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From Wallace K. Ewing, EFA Chancellor, Sept. 28, 2014:
I am saddened to report that Bill Riddle died in a Santa Fe hospital on Friday, September 26.  He fell a week ago today and injured his neck.  He had surgery on Tuesday to relieve the trauma, but failed to recover.  His daughter Jeanette said he died peacefully, surrounded by family, who were comforted knowing that Bill had a full and productive life.  His multiple contributions to the EFA are beyond count.  A service was held Friday night for the family, and another service will be offered this evening for Bill's friends in and around Santa Fe.  Jeanette suggested donations be made in Bill's name to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in lieu of flowers. 

He already is missed in so many ways.
From David Neal Ewing, Past EFA Chancellor:
Wally is right when he says that Bill's contributions to the Ewing Family Association are "beyond count," but I want to enumerate at least some of them. Before Bill retired, he was a college professor of information technology. Afterwards he continued to work as a consultant on hugely complex corporate websites, and for the last ten years or so he volunteered hundreds upon hundreds of hours of this expertise and experience to the EFA. I would not be surprised to learn that Bill contributed more volunteer hours to the EFA than all of the rest of us put together.
  • As editor of the Journal of Clan Ewing and the Ewing Family Journal he virtually singlehandedly established a standard for the Journal that allowed us to win the National Genealogical Society award for the best family journal in the country in 2008. Bill would demur and insist that the contributors are due most of the credit. Indeed, he never sought personal credit for his efforts and only reluctantly allowed me to enter our Journal in the NGS contest.
  • As EFA webmaster he expanded our initial efforts at establishing a website into a state of the art website with internal and external links to an almost unimaginable number of resources for genealogical and historical researchers.
  • As sponsor of the James Ewing of Inch Ewing Genealogy Documentation project he set the standard for what an EGD genealogy can become.
  • As chair of the Bylaws committee he saw to it that our bylaws were finally brought into compliance with all of the applicable laws and IRS requirements.
  • He volunteered to head the committee that organized the Uniontown, PA, Gathering in 2010. He had done a tremendous amount of work until a serious illness prevented him from completing the job or attending the gathering. (A tip of the hat is due J. David Ewing, who stepped up to the plate at the last moment and saved our bacon at Uniontown.)

This is certainly not a comprehensive list. Bill was my cousin (well--fifth cousin, twice removed), my teacher and my friend. His support and counsel was crucial during my tenure as chancellor. Karen Avery has told us that this was also true for her and I have an idea that is true for many others in the EFA. Maybe this quiet support was the most important of his accomplishments. We will all miss him sorely.

Come to the Ewing Gathering! Full information, click here.

A year ago, Wally Ewing -- Chair of the EFA's Board of Directors -- dropped off a quantity of his Ewing family archival materials at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. His reasons were twofold: to ensure that the materials would be in a secure and protected environment and to make them available online. The Center has started digitizing the collection and providing online access. There is much more to digitize, but this is an excellent beginning. It can be reached at www.genealogycenter.info/search_ewing.php.

At a recent derbfine, the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland considered the status of Clan Ewing.  Thanks largely to the leadership of Thor Ewing in the UK, along with major support from the Ewing Family Association (based in the US), the Court has indicated that will (most likely - it's not quite official yet!) officially recognize Clan Ewing and Thor Ewing as its Commander.   After a certain length of time, a Chief of the Clan will be appointed, and Clan Ewing will be fully (re-)established as a Scottish Clan

Thor has already established a Clan Ewing Website.  Please check that site for the latest Clan developments!

While EFA fully supports the newly recognized Clan, we must understand that a "Clan" is not a membership organization like the EFA.  It has no officers other than its Commander or Chief, and generally few specific activities.  Anyone may adhere to the Clan just by saying "I'm in Clan Ewing!"  There may be one or more membership organizations that support the Clan.  Perhaps there will be a Clan Ewing Organization or Society in the UK, for example.

