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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - February/March 2005
Book Reviews

    It is amazing to me how the world has shrunk!  We have access to information from everywhere… easily.  For example, if you have family from Maryculter, Kincardineshire – there is a nifty little CD with The Church of Scotland Parish Records from 1696 – 1855 transcribed and indexed by N. D. Nicol.  The CD is only £9 plus postage which is £1.43 in North America.

   If you’d like to get more information or order the CD, please contact the Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society, 164 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5BD Scotland, United Kingdom.  You may email

   If your family name is Causey – or if it is not – you will enjoy Causey (1853-1946) George Alexander and his family at Causeyport Farm, Portlethen by Alan Jamieson.

   This is the story of a family and of a community.  It’s fascinating as it so closely mirrors farm life in the earlier part of the 1900s in America.  There’s even a layout of the farm showing the stables and all of the outbuildings…and it much resembles the layout of Mel’s homeplace where he grew up.

   You may order this book also from the address above.  It is £6 plus £2.69 postage to North America.

   Harmony and Balance in All Our Relations will be found in Medicine of the Cherokee – The Way of Right Relationship by J. T. Garrett and Michael Garrett.

   You’ll discover the holistic experience of human life from the elder teachers of Cherokee Medicine.  With stories of the Four Directions and the Universal Circle, these once-secret teachings offer us wisdom on circle gatherings, natural herbs and healing and other ways to reduce stress in our daily lives.

   M.T. Garrett, Ed. D., and his son, Michael Garrett, Ph.D., are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee from North Carolina.  As students and teachers of Indian Medicine, they draw on the ancient wisdom teachings of their Medicine Elders on the Cherokee Reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The Garretts have developed ways to present the “old teachings” to effectively guide people today to appreciate and understand living the “Medicine Way.”

   We have a copy of this interesting book at the library in Moultrie or you may  order from The American Cherokee Confederacy, Inc., National Tribal Office, 619 Pine Cone Road, Albany, GA 31705.  The book is $15.00 plus $2.96 postage.

   Germans of Louisiana by Ellen C. Merrill is a fascinating book to read. 

   Germans formed the largest foreign-speaking ethnic group of nineteenth-century Louisiana, larger than all the others combined.  During the antebellum period, an estimated 12 percent of the New Orleans population was German, making the city the largest German colony below the Mason-Dixon line.  Other significant settlements were established in north Louisianan near Minden and in the Louisiana prairie near Rayne.  Today, descendants of these immigrants make up over a fourth of the population.

  This book examines the state’s German buildings, towns, monuments, prominent individuals and more.  This first comprehensive study of the German history and heritage of Louisiana provides information on the historical background of the colonial era, as well as immigration and settlement patterns of the nineteenth century.  Also included are details of typical trades and businesses founded, owned or dominated by German immigrants, a history of church and synagogues in the New Orleans area and facts about German social and civic life.

   Ellen C. Merrill received grants from both the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service to research this book. 

   If you’d like to order a copy, contact Pelican Publishing, 1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053.  Call 1-800-843-1724.  Visit Pelican on the Internet at

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