July 2018         Title    Newsletter Archives

In this Issue:

 July Gathering - Genealogy  Pipe Band Concert
 Letter From the President  Scottish Book Review
 June Pub Crawl  Society Officers
 Some Arizona News, 2005  Coming Events - Valley & Nearby
 Scotland's Hidden Gems  A Word from our Advertisers
 Research Your Scottish Ancestry  

July 12 Gathering - Genealogy Workshop

Have you ever tried to get through the tangle of branches, roots, and twigs on your family tree, only to find yourself at a series of dead ends? With more and more people dabbling in genealogy, it can be a frustrating experience, but luckily the Society has an expert to guide us in the right direction.

Robert WilbanksRobert Wilbanks lV, our chief genealogist, will be the presenter at the July meeting (Thursday July 12) at the Irish Cultural Center on North Central Avenue. His talk, aptly enough, is entitled ‘Genealogy in Chaos: Getting and Staying Organized.

Robert will be using a live screen with a PowerPoint and live access to the internet, so feel free to bring along your own wi-fi device to help you explore your family background.

He also has prepared a handout for the presentation, which you can download.

The meeting begins at 6.30pm. Society meetings are open to anyone and non-members are welcome to attend. The charge for non-members is $5.00

Letter from the President
David McBee

Welcome to another balmy summer in Arizona. Remember to line the inside of your kilt with ice packs if venturing forth with style this time of year.

David McBee Hello. My name is David McBee and I will be serving as the Society President for the next couple of years. I became involved with the Society after meeting the Chief of my clan, James McBain, at the final Highland Games to be held at Margaret T. Hance Park.

It has been a rewarding journey in discovery, education, cultural awareness, and friendships. I have been involved with the games and the Society ever since.

This is an amazing group of people from all walks of life who look to learn, share, and support each other in the furtherance of Scottish society in Arizona.

The talent and experience among us is a valuable treasure to help grow this and associated Societies. We need to continue the growth of the future society with teaching, sharing and investing in the coming generations. I believe we can begin to develop more youth involvement in our music, dance, athletics and history. Ideas and energy are most welcome in this matter.

We are working on our events for the coming cycle and season. Budgets and plans are being developed now. We do need members to be involved with the Social Committee to plan and organize events during the year, over and above the Games. This effort is to include weekend outings, monthly meeting prep, and our annual special events. The Games committee is growing all the time and can use members, input, and energy as well. Take a chance and pitch in where it interests you. You will meet some great people.

Here's to a great year, Slainte.

June 2018 Pub Crawl

June 2018 Pub Crawl

Caledonian Society members did what Scots do best for the June meeting. They staged a lengthy and late pub crawl – complete with piper – through the heart of downtown Tempe.

The evening was organized by Ian Warrander and the lucky pubs we visited along the way were:
    Rula Bula, Irish bar
    Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
    Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
all within walking (or should that be staggering?) distance of each other.

Piper Elijah Woodward delighted not just the Scots, but also bar staff and customers, and many passers-by who clapped and cheered to Scotland the Brave and other Celtic tunes.

The verdict: a resounding success, a great night. Roll on the next one.

A News Story from Arizona - 2005
Iain Lundy

In all my years as a reporter in Scotland, I only remember one occasion when I wrote a story about Arizona – and it happened to be a mild controversy surrounding the Highland Games.

Newpaper clipping

I was freelancing at the time and picked up the story from a newspaper website over here, It was published in three or four UK papers. Some of you might even remember the incident and the gentleman I spoke to by phone.

Scotland's Hidden Gems - New Lanark
Iain Lundy

Scotland has a ton of locations that contain fascinating tales of social history. The collection of buildings on the banks of the River Clyde at a spot called New Lanark is considered so historically significant that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - it is well worth a visit.

The village of New Lanark, 25 miles south of Glasgow, was built around a cotton mill in the 18th century by the Scottish industrialist and philanthropist David Dale. When he sold the mills to his son-in-law, the Welshman Robert Owen, the workers benefited from enlightened social and welfare programs that had never been witnessed in the UK.

New Lanark

Owen set about creating a Utopian society on the banks of the Clyde and revolutionized thinking at the time. It was his belief that workers need not be treated badly for the mills to be profitable, and he provided them with a decent standard of living accommodation and other amenities. His ideas were far ahead of their time in industrialized Britain where the average working family lived in grinding poverty.

He set about improving the way of life of the workers there and the New Lanark community became recognized throughout Europe as a model of efficiency and cleanliness. Owen even founded the first nursery school in Britain there, and the village attracted not just other social reformers, but European statesmen and royalty.

The combination of employment in the mills plus housing, schooling, and other services became a model that would be followed throughout Britain and the world as the Industrial Revolution took hold in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Owen sold off the village in the mid-19th century and sailed to America with the aim of making a similar mark in the United States. He purchased the town of New Harmony, Indiana, but his attempts at social reform proved an economic failure within two years.

Falls of Clyde His Utopian socialism (or Owenism) had a vision he described as a ‘New Moral World’ based on happiness, enlightenment, and prosperity through education and communal living. It had worked well in Scotland but his Indiana experiment attracted a diverse group of people, including the unprincipled and downright lazy, that it was almost doomed to failure from the beginning.

Nevertheless Owen’s ideas were well ahead of their time and a visit to the New Lanark site is a fascinating trip back in time to industrialized Scotland. There is also a popular walk along the Clyde that takes you to the spectacular Falls of Clyde waterfall.

Research Your Scottish Ancestry

Robert WilbanksThe Research Process

by Robert M. Wilbanks IV, B.A.
Chief Genealogist & Historian, C.S.A.