The Ewing Family Organization (EFA) has strongly supported the Clan's re-emergence, and EFA will surely continue a close relationship.  However, EFA is a completely independent organization with its own goals and activities.  We focus on research and fellowship among Ewings (and allied surnames).  To date, most of our work has focused on the experience of the Scots-Irish immigrations to America since the early 18th century.  In addition, we have some major projects like the Y-DNA genetic genealogy work.

It is quite possible to be a happy member of the EFA and a proud adherent to Clan Ewing.  Many will choose to do that.  But there are some good members of EFA who may not have an ancient Scottish identity.  That's fine too!

(See also David Ewing on Clan Ewing and EFA.)

-- Martin Ewing, webmaster and member of EFA Board

 

The August, 2015, issue of the EFA Newsletter was mailed recently.  You can read it on-line at http://www.ewingfamilyassociation.org/aug-2015.  A PDF version, suitable for printing, is available here.

This Commission from the Scottish Lord Lyon has recognized Clan Ewing with Thor Ewing as Commander.  While we would say Clan Ewing has existed in the hearts of Ewings at least since the 15th century, we have not had a Clan Chief for a long time.  As Commander, we look to Thor Ewing to breathe life into the Clan, looking forward to the next official step, the recognition of a new Clan Chief. Clan Ewing is distinct from the Ewing Family Association, but EFA enthusiastically supports the Clan and hopes to sponsor Clan-related events, especially in the USA.

(Excerpted from a recent email from David N. Ewing, past Chancellor of EFA.)

There is ongoing confusion about the distinction between the Ewing Family Association (EFA) and Clan Ewing. Stated succinctly, the EFA is an organization for people interested in the history and genealogy of the surname Ewing and related surnames and Clan Ewing is an ancient group of people who consider themselves to be a part of one extended family. Many members of the EFA (including me) are also members of Clan Ewing. Some members of Clan Ewing (including me) are also members of the EFA.

Clan Ewing has existed for something like a thousand years, but it has not had an officially recognized chief for over 500 years and it has never been officially recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland as a clan. Many of us in the EFA thought that this should be corrected. Clan Ewing exists and should be officially recognized. We went to work on this and in cooperation with the Clan Ewen Society in Scotland we petitioned the court for official recognition. Now, it appears that we have achieved this and Clan Ewing will for the first time have official recognition as a Scottish clan by the only judicial body authorized to make these judgments. I think that every member of Clan Ewing should be celebrating this achievement, which many thought at the outset of our effort to be impossible.

In my view, it would be simply preposterous for the EFA to pretend to be Clan Ewing. The EFA has existed for less than 30 years. Clan Ewing has existed for 1000 years. When it was still called Clan Ewing in America, the EFA was a provincial organization of Americans with no standing in Scotland or the rest of the world. Now, through our efforts the clan has official recognition and for the first time in 500 years, a commander who is resolved to organize and promote the clan around the world. I have pledged my support and will work to further this project in any way I can. I hold no office in Clan Ewing. The only "officer" is Thor Ewing, who has been recognized as Commander by the Lord Lyon. If he can rally members of Clan Ewing over the next several years and demonstrate that he has general support within the clan, he will become Chief.

Meanwhile, the EFA has many members who do not consider themselves members of Clan Ewing, and others who have no interest in Scottish clans. We should not and will not turn our backs on them. But those of us who are interested can work together to help Clan Ewing to get on its feet. As most of you know, I am personally very interested in and have worked hard on Y-DNA studies (and I think the Y-DNA evidence we have collected contributed to making our case before the Lord Lyon persuasive). But my interest is shared by only a fraction of our members. If someone started arguing that we should change the name of the EFA to "the Ewing Y-DNA Project", I would raise Holy hell. Similarly, I am very interested in Clan Ewing and very proud to be a member of it. But it would be wrong to think that is all the EFA is about.

On December 1, the 48th annual SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK PARADE will be showing the colors in Alexandria, Virginia. Full information is found at https://www.campagnacenter.org/scottishwalkweekend/parade.

Scottish Christmas Walk

 

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