Dixon Scottish Games &
Gathering set for September
The sights, sounds, and food of Scotland can be experienced at the
fifth annual Dixon Scottish Games & Gathering on Saturday, September
25, from 9 AM to 6 PM at the Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First
Street, Dixon, California. Dixon is 19 miles southwest of
Sacramento, along Interstate 80.
The Dixon Highland gathering was named as the best one-day Scottish
festival in the United States which attracted nearly 7,000 visitors
The family activities will include Scottish, Irish, and Celtic folk
bands; Scottish Highland and Scottish country dancing; eleven
award-winning bagpipe bands; Scottish athletic competitions; crafts,
food, and beers of the British Isles; Scottish clan information
booths; a rugby tournament, living history and Scottish animal
exhibits; and many other events.
A Ceilidh barbecue dinner is scheduled at 6 PM on the Dixon
Fairgrounds, immediately after the Scottish games' closing
For more information, contact the Dixon Scottish Cultural
Association at 707-678-8814 or visit website
A hypermedia archive awaits your inspection
The Valley of the Shadow Project takes two communities, one Northern
and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War.
The project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the
period from John Brown's Raid to the era of reconstruction.
Although the site focuses on Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, the resources include information about the
entire United States. The site provides contrasting sources since
each county lies on a different side of the Mason Dixon line.
Whether or not you have ancestors in the two counties, there will be
material here to engage your mind and pen.
The sources include newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps,
church records, population censuses, agricultural censuses, and
military records. Taking a walking tour of this virtual archive
provides a near perfect background for anyone writing a family
history that includes the time frame of the Civil War. The database
is especially helpful in reconstructing the life stories of women,
African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families.
Sponsored by the University of Virginia, the website takes the form
of a three-story archive, and in each story lie seven types of
source rooms through which you can stroll. For instance, if you
enter the second-floor room named "Soldiers Records," try searching
on the name Snyder from Franklin County. You will receive a page of
Snyders from which to choose.
Click on the top Snyder to see a page devoted to Adam J. Snyder of
Chamberburg, Pennsylvania. Here are all the records in the National
Archives about this person, from home address at enlistment to his
military and health records, among many. The page even provides the
proper citation to use if you publish any of the information.
For more information, you might wish to visit the website
Our thanks for this article from Whittier Area Genealogical
Society's WAGS Newsletter, PO Box 4367, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.
"Lineal?" "Collateral?" "Allied?"
In genealogy, the term "lineal" means either ascending or descending
to a direct line. "Collateral" means descended from the same
ancestor, but not in a direct line of descent. "Allied" families are
families related usually through marriage.
Source: WAGS Newsletter, Whittier Area Genealogical Society, PO Box
4367, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.
Take heed, ladies!
Hints for girls who want to be handsome!
Miss Caroline Smith of Chicago consented to give the rules by which
she believes she attained her present physical perfection, and which
she believes is for the guidance of those of her sex who would know
perfect health and perfect physical development. She says:
* Never wear tight belts or corsets
* Never wear high-heeled shoes
* Don't wear high collars or tight stock ties
* Don't ape (imitate) the kangaroo walk
* Don't worry; be philosophical; cultivate a cheerful disposition
* Diet property
* Eat but two meals a day
* Eat little or no meat
* Fast at frequent intervals, a week at a time is not too long
* Breathe properly, filling the lungs to every cell at each
* Dress simply, have your garments loose
* Sleep eight hours out of every twenty four
* Lastly, give more attention to health than to the shifting, ever
changing evanescent thing called "single" or fashion by the modern
Source: Thanks to WAGS Newsletter, Whittier Area Genealogical
Society, PO Box 4367, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.
Bruce's yew tree will be better!
An ancient Scottish yew tree where Robert the Bruce rallied his
troops is to be saved after experts were brought in to check out the
ailing tree located on the banks of Loch Lomond. Bruce had just
escaped from a battle with McDonald of Lorne in 1306 and had crossed
the Loch in a leaky boat where he rallied his disappointed men.
Bruce used the yew as a battle emblem and eight years later won
independence from England and was crowned King of Scotland.
The yew tree was old in Bruce's time and is reputed to be close to
2,000 years old. Tree expert, Roddy McGregor gently drove small
sensor pins into the old tree that relayed information to a laptop
computer. Fifty-eight percent was diagnosed as decayed, while normal
growth was gauged at 21%. The rest of the tree was considered to be
The tree doctor concluded that the main problem was the lack of
light getting to the King's tree. When some of the nearby foliage
and neighbouring trees are cut back to allow more sunlight on this
piece of old Scottish history, things should remarkably improve for
the old yew and it should be around for centuries to come.
Thanks to Palmetto & Thistle, Scots-American Society of Brevard, PO
Box 3325, Melbourne, FL 32902-3325.
Looking for Cornish folks...all over the US
Susan Witterick came to California from Cornwall just last year. She
is completing her Masters Degree in Cornish Studies at the
University of Exeter under the tutelage of Philip Payton, known to
many of us as a Gathering speaker and as author of Cornwall and The
Cornish Overseas. For her dissertation, she is investigating the
existence and expression of "Cornish Identity in America in the 21st
She says, "Two specific issues will be covered in this dissertation.
Firstly, I propose to investigate whether a 'Cornish' identity
persists in the United States in the modern day, over 150 years
since the Great Emigration. To this end, my research will attempt to
identify the existence of a Cornish identity, what 'being Cornish'
means to American citizens who identify as such, people's subject
reactions to and feelings about this identity.
"Secondly, I propose to examine the ways in which this identity is
expressed, both on a private and public level.
You can see her website about her study and answer her questionnaire
on line. It's very short and simple. You'll find it at the website:
<www.cornishstudies.com> or you can write to her at Susan Witterick,
3018 Goldsmith Street, Santa Monica, California 90405 or call
310-428-8917 and leave your name and address to receive a printed
copy of the questionnaire.
From the Cornish Crier, Cornish Heritage Society East Newsletter, 23
Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.
Los Angeles Central Library features important US documents
A special display of original US documents will be at Central
Library in Los Angeles at 5th and Flower until January 4, 2005. Be
sure, if you live anywhere close to Los Angeles, to go see this
display. It includes the documents of Germany's surrender in World
War II and the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.
www.lapl.org/americanoriginals for details.
Source: Immigrant Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 7369,
Burbank, CA 91510-7369.
Carter Surname DNA Project underway
The surname Carter DNA project is looking for Carter researchers who
do not know about the DNA project and who would be interested in
joining our project. Many of us are facing brick walls. We are
hoping by using DNA we will be able to match with other Carter
researchers and find new clues to help us continue with our search.
The website is <www.carter-cousins.org/>.
For further information, contact project administrator Vickie Carter
Source: Nuggets from Paradise, Paradise Genealogical Society, Inc.,
PO Box 460, Paradise, CA 95967-0460.
Nancy Freeman MacLeod of Bristol, Rhode Island died Sunday,
May 4, 2003. She was 80 years old and the wife of N. Douglas
MacLeod, Jr. . .the surviving member of the group which founded Clan
MacLeod, USA in 1954. Known to friends as "Nanny," she was a
graduate of Lincoln School and Sarah Lawrence College and lived most
of her life in Bristol.
She taught preschool and kindergarten at the Lincoln School for 29
years before retiring, was a volunteer at Womens and Infants
Hospital in Providence, a member of the Junior League, the
Handicraft Club, and was a test grower for Jackson and Perkins
Comments from her children at her memorial service noted a lady of
wit, wisdom, love of family, strength and patience. A sign on her
refrigerator door apparently proclaimed her philosophy: "Life is an
adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved."
In addition to her husband, N. Douglas, she is survived by son
Norman D. MacLeod III; daughters, Heather and Laurie MacLeod, Bonnie
Thompson, and Jeanie Juckett; eight grandchildren and one
W. Mullins McLeod of Walterboro, South Carolina died Friday,
January 31, 2003 at Medical University Hospital in Charleston after
an extended illness. He was 60 years of age.
The son of Walton J. McLeod, Jr. and Rhoda Lane Brown McLeod, he was
born in Walterboro and graduated from Bolles School in Jacksonville,
Florida, Wofford College, and the University of South Carolina
School of Law.
McLeod served in the Vietnam War as an Army Intelligence Officer and
was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign
Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. He served in the US
Army Reserve as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corp. He
served ten years as administrative assistant and district
administrator for former Congressman Mendel J. Davis. He was also a
chairman of the South Carolina Public Railways Commission and the
Democratic nominee for Congress in 1982.
He is survived by son, Charleston attorney W. Mullins McLeod, Jr.;
daughter Maxine Walter McLeod Miller of Falls Church, Virginia; and
three brothers, State Representative Walton J. McLeod, III of Little
Mountain, former State Senator Peden B. McLeod, and Thomas Gordon
McLeod, III of Walterboro.