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  1. Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 04:40:45 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Brian Mc Dowell
    E-mail:: musicmac@optusnet.com.au
    Location:: Victoria, Australia
    Lodge:: Mt Franklin - St. George
    Lodge Loc'n:: Daylesford
    Office:: Secretary/ A Grand Lodge Organist

    RQFC-topic: Music
    RQFC Details: I am researching the introduction of Music into our ceremonies. I would be appreciative of the music other countries use in their ceremonies

  2. Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 18:17:55 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Jodee Borden Davis Thomas
    E-mail:: actvrsa@sbcglobal.net
    Location:: San Antonio, Tx. 78231

    RQFC-topic: Gail Borden Jr.
    RQFC Details: Would like to know if he was one of the first members of the Texas Masonics?

  3. Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 20:53:50 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Mike Scott
    E-mail:: mscott8161@kvcc.edu
    Location:: Portage, MI USA
    Message:: I am writing a sociology paper about the Masonry.
    RQFC-topic: Masonry
    RQFC Details: History of the Masons, things done in society, any info about the Masonry.

  4. Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 19:08:12 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: hassan maoumi
    E-mail:: massoumi98@yahoo.com

    RQFC-topic: Masonic Lodge in Middle East
    RQFC Details: I do appreciate if you could help me in locating a masonic lodge in middle east beside Isreal.

  5. Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 05:54:36 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: bhadresh.p.mehta
    E-mail:: bhadresh1@vsnl.com
    Location:: chennai tamilnadu india
    Lodge:: om vighneswara no 218
    Office:: junior deacon

    RQFC-topic: rituals
    RQFC Details: i like to present a paper on rituals

  6. Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 09:54:19 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Elisabeth Cole
    E-mail:: elisabethecole@comcast.net
    Location:: Federal Way, WA. USA
    Message:: If possible I'd like to find out some information about my great-great Grandfather. His name was William Lorainso Sullivan and he was listed in "Membership of the Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Guthrie, Orient Of Oklahoma, June 1st, 1921" as Wm. L Sullivan, 32nd degree. Any information, or where I can email for information, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
    RQFC-topic: Family history

  7. Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 22:13:31 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Donald H. Capron, P.M.
    E-mail:: cowboystrucking@yahoo.com
    Location:: Hop Bottom, Pa., USA
    Lodge:: Harford Lodge #445
    Lodge Loc'n:: Hop Bottom, Pa. 18824
    Office:: Past Master
    Message:: I am interested in the history of cowboys, both real and movie, that have been or are currently freemasons. Also Lodges started by cowboys, mexican, american and indian, such as the Lodge in Del Rio, Texas. Any help on this subject will be greatly appreciated.
    RQFC-topic: Cowboys in Freemasonry
    RQFC Details: I am doing this for my own interest and as material for a program for Lodge.

  8. Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 13:23:56 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: David Thomson
    E-mail:: HELP@teesvalley-she.co.uk
    Location:: Redcar, N Yorkshire, UK
    Lodge:: Zetland 561 UGLE
    Lodge Loc'n:: Guisborough, N Yorks
    Office:: Past Master

    RQFC-topic: Volumes of Sacred Law
    RQFC Details: Hello; I am researching for a lecture based on the volumes of the sacred law - old testament, bible, koran etc. It's the "etc" that I need to know about ( I think that maybe 9 or 11 are approved). Do you have any articles or information that you can e-mail me. Thank you in anticipation, your sincerely and fraternally W Bro David Thomson, PM Zetland Lodge No 561 UGLE MEZ Handyside Chapter No 1618 Prov of Yorkshire North & East Riding Past Sov Saltburn Rose Croix

  9. Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 13:36:21 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Ralph W. Staples
    E-mail:: BlueHillHiram@yahoo.com
    Location:: Canton, MA - USA
    Lodge:: Blue Hill Lodge
    Lodge Loc'n:: Canton, Masssachusetts
    Office:: Secretary - Past Master

    RQFC Details: Brethren: Having been a Mason for over 37 years, I can attest that A Page About Freemasonry is the best site to answer your Masonic questions. I am also Massachusetts Representative for the Global Fraternal Network Internet Lodge #1 http://www.masonic-network.com take a look to find out more answers about Masonry. I will always answer e-mails from other Masons or anyone interested in finding out more about our wonderful fraternity. Enjoy your surfing, Blue Hill Hiram

