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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - February/March 2003
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Common Law copyright?
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 printed.
 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 great-grandchildren.

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 Commissioner.
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 909-866-0630. 

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 92586.

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 82605-0345.

Congratulations to Ruth & Virgil Maxwell on their 74th Wedding Anniversary!

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 request.

The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library is Archival and Genealogical Repository for:
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 Jerusalem.

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