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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - October/November 2003
Wee Snippets (3)

New organization in Scotland that will help you!
The Scottish Association of Family History Societies is a new organization in Scotland. The Association now has available a great little book listing all family history societies. Also, contact details for The Heraldry Society of Scotland are as follows: HHS Rep. SAFHS, c/o 40 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh EH10 5LZ Scotland. The e-mail address is And to look up the website, go to < >.

The Carolina Scots Celebration invites you
You're invited to come to the Carolina Scots Celebration, a commemoration of the 1803 arrival of Daniel Kelly from the Isle of Skye, and a gathering for descendants of all Scottish Clans. The event will be held November 28-30, 2003 at The Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Among the many events to be held are genealogical seminars, clan meetings, tours of historic sites, and activities for the 'Wee Scots.' Not only will there be a special Thanksgiving service, but a Highland Ball and Ceilidh. And you surely don't want to miss that good country Bar-B-Que!

For more information, call 919-774-9661, 910-692-0263, 910-949-3987 or 910-947-2341. Information can also be obtained by writing to 406 Fred Stone Road, Sanford, North Carolina 27330 or pulling up their website < >.

A special thank-you to a special lady
We are sending a special thank-you to Sue F. Cowger of Tallahassee, Florida. Sue brought us a number of pins from the 2003 Braveheart Scottish Weekend, and we just want her to know we appreciate her thoughtfulness.
Thanks again, Sue.

Library has new website... come see!
The Moultrie-Colquitt County Library has completed its new website. You can check it out by going to

The following categories will provide information to help you.
Under Library, there are the hours, directions, telephone numbers, staff and history. Services will tell you about library cards, loan periods, renewals, meeting rooms, GALILEO, computers and LearnaTest.
The Children's Library includes story times, services, books, librarians, and special programs. Under Genealogy, you'll find collections, The Family Tree, Bert Harsh Park, and hours. And of course, there are the "frequently asked questions." Plan a visit and enjoy!

More about the noble leek from Dr. McCoy
Walt McCoy, Ph.D. has more about Cock-a-Leekie, which was mentioned in the August/September issue. Dr. McCoy stated the leek was originally domesticated in the Far East. It came to the Mediterranean with the Scythians, who established trade and settlements all the way from China to Britain. (Brae Taen - "Tin Mountain") These people became known as Phoenicians (also as Kelts) in the Mediterranean, and settled and mined tin in the Isles to blend with Egyptian copper to produce bronze.

Scot comes from "Scota", a daughter of a Pharaoh, who married an Irish prince in order to cement this trade. She was an ancestor of Kenneth MacAlpin of the Scotti clan, who changed the name of the land from Alba (Phoenician meaning "white", probably referring to the chalk cliffs) to Scotland.

They brought many things to the western world, not least of which was noodles! People around the Mediterranean were enjoying noodles with olive oil and leeks long before Marco Polo (tomatoes came from Central America much later). They also probably mixed in some chicken at times, after the Phoenicians brought chickens (Guinea fowl) from South Africa. The Scythian/Phoenicians also brought the horse, and the earliest ancestor of our alphabet.

Like so many things Scot, Cock-a-Leekie has a history as old as civilization. So, you'll enjoy this: an old Scot culinary secret is to melt some beef bone marrow in your Cock-a-Leekie! It adds a unique and hearty richness to the broth.

A plea from the heart
Marc Lhermette sent this message to the Clann Morgainn Newsletter.

"Hello, my name is Glynis Morgan. My father was Harry Verdun Morgan born in Ystradyfodwyg, Glamorgan. His father was Evan John Morgan, also from Ystradyfodwyg (b.1880). His father was Evan (b.4.11.1854-Dinas) and his father was John, a mariner in 1854, but a farmer by 1879. If you think you may be able to supply me with some information, I would love to hear from you - Kindest regards. - Glynis"

Well, all being well, Glynis should surely be able to trace her recent family from the Registration details now provided on  Admittedly, it is only an index, but at least it is available on Internet, and access saves that journey to that major Library, pen in hand, to patiently search the Indexes quarter by quarter, and record possibilities. But with a place with a name like that, how could you miss out?

Write Glynis at Clann Morgainn Newsletter, 11 Arden Drive, Dorridge Solihull, West Midlands B93 8LP, England, United Kingdom.

We are sorry to record the deaths of three members of Clann Morgainn.
The first to go was ARTHUR LESSLIE MURRAY MORGAN of Saxmundham in Suffolk, an experienced genealogist with a most comprehensive family list. Then came a letter from the Solicitor attending the affairs of one of our earliest members, MURIEL JORDAN of Albrighton, near Wolverhampton. She was followed by CLIFF MORGAN of Ley Hill, Chesham, Bucks. We extend our deepest sympathy to the surviving relatives in their sad loss at this time. The Americans have this beautiful phrase "Flowers of the Forest," which suggests just how short life is.

New Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Clan Society founded in Australia and New Zealand
Clan Chief Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, D.L., J.P., has sanctioned the establishment of a new Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society in Australia and New Zealand. Its founder is High Commissioner Mr. Darvill Malcolm. He will be responsible for generating membership, coordinating activities, and building a Clan MacCallum/Malcolm structure throughout Australia, New Zealand, and all entities within their governs. Our North American Society wishes our Aussie mates the best, and anything that we can do to assist in the establishment of your new Society - you can count on us Yanks.

Darvill has submitted the following biographical sketch: I am a "Down Under" Clan member from Sydney, Australia. The following is my family history. My early ancestors were staunch supporters of the British Empire, and ended up in many different places. My great grandfather, Donald Malcolm, 1810-1881, was born in Caithness, and went to Australia and lived between 1833-1858. He returned to Scotland, and became one of the "landed gentry" at Berrington Law in Beal Northumberland.

My grandfather, Alexander Malcolm, 1861-1930, was born in Beal, went to Portuguese East Africa, was a land speculator, and fought in the Anglo-Boer War as a Lieutenant with Driscoll's Scots and was wounded.

My father, John Alexander Malcolm, 1897-1974, was born in Dumfries, Scotland. He volunteered in the First World War, and was wounded in the battle of the Somme. In 1940 we went to South Africa, and my father was in the Coastal Defense Corps of the South African Army. We came to Australia in 1950, and my father returned to Carlisle, on the Scottish border, and stayed until his death in 1974.

Then there is me, Darvill Alexander Malcolm, born in London in 1934. We went to Australia in 1950, then to College in Melbourne, and then to Sydney in 1952. I was a Troop Sargent in the Royal Australian Engineers 4 Field Regent. This was during the Korean War, National Service, and fortunately, I never went near the action as the War ended. I was married in 1963 to Marie. We have five daughters - the first being born in Toronto, Canada. We have five grandsons and I still work in my own commercial real estate agency.

This information was provided through The Argent Castle, newsletter of Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society, 3313 Dana Drive, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305.

Looking for Irish famine immigrants1846-1851? Find'em online!
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has put online several important databases, one of which is the Irish Famine Immigrants, 1846-1851, which identify 604,596 persons who arrived in the United States, 1846-1851, and the ships on which they arrived.

The project that created them identifies the materials as the Famine Irish Collection; their published version limits the immigrants to persons who arrived at the port of New York, 1846-1851. Each of the records contains data on a passenger and may include age, town of last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, and codes for passenger's sex, occupation, literacy, native country, transit status, travel compartment, passenger port of embarkation, and the identification number for the ship manifest.

These records include passengers aboard ships with both Irish and non-Irish ports of embarkation for emigration to America. The "standard search" can be done by last name, first name, town of last residence, or passenger arrival date. Once you've found a passenger in which you are interested, you could search by manifest identification number to generate a list of all passengers on the particular vessel. Be sure to study the descriptive information about the record series so you can fully understand how to search the file and how to interpret the data you find.

To go directly to this site use If that does not work, use
Our thanks to the Whittier Area Genealogical Society's (WAGS) Newsletter, P. O. Box 4367, Whittier, California 90607-4367.

Looking for living relatives?
Telephone directories have been available on CDs for over ten years and they have gradually made their way to the Internet. For quite some time these directories have become more sophisticated and more accurate. Two that currently stand out are <> and ATT&T's AnyWho includes information from the white pages, yellow pages, public records, zip codes, area codes, e-mail addresses, school directories, and 800 directory. The opening page of AnyWho provides more choices to find information and has international yellow and white pages, and a more capable search engine for 800 numbers.

Thanks to the WAGS (Whittier Area Genealogical Society) Newsletter, P. O. Box 4367, Whittier, California 90607-4367.

Free downloadable charts and forms available on the Internet!
Looking for some blank forms that you can fill in during your genealogy research? You can download free, high-quality blank forms online from and print them on your own printer. These are as nice looking as the commercially available forms.

You can obtain a pedigree chart (called an Ancestral Chart), Research Calendar, Research Extract, Correspondence Chart, Source Summary and Family Group Sheet. You can do all of this at
Thank you goes to WAGS (Whittier Area Genealogical Society) Newletter, P. O. Box 4367, Whittier, California 90607-4367.

Need some ancestral research?
Ancestral research can be provided by well known local historian and Genealogist with huge list of references, from Miscellaneous Dumfries & Galloway sources. 12.00 per hour plus expenses. Free estimates. Duncan & Eva Adamson, 39 Roberts Crescent, Dumfries, Scotland DG2 7RS. Telephone (01387) 252930. E-mail

Family history research and transcription service for Scotland and Lincolnshire now available
All inquiries welcome. Tracy Blyth, "Winsover" High Street, Faldingworth, Lincolnshire, LN8 3SE England. Contact and further details at <> or e-mail at

Need more help with research?
Why not let Ian McClumpha help you? All areas of Scotland covered. Reasonable rates. IMCHAD ANCESTRY, 2 Gillbrae, Dumfries, Scotland DG2 4BP. Telephone 01387-257647. E-mail Website

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