Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 5 No 1 Editor: Pat Weeks January 1998

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 4513 Mission Viejo CA, 92690


Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and are held from 10:00 AM to Noon at 27978 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Visitors are always welcome.

Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Membership fees are $20 per year, January 1 through December 31.

17 January 1998 We begin our new year with the return of a favorite speaker of ours, Bill Doty, of the National Archives.

This year's talk is titled "A Case for Living History in the Archives", and Bill will relate to us materials available at the NA along with interesting, and sometimes very surprising finds in these documents.

21 February 1998 To be announced

21 March 1998 At this meeting SOCCGS member Willis Wyant will discussresearching in the state of Ohio. We understand Willis has racked up many many years delving into Ohio research.

Other Local Events

17 January 1998 WAGS general meeting, 1:00 at Santa Fe Springs Mall, 13340 Telegraph Road and Carmenita Ave. Ted Gostin will present Russian genealogical resources in American repositories.

27 January 1998 Tuesday. North San Diego Co. GS monthly meeting, featuring Donna Debevec Cuillard, active lecturer and librarian in the FHC, will discuss "Analyzing Documents-What Does It Really Say?"

21 February 1998 Whittier Area Genealogical Society Seminar to be held at the Masonic Temple, 7604 S. Greenleaf Ave., Whittier. James W. And Paula Stuart Warren are the guest speakers at this seminar, presenting their expertise in methodology, records, uncovering uncommon sources, etc. Registration at 8 AM, program 9 AM to 4 PM. For more information call (562) 696-7322 or (818) 333-1194.

30 & 31 May 1988 The 29th Annual Genealogical Jamboree will be heldin Burbank, sponsored by Southern California Genealogical Society. More details to follow.


Membership Chairperson Iris Graham reported at our Board meeting this month that the total membership for 1997 had reached 198 members. Isn't that amazing?

You also need to be reminded that come January 1 dues are due and payable to the SOCCGS for ALL members. Please don't leave us now, we're just getting warmed up! Send in that $20 so you can continue receiving this stimulating newsletter! Iris reports that persons not paying their dues will be dropped from the mailing list by March 1st.

Our Christmas meeting drew 51 members and one guest, Victoria Kahn of Fullerton.


The next safari is planned for January 28 and will be a visit to the Carlsbad Library.

Safaris are scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Those interested are asked to be at the FHC parking lot at 9:30 AM sharp. If you have a library you've been dying to visit, give Shirley Fraser a call and suggest a site.


The Society wants to publicly thank Ruth Sheean and husband who have donated a computer and CD Rom reader to the new library. And also, a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed time and books to the new library.


of knowledge, that is. We will start a column of members who either need help in a particular area or members who have done extensive research and hold private libraries and are willing to help others.

We begin by printing these resources open to you:

Tom Alex Hruska has volunteered to help anyone researching the Czech Republic.

Pat Weeks has many books concerning the early French Canadians.
She can be contacted at

Janet Franks has volunteered to help with New York and Connecticut research

And in need is Lowell Smith,, who needs help translating some Norwegian entries. Any Norwegians out there???

He can be reached at


Madame Editor decided to run a rather special pedigree chart this issue, mainly because it is the only one that was available to her. Vera and David Stankey provided this pedigree, and it's size made my work seen quite insignificant. I have printed the paternal ancestry of Dtps City Girl, an orchid grown by the Stankeys.Did you know orchid growers also use pedigree charts for their flowers? The Stankeys have an array of gorgeous orchids now available for sale at Traditions Restaurant in Dana Point. Tis a shame Dpts City Girl is getting all this attention and your pedigree charts are not being used! I would just love to have one of their orchids, but my cat Fitzgerald would beat it to death!


During WWII the town of Hereford was flooded with refugees who turned out to be Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Cornish. Phyllis Jackson, a podiatrist of Gloucestershire, noted that many of the refugees of Celtic origin came to her with bunions, quite different from those of English patients.

English patients had broad feet with toes forming a "steep angle somewhat pointed from the first to the fifth toe". Celtic refugees had toe tips almost level with one another, and their feet tended to be longer and slimmer (except at the base of the big toe where bunions form). Taking up archeology, she examined skeletal remains of a few Saxon and Celtic bones from a 6th Century cemetery. She found the difference still held. Saxons had feet shaped like the modern English foot. "The cubic bone was slightly crunched in Saxon feet, but more square in Celtic."

