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Saturday, November 27, 2010

St. Andrew

November 30 is St. Andrew's Feast Day. He is the patron Saint of Scotland.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with St. Andrew, or for that matter would like a good source of information on the Saints, here is the link from the Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01471a.htm together with the link for Scotland http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13613a.htm

The Scottish Saltire is in the shape of the Cross, due to the manner in which St. Andrew was martyred. His relics are in several locations, and in Scotland his shrine is at St. Mary's RC Cathedral in Edinburgh http://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/ and the Church website has a good history of his life, death, and his connections to the people and nation of Scotland at http://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/standrew.html

If you are a Golfer, you will certainly have heard of St. Andrews Links, found at http://www.standrews.org.uk/ (yes, this is a link to the Links).

St. Andrew's Society of New York is at http://www.standrewsny.org/

The St. Andrew's Pub in New York is at http://www.standrewsnyc.com/, one of the places you will find Scottish-Americans almost any day of the week.

For those of you interested in Scots Gaelic classes who live in the States, the New York Caledonian Club has an active schedule on an ongoing basis, at http://www.nycaledonian.org/studies.php

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Historic Markers

My favorite beach as a child was at Corn Hill, on Cape Cod.

An appropriate topic for Thanksgiving, since this is where Native Americans had planted Corn.

This brings me to the often overlooked but frequently valuable historic markers, placed by local, state and national organizations.

Here is the link for Corn Hill Beach: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM4TFX_Monument_Of_Corn_Hill

And here is the link for Pilgrim Memorial State Park: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM172Q_Welcome_to_Pilgrim_Memorial_State_Park

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, at Ellis Island until 22 January 2011

Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America

When: September 24, 2010 – January 22, 2011
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Where: The Ellis Island Immigration Museum - New York, NY
Cost: Ferry Transportation Fee
Details: The traveling museum show "Women & Spirit" sheds light on the often unknown contributions of Catholic Sisters in America. It showcases the innovative, action-oriented women who have played a significant role in shaping the nation’s social and cultural landscape since the first Ursulines arrived in New Orleans in 1727. Exhibit features rare artifacts, media presentations, and photographs from more than 400 communities which have been brought together for the first time. Many of the nuns emigrated to the US from other lands; their contributions to American history are as unheralded as they are significant. Since first arriving in America nearly 300 years ago, sisters built schools, colleges, hospitals, orphanages, homeless shelters and many other enduring social institutions. As they came to this country to assist fellow immigrants, Catholic sisters played a vital role in extending social services, educational opportunities, and health care to people from many walks of life. Baggage Room - First Floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Getting to Ellis Island: Statue Cruises provides ferry transportation to Ellis Island from Battery Park in NY and Liberty State Park in NJ from 9am to 5pm daily, For ticket rates and availability and schedule information, call 1-877-LADY TIX or 1-877-523-9849 or visit ww.statuecruises.com. __FEES__ - Museum Entrance Fee: None - Ferry Transportation Fee: $12 - Ages 13+ $10 - Seniors 62+ $5 - Children 4-12 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Royal Engagement is announced...

As it has been expected for years, and as the English companies have already made up the collectible china with their photographs last June, it is no surprise to learn that HRH Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales [aka Prince William] is now setting dates with Kate Middleton, who is now sporting the beautiful engagement ring previously worn by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. Congratulations.



On a genealogical note, I refer all seekers to Mr. Gary Boyd Roberts of the New England Historic Genealogical Society who will surely be adding comments to the work he has done to date. See, inter alia, Ancestors of American Presidents, Appendix 4, "Kinships Through American Forebears," (Boston, 2009), pp 621-645.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

FSA Scot access to National Museums Scotland

During the closure period, when the Research Library is closed to the general public, Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland [FSA Scot] can still visit and use a reader's desk by appointment.
The library is scheduled to reopen in Summer 2011, and will have a collection of 30,000 books on open shelves.
For more information on the Society, go to http://www.socantscot.org, and for more information about the collection at the Library and the online catalogue, go to http://libcat.nms.ac.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/0/0/49

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Clan Genealogists

This is a brief note for Clan Genealogists.
As many of you know, when people attend Highland Games, they may not know what Clan they are associated with, or they may not know further back than the names of their grandparents.
Occasionally, someone will attend who is a Celt but not Scottish (i.e. Irish or Welsh) and so there is no Clan representation in the tents at the Games.
So, here are a few suggestions for Clan Genealogists so that they can get someone started.
First, please make them welcome, and invite them to affiliate with your Clan if they choose. If you trace far enough back, chances are they're kin.
Second, let them know that there are several places to go if their clan is not in attendance, and these include: Highlander Magazine , Rampant Scotland , Electric Scotland and Genealogists like yours truly Cornelia Bush, FSA Scot .
Third, if they join your Clan Society, please make sure that they take home a piece of paper that gives your website address -- it will help keep them active.
Fourth, give them a form to fill out and mail back on which they can enter family history data (as far back as they have it.) It should be at least to their 3 greats grandfather in order to get them back to Revolutionary War records. If you are a Clan Genealogist and need a form, email me via my website and be sure to identify which Clan you are from.
Yours aye,