  10. Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 18:06:41 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: David Anthony
    E-mail:: taffy74656@dodo.com.au
    Location:: N.S.W. ( Australia )
    Lodge:: Saratoga 937 also Chapter Gosford 173
    Lodge Loc'n:: Central Coast N.S.W. Australia
    Office:: Tyler / 1st Principal
    Message:: Dear Brethren , congratulations on a great site and your piece on " What younger Masons Want " is very good and hope to have it read out in Lodge . Keep up the good work Fraternally yours Wor. Bro. David Anthony
    RQFC-topic: Old Ritual book
    RQFC Details: Dear Brethren , A book has just been loan to us, dated 1836, it has the Mark Degree, Holy Royal Arch, Rose Croix and the Knight Templars in and ,my 3rd Principal who has the book is trying to record all the details. The problem is, he cannot scan it or photo copy it, but has to type it out, but it is so badly faded in some area's . Does any Brother have a copy from which we can get the details from. It would certainly be added to our museum once it has been recorded

  11. Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 16:27:34 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Doug Mackenzie
    E-mail:: RMNCguy002@aol.com
    Location:: Rocky Mount, NC
    Message:: My father is a 32 degree mason, and after seeing national treasure, reading angels and demons, and the Davinci Code, I have become fascinated with the story of Freemasonry.
    RQFC-topic: Freemasons in America
    RQFC Details: Information about the Declaration, the founding fathers, and any mason that has contributed to the world using masonic ideals

  12. Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 22:20:48 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Audrey J Childs
    E-mail:: ajchilds20011@yahoo.com
    Location:: Washington, DC-USA

    RQFC-topic: african-american family research
    RQFC Details: Hello, I'm looking for information on whatever Prince Hall lodge existed in Norfolk, Virginia, in the early to mid 1900s. My great grandfather, Charles S. Cherry, was a member. He died when I was an infant, but my mother knew her grandfather well. He died at the age of 89, in 1954. He was a native of Windsor, NC, but had lived in Norfolk for about 67 years. I don't think he was a founding member of the Norfolk lodge, per se, but I'd just like to find out if the existing lodge has a history that might have mentioned his name in any of their correspondences or proceedings. I'd appreciate any help anyone could give me. Thank you! Audrey J. Childs

  13. Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 04:28:01 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Bro. Walter L. Jordan Jr
    E-mail:: waltservices2002@yahoo.com
    Location:: Atlanta,Georgia
    Lodge:: W.C.THOMAS 112
    Lodge Loc'n:: Atlanta,Ga.
    Message:: Greeting Brotheren. Let's keep the light shining. Until we meet again. So mote it be!
    RQFC-topic: The Beginning of PH Masonic Order

  14. Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 13:41:26 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: David Nichols
    E-mail:: djnichols@freenetname.co.uk
    Location:: Reading, Berks. UK
    Lodge:: Independent Royal Arch 2 (and several British Lodges)
    Lodge Loc'n:: New York
    Office:: PM

    RQFC-topic: Lodge History
    RQFC Details: History of Independent Royal Arch Lodge 2, NY, NY, particularly prior to 1760

  15. Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 16:03:59 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Tara Schweninger
    E-mail:: sapphiremom@earthlink.net
    Location:: Kenosha, Wisconsin
    Lodge:: Job's Daughters Bethel #79
    Lodge Loc'n:: Bristol, WI
    Office:: PHQ, MM
    Message:: I love this site you ave done a great job here.
    RQFC-topic: Masons are not anti-christian!
    RQFC Details: I am researching the history of Masons to show we are not an anti-christian organization. Anyone wishing to share their views can e-mail me.

  16. Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 11:34:05 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: John E. Balzer
    E-mail:: jebassocs@aol.com
    Location:: Bolingbrook, IL, USA
    Message:: I am researching Knights Templar, specifically black Knights Templar.
    RQFC-topic: Black Knights Templar
    RQFC Details: I have a photo taken in 1870-1890 of a black man in a Knights Templar uniform and want to know if, or how, I can identify this individual. Can anyone help me or give me any suggestions? Thanks very much for any assistance.

