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The Family Tree - February/March 2005

Dear Friends,
   Happy New Year!  I wish for each of you the best times ever...filled with love and joy and happiness...
   I'll admit it now: I was scared silly when we became an Internet only publication.
   The truth is...the "electric" version of The Family Tree is bigger and better than the print edition could ever be!
   We can bring YOUR news to everyone - no space restrictions.  Please send me your press releases for Scottish, genealogical, historical events of interest...and your news of what's happening in this close-knit World-Wide community that is our family...births, deaths, marriages, honors, etc.  (  Remember, our space is unlimited, so we can publish your pictures too.
   We can bring you photographs galore!  So far, I've learned to do PhotoShow so that photographs may be shared with all...LOTS of photographs.  Just look for the PhotoShow listings...and then enjoy!  You may view the shows with absolutely no cost or obligation.
   So far, we have pictures from the marvelous Chihuly in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a couple of Highland Games Parades of Tartan, over 300 pictures of our Kilts in the Wind Cruise to Nova Scotia...and even Mule Day from Calvary, Georgia.  More to come!
   The last issue - December/January - had about twice as much information as any printed edition ever had. 
   And, as we learn more of the how-to's....we hope it will just get better and better.
   Advertisers are returning and we're discovering new advertisers every day...and in a "niche" publication like ours - the ads are important for many reasons.  You just can't find kilts or book publishers or haggis or Celtic jewelry or the newest genealogical or Scottish or historical books in your local paper...
   Many of our readers have said to me, "Beth, I miss the ads!" 
   We're working on fixing that!
   I'm learning I want The Family Tree to be GREAT...and I want it NOW!  It's going to take a little time (Sigh!)...but, we're working on it.
   Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome. 
   We're always looking for columnists who would like to write about related subjects...
   We're always looking for news items and upcoming events...
   We're always interested in what you are doing!
   Thank you so much for your friendship and your support...

PS. Be sure and get a copy of Scots Heritage Magazine, Issue No. 26,  and see an interview with our Beth...and six of her Highland games photographs on pages 40-45.  Photos are from Long's Peak Scottish Festival, Loch Norman Highland Games and the Blairsville Scottish Festival.

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To all St. Andrew Members:
Col. Robert Dunbar, 90, of Crawfordville passed away.  He was a loyal member of St. Andrews for 10 or 15 years and attended all of our events until bad eyesight kept him away.  Even though he could not attend events, he still paid his dues every year.  He founded Clan Dunbar many years ago and was Chieftain for many years.  He attended all our formal events in his Chieftain's Scottish Dress. 

His funeral will be held Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Cully's Meadow Wood Funeral Home on Riggins Road.  I think it would be nice if any St. Andrew Members would like to attend wearing their Scottish tartans in his memory. (Obit was in Friday's Democrat) 

Yours aye,
Jean Holzapfel



OCTOBER 22, 2005

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The Clan Hay Society- American Branch is celebrating its 36th Annual General Meeting for 2005 in Bridgeport West Virginia at the North Central West Virginia's Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering held May 6 to 8th.  We hope to see a large turn out of our members and interested people.  For more information please check our web site,

Clan Stewart will be holding their Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Fergus Scottish Festival and  Highland Games in Fergus Canada in 2005.  The host hotel will be the Holiday Inn in Guelph Ontario, Canada  Information can be found on the web at Just click on the tab that has Annual Meeting.  That will give more information about how to get tickets and about the dinner on Saturday. 

Our host will be Ian Stewart, Drum Major,  and Regional High Commissioner for Region XI, Eastern Canada. 

I have contacted the Nova Scotia Stewart organization and invited them to attend.  Hopefully I will be able to contact the New Brunswick Stewart Group to expend my invitation to them as well.

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