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Forge Ahead - Spring Edition 2010 - Page Eight

        Southern Smith DNA site: 

We received this news from member David Smith, 
if any of you are interested in having your Smith DNA tested:

David writes:

I took the test through the National Geographic
site, a few years ago:

Here is the Southern Smith DNA site:


continued from front page "The Gathering"...

Lady-in-Waiting to Mary Queen of Scots, to a Jacobite at
Culloden, to a victim of the Clearances and finally to Colin
MacLean, a present-day sheep farmer in Australia. *I*m an
Aussie born and bred but a Scot through and through*. Each
succeeding generation related its own story in an extremely
well-choreographed and very moving presentation. Even the
surface of the esplanade was chalked with colored lines to
represent tartan! The production ended with hundreds of
pipers and drummers marching to Scotland the Brave

Sunday was as exciting and well-attended as the
previous day. Personally, I had a hard time deciding
whether to patronize the oyster bar, the smoked salmon
purveyor, the genealogical tent, or rock to the Red Hot Chili

For the first time since Sir Walter Scott gathered the
clans in Edinburgh in 1822 for King George IV, The
Gathering  united over 8,000 clansmen and women
representing over 120 different clans and crowds topping

The video that best conveys the excitement of the
clan march can be viewed on the Clan Graham Society web
site. Go to *Clan Graham Society* and click under the shot of
Prince Charles. Scroll down to the three videos and click on
the first one. Be sure to turn your speakers UP!

Cherrio th' noo!

James Graham Clyde
Essex, MA


       News from Robert Worden

Peggy & Newman, here is a photo of me in my Smith
kilt after presenting the Scottish-American Military Society
award to Matthew Riley. He is a freshman in Paducah
Tilghman HS. Matt is into Civil War re-enactments. He
owns and wears a Wallace kilt but said that he loved the
way mine looked, and I agree.

By the way, this was the first time that this award
has ever been handed out in Paducah, Western Kentucky
and maybe in all of Kentucky. I am the only member of
SAMS around.

I am getting my gall bladder removed early
tomorrow morning and hopefully that will resolve some of
my abdomen pain.

I will miss seeing you in Gatlinburg this year but will
return in the future.

Robert Worden

An update on Robert: He came through his surgery
well and should be recovered to be at the Glasgow games. 
Unfortunately, he will not be healed enough to attend the
Gatlinburg games. We are all keeping Robert in our
prayers that he will heal well and quickly! We very much
appreciate his sending us this great picture and news.
Robert is not only a long-time member of Clan Smith
Society, but also a Commissioner for Clan Donald. He
has done extensive genealogical research on both his
Scottish roots as well as his Cherokee roots, and he has a
most interesting family tree!

(For those of you who may not know, SAMS
stands for Scottish American Military Society.)

        Black's Surnames of Scotland 
                Going Out of Print!

We have received this news from Unicorn Press and
we thought that we should pass this on to all of our members.
The following is from Renny and Vicki McCleod, the owners
of Unicorn Press:

We have just learned from our US distributor
that George Black's Surnames of Scotland (838 pages,
hardback) is going out of print for what most likely will be
the last time. We have a very few copies of this essential
reference work. Our distributor says she is not at all sure
that this wonderful book ever will be reprinted again. If
you have always been "meaning to" get a copy for your
reference shelf, now is the time. $75.00, postpaid, while
they last.

Along with Black, there are a few more books which 
I use every day. The Scottish Clans and Their Associated
Families: A Researcher's Guide, compiled by Robert
Heston, is the recommended guide to US clan societies and
their septs. Heston compiled the list by going to the various
clan societies and asking them which related families they
recognized. This certainly is a more sane approach than so
many of those early "guides" (which shall remain nameless)
which were compiled by tartan manufacturers and the like,
to boost the sales of their goods. $25.00, postpaid.

If you are interested in either one of these books or
any other books about Scottish genealogy or history, you can
contact Renny and Vicki McLeod at Unicorn Press at their
Unicorn Press at this website: