7/14-16/2000 Cloud Family Gathering - Advanced Meeting Bulletin

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Advanced Meeting Bulletin - Cloud Family Association - 6/1/2000 edition

Cloud Family Gathering
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Annual Cloud Gathering
14-16 July in Huntsville is
first time for Alabama

Plans are made for the 2000 edition of the annual gathering of Clouds from all over the country. This will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama, over the weekend of July 14-16, 2000. This annual meeting of the Cloud Family Assoc. has been held in eight states (TX, AR, LA, KS, TN, PA, NC, and GA) over the past 22 years, but never before in Alabama.

The first event of the gathering will be held on Friday evening, July 14. The meeting will follow custom in allowing attendees to introduce themselves, tell where they live, identify their earliest confirmed Cloud ancestor and/or tell what Cloud mystery they are seeking to unravel. We will also start a series of informative programs. Everyone with interest is invited.

Four workshop/seminar sessions, a business meeting, and a luncheon will constitute the serious part of the Gathering.

The Gathering will conclude with a tour of old Huntsville, Cloud Town, Cloud's Cove, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.


Compact disk of
vast Cloud data
to be previewed

Do you dream of an indexed searchable computer file of 2296 pages of information on various Cloud families? Well, this is it!

Clouds of various families have gathered data from public records, various publications, and private family collections. This material has been included in Cloud Family Association files by the Historian, who has published the best of it in the Cloud Family Journal over the past 22 years. This gold mine of data has been put into CD form by CFA member Kenny Cloud of Warner Robins, GA.

Kenny will give an overview of the CD and its use at a general session and demonstrate its detailed use in private sessions.

Projected CD pricing is $25 for CFA members and $50 for others.

Robert S. Davis, Jr., is Luncheon Speaker

Saturday's luncheon speaker will be Robert S. Davis, Jr., Director of the Family & Regional History Program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL. He had much experience in the Georgia State Archives before being recruited by Wallace State. He is the author of 14 books on history and genealogy. Much of his attention has been focused on the Revolutionary War period in the southeastern states.

"I'm a big fan of his. I have several of his books in my library and he has been very helpful to me," says Jan Cloud, who has pretty good credentials as a genealogist herself (page 3). In addition to the luncheon talk, Mr. Davis will participate in a seminar/workshop during the day Saturday.





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Friday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


VonBraun Room


Friday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


On our own, anywhere

Early is better.*

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

CFA Session I

Milltown Room


Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Business Meeting

Milltown Room

Elections, etc.

Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

CFA Session II

Milltown Room


Saturday, 12:05 - 1:25 p.m.


Heritage Room

Noted speaker

Saturday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

CFA Session III

Milltown Room


Saturday, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Local Research

On our own

Also Thur. & Fri.

Saturday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


On our own, anywhere

Early is better.*

Saturday, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

CFA Session IV

Milltown Room


Sunday 9:00 - 11:55 a.m.

Bus Tour**

Cloud's Cove & NASA


Sunday 12:10 - 12:50 p.m

IMAX Movie

Space & Rocket Center


Sunday 12:55 - 1:30 p.m

Lunch (Dutch treat)

Space & Rocket Center

Dutch treat

Sunday, 1:30. - 2:30 p.m***

Walking Tour

Space & Rocket Center

Closes at 5:00 pm

Sunday, 2:30 p.m


VonBraun Room


* - long waits 6:00-9:00 p.m.; ** Reservations needed by 7/1/00; *** can continue until closing at 5:00
Session I - Fri. @ 7 p.m.


The first session will start with introductions and words of wisdom from CFA officers, including Historian Jan Cloud . (see "Annual…" on Page 1)

WPA Records

Raymond Shirley (CFA member from Knoxville) will present an overview of his findings in Tennessee records compiled by WPA crews during the 1930s.

Local Resources

Annewhite Fuller, Manager of the Heritage Room of the HMC Public Library will tell us about local historical resources.

Hospitality Room

The vonBraun Room will be available Friday-Sunday for smaller conferences, review of CFA material, and copying.


Meeting - Sat. @ 9 a.m.
Business Meeting

The Annual CFA business meeting on Saturday will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Milltown Room.. The agenda includes elections and plans for the Gathering in coming years.

Session II - Sat. @ 10 a.m.

Cloud Migrations

We will have an historical presentation by Tom King, Sr. (CFA member from Escondido, CA), whose Cloud ancestors migrated to Madison County (AL) in 1824. Tom's book, "Wagons to Spaceships," traces these Clouds from SC to AL & TN. He will also discuss migration patterns and reasons..

