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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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The Clark County Genealogical Society plans October 19 event
On October 19, 2002 the Clark County Genealogical Society will present a Family History (Genealogical) Seminar featuring Kory L. Meyerink.  Some of the topics to be covered are Researched close to home: Get what you want without a big travel budget, Midwest - The heart land of America (8 Midwestern states), and Getting there from here: US sources for tracking immigrant origins. For more information see their web site at or, or write to 2002 Fall Seminar, Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, PO Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929.

What is the symbolism of shells?
The Association of Gravestone Studies at  offers interpretations of the meanings of various kinds of shells. 
For example: "Clam shells, scallop shells, and other types of shells are a symbol of a person's Christian pilgrimage or journey through life and of baptism in the church.  In the Middle Ages, Christians wore the scallop shell to indicate that they had made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James of Compostella in Spain."
You will also learn that placing a shell on a gravestone when visiting the site is an ancient custom and may in fact have several different meanings depending on the cultural background of the people placing the shells.
The idea of crossing over a body of water to the promised land or crossing the River of Styx to the afterlife, the final journey to the 'other side' is also part of the symbolism of the shell."
Thanks to The IPGS Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen , FL 33849, via email by Mel Davis, 7/25/02, with credit to Daun Marrs, professional member of the Family History Network and also a professional genealogist in Rochester, MN.

Need information about Silesia?
Silesia is one of those areas now in Poland that had many German settlers, but for which there are few published records.  There is now an interesting web site for Silesia.  Check it out at
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369.

Who were Creoles?
In 1722 when the French controlled the Mississippi River, they agreed that a group of Germans should settle about 20 miles above New Orleans on land 2 to 3 miles back from both edges of the river, and extending for about 30 miles upstream. These Germans produced vegetables, grain, rice, tobacco and indigo for the French to sell.  Their descendants became known as "Creoles."  Most of their church records were destroyed in a fire on March 21, 1788. 
Thanks to The Immigrant Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 7369, Burbank, CA 91510-7369.

From  Cahors and Pau, France.  Born 1737 LOUIS CAZES.  Seek ancestry JACQUES CAZES and MARGUERITE COMEAUX.  Contact: Richard Morrissey, 28656 Murrieta, Sun City, CA 92586.
Need descendents, siblings, parents of G. L. CAMPBELL and NORA DAVIS who married Jan. 15, 1887 per Daily Times, Eufala, Alabama.  E. Petruzziello, 1200 SW 124th Terr., O-201, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027,
Need descendents, siblings of JOSEPH? McCORD, son of JOSHUA? McCORD of Elizabeth, NJ.  JOSEPH born  ca 1828 and married ELIZABETH A. CROSSMAN 1853.  E. Crossman, 1200 SW 124th Terr., O-201, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027,
Need descendents, spouses of HARRY G. BROOKS, JR., born 1913, JOSEPH W. BROOKS, born 1918, in Georgia (Columbus, Muscogee Co.?).  Sons of HARRY G. BROOKS, SR., born 1892, Georgia and ETHEL M. WILLIS born 1890, Georgia.  He lived at 110 Broad St., Columbus, Georgia in the 1920 Federal Census.  E. Petruzziello, 1200 SW 124th Terr., O-201, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027,

Naples Family History Center's annual expo/Workshop set for October 18
On Friday, October 18 and Saturday October 19, 2002 the Naples (Florida) Family History Center will present their 4th Annual Expo/Workshop.  The workshop hours will be from 1-7:00 PM.  For additional information contact: Naples Family History Center, 239-348-2229 or write to 4935 23rd Court S.W., Naples, FL 34116.

Say that again, please!
These questions are from actual correspondence received by the LDS Family Library:
Our 2nd great-grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library.
He was married 3 times in the endowment house and has 21 children.
For running down Wheelers, I will send $3.00 more.
He and his daughters are listed as not being born.
I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.
With thanks to The EGS Newsletter 2002, PO Box 2190, Escondido, CA 92033-2190.

New York Caledonian Club Scottish Cultural Day slated October 19th
The New York Caledonian Club will hold a Scottish Cultural Day on Saturday, October 19th, 2002, at the West Park Presbyterian Church on the corner of West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. The day's programs will include workshops on Highland bagpiping, Scottish fiddling, Gaelic language, children's Scottish storytelling, Scottish country dancing, Gaelic singing and a lecture on Scotland and the 20th century. A Celtic New Year/Halloween ceilidh will be held that evening beginning at 7:30 PM.
Noted instructors for the workshops include Donald F. Lindsay, founder of the Invermark College of Piping, Richard and Marion Hamilton (bagpiping), Alice Backer (fiddling and songs), Thomas Leigh (Gaelic), Jack Cole and Ann Hankins (country dancing), Maggie Carchie (Gaelic singing) and Susan Scatena (children's storytelling). The lecture will be given by Tom Laurenson. A complete workshop schedule can be found on the Club's web site at  Workshop fees range from $10 to $25, except for the children's storytelling, which is free of charge.  Admission to the ceilidh is $10 and does not require preregistration.
For more information contact: Email Dr. Chris Pratt at or call 212-662-1083, or visit

About the New York Caledonian Club
Founded in 1856 by newly arrived Scottish immigrants, the New York Caledonian Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable, educational and literary organization and is open to anyone who has an interest in Scotland. Annual events include Hogmanay (Scottish New Year), the Robert Burns Supper, the Kirkin' of the Tartans and several ceilidhs. Through its Scottish Studies Program, the Club offers courses in Scottish Gaelic, Highland dancing, and Highland bagpiping each fall and spring.  The New York Caledonian Club is a member of An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaga, the Conference of Patriotic and Historical Societies, and the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations, Inc. The Club has over 200 members in the tri-state area.

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