(From "Breakthroughs" in Discovery, June 96, via the Highlander & San Fernando Valley, via WAGS newsletter August 1997)

"ALIENS" in the Census

In the 1920 Census, column 14, AL= Alien, NA=Naturalized and PA=Papers have been filed for citizenship. So how could a nineteen year old woman, shown as born in California, be listed as an alien? From 2 March 1907 to 21 September 1922 a woman marrying an alien lost her citizenship in the USA. Such a woman would have to apply for citizenship, filing a Declaration of Intent, just as any foreign born person would. It is important to be aware of the different laws that governed citizenship and naturalization. (Orange Co CA GS newsletter Sept 1995)


To enhance the letters on a gravestone for a better photograph, the Association for Gravestone Studies recommends the use of talc, powdered limestone or crushed TUMS on dark-colored stones and powered graphite on light-colored stones. Blackboard chalk, soil, and especially shaving cream tend to be too acidic. (IGS newsletter Aug 1995 via OCCGS newsletter Sept 95)

Winston Churchill once asked the conservative party to provide him with statistics to back up some points he was making in a speech. He looked at what was sent to him and called back, "These statistics are no good! I want ones that prove I am right!" (Historical Gen Soc of Randolph Co In. Apr 1996)

from Mayflower Quarterly Nov 1990

The children of a prominent family chose to give the patriarch a book of their family's history. The biographer they hired was warned of one problem. Uncle Willie, the "Black Sheep", had gone to Sing Sing's electric chair for murder. The writer carefully handled the situation in the following way: "Uncle Willie occupied a chair of applied electronics at one of our nation's leading institutions. He was attached to his position by the strongest of ties. His death came as a true shock

Found a great quote of a genealogist in St Joseph MO as printed in the Kansas City Star, no date. "History is the skeleton. Genealogy is the flesh on the bones."


The Roberts of Northern New England
by Thomas A. Jacobsen

Gunsmiths of Huntingdon Co PA
by James B. Whisker

Unusual Record Sources
by Everton Publishers

Annotated Bibliography of Ohio Patriots, RW and War of 1812
by W. Louis Phillips

Martin Pursuit, A journey along the Trail
by Neil Bancroft

Holt Co MO Deaths, 1883-1893
NW MO Genealogical Society

Genealogies in the Historical Collection The Fairfield County District Library, Lancaster Ohio, 5th edition, by Fairfield Co Chapter of Ohio GS

Suspicious Deaths in Mid-19th Century Baltimore
Baltimore City Archives

War of 1812 Genealogy
by George K. Schweitaer

New England Cemeteries-A collector's Guide, by Andrew Kull

The Harts of Randolph
by Katherine Hart Frame

Deaths and Burials in St Mary's Co MD
DAR Library Catalogue, Vol 2
by DAR

Springfield, Town on the MN Prairie
by Historical Society

Authorized Pictorial Lives of James Gillespie Blaine and John Alexander Logan
by J. W. Buel

Kern Co CA Place Names
by Richard C. Bailey

New Orleans: Facts & Legends
by Raymond J. Martinez

Original Land Entries of Allen Co Ohio
by Peggy Seitz James

History of the Town of Union, ME
by John Langdon Sibley

Gen. Records of Buckingham Co VA
by Edythe Rucker Whitley

Cemetery Record Compendium
by John D. & E. Diane Stemmons

American Tory, Great Lives Observed
by Morton & Pen Borden

The Trek of James MacDonald
by Edgar W. Stanton III

Original Proprietors, Hartford CT
by Soc.of Descendants of the Founders of Hartford

Family Names of Huguenot Refugees to America
by Mrs James M. Lawton

Genealogical Data from NY Post-Boy 1743-1773
by Kenneth Scott

British Burials and Births on the Gulf Coast, Records of the Church of England in West Florida, 1768-1770
by Winston De Ville

Ross Co Ohio Families, Vol 2
Ross Co Gen Society

Massachusetts Register, 1802
by John West


Layman-Lehman Records & Lines
by Laurine M. P. Logsdon

Hildreth Highlights

The Watchman, A newsletter for Waite Families

Early Records of Upper East Tennessee

Journal of Jefferson Co Genealogical Society

Tree Talks 1984, Journal of Central NY Genealogical Society

These materials have arrived this month and are now catalogued and on the shelves. We will try to print all new materials to the library each month.


It is possible that even though your ancestors may have come through New York City, they may not have been processed at Ellis Island.

The first immigrant processing station was opened at Battery Park in 1855. Called Castle Garden, it operated from 1855 to 1891, and which time it was no longer adequate to handle the flood of immigrants.

Ellis Island opened 1 January 1892 but was destroyed in a fire in July 1897. Castle Garden was then recommissioned and served until the Ellis Island facility was reopened 17 December 1900.

Only those immigrants who came in steerage class were processed at these facilities. Those who came in first or second class were processed in their cabins and only went to Ellis Island if a problem was suspected.

Most immigrants were processed in these facilities if they arrived at the Port of New York City between 1 August 1855 and the end of 1924.

1 Aug 1855-18 Apr 1890 Castle Garden

19 Apr 1890 - 31 Dec 1891 Barge Office

1 Jan 1892 - 13 June 1897 Ellis Island

14 June 1897 - 16 Dec 1900 Barge Office

17 Dec 1900 - 31 Dec 1924 Ellis Island

Following WWI, immigration quotas were improved, and by 1954 the flow of immigrants decreased to the point where Ellis Island was closed. The main building has been restored according to the original blueprint and reopened as a museum run by the National Park Service in 1990. (Winepress July 1997 via Whittier Area GS Newsletter, Oct 1997)

1998 New Year Resolutions

1. Identify and place photos in a photo album, using archival materials.

2. Better organize my negatives of photos

3. Glean those files. Throw away or condense those "may be useful someday" notes - if they haven't been useful in the past 20 years it is doubtful they will be of use in the future.

4. Write a letter to my cousins informing them of the strides I have made of their family in recent years.

5. Write a summary of what I know of each grandparent, both substantiated by records, and the family tales I have heard.

6. Follow through on these intentions even if it means less ironing and hoovering performed through out 1998.

After all, my life's love, genealogy , should be as perfect as my love life!

(Pat Weeks, Dec 31, 1997)


What happens to your books and your research at your demise? So many times the books are carted off to the Goodwill or sold for pennies. The research gets shoved in a closet, or thrown out. I would guess 99% of your family who is disposing of your belongings would love some direction from you as to what to do with these possessions. Just put a simple note with your will, directing such be given to a specific library or specific genealogical society. Also include how to contact such a group with their name, address and phone. It is really one last gift you will be giving your loved ones.

TIPS for Beginners;
REMINDERS for the more experienced.
A "helper page" for members of
The Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Rule 1. Always enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (known as SASE) to everyone from whom you seek a reply. Preferably, use a long #9 envelope inside a business #10.

When contacting any genealogical or historical organization, be willing to pay for the cost of photocopies, additional postage, as well as make a small donation. Those who will be responding, in addition to time, will have donated their gas and parking expenses, often over the span of many, many years.

Rule 2. Keep it simple! TO OFFICIAL OFFICES/COURTHOUSES, ask only one or two direct questions. Put yourself in the place of a busy office worker whose day-to-day responsibilities come first. A donation of a dollar or two for the office "coffee fund" is usually appreciated, but does not cover the cost of the photocopied record you are requesting.

To Genealogical Organizations and other researchers, make your first letter short and to the point. Reserve telling all you know or have learned in succeeding letters. Be careful to use full names in place of "my gr-gr-grandfather or other relationship. Indicate the event and approximate time period you seek.

Rule 3. Do some preliminary research to know that the place you are writing to has the records you are seeking. The Local History Dept in your public library will have such reference books as Everton's Handybook For Genealogists. Other books provide lists of state and local genealogical societies.

Rule 4. Make your letter clear and readable. Either type or write clearly on standard-size typing or composition paper. Your request and a copy of the reply can then be properly filed for easy retrieval by the next researcher seeking

"your" surnames in that geographic area.

Be sure to put your return address on the letter itself. An envelope can be lost and your letter goes unanswered.

Rule 5. Keep a copy of your letter for reviewing when you write again.


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