CD Unveiling

Kenny Cloud will provide an overview of the CD that contains Cloud Family Journals of the past 22 years. (See "Compact Disk" on page 1)


Session III - Sat. @ 1:30

Genealogy Workshop

A workshop/seminar featuring Robert S. Davis, Jr., (see "Robert …" on page 1.)

Session IV -Sat. @ 7

Genealogy Workshop

Major attractions for most Cloud Family Gatherings have been the workshops on genealogical research conducted by CFA Historian Jan Cloud. (See Jan Cloud workshop … on page 3.) This is tentatively set for Session IV; however, we expect a preview during Session I.

Sunday Tour

Bus tour of Cloud Town, Cloud's Cove, NASA's MSFC, and U.S. Space & Rocket Ct

Note: The exact schedule for sessions is still tentative.



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The Hilton Hotel (at right) on the Big Spring Lagoon in downtown Huntsville is the site for this year's Gathering. The Hilton can be reached at (256)-533-1400. [Time has expired for making reservations through the Hilton's "800" number (800-445-8667)]. Be sure to ask for special $65 Cloud Family Gathering room rate.
Jan Cloud workshop is special benefit
We CFA members know Jan Cloud as that bright and charming lady who does a great job with the Cloud Family Journal and is super helpful in getting folks out of genealogical research quagmires.

Ever wonder how she can be so knowledgeable and effective? In short, she works at it!

Starting with a degree in history and geography, Jan has been a professional genealogist for 25 years. She is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (National Archives in Washington, DC) as



well as the University of Oklahoma.

Jan hosts a TV show, Ancestor Search, on KCTV in Santa Barbara, CA, and has been a featured speaker for genealogical society conferences in California, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She had to miss the '99 CFA Gathering because of a two-week-long speaking engagement in New Zealand that was a "can't miss."

She teaches genealogy courses at Santa Barbara City College and has been president of a 500-member county


genealogical society and vice president of a statewide organization. "Awards of Merit" are routine fare for her.

Get this: she has been elected president of chapters of both the Daughters of Union Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

We are indeed fortunate that Jan's late husband, a renowned scientist, was a Cloud (Dr. Preston Cloud) and that Jan has continued her dedication to that heritage.

Don't miss her workshop, tentatively set as Session IV.


Activities available for non-genealogists
There will be plenty for other members of the family to do while the chief family historian/genealogist is gathering information in meetings.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the primary attraction for visitors to Huntsville. 

The Sunday tour will only scratch the surface. It has exhibits, movies, and thrill rides. So, other members of the family may want an advanced visit. A "tourist loop trolley" will take you to it.

The Early Works hands-on museum is a new attraction for kids and adults. The Constitution Hall Village is an interesting look at history. Both are within walking distance of the hotel.


The Big Spring Lagoon and International Park is a pleasant place to walk. The Art Museum and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library are nearby.

Several shopping malls are a short drive away and can be reached by bus. Golf and fishing are available in abundance.


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Be kind to Cloud kin
who are not named Cloud

You received this bulletin because you are a member of the Cloud Family Association (CFA), are known to have an interest in Cloud history, or simply because you live in the area of the meeting and your name is Cloud.

If it's just a matter of your name and you are not interested in your Cloud ancestry, please pass this along to someone you know who also has Cloud ancestry but is not listed by the surname Cloud or does not live in the area. Keep in mind a married sister, an aunt, or a cousin. This may be a big favor to them if they are frustrated in their search for more knowledge of their Cloud heritage. We may have no other way to know they have an interest in Cloud history and genealogy.

Then, reconsider. The annual gathering is a great opportunity to have your own family reunion.

The Cloud Family Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the collection and preservation of information about the various branches of the Cloud family, past and present.

Officers for the 1999-2000 organization year are: President Leonard Cloud of Houston, TX; 1st VP Jane Ellison of Gainesville, GA; 2nd VP Cecil Stokes of Huntsville, AL; Secretary-Treasurer Linda Boose of Eastland, TX; and Historian Jan Cloud of Santa Barbara, CA.

The mailing address for the CFA is c/o Linda Boose, Sec./Treas; 508 Crestwood Drive; Eastland, TX 76448

The CFA web pages are at: http://genweb.net/~cloud/

Questions, or if registration form is not attached?
Call (256) 881-2578
or email Cstokes@hiwaay.net


Warning about Rocket Scientists: Come a few days early if you can, but don't expect to be able to stay in Huntsville over Sunday night unless you make reservations well in advance. Hundreds of rocket scientists from all over the world will be arriving Sunday evening for a major conference starting Monday. Nashville, Chattanooga, and Birmingham are within an easy 2-hr drive.

The Cloud Family Gathering
4022 Heatherhill Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35802





July 1 is Deadline
for Tour &

Page 2a is registration form.