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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - February/March 2003
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Whittier Area Genealogical Society to hold February conference
On Saturday, February 22, 2003 the Whittier Area Genealogical Society will hold it's 21st annual Conference at the Masonic Lodge at 7604 Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier, California.
The featured speaker will be Katherine Scott Sturdevant. The topics for the conference will be Trailing Families: Western Migration Patterns in Family History; The Immigrant Experience; Don't throw it away! Utilizing Artifacts in Family History Research and Writings; and Let Family Papers speak for Themselves: Documentary Editing for Family Historians.
Contact Jean Bogart at for more information.

The Southern California Genealogical Society sets February Jamboree in Marengo
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree will be on Friday, February 28, 2003 from 1-9 PM and Saturday March 1, 2003 from 8-6 PM at the Pasadena Center at 300 E. Green Street at Marengo. Michael Daigle, Wade Hone, Barbara Renick, Arlene Eakle, Joan Lowrey, Don Ray, Tom Underhill and Andy Pomeroy will be the speakers.
There will be new products which relate to the hobby of genealogy and family history, picture restoration, computer programs, CDs, old, new and used books, maps and videos, how-to-lectures, and software demonstration.

Searching for children from my purported great-great-uncle, EDWARD L. MILLER and my great-great-aunt by marriage, OLIVE ADAMS PEABODY. EDWARD L. was very likely the son of my great-great-grandfather, GEORGE C. (or G.) MILLER, a German immigrant, and his first wife?, my unknown great-great-grandmother, and OLIVE ADAMS PEABODY was the daughter of THOMAS PEABODY (1801-1870) and DEBORAH ADAMS PEABODY (1807 1854), both of Gilead, Maine. EDWARD L. MILLER and OLIVE ADAMS PEABODY (b. 1839) were probably married in west-central Maine on May 16, 1868. Please contact Edward W. Carberg, 6 Park St., Salem, MA 01970.

Here are some Kansass site for the Internet researcher
The Kansas State Historical Society URL is, the Kansas Newspaper database is, the Kansas census reel listing is, and the Kansas County Histories/bibliographies is
The following require Adobe Acrobat: Guide to Kansas Research Resources is and the Researcher's Guide to Local Government Records is
For more information contact The Historical Society at 6425 SW Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66615-1099.
Thanks to The Green Country Quarterly, PO Box 1244, Broken Arrow, OK 74013-1244.

Did you know?
That stepmothers were sometimes called mothers-in-law in Colonial times?
That the word housekeeper once meant property owner?
That the word infant once meant any person under 21?
That the word domestic once meant housewife?
That the word mister in the early days was applied only to men of wealth or education?
That tithing once meant towns?
That son-in-law meant stepson as well as husband of the daughter?
That in 1619 one hundred children from the London slums were sent as apprentice workers to Virginia and that many of these grew up to become the founders of plantations, businesses, universities, libraries and other great establishments?
Thanks to Bites and Bytes, Newsletters 11-1, July 2002 published by the Northeast Oklahoma genealogy Software User's Group (NEOGENSUG) of Tulsa.

Do you need dates for those old family letters?
If you have undated letters in your collection of family papers, don't discard the envelopes in which they were mailed. You might be able to date them by the amount of the postage charged. Prior to 1847, stamps were not used on letter carried in the US Postal Service.
Later, the first class postage rates , per ounce, as of the following dates were: July 1, 1882 - 2 cents; November 3, 1819 - 3 cents; July 1, 1919 - 2 cents; July 6 1932 - 3 cents; August 1, 1958 - 4 cents; January 7, 1968 - 6 cents; may 16, 1971 - 8 cents, March 2, 1974 - 10 cents; December 31, 1975 - 13 cents; May 29, 1975 - 15 cents?; March 22, 1981, November 1, 1981 - 20 cents; April 3, 1988 - 25 cents; February 3, 1991 - 29 cents; January 1, 1995 - 32 cents; January 10, 1999 - 33 cents; January 7, 2001 - 34 cents; and June 30, 2002 - 37 cents.
I took this a step farther as in recent year the value has not always been printed on the stamp: an A stamp was 15 cents; a B stamp was 18 cents; a C stamp was 20 cents; a D stamp was 22 cents; an E stamp was 25 cents; an F stamp was 29 cents and a G stamp was 32 stamps. This can be helpful to stamp collectors, too.
Thanks to The Green Country Quarterly, PO Box 1244, Broken Arrow, OK 74013-1244.

Viking "Forest Cat" discovers America
Frank Joseph
DNA research is not only revolutionizing all otherwise unknown historical information with no less revolutionizing consequences for our understanding of the past. A case in point is the unexpected solution of an old controversy surrounding the Maine Coon Cat. The breed has long perplexed biologists, because they were unable to explain it unique appearance or trace its origins.
The animal derived its modern identity from the state in which it is primarily found, although smaller populations appear in the Atlantic coastal regions of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Somewhat larger than the average house cat, specimens of ten or more pounds are common.
But the beast is best known for its unusual hindquarters, which resemble those of a raccoon; hence, its name. Moreover, its bushy tail, brown and white striped markings, together with an occasional tendency to wash its food, helped to promote its reputation as the result of unions between cats and raccoons.
But such crossings are biologically impossible, because raccoons are not felines, but canines related to members of the dog family. In an attempt to trace the genetic origins of the singular Maine Coon Cat, scientists subjected it to DNA testing last year for the first time. The results were clear as they were surprising: The Maine Coon is the direct descendant of an unknown domestic breed that went extinct with the last few centuries and the skaugkatt, or "Norwegian Forest Cat," brought to our continent from Scandinavia a thousand years ago.
As the web site for the Cat Fanciers' Association explains, "These are the cats that explored the world with the Vikings, protecting the grain stores on land and sea, and are believed to have left their progeny on the shores of North America, as a legacy to the future. Is their Norse name accurate? Yes, the skaugkatt, meaning 'forest cat,' really did come out of the Scandinavian forests in the 4,000 years." Because the large animals are determined hunters, they were invariably taken aboard Viking expeditions to keep the long-ships free of vermin.
When the Medieval Scandinavians landed along North American coasts, some of the "wegies," as the were commonly nicknamed in Britain and the United States, jumped overboard, and mated with that unknown domestic breed which no longer exists. The living descendants of those early days in Viking America are today's Maine Coon cats.
Their majority presence in the state which gave them their name suggests that the Norse did more than briefly establish a settlement at L'Ans aux Meadows, as mainstream scholars insist, but went on to colonize other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Concentration of the Maine Coon's population in that state implies that the Vikings' elusive Vinland was in Maine after all.
The Main Coon's descent from Norway's Forest Cat is unmistakable. The skaugkatt is somewhat larger; its fur texture is not quite as silky; the head shape is slightly different; tufts, not seen on its American counterpart, sprout from the tips of its ears, and, most noticeably, its hind quarters are straighter. But physical and behavioral comparisons leave no doubt that it is the ancestor of the Maine Coon Cat, as confirmed by DNA research.
In a happy coincidence, the skaugkatt was designated Norway's official cat by King Olaf late in the last century, about the same time the Maine Coon Cat was named the official cat of the Pine Tree State. Connections between the two are valid evidence for Vikings in American Centuries before Columbus.
Anyone who wants to meet a direct descendent of the first Norwegian visitors to our continent need only make the acquaintance of a Maine Coon Cat.
Thanks to Frank Joseph and Ancient American , Volume 7, Issue #47, PO Box 370, Colfax, WI 54730.

The Texas Research Ramblers plan seminar for March
On March 29, 2003 The Texas Research Ramblers will be having their 9th Annual seminar at Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan, Texas. John Sellers, who will be the featured speaker, has for 14 year been involved in genealogy research.
The topics will be: What are they saying about your family in the paper?; Learning where your ancestors played, prayed, lived and died; History's role in your genealogical pursuits; and Women, that gender you can't do without in your research.
For more information contact Mary Collie Cooper, Texas Research Ramblers, 740 Garden Acres Blvd., Bryan, TX 77802-4005 or call at 979-846-8278 or Sue Foy, Registrar, 804 Vine St., Bryan, TX 77802-4349 or call at 979-846-7392.

The Caledonian Kitchen haggis wins prize in Scottish contest!
Texas based Caledonian kitchen haggis placed 5th in the prestigious Scotland Magazine haggis tasting. The judges included three professional Scottish Chefs, two of which were the Executive Chef and the other the Head Chef of the Old Course Hotel at St. Andrews. The others were writers of various gourmet and food magazines throughout the United Kingdom. A very tough, knowledgeable, and august panel.
They all agreed on two points, it was too moist in texture and second it tasted good! Our next production run will address that problem by cutting back the water a bit. I never dreamed that I would have such a panel of experts critique my haggis for me and to compare our haggis with the finest Scotland has to offer.
All offered their fresh in the casing versions for judging, while I only had my canned version to offer. Needless to say we are absolutely delighted and feel very fortunate to have an opportunity to compete in such and event. In order of finishing, the top winner was made by Watson's of Leven on a family run farm and butcher shop who scored a 9.0, next at 8.0 was McSweens, the Scottish legend, third was McSweens Vegetarian Haggis at 7.75, fourth was Crombie's Traditional Haggis at 7.0, and the us in 5th at 5.50.
Congratulations to the Caledonian Kitchens!

The Greelaw's celebrate 250 years in America!
The year 2003 marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Greenlaw and their family in America. They set sail from Scotland and arrived on the coast of Maine in summer of 1753. After 250 year of Greenlaw heritage in Canada and the United States, some of us think that this is an opportunity for Greelaw descendants of William and Jane to gather and celebrate.
We would like the opportunity to meet each other, explore our history, acquaint ourselves with our ancestry, and celebrate our Scottish roots and heritage. Join us in Maine on August 14-17, 2003 to celebrate Greenlaw 250!
For further information please contact the Greelaw 250 Coordinator, Stephen H. Snell at 1106 Belle View Boulevard, #C2, Alexandria, VA 22307, call at 703-768-4708, or email at

The Dupplin Cross returns to Strath Earn
After eight years of campaigning, and not a little bit of controversy, one of Scotland's finest artifacts, a 9th century sculptured Pictish cross, believed to be the only complete surviving example of a free standing cross, is back in Strath Earn. It is now on display in the part medieval St. Serf's Church in Dunning, Perthshire, which is roughly 4m 1/6.4km from where the Cross stood for more than eleven centuries on a remote hillside over looking the Strath.
In the 1990s the Cross which measurer 9.5ft/2.9m and weighs nearly two tons was removed to Edinburgh for restoration after which it was displayed in the National Museum for three years before returning "home." While in Edinburgh the Cross was carefully examined. Among several findings, the worn inscription on the back was identified as the Latin for "Constantine son of Fergus" who was the first king to rule over Pictland and Dal Riata, the Scots kingdom in Argyll, around the beginning of the 9th century.
It is in the care of Historic Scotland and stewards are available on site seven days a week in the summer season to answer any questions.
Thanks to The Clan Gregor Society Newsletter, Mo Dhachaidh, 2 Braehead, Alloa, Clacks, FK10 2EW, Scotland, United Kingdom,

Do you have information of the Scots involved in the battle of the Alamo?
BBC Radio Scotland is currently putting the finishing touches to a four-part documentary on the Scots involvement in the Battle of the Alamo 1836.
Producer and presenter Bruce MacGregor is looking for anyone who has a connection with one of the most famous Alamo defenders - the piper John McGregor. Any help on this subject would be gratefully received.
Contact, or call at 01463 238070, BBC at 01463 720 720, or on mobile at 0775 370 9180.

Did you know that you can receive a memorial certificate for your veteran ancestor?
Did you know that you can receive a memorial certificate for your veteran ancestor, signed by the President of the United States?
The Office of Presidential Correspondence prepares the certificates, after coordination with the Veterans Administration.
The first step is to have the V.A. verify your ancestors service record. Your letter should begin: "This is a request for information about a relative's military service, which will be used to request a Presidential Memorial Certificate."
The request should be mailed to Veterans Administration Regional Office, 1301 Clay Street, Suite 1300 North, Oakland, CA 94612-5209, Attention: Adjudication Division .

The Georgia Archives lecture series will be temporarily suspended
The Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn Lecture series will be temporarily suspended until July 2003 due to the move to the new building in Morrow. Details about the new building and an updated construction calendar can be found on the web site at

The historic census web site crashes
A web site offering a glimpse of life in the United Kingdom 100 years ago crashed after more than 1 million people tried to log on within hours of its launch. More servers were brought in to meet the demand.
The 1901 online census at, which lists names, ages, addresses and even mental health records of 32 million people who lived in England and Wales, ground to a halt following it's launch.
Included in the 1901 list are "music hall artist" Charles Chaplin, author J.R.R. Tolkien, and French painter Claude Monet. When working, it enables people researching their family trees to work from home rather than travel to London to access the records.
It is the first time a British census has gone online; the 1891 census survey is to follow.
Thanks to, January 3, 2002 via The Agnewsletter, 8904 Woodlawn Dr., Granbury, TX 76049.

The color restrictions of the Scottish flag is denied
An attempt by the Scottish National Party to persuade the Government to make legal restrictions on the color of blue in the Scottish Flag failed to come to a conclusion recently. It was planned to define the color used by manufacturers since there is no existing law, the white Saltire or St. Andrews Cross appears against shades of blue that range from dark royal blue to light sky blue. Many deem that the correct shade is sky blue since the inspiration for the design came from a cloud formation appearing above an ancient battlefield of Scots victory, according to old accounts.
Although the Parliament has authority to stipulate the color of the national flag, the legislators declined to take a vote on the issue, since a new legal definition would make people who currently own flags with the wrong color in violation of the proposed law. Those with legislative or legal experience likely wonder if Scotland does not provide protection against ex post facto situations.
Thanks to The Border Line, 125 Briar Cliff Road, Durham, NC 27707-2225.

The MacLeod Clan Chief has sold the Cuillins
The MacLeod Clan Chief has sold the Cuillins Mountain property to an undisclosed American business man, it was reported in an article in The Scottish Banner, October issue.
The purchase price also was not disclosed. The original asking price was 10 million pounds for the large mountain range on the Isle of Skye. It was need to make immediate repairs to Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the MacLeod Chiefs for over 400 years.
Chief John MacLeod made the announcement unexpectedly on a regional television show as he discussed the need for six million pounds to save Dunvegan from becoming a ruin.
The property has been on the market for two years and rumors speculated that Ted Turner, American Television magnate, was negotiating the purchase. Mr. Turner then held $6 billion in a media stock which has since dwindled to $1 billion. It was revealed that the purchaser is not a public figure, and one who has visited the mountain property several time recently.
Thanks to Thanks to The Border Line, 125 Briar Cliff Road, Durhan, NC 27707-2225.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers medal dontated to the Odom Library
Mr. Jack Lamken has dontated a Royal Welsh Fusilier medal to the Odom Library and gives us this story to go with it.
Before the invasion the fellow that wore this metal was doing police work and was in the counter intelligent Corp. We worked a lot together, this was a big estate. We were to keep everyone in and everyone out and watch for Germans trying to come in.
His name was Butcher os the night before he left he gave this to me. I know this medal meant a lot to him. Well the next day early morning his outfit was the first to invade into France. They were know as the "Tiny to TA," well they didn't make it. Everyone was lost.
I went in later still doing all kinds of Police work a lot of times worked alone. Until the Battle of the Bulge. Which never should have happened. The officers goofed, from the top down, British as well.
The reason I write all this is I would like to give the medal to the Odom Library in Honor of Butcher.

Clan Graham will be the Honored Guests at the Tacoma Highland Games
The Clan Graham will be the Honored Guests at the Tacoma Highland Games in Graham, Washington in June 28, 2003. The Clan Graham 2003 Headquarters will be the Best Western Park Plaza in Payallup.
Some of the Clan Graham activities during the week of the games, June 26-29, 2003, are a reception for Grahams across the U.S. and Canada, two guided bus tours, a banquet and AGM on June 27 and much more.
For more information contact Sharon Seegers at 360-352-4649, write at 2004 Swanee Place, Olympia, WA 98501-3130, email at or see the website at

Dr. Carden Johnston named to American Academy of Pediatrics
In October Dr. Carden Johnston was named to the American Academy of Pediatrics as president-elect and will sometime next year become president. He is an emergency room pediatrician in Birmingham, Alabama at the Children's hospital. Dr. Johnston won the using the platform to provide for uninsured children automatic health coverage for every child born and emphazises preventive care. He was received his medical degree at the University of Alabama.

The Monster in the Mailbox is now available!
T.E. Watson, the author of I Wanna Iguana, is proud to annouce that his newest book, The Monster in the Mailbox, is now available. You can order your copies at

African American Family Reunion Conference and Exposition to be held in March 2003
The thirteenth annual African American family reunion conference and exposition will be held in Columbia, Maryland at the Columbia Sheraton, which is just minutes from Baltimore.
For more information about the conference contact Dr. Ione Vargus at 215-204-6244, email at, or check out the web site at

The Selkirk Settlers to celebrate 200th anniversary
This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers to the community of Belfast on Prince Edward Island. The "Selkirk Settlers" were a group of Scottish colonists brought to Prince Edward Island in 1803 by Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk.
These Highland men and women sailed on three ships: the Polly, the Dykes, and the Oughton. The Polly arrived on August 7th, the Dykes (on which Lord Selkirk traveled) disembarked on August 9th, and the Oughton arrived on the 27th. About 400 of the approximate 800 colonists brought by Lord Selkirk settled in the Belfast area. Most of these settlers had been passengers on the ship Polly.
From August 7th through August 10th, the Belfast Historical Society, in conjunction with the Caledonain Club, will host the 200th Anniversary and the Annual Highland Games at the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park in Eldon. Over this four day extended weekend, planned activities include: genealogy workshops and lectures, displays and exhibits, concerts, traditional highland athletic competitions, piping competitions, reenactments of the Selkirk Settlers arrival, highland dance competitions, guest speakers, and kilted classic golf tournaments.
For additional information go to, or write to Linda Jean Nicholson MacKenzie, Event Coordinator, Belfast Historical Society, RR1, Belfast, PE C0A 1A0, Canada or call 902-659-2209.

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