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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - August/September 2003
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Searching for information about ALPHONSO MACDONALD. Please contact Robert W. Macdonald, 2026 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

ROBERTSON, ROBERT: Where in North Carolina might the ROBERTSON Families coming early from Scotland, I believe from Argyll, have settled? I believe our ROBERTSON Families came early to North Carolina, settling on the eastern coast area. I believe as early as 1715 or 1745. Might this be the area the Families settled? My grandfather ROBERT ROBERTSON, one of the youngest, if not the youngest, was born c.1833. No other member of this large family is known. Apparently ROBERT, one of a large family of boys, was orphaned at an early age. According to census records ROBERT's parents too were born in North Carolina. ROBERT and CATHERINE A. GARBER married September 3, 1859, Douglas County, Illinois. One son was born in Illinois, five more sons were born in Indiana before the family settled in southeastern Colorado where ROBERT died April 8, 1905. Any help would be very much appreciated. Mabel I Robison, 2235 Juntura Ct. S., Salem, OR 97302-2222.

I have the following lines: BARNWELL, BYRD, STRICKLAND, RUSSELL, WHITE, WATKINS and WEAVER. I believe that RUSSELL and STRICKLAND might possibly be Scottish. Am I correct? I am quite interested in the RUSSELL Family, since my great-grandfather married in Hall County, Georgia, in 1824 to MARTHA RUSSELL and his brother married a MARY RUSSELL. I think they came to Georgia from South Carolina. I would love to hear from anyone who could help me with information about them. Ms. Marion E. Watkins, 1434 Hawthorne Way, East Point, GA 30344-1749.

Alabama adds several Civil War archives databases
The state of Alabama has added several archive databases to its archive search at There are four new databases in addition to the Civil War service database. The new databases are:
Hardbound Newspapers Database - Includes original newspapers available at Alabama Department of Archives and History. Searchable by county, title, and newspaper type (African-American, Populist, or Religious).
Newspapers on Microfilm Database - As you might imagine, newspapers available on microfilm. Also searchable by county, title and type.
Map Database - Only browsable by topic, from "Alabama, General" to "Outside United States." Listings include author, title, date if available, and comments on the map.
Photo Database - This photo database contains images which have been requested by patrons since 2001. The photographs have been scanned and added to the database with thumbnail images. This database does not include all images in the ADAH collections. Searchable by keyword only. A search for "school" found 12 records. Bear in mind that thumbnail versions only are available in this index.
Source: AZ GAB Newsletter, Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, Inc., PO Box 5641, Mesa, Arizona 85211-5641.

Stars And Stripes World War I edition is now available on-line
The United States Army published The Stars and Stripes newspaper for its forces in France from February 8, 1918 to June 13, 1919. When it began publication, American forces were dispersed throughout the Western Front, often mixed at the unit level with British, French and Italian forces.
The eight-page weekly featured news from home, sports news, poetry, and cartoons. This on-line collection, presented by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress, includes the complete 71-week run of the newspaper's World War I edition, and it's searchable. Visit the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library website at

Scholarship information offered by MacLellan's
The Clan MacLellan Scottish Cultural Scholarship offers grants to support the study of Scottish music, dance, language, history or society.
Each year an applicant is chosen, and applications are open for the 2004 award. Forms are now available. Applications must be received by May 1 of the award year. The committee will announce the recipient by July 1.
We seek donations from clan members to support the scholarship fund. Additional information and applications can be obtained by contacting Ernie McClellan, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Think On, quarterly newsletter of the Clan MacLellan, P.O. Box 397, Simpsonville, Kentucky 40067.

The Chinese in California now online
The Library of Congress has released a new online collection, The Chinese in California, 1850-1925, which contains some 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials. Included in the online collection are photographs, letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, legal documents, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed materials pertaining to traditional Chinese life in California.

The collection can be searched by keyword, subject, group, or theme. Group topics include Collection of Chinese textbooks and San Francisco Early Views. Themes range from Chinese American Communities to San Francisco's Chinatown Business and Politics.
Browse the collection at

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