chinnubbie had the first piece of this tartan off the loom made into the kilt he wears!
Chinnubbie or "Hacoce", his ceremonial Indian name, has served as a member of the Creek Nation Indian Council, has been a District Judge of the Creek Nation and a Director of the Okemah Creek Nation Hospital Board. 
Not ignoring his Scottish ancestry, he has also served as the President of the Clan Mackintosh Society of North America and currently serves as one of three trustees for the Society. He worked for over 30 years in the field of transportation, but is now retired. 
Currently his main activities are attending Scottish and Indian Festivals throughout the United States.  His hobbies are genealogical research, archeology, treasure hunting, TV sports and hunting ancestral burial grounds throughout the United States.
Chinnubbie will present talks on archaeology at Braveheart Scottish Weekend 2003, and will appear at local schools the Friday preceding.

Letter to the Editor
Dear Ms. Gay,
The St. Andrew's Society of Connecticut has a large genealogy library and answers many questions at the Games and Festivals throughout New England, as well as providing Scottish genealogy workshops during the year.
During the 2002 season, I have met four people who trace their Scottish ancestry to the prisoners of the Battle of Dunbar who were transported to Boston and sold on the docks.  Most of them worked in the Saugus Iron Works.  These people have a unique Scottish ancestry. My question is:  Is there a lineage society for the descendants of these prisoners?
Sincerely yours, Betty Odenwald, 87 Fairmount Terrace, Fairfield, CT 06825.
Does anyone know?  Please contact both Mrs. Odenwald and The Family Tree!

Jack Steele of Albany makes book possible!
Jack Steele of Albany, Georgia wrote shortly after the last edition of The Family Tree and offered to purchase the Ancestry of Chamberlin & Grant that was advertised in that issue. Upon learning that the library had already purchased a copy of this fine book, Mr. Steele made a most generous contribution to the library so that another needed book could be added to the collection!
Thank you, Mr. Steele!

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