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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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MacAskill Sept of the Clan MacLeod gathers in Cape Breton
A Gathering of the MacAskill Sept of the Clan MacLeod of Harris was held in Englishtown, Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia the last weekend of June, 2003. Besides discussions of topics of special interest to our kith and kin, breakfasts were held each morning, a dinner concert featuring talented Cape Brenton entertainers, a lobster boil, and a pot luck dinner were enjoyed. Another Gathering will be held in the summer of 2003, and we hope to reach as many Canadians and Americans with MacAskill (all spellings) interested as possible. Inquiries may be addressed to the following: Olive MacAskill Bell, phone or fax: 505-898-1961, email, 3309 El Malecon Road. N.W., Albuquerque, NM, 87120-2275. Emiline MacAskill Campbell, phone: 902-929-2009, email, Englishtown, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, B0C, 1H0, Canada, Lonnie Fetzer McCaskill, III, phone: 910-997-3019, email, PO Box 923, Rockingham, NC 28380-0923.

The Lee County, Florida Genealogical Society sets seminar for January
The Lee County, Florida Genealogical Society will sponsor an Ancestor Tracking Seminar on January 18, 2003 from 8:30 - 3:30 at the Wesley Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon Street, Ft. Myers, Florida. Featured speaker is Ann Mohr Osisek, popular genealogy lecturer, who will present four sessions: "Fast Forward in Reverse: Back to the Basics"; "Dead Men (and Women) Do Talk: Effective Cemetery Research"'; "Out of the Census, Into the Bookstacks: Effective Use of Library Collections"; and "Calico and Cornbread: Finding Your Female Ancestors."
The cost is $25 by December 28 (includes lunch); $30 after December 28 (includes lunch); and $30 on site (bring own lunch). For more information call 239-549-9625 or email

The Cornish Heritage Society East wants you!
The Cornish Heritage Society East formed to unite descendants of Cornish immigrants; to promote the study of the ancient culture of Cornwall; to forge and maintain bonds with Cornish around the world. This Society meets four times a year with an Annual Meeting on the Saturday nearest to St. Piran's Day (March 5). Virginia Trythall Richmond is the president, Sylvia Stephens Hadowanetz is 1st vice president, Nancy Oster Heydt is 2nd vice president, Ann Dalrymple is secretary, Alan Rowe is treasurer, and Gerri DeLazier is the historian. For membership contact: Nancy O. Heydt, 5 Hampton Court, Neptune, NJ 07753-5672. An individual membership is $15, a Family is $20, a library is $10, and a student is $5. The quarterly Cornish Crier will announce each meeting and to help learn about Cornish activities, folklore and facts. Please send articles, tidbits and suggestions to Editor Nancy O. Heydt at 732-776-5909 or

It is sad to note the passing of Bob Douglass, Clan Douglas member of Huntsville, Alabama. Bob and his wife, Ginny were active for may years with the North Alabama Highland Games in Huntsville. Also noted is Bob's contribution of pictures and commentary to the Clan Douglas publication, A Guide to Douglas Land - marks In Scotland by Lt. Col. Gawain Douglas, Bob's photos captured the area around Teba, Spain where The Good Sir James, The Black Douglas fell in battle with the Moors while carrying The Heart of Bruce on its way to The Holy Land.

What does "Eendenkooi" mean?
Did you know that the word, decoy, comes from two Dutch words, eend (meaning duck) and kooi (meaning cage)? The additional -en added to eend indicates the plural; therefore "eenden" means duck.
When combined with kooi (eendenkooi), it simply means decoy. Eendenkooi is pronounced as follows: een = long a + n (rhymes with mane), den = den, kooi = coy (rhymes with toy). The next time you see a carved wooden duck, remember that the word, decoy, comes from your ancestral language!
Thanks to Marilyn Van Voorhis Voshall via the Van Voorhees Nieuwsbrief, 2880 Rosendale Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309-1506.

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home & Illinois Soldier's Widows Home information is now on-line
In 1885, the Illinois General Assembly created the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home at Quincy, Illinois to proved subsistence and a home for honorably discharged and disabled veterans of the Mexican and Civil Wars. In succeeding years Illinois veterans of all wars and veteran's wives, mothers, and daughters became eligible for admission. In 1973, the General Assembly changed the home's name to the Illinois Veteran's Home. Since 1973 the Department of Veteran's Affairs has administered the Home. (The following is information regarding residents from Carroll County at the time of their admission, the entire database can be searched on the Illinois Secretary of State's webpage: The database was created and donated to the Illinois Secretary of State by Fred Delap of Kansas, Illinois, a volunteer with the Ed County Genealogical Society.)

In the Days of Auld Lang Syne
This is an excerpt from a letter written to Martin and Monroe McKiel by Herd Frazer of Los Angeles, California. "When Lincoln and Douglas had their celebrated discussion on the question of slavery at Freeport in 1858 my father and mother as well as myself attended that meeting and heard their speeches. When it was over and there was an outdoor reception held for the great speakers and my father and mother met Lincoln and I was introduced to Lincoln by my mother as her youngest son in her family of eight children. Lincoln placed his hand on my head and said, in that kindly way of his, that is was his hope and wish that in the years of the future when I had reached into the years of manhood I would become a good and useful citizen of the great commonwealth of Illinois. Seven years afterwards Martin McKiel and myself were standing on the hill above the ruins of the old log cabin where I was born, each with a string of fish we had caught in the creak below, when my brother, Tom, came dashing up the hill riding "Philip" his saddle horse and shouting at the top of his voice, "Lincoln is assassinated." He had been to Mt. Carroll and was the first to bring the news to Oakville."
Thanks to the Daily Mirror Democrat, November 4, 1929 via The Carroll County Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 354, Savanna, IL 61074.

Here is a checklist for caring for your family papers
Keep your papers at a constant, moderate temperature and relative humidity.
Store papers in darkness, expose them to light - especially sunlight, as little as possible.
Fold and unfold letters and other documents as little as possible.
Store loose papers unfolded in acid-free paper or polyester folders.
Separate highly acidic paper like newspaper clippings from other materials.
Photocopy contents from highly acidic documents onto acid-free paper.
Don't laminate important papers.
Leave deacidification to professionals.
Don't use paper clips, rubber bands, tape, glue or post-its on important papers.
Thanks to The Carroll County Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 354, Savanna, IL 61074.

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