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It's Time to Say Goodby

The torch is passed; a new era begins. After thirty-five years of happily snooping into the lives of Scottish-American colonials and playing detective, it time to let someone else enjoy the fun.

Dr. Ruby Campbell
Ruby Campbell at the Inveraray Games.

And that someone is the highly qualified Jules Anderson, daughter of an American father and Scottish mother from Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland, where during her formative years under the influence of her grandmother, she developed a love of local, family, and generational history.

Now all grown up, she is a tutor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow from which she has earned an M.Sc, in Genealogy, and Palaeography and Heraldic Studies (awarded with distinction). She has volunteered at the Argyll Archives and knows her way around a variety of archives and sources. Through telecommunications, she is also a university lecturer, dissertation supervisor, and has worked with several Scottish Y-DNA projects. Jules currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. [Thus, in a way, the CCS(NA) Genealogy Program is returning home. In 1987, Kenn and I drove to North Carolina where we rented a U-Haul trailer to bring the collection of materials to Louisiana.]

So it is out with the old and in with the new. Believe me, the CCS(NA) Genealogy Program is in good hands.

To all of the Society members with whom I have interacted, thank you for allowing me to delve into your ancestry. It has been a challenge at times, frustrating at others where records cannot be found, or, if found – conflicting. But it has also been the most rewarding of experiences. No doubt, I will miss the camaraderie we have shared.

To the officers and members of the Board of Trustees, I have appreciated your support during the past thirty-five years. You have been true friends with whom I share many fond memories of Annual General Meetings and social functions past.

Special thanks and appreciation to Alastair Campbell of Airds, Diarmid Campbell in Kilmelford, Dr. Fred Campbell in Florida, and my especially good friend and colleague, Duncan Beaton in Renfrewshire.

To Jules Anderson – Best Wishes for a long and pleasant experience as the Clan Campbell Society (NA) Genealogist. If you have half as much fun with this as I have, you will be a very lucky and happy person.

Love to all of you, Ruby G. Campbell

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– Research access to our 250,000 member genealogical database via our Genealogist

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Membership is open to all Campbells, Campbell septs, those married to a Campbell or Campbell Sept, those descended from Clan Campbell, and to those interested in learning about the Clan Campbell, Scottish history and culture, and who acknowledge Mac Cailein Mòr as their Clan Chief, as he is the Chief of Clan Campbell, the greatest family in all of Scotland! (We're a "wee bit" biased.)

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