  17. Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 10:30:11 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Eric J. Malafronte
    E-mail:: Malafronte@adelphia.net
    Location:: Naugatuck,Ct.,U.S.

    RQFC-topic: York Rite
    RQFC Details: I have been accepted to recieve my first 3 degrees at Harmony Lodge 42 in Waterbury and I'm interersted in learing about the difference between the York and Scottish Rites. I have also heard something called a French Rite. Any info would be helpful.

  18. Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:22:17 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Micul Cosma
    E-mail:: cosminq@yahoo.com
    Location:: Timisoara, Romania
    Message:: hy, I'm a romanian and I wonder if there is any lodge here in my country? I really want to become a mason, it will mean a lot to me! if someone can help me..I'll be very happy! tnx (one more thing..in march this year, I will go to UK to work. I'll be staying near the Faversham City in UK. if there are anu lodges arounds please tell me!)
    RQFC-topic: conflicts with christianity
    RQFC Details: any information about this topic is wellcome! tnx

  19. Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 00:11:07 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: william frange
    E-mail:: brineybrez@adelphia.net
    Location:: delray beach, florida, 33484, u.s.a.
    Message:: hi!, soon to become a member.
    RQFC-topic: scotish free masonry
    RQFC Details: origins, grand high exalted top lodges. educational,religous,etc.

  20. Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 11:20:16 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Alain L. Sers
    E-mail:: asserlain@yahoo.fr
    Location:: Marseille , France

    RQFC-topic: Chevalier Ramsay
    RQFC Details: Any info regarding origin life and writings by Ramsay are welcome. I will purchase any documents concerning same (il reasonable). Thanks

  21. Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 02:14:30 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Stephen Heath
    E-mail:: heath3s1j@msn.com
    Location:: Hobba,New Mexico USA
    Lodge:: Hobbs Lodge #63
    Lodge Loc'n:: Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
    Office:: Senior Warden
    Message:: Just Research
    RQFC-topic: Why did You become a Freemason?
    RQFC Details: WM has appointed the J.W. And Myself to open and close our Lodge on the 3rd &4th Tuesday. We need to have a program to offer The Brothers When our turn is up. This gives us an opportunity to be ready when our turn is up to be Worshipful Master. Thank you for the Web site and the information to help inspire the Brothers. Masonicly Steve S.W.

  22. Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 02:03:08 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Meghan Gilroy
    E-mail:: megilroy@cox.net
    Location:: Pensacola, Fl

    RQFC-topic: History of Free Masons in Pensacola, Fl.

  23. Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 08:43:50 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Paulo Roberto N Vasconcelos
    E-mail:: pvascon@uai.com.br
    Location:: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Lodge:: Reis Correa num 232
    Lodge Loc'n:: Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
    Office:: first deacon
    Message:: Congratulations.This web site is well done.
    RQFC-topic: The beggining of Freemasonry in Europe

  24. Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 09:43:17 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: mihai butucaru
    E-mail:: mihai.butucaru@mirocomunicatii.ro
    Location:: bucharest romania
    Lodge:: steaua romaniei
    Lodge Loc'n:: bucharest
    Office:: WM Bogdan Nicolae Buzaianu

    RQFC-topic: Iím doing research on differences between York, Scottish and Emulation rituals
    RQFC Details: Dear Brothers, Iím doing research on differences between York, Scottish and Emulation rituals Please, be so kind, and provide me by e-mail, original English Rituals of those Works in order to have the proper materials to work on it. Fraternally yours Mihai Butucaru

  25. Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 14:33:35 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Phil Brewerton
    E-mail:: philb1306@aol.com
    Location:: littlehampton, west sussex, uk
    Lodge:: Atlingworth
    Lodge Loc'n:: brighton, sussex, uk

    RQFC-topic: mesopotamia lodge no 3820
    RQFC Details: I have some medals from my father- in -law that belonged to his father. they show that he was a founder member of said lodge, also chapter chaldea no 3820. i am trying to find some history of the lodge

  26. Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 23:52:53 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: J. Loftin
    E-mail:: Loftin2668@aol.com
    Location:: Los Angeles, California, USA
    Message:: Fantastic web page.
    RQFC-topic: William Lahners of Decatur, Macon County Lodge #8
    RQFC Details: Hello, I am working on my family genealogy and discovered my great, great grandfather, William Lahners was a Mason at Decatur, Macon Lodge #8. I was wondering how I could go about confirming this and finding out if there is any information / photographs about him there. He lived in Decatur and was a yardmaster at the Wabash RR there. His obit. also doesn't make much sense to me because I know little or nothing about the Masons. I would truly appreciate any interpretation of the following from his obituary. His obit says something like: Macon lodge No. 8 A. F. and A. M., Macon chapter No. 21, R. A. M. Decatur council No 16. R. and S. M. Beaumangic (illegible spelling?) commandery No. ? (illegible) Knights Templar, and Aasar Shrine. A. A. O. N. M. S. of Springfield. It is truly difficult researching him, because I live in Los Angeles, California and your generous assistance would be truly appreciated. Sincerely, Jeff Loftin

    [Web-master's note:Information about those various abbreviations and the degrees and bodies they stand for can all be found at http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/Letters/letter0105.html

  27. Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 15:49:46 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Celiene
    E-mail:: celienet@aol.com
    Location:: Redwood City, CA USA
    Message:: Please help!
    RQFC-topic: On a U.A.O.D. Ring dated 1919
    RQFC Details: I have a ring that I am researching. It is a U.A.O.D ring from the Monteverde Grove San Francisco #128. It is dated 1919. I need to know abou thte symbols on the ring, what U.P.C. at the bottom means and what is a P.A. in the order? I can send you a picture. Please help ASAP. Thank YOU!

    [Web-master's note: Until your message, I had never heard of U.A.O.D. A quick search on Google (always recommended) brings up the "United Ancient Order of Druids". You can find out more about them at:

    Just to be completely clear: the UAOD is completely independent of Freemasonry, is *not* a Masonic body and has no relation to Freemasonry.]

  28. Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 08:32:49 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Ebenezer Lombaard
    E-mail:: eben@lombaard.com
    Location:: Bryanston -South Africa
    Lodge:: Lodge Lurgan No.767 I.C.
    Lodge Loc'n:: Johannesburg -South Africa
    Office:: Pasr Master
    Message:: I have been an Irish Mason for 44 yrs. and also hold the 32nd. degree in the Scottish Constiti\ution.
    RQFC-topic: Social influence.
    RQFC Details: I have and am intersted in the role and influence of Masonry on various aspects of siciety from the mid 16th. century on.

  29. Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 01:09:00 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Eugene R. French
    E-mail:: eugene53@stratuswave.net
    Location:: Moundsville, West Virginia, USA

    RQFC-topic: Similarities be between the Junior Order United American Mechanics and the Free and Accepted Masons
    RQFC Details: I have been invited to attend the Cherrydale Lodge #42 AF & AM by the Worshipful Master Travis Sanchez Hilliard to display Jr.O.U.A.M. memorabilia and to speak on the history of the Jr.O.U.A.M. and the similarities between the Masonic Order and the Jr.O.U.A.M. Any information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated.

  30. Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2005 13:26:02 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Victor Lynn Harvey
    E-mail:: smiegk@juno.com
    Location:: Mchenry, MS (USA)
    Lodge:: J.L. Power #416
    Lodge Loc'n:: Perkinston, MS
    Office:: Junior Warden

    RQFC-topic: Old masonic ritual(not modern),

  31. Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 05:30:57 -0500 (EST)
    E-mail:: davemeacock@sahagun.fsnet.co.uk
    Location:: WREXHAM,NORTH WALES, U.K.
    Lodge:: ERDDIG LODGE
    Message:: I am researching Freemasonry and the Military and would be interested in any info from your members of masonry being practiced, both in lodges and personally , by both sides during the American Civil War. Thank You and Fraternal Greetings from a Brother in the U.K.

  32. Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 15:52:18 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Ray Barber
    E-mail:: rbarber@buff.net.net
    Location:: Arcade, N.Y.
    Lodge:: Mt. Vernon
    Lodge Loc'n:: New York
    Office:: Pest D.D.G.M.

    RQFC-topic: Gen. Thomas Jackson
    RQFC Details: I would like to know if Stone wall Jackson was a Mason, and what Lodge