While a number of genealogy beginners may already comprehend the research process, to someone who has no research background at all, the genealogy process of research can be a very difficult skill to understand and apply. Even skilled researchers will struggle at the beginning with the more complex aspects of the genealogy process.

In genealogy there is a generally recognized standard research method, and its application to the search and use of particular source materials. The steps may vary according to unique circumstances and availability of sources, or the steps may not be followed in sequence, but each step must be followed. The main thing is to stay focused and stay on task . . . and to be very, very thorough.

The following is the generally accepted outline of the genealogical research principles and process:

Select and Define a Research Goal: go from what is known to the unknown. Begin simple. Decide on one specific piece of information to search for; birth, death, marriage information, etc. Pick one individual, in one family, in one locality. Search for a name, or date, a locality, a relationship, an event.

Select a Source to Search: decide which record or records is most likely to answer the question. Learn about the general background of record types, and the locality history and types of records created that have the most genealogical value. What exists for the necessary time-period that has the information you seek.

Locate the Record: determine the existence, location, availability and accessibility of the desired and most relevant source material, and the medium format that exists for it. You will have to understand geography, jurisdictions and the relative history, both civil and religious, to determine what records were created. Determine where the record may be currently housed: library, archive, records office, home, etc.

Search the Records: once a record, or records, is determined and located, it is time to search thoroughly through the source material. Is the relative information there? Make note of information on extended family. Note errors and readability issues. Make a record of no findings, particularly noting lacking information that theoretically should have been found.

Make good Notes / Record the Information: cite your sources. Make good photocopies, and extract most relevant information. Create and proofread abstracts and transcriptions. Be consistent in size of paper or format of electronic document. Make full and complete citations of all your findings. Be organized.

Evaluate / Analyze the Information: study the record(s) in detail. This can be the most critical part of the research process. Question your findings? What is the type of information? Is it thorough and complete? Is it logical? Do elements of the information match what is already proven? Does it fit correctly in the biographical and/or family story? Do the facts connect? What is the quality of the record? primary vs. secondary. Is it verifiable? Is it direct? Is it circumstantial?

Use the Results: fill the information gap; add the information to the biography or family history. Develop a chronology. Analyze the complete picture and determine the next direction for research. With new information comes clues for new families and new directions to research. Also, in light of new information, be prepared to go back through previous research to search for new information not previously noted as relevant. Then, with this new information, Select and Define a New Research Goal(s).

At first, understanding this research process can be overwhelming, and putting it to practice even more so. However, as you progress in your research, your ability and your confidence will improve. Soon you will get comfortable in your “Sherlock Holmes” ability of ‘deductive’, and/or even ‘inductive’ reasoning; foreseeing the next steps in the research, and evaluating and analyzing the quality of the information.

This is another of a series of articles in which I show you the basics of searching for your family history, discussing the use of family records, public records, and online resources nationally and internationally, etc. The previous articles are now available on the Genealogy Section of this website.   See “Genealogy” in the menu options at the top of the web page.

Young Pipers Concert

A special concert is being held in Glendale on July 28 to help a group of young pipe band members receive a week of instruction at a summer school.

Funds from ticket sales for the Concert of the Celtic Arts, being staged in July at St Helen’s Catholic Church, 5510 W. Cholla Street, Glendale, will go towards sending the seven youngsters for some special piping instruction. The boys are aged seven to 15, and have been working together since October of last year. They have performed at the Irish Cultural Center Anam Cara event, and the Arizona School of Highland Dance.

Young Pipers

The event, which starts at 7 pm, will feature the Phoenix Pipe Band, Irish dancing displays, and performances by Dr Joe O’Neill, the Arizona School of Highland Dance, and of course the Cambridge Avenue Pipers. Tickets cost $10.

Book Review - Voices from the Hill

Voices from the HillThe story of the enlightened attitudes of a Scottish laird forms the basis of an excellent new book about the Highland Clearances newly published by well-known author Peter Crookston. The book, Voices From the Hill, deals with the actions of Sir Francis Mackenzie, who owned an estate in Wester Ross but decided to take part in the hated practice of clearing farmers and crofters from the land.

While a series of cruel evictions were being carried out throughout Scotland, Sir Francis and his younger brother were planning to give their crofters more land, greater security of tenure, and better living conditions.

Crookston, a highly-respected British journalist and author, follows life on the estate from the unique experiment of Sir Francis through to the present day. The book, available on paperback at Amazon.com, is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the history of the Highlands.

Caledonian Society Officers
President: David McBee
Immediate Past President: Don Finch
Vice President Administration: Mark Pelletier
Vice President Games: Paul Bell
Vice President Membership : Thom von Hapsburg
Secretary Linda Currie McGuire
Treasurer: Vicki Phegley
Trustee 1: Ginni Caldwell
Trustee 2: Robert Wilbanks
Trustee 3: Kevin Conquest
Newsletter Editor:

Iain Lundy
Statutory Agent: Mark Pelletier
Chief Genealogist & Historian: Robert Wilbanks

COMING EVENTS and Highland Games in Arizona and Nearby
Games Calendar compiled by Clan Campbell Society NA

July 12 Genealogy Workshop at the ICC
July 21-22 Flagstaff Games
Flagstaff AZ
July 28 Concert of the Celtic Arts
Glendale AZ
August 4-5 Monterey Highland Games
Monterey CA
August 9 CSA Monthly Gathering

Membership Reminder

Membership dues for 2018 are:
- - $25.00 single and $40.00 Family (at the same address)

It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.
And you can pay by Credit Card at our On-Line Store descibed at the left.

Society Gatherings
Regular membership gatherings are usually held the second Thursday of each month, many at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix - others around the Valley - usually beginning at 6:30 pm. Please check our website for further details.

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