- If this gets posted twice, I'm sorry. Yahoo groups seems to be buggy
lately. I tried once already and it didn't post at all. Anyway, I
want to thank both Sharon and Matt for their quick replies.
My time period of interest isn't fixed by any means. As you can
probably tell, I am floundering somewhat. Any direction is gladly
accepted. I will narrow my focus to the thirteenth century as was
suggested. I will check out some of the bibliographical resources as
well. The only problem with that is that the libraries here in WV do
not always have the widest selection of books on this topic. As far
as naming resources go, I have looked at Sharon's pages. They are
informative, but because I'm so novice at this, I'm confused as
well. I will keep you posted on my progress!
Again- I tried to post this earlier, so if it gets on the page
twice, I apologise.
- At 2:44 PM +0000 3/11/02, cmoorewv wrote:
>If this gets posted twice, I'm sorry. Yahoo groups seems to be buggyWell, one thing to keep in mind is that there is no deadlines. You
>lately. I tried once already and it didn't post at all. Anyway, I
>want to thank both Sharon and Matt for their quick replies.
>My time period of interest isn't fixed by any means. As you can
>probably tell, I am floundering somewhat.
have plenty of time to sort things out, and you can always change
your persona later (even your name -- I know people who have very
successfully changed their SCA name after literally decades in the
SCA, including being very famous in the SCA and winning all their
awards and peerages under their old name!)
>Any direction is gladlyIf you're interest is Clann Guaire and you'd like to be able to
>accepted. I will narrow my focus to the thirteenth century as was
actually find information on the clan, I would recommend moving to
the 15th or 16th century, as that seems to be when we know there is
at least some information available (such as who was chief) and we
are certain people were calling the clan "Clann Guaire" at the time.
The early 13th century seems to be when the namesake Guaire lived,
but as mentioned previously, it is unlikely that there was a clan
named after him until at least the generation after he died.
>I will check out some of the bibliographical resources asMake friends with the librarians :-) They can be amazingly helpful,
>well. The only problem with that is that the libraries here in WV do
>not always have the widest selection of books on this topic.
especially if the library participates in Inter-Library Loan (ILL).
Also, if there is a university anywhere near you, go check out their
library. Most universities allow members of the public to have access
to their books if one reads them in the library (that is, no check
out privileges). At public/state universities, this is often free for
as many days as you wish (since the university was paid for with your
tax dollars), but even at private universities access is often
allowed, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Stanford, for
example, allows locals to use the library for free for a limited
number of days each a year, and has a whole range of options for
allowing access once those free days are used up, from paying a
smallish sum per day to paying for monthly, quarterly, or yearly
And if there is a fee for access to a library, always check out the
library's "Friends of the Library" program -- very often this gets
you free access to the library with your membership. Again using
Stanford as an example, the yearly fee for accessing the Stanford
Library is something like $200, but if you join the Associates of the
Stanford University Libraries (their friends of the library program,
minimum donation, $35 per year) you get free access to the library
(and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable gift :-).
But even with public libraries in out of the way places, they can
sometimes surprise you with the books they have. And, I wouldn't be
the least surprised if West Virginia libraries tend to have at least
the basic general histories on Scotland due to the ancestral
background of many West Virginians being Scottish and public
libraries tendencies to cater to the public's interest in their
But, as said, even if your library doesn't have the books you're
interested in, talk to the librarian. One way or another, they may be
able to help you get a look at those books.
Also, some of the books are still in print, and so that is another
option. (If finances are tight, though, I'd ask for specific opinions
on whether a book is suitable for your intended purpose before buying
>As farIf you have specific questions about what is confusing you about
>as naming resources go, I have looked at Sharon's pages. They are
>informative, but because I'm so novice at this, I'm confused as
names, let me know, and I'll try to help. (If you emailed me
privately earlier, I may have started to write a reply and not
managed to send it -- sometimes people have to remind me I owe them
an email ;-)
Sharon L. Krossa, krossa@...