Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol. 2 No. 1 Editor: Pat Weeks January 1995

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA., 92690


SOCCGS monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and will be held from 10:00 A.M. to Noon at:

Norman P. Murray Community Center

24932 Oso Viejo Drive.

Mission Viejo, CA.

21 January

Opening meeting of 1995 will feature Mr. Bill Doty, an Archivist at the Laguna Niguel National Archives, Pacific Southwest Region. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, and holds memberships in the Society of California Archivists, the Trust for Historic Preservation and the Civil War Round Table of Long Beach. Mr Doty conducts classes in military genealogy during the Archives workshop series. He will speak to our Society on genealogical and textual research using the National Archives resources.

18 February

Meeting to be held as usual. The program for this meeting will be announced in next month's



25 February 1995

The Whittier Area Genealogical Society will hold their annual seminar at the Whittier Masonic Lodge and feature Russell Baker, whose subject will be "Civil War and Pioneer Community Research". For more information, contact Mary Collins at (310)633-4697.

3-6 May 1995

The annual conference of the National Genealogical Society will be held in San Diego this year at the Town & Country Hotel & Convention Center. This meeting will draw prominent speakers in the field and should be worth attending. Details will be available in January.


SOCCGS has decided to make a donation to the Pacific-Southwest Region National Archives here in Laguna Niguel at the end of the current year, 1995. $1.00 will be donated from each membership fee collected in 1995, to be used by the Archives for additional materials which are not budgeted. If you visit the NA, you are aware that there is no charge for using the facility, but donations are accepted. Funds collected go to purchasing microfilm and CD Roms for the research room.

If you did not attend December's meeting, you missed a winner! For openers, we had the whole parking lot to ourselves!! The installation for new officers was held, and Mary Ellen Lytle was presented with a thank you document that the Founding members signed. She also received a life-time membership in SOCCGS and our hearty thanks for her outstanding direction and vision.

We had no speaker presentation at this meeting; instead feedback was asked from those present. Sylvia Sligar showed us her Family Book which she had just completed and has sent out to lucky family members. A very impressive self publication project, complete with pictures, maps, documents, and descendancy charts. Way to go, Sylvia!

Shirley Fraser shared her brilliant idea of using her past Christmas letters as on-going family history of her present family. She has diligently written a Christmas letter to friends and family since 1950. She dug them all out and reproduced them for each of her four children. The future newsletters will be added to the collection each year. She also has taped narratives of what she knows of her ancestors for each child, and is confident her research will endure, and there will be some descendant in the years to come who will be very grateful for this history.

Eleanor McInnis reported on the SOCCGS Publishers Club meeting held December 9th,

conducted by Karen Langer at the National Archives. All who attended fell very enthusiastic and grateful for the help.

New President John Smith reminded the group to make a gedcom disc for him to include in his computerized surname program to hopefully discover common families within our group. Eugenia Gannon also reminded the group she needs cards for the Surname Index.

We hardly got a chance to meet new member Jean Bellinger, who sat at the table furiously writing notes from material that Ruby White had brought to the meeting to share with her. It was a real long shot on Ruby's part, but it united Jean with her fourth great uncle, of Jefferson County NY.

Pat Stafford shared that New York State, by law, provided each town and city with a local historian. By contacting the town historian, Pat has been able to extend her research efforts. She suggests writing the Chamber of Commerce, or Library in the town of interest to learn of historian's name and address.

Coffee, tea and cookies were provided by Board members Pat McCoy, Pat Stafford and Mel Kinnee. We concluded the meeting feeling we had now become old friends with each other.


A special thanks to non-members Roy Walker and Frances Hebert who donated copies of the Genealogical Helper to our future library.


Judy Deeter will represent SOCCGS on the Mission Viejo Library Committee. She reported that the city will soon be sending out a survey asking Mission Viejo residents what they would like to see in the proposed new library. Judy reminds us to please do not ignore this survey but take the time to state you would like to see a genealogy section incorporated into the proposed plans. Judy will attend meetings and keep us informed of the progress of this project.


Welcome to the following new members:

Wanda Cunningham 11-18-94 #0133

443 Ave. Sevilla-H

Laguna Hills CA 92653-3844

Mary Diou 12-15-94 #0134

27796 Via Granados

Mission Viejo, CA., 92692


The following members have renewed their membership for the upcoming year: Goldie Gay, Jinx Cochrell, Gertrude Labhard, Mary Ellen Lytle, Dorothy Gould, Margaret Axlund,

Gene Costello, and Ruby White.

Membership renewals are the responsibility of the SOCCGS members and the Society will not be sending reminders to each and every one. Instead, we ask the members to look at their mailing label on the newsletter. The first line shows the anniversary date of enrollment (and renewal date for each year) and is followed by your membership number. If that number begins with the letter F, it means you are a founding member, for you had joined the first six months of our existance. Dues are $20.00 and payable on the anniversary date.

Family membership is $25.00 per year. Please use your membership number when renewing and when corresponding with the Society.


Members George and Eleanor McInnis have volunteered to undertake the responsibility of running off and mailing out the Saddleback Valley Trails newsletter each month for the coming year. There are still three Board positions not filled which are Membership, Publicity, and Parliamentarian. Pay is horrid, but the work hours are flexible and there are enormous opportunities to advance oneself in

friendship and fun. If you would like to participate in these opportunities, contact John Smith, 855-0963.


Pat Stafford's treats, which we

so hastily devoured at December's mtg.

2 C sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 C sifted confectioners sugar

1 C butter or margarine

Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter until mixture clings together. Press into a 9" x 13" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

4 beaten eggs

2 C granulated sugar

1/3 C fresh lemon juice

1/4 C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat together eggs, sugar and lemon juice. Sift together flour and baking powder and stir into egg mixture. Pour over the baked crust.

Bake at 350 degrees about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Cool, cut in bars. Makes 30 bars.


The projected budget for the year 1995 will be

available at the January meeting, and will be published in the February newsletter.

The editor has decided to introduce herself this month. This was after asking some of our Board members who refused because of Xmas pressures. Well, I am not ready for the holidays either, but I have almost gotten used to feeling hopelessly unprepared.

I began my family quest twenty two years ago, and I remember telling my Mom that I would not have to worry about what to do with the rest of my life, for I immediately discovered how addictive genealogy is. For twenty years I was a Speech Pathologist with the Saddleback Valley School District and was feeling very frustrated that I did not have time for genealogy. When I became eligible for early retirement I grabbed it, and have not had one day of boredom since. I volunteered at the Mission Viejo Family History Center for a few years but now volunteer at the National Archives in Laguna Niguel.

For many years I devoted my energies to my French Canadian ancestors. The resources are rich in that area and I could always discover something new at the library. My true love is the period from early 1700 to 1750 when the French voyageur travelled down the Mississippi River in the early days of the fur trade. My Frenchmen were there as early as 1708, took Indian wives, and settled into the small villages which are now the St Louis Illinois and Missouri region.

I have spent so many years studying that area that I now know most of the early settlers. For years I have belonged to the St Louis Genealogical Society, the Old Mines Area Historical Society, the Mine-au-Breton Society and the Center for French Colonial Studies. The Center has graciously published some of my articles. I provide research and pamphlets for the Old Mines Society. At present I am involved in transcribing the 1830 census for the Washington County MO., which Old Mines will use as another publication to generate monies. I need a proof reader for this project. Anyone out there who can help me?

Bonne Chasse,

Pat Weeks


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