According to experts, there is a way to copyright your family history
materials. It's called "Common Law Copyright" and it's easy to do.
Simply write "Copyright" and then the year in which you began writing
your material and your name. It will protect your work until it is
Editor's note: As a free-lance writer, I learned a very simple way to
protect material in addition to the above. When material is at a point
that I worry about copyright...I simply put a copy of whatever it is into
an envelope and take it to the post office. I mail it Certified Mail back
to myself. When it is delivered, I just file it away with the seal
unbroken. That way, should a problem ever arise, I have a sealed envelope
that is dated by the USPS showing that I had written the material on such
and such a date.
It's cheap. It's easy. It works.
Researching Hispanic family?
If you are working on Hispanic background, you need to be aware of and
most likely need to join the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.
Just write them at PO Box 9696, Denver, CO 80209-0606.
How about genealogist B & B's?
Genealogists visiting libraries across the United States are now following
an example set by our European counterparts by staying in
genealogist-owned bed and breakfast establishments.
For more information about registering with the directory or to make
reservations, contact Peggy Wilkey at 972-490-5515. You may also email
Eloise Virginia Hailes, aged 70, of Shubuta, Mississippi died last
August. Both Eloise and her husband, Frank, were members of the Clan
Carmichael. She was a sister of the late clan member Jack Carmichael,
Lord Mayor of Carmichael, Mississippi.
Reuben Carmichael of Birmingham, Alabama passed away last August 11
at the age of 96. Mr. Carmichael was a member of Clan Carmichael USA.
Lillian Higgins died last November 29 in Mesa, Arizona and was
buried in her Stewart Tartan and with her Farquharson, Anderson, Knowles
and Higgins tartans were also arranged on her casket with fresh roses.
Mrs. Higgins was the beloved mother of Don Higgins and Ora Beth Cesarini,
Southwest Trustee Clan Chattan USA and aunt to Arizona Commissioner Kay
Morneau. She also leaves behind four grandchildren and six
Amerson new National Commissioner to Clan Chattan
The Clan Chattan USA Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election
of Andrew Amerson as its new National Commissioner. Mr. Amerson is an
attorney who lives in Big Bear Lake, California.
He is retired from the United States Army as a Colonel, retiring in 1996.
In a civilian capacity, he served as a Deputy Attorney General in the
Criminal Division of the California Attorney General's Office until his
retirement in 2000.
The Clan Chattan USA Board of Trustees wishes to express its appreciation
to Neil Davis for his years of dedicated service as the National
Mr. Amerson is a longtime member of Clan Chattan, USA and past Chairman of
the Board. He and his wife, Susan, have carried the Clan Chattan USA tent
in Southern California. Susan is currently serving as a member of the
Board of Trustees.
The principal clans, together with their septs, of Clan Chattan (The Cat
Confederation) include Mackintosh, Macpherson, MacBean, Shaw, MacThomas,
Macleans of Dochgarroch, MacGillivray, Farquharson, Davidson, MacPhail,
MacQueens of Strathdearn and MacIntyres in Badenoch.
If you would like more information about Clan Chattan, USA, please write
Andrew Amerson, PO Box 554, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-0554. Call
Desire biography, picture of War of 1812 Navy officer THOMAS
MacDONOUGH (1783-1825) born Delaware. Ancestor to MARY BEATRICE PHILLIPS
(1859-1929), Baltimore, Maryland. J. JOSEPH STRIBLE? Ditto. British
Commodore DOWNIE! Contact Richard Morrissey, 28656 Murrieta, Sun City, CA
Need information on WILLIAM HEROD, Sr., born 25 December 1748
Stafford County, Virginia. He died 04 March 1836, Smith County,
Tennessee. Please contact Barbara Helwick, PO Box 50345, Casper, WY
Congratulations to Ruth & Virgil Maxwell on their 74th Wedding
Hemphill Historical Society sets reunion for next June
The Hemphill Historical Society will hold their 2003 reunion June 6, 7 in
Atlanta, Georgia. They will utilize the facilities of the Embassy Suites
Perimeter and will schedule trips to the Georgia State Archives and the
Federal Archives plus others.
