Monday, September 6, 2010

Santa Clara Historical and Genealogy Society Seminar - 9/11/10 - LDS Center in Santa Clara

On Sat. Sept. 11, I will be at the Santa Clara Historical & Genealogy Society's seminar on "Publishing Our Work - Preserving Family History".

I will have a table, showing and talking about my book "An American Genealogy: The Copeland Family of Montgomery County Kansas."

The all-day free seminar is expecting 250 participants at the LDS Center on Quince Road in Santa Clara.

I hope to see some of my readers there, and I am excited about meeting others who are interested in preserving their family history in book form!

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Walter Scott McKay on The Importance of Preserving Family History - 1945

In 1945, Walter Scott McKay drew up large family charts and mailed them to his siblings. On it, he wrote this poignant message to his brother Donald McKay.

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McKays meet Cousette in Santa Clara!

Cousette Copeland and Donna McKay Lund; Deanna Lund, Cousette Copeland, Michelle Lund
A week ago, the descendants of my grandmother Agnes Elizabeth McKay's younger brother Donald McKay, came to Santa Clara CA to meet with me. Donald's son Robert Maurice McKay died in Sept 2009. From the obituary, I found his daughter Donna McKay Lund.

Donna and her daughters Deanna and Michelle came to my home. Donna and Deanna had flown in from Washington, and Michelle lives in Pleasanton. Donna brought a suitcase with photos, obituaries, and other momentos - including a rolled up family chart drawn by Agnes and Donald's older brother - Walter Scott McKay.

We spent a happy and busy few hours sharing stories and photos, doing computer ancestry search on Donna's maternal line, eating lunch, and enjoying meeting our blood relations! I look forward to continued contact with Donna and her family - my new McKay (McKai) cuzzins!

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Scottish Clan Gathering

As I ramp up to work on my next book "An American Genealogy: The McKinlay and McKay Families of Montgomery County Kansas", I am focusing on things Scottish. So I went with friends to the annual Clan Gathering at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA.

There we saw lots of men in kilts! yahoo! Listened to lots of bagpipe music. Watched burly giants hurling logs (cabers). Visited the clan tents and more. Unfortunately, there was no McKay tent! The gentleman in charge of it was in FLA. However, I did meet the clan leader and he advised me that McKay (mc-kaye) is the English pronunciation. That "mac" means son of; and "Aiodh" was the original clan leader, so MacAi or MacAye is the Scottish pronounciation! I stand corrected.

There was no McKinlay tent, but I remembered that the McKinlays were under the large umbrella clan of the Farquharsens! So I visited a bit with them. You have to understand clan history to know how smaller clans were under the protection of larger clans, and then you'd understand that each clan tent had a board with postings of the many names which were under their clan protection in ancient times.

My friend Malyne and her father Dr. Hazard were able to find their MacLachlan tent, and we visited with their representatives.

A grand time was had by all, and remember their saying "If it isn't Scottish, it's cra-a-a-p!"

Here I am with a few handsome men in kilts!

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