For complete information contact Ray L. Hemphill at 916 Spring Valley,
Woodstock, GA 30189.
Learn about the bagpipe...
Paul Monroe Funkhouse of Swansea, Illinois sent us a great article from
the Awake! publication that is a concise and fact-filled 3-pages about the
Bagpipe. The title is The Bagpipe Traced to Antiquity.
If you would like a copy of this article, please send SASE with a
The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library is Archival and Genealogical
Clan Donald, USA; "The Cat Confederation," Clan Chattan, USA; Clan
Blackstock Society; The Clan Boyd International Society; The Clan Brodie
Association; Clan Cummings, USA; Clan Douglas Society of North America,
Inc.; Clan Dunbar, Inc.; Clan Farquharson, USA; Clan Gillean Association,
USA; Clan Gunn Society of North America; Clan Johnston/e in America; Clan
Lamont Society of North America; Clan Little Society Scotland & Worldwide;
Clan MacArthur; Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society; Cathey Reunion
Association; MacDuffee/Macfie Clan Society of America, Inc.,' Clan
Mackenzie Society in the Americas; Clan MacKinnon Society of North
America, Inc.; Clan MacLennan Association, USA; Clan McNabb Society of
North America; Clan MacNicol Society, Inc.; Clan MacRae of North America;
Clan McAlister of America; Clan Menzies of North America; Clan Morrison of
North America; Clan Murray; Clan Napier in North America; Clan Pollock;
Clan Ramsay of North America; Clan Skene Association, Inc.; The Clan Scott
Society; Clan Young; Cleghorn Descendants & Allied Families, Inc.; Cornish
World; The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations; Craig Family
Association; Kerr Family Association of North America; Mullaney Family;
Nesbitt-Nisbet Society; SAMS - Scottish American Military Society; the
Clan Armstrong Society; The Clan Baird Society Worldwide; The Clan Barclay
Society, USA; The Clan Blair Society; The Clan Buchanan Society,
International; The Clan Campbell Society; The Clan Cochrane Society; The
Clan Fergusson Society of North America, Inc.; The Clan Cunningham
Society; The Clan Davidson Society; The Clan Donnachaidh Society; The Clan
Forrester Society, Inc.; The Clan Forsyth Society of the USA; The Clan
Gayre in North America; The Clan Graham Society, Inc.; The Clan Grant
Society; The Clan Hamilton Society; The Clan Hay Society; The Clan
Henderson Society in the United States; The Clan Home Society; The Clan
Hunter Association, USA; The Clan Keith Society, USA, Inc.; The Clan
Kennedy Society of America; The Clan Lindsay Association of USA, Inc.; The
Clan MacConnaughey Society; The Clan MacDougall Society in the US &
Canada; The Clan MacDuff Society of America, Inc. (Int. USA Branch); The
Clan MacFarlane Society, Inc.; The Clan Macintyre Society; the Clan
MacLellan; The Clan Mackay Society of the US, Inc.; The Clan MacLachlan
Association, North America; The Clan MacLaren Society; The Clan MacLeod
Society of the USA, Inc. (Genealogical Repository); the Clan Macpherson
Association (US Branch); The Clan MacTavish (Thom(p)son); The Clan
Montgomery Society; The Muirhead Clan Society; The Clan Munro Association,
USA; The Clan Ogilvie Society; The Clan Ross Association; The Clan Stewart
Society in America; Turnbull Clan Association; The Clan Urquhart
Association; The Clan Wallace Society Worldwide; The Dunlop/Dunlap Family
Society The Elliot Clan Society, USA; The Gillespie Clan; The Hogg Family
Genealogy Society; The House of Boyd Society; The House of Gordon; The
Houston Family, The Innes Clan Society; The Morgan Family Society, Int.;
The Scottish District Families Association; The Scottish Highlands
Society; The Scottish Nationalist Party; The Scottish Society of the
Virginia Highlands; The Smyth/Smythe/Smith Family of New England; The
Stovall Family Association; The American Cherokee Confederacy; The St.
Andrews Priory, Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar of