Saddleback Valley Trails

Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 8 No 2 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...February 2001

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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

Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Mission Viejo Family History Center Institute Building, 27978 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year for individuals, $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.


We enjoyed a great turnout for the January meeting and our speaker, Bill Toeppe, was well received. He gave an extremely interesting lecture on the Basic Steps in German Genealogy. Bill serves as a volunteer at the Huntington Beach Library on Thursdays from 10 to 2.

Thank you all for wearing name tags, either your own or those provided. This is extremely helpful to me and, I hope, others. Herb Abrams will make a permanent name tag for any member who wishes to have one. We will have a sign-up sheet for this purpose on the table at future meetings.

The City of Mission Viejo has donated three computers to our Society. Our plan is to have at least one of these computers for our use during the time of library expansion. This would allow continued use of our CD collection. We are exploring the possibility of Internet hook-up for genealogical purposes.

The planned construction at the Library will make our book section inaccessible for several months. This will likely begin to affect us sometime about the first of March. However, we have not been informed as to a specific date. More discussion on this problem will take place at our February 17 meeting. Make plans to attend and take part in this discussion and impart your ideas.

Our Librarian, Janet Franks, along with the Book Selection Committee, is preparing an order for new CDs to supplement our already great selection.

This morning I checked out a new (to me) site on the Internet. It allowed me to print out a time line for my father, 1912-1993. I was able to see the world's events that occurred during his lifetime. This is a free site. It would be a great tool for those writing a family history.

Go to:

Genealogy is great fun!!

See you February 17,

Mary Jo McQueen


17 February 2001 Maurice Summers speaks on Scottish Research.

17 March 2001 Joan Rambo will speak on using non-genealogical sources for your research.

21 April 2001 Global History will be the topic of Kathleen Trevena.

19 May 2001 Louis Carlson will talk to us about "Everything You Wanted to Know About Headstones and Were Afraid to Ask: "A Humorous Look at Headstones Through the Ages,Their Maintenance and their Symbolism."

16 June 2001 Gary Shumway will speak on:"Using Oral History to Document Your Genealogy."

21 July 2001 Norma Keating will cover Danish Research for us.


8 February 2001 An "English & Welsh Crash Course" will be held at the Marriot Hotel, Torrance, CA. For info call Nancy Carlsberg at (714) 772-2849 or email Nancy Bier at

9-11 February 2001 The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International will hold its 2nd Winter Symposium at the Red Lion Inn/Holiday Inn South Day in San Diego. Among the ten featured speakers on Saturday will be our own Tom Hruska who will speak on the Uses of Aerial and Cadastral Mapping for Genealogy. The three day event includes tours of San Diego, an Ethnic Dinner with entertainment by the Devin Slovak Folk Dance Ensemble and a Private Reception & Open House at the House of the Czech and Slovak Republics. For more details on schedules, costs and registration, contact John Kracha at (619) 426-8295, or

24 February 2001 The Whittier Area Genealogical Society will present their Annual WAGS Seminar with nationally known speaker and author, Richard S. Wilson on Making Connections: Technology and Genealogy . The seminar will be held at the new meeting location for WAGS at the Masonic Lodge at 7604 Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier. "Richard W. Wilson, author of computerbooks for genealogists and articles for national genealogy magazines, local and national lecturer, owner of Compuology (, and webmaster for the California USGenWeb, brings more than 16 years of computer experience to this Seminar." His lectures include Comparing Genealogical Software Programs, Using Word Processors and Databases for Genealogy, Favorite Internet Sites for Genealogists, and Technology Tools You Can't Live Without: Scanners, Digital Cameras, and More. Advance registration is $27 for non-members and must be made by February 17. Lunch can be be reserved for an additional $6. For more information, contact Miriam Benell, Seminar Director, at (562) 695-5431 or Ray Ristic, President, at, or WAGS web page at

2-3 March 2001 "NEHGS Comes to San Diego." The New England Historic Genealogical Society presents a Weekend Seminar at the Holiday Inn on the Bay with lectures by staff as well as special guest Hank Z. Jones, FASG, well known author of the prize-winning work The Palatine Families of New York-1710 and the popular book Psychic Roots. The following schedule is planned:

Friday, March 2

8-9 am Registration

9-10 F1 Opening General Session - Dr. Ralph J. Crandall
"Migration Patterns in New England and Beyond: 1620-1850"

10:15-11:15 F2 "Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine Emigrants," Hank Z. Jones, FASG

F3 "The Armchair Archivist: Use Your Computer To Preserve Local History," David Allen Lambert

11:30-12:30 F4 General Session - "When the Sources Are Wrong." Hank Z. Jones, FASG

12:30-2 pm Luncheon and Speaker, Jerome E. Anderson, "New England Ancestry from A to Z"

2:15-3:15 F5 "Finding The Irish Connection," Jerome E. Anderson

F6 "On-Line Overview: Popular Websites on the Internet," David Allen Lambert

3:30-4:30 F7 Closing General Session - David Allen Lambert, "What Happened After The War? Using U.S. Military Pension Files to Recreate Your Ancestor's Life After Military Service"

6-7 pm Cash Bar Reception

7-9 pm Dinner and Speaker, Hank Z. Jones, FASG
"Genealogy in the New Millennium: Where We've Been and Where We're Going"

Saturday, March 3

8-9 am Registration

9-10--S1 Opening General Session - David Allen Lambert

"Beyond The Shoebox: Organizing Your Data with Software"

10:15-11:15 S2 "Canadian Sources for American Genealogy," Jerome E. Anderson

S3 "Digital Grandparents: Applying Computer Technology to Your Family Photo Collection," David Allen Lambert

11:30-12:30 S4 General Session - Hank Z. Jones. FASG

"Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research"

12:30-2 pm Luncheon and Speaker, Gary Boyd Roberts
"The Best Sources for 17th Century Royal Descents and Mayflower Genealogy"

2:15-3:15 S5 "Urban Ancestors in Cities Large and Small," Jerome E. Anderson

S6 "The Best Sources for Pioneer Genealogy, 1750-1850," Gary Boyd Roberts

3:15-3:45 Book Sale

3:45-4:45 Closing General Session - Jerome E. Anderson
"Making the Most of Religious Records"

Personal Consultations can be scheduled with Gary Boyd Robert, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar, whose area of special expertise includes royal descents, Mayflower lineage, and kinship to presidents. Members $45, non-members $50.

Conference fees: $235 for the 2-day session, including 2 luncheons, Friday banquet, and choice of lectures both days.

$110 for Saturday only, including 1 luncheon and choice of lectures on Saturday.

Reservations: Mail reg. & payment to NEHGS Weekend Seminar in S.D., 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3007

or by phone using Visa or MC, call toll-free 1-888-286-3447 or (617) 536-5740, ext. 227

For more information visit the NEHGS website at


24-25 March 2001 The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library will present JAMBOREE 2001, Saturday 8:30 am - 6 pm & Sunday 8:30 am - 4 pm, at the Exhibition Bldg., Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For more information call (818) 843-7247, email or see


2-3 February 2001 The GENTECH 2001 Conference, "Union and Reunion," will be held in Dallas, TX. Topics to be: Online Research, Computers, Imaging, Applications, Education, Black History, Expo, and Everything Else. For more information visit the web site at,



The Orange County Genealogical Society announces their Annual Book Faire on March 3rd at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Genealogical books, Periodicals, and Computer books will be available at reduced prices. The following workshops are scheduled:

9:00 Intermediate/Advanced Class with Charlotte Smith - Room B

9:00 BillHolder will duplicate family photos - downstairs in the genealogy library office

10:15 Basic Genealogy with Pat Cohen - Room B

12:30 The Palm Pilot & uses in Genealogy with Chris Hanson - Room C

12:30 German Interest Group with Bill Toeppe - Room D

12:30 Salt Lake Trip - with Joan Rambo & Janet Spurgeon - Room E

Food will be available at Espresso Bar and vending machines.


The Genealogy Book Shop at the Huntington Beach Library is closing on Feb. 3. If anyone wants to order anything, they still have some time, but not much. Currently the hours the shop is open are Tue-Thu 11 am - 7 pm, Fri and Sat 11 am - 4:30 pm. Phone: 714-843-0988 or contact Shirley Fraser for more information at (949) 837-5566 or

The DAR has announced a Cookbook Project - "Spirit of 76" - which will have a Revolutionary War Theme, and they are asking us all to participate by submitting recipes. For more information or to obtain a recipe form, contact DAR member Bunny Smith at (949) 472-8046.

The SOCCGS newsletter deadline for submitting material is the day of the General Meeting if you want to have it included in the next months issue. We welcome any articles of interest, queries or surname searching lists. It would be nice to have more original input from our members.


1. For schedule of current classes being held at the LA Family History Center, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, call (310) 474-9990 or visit their website at

2. For information on classes held at the Orange FHC, 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, call Beth McCarty at (714) 998-3408. The winter 2001 mini class schedule is as follows:

Wed Feb 7 10-N How to Conduct a Locality Search Linda Newsom

Fri Feb 16 N-1pm Research Strategies for England Beth McCarty

Sat Feb 17 10-N Hungarian Research Vera Broyles

Wed Feb 21 10-N Tracing Your Family Tree On-Line Barbara Renick

Thur Feb 22 10-11 Unusual Record Sources Norma Keating

Fri Feb 23 10-11 Searching in North and South Carolina Celia Christensen

Wed Mar 7 10-N How to Conduct a Search by Surname Linda Newsom

Fri Mar 16 N-1pm Searching Probate Records, Eng. & Wales Beth McCarty

Sat Mar 17 10-N Hungarian Research Vera Broyles

Wed Mar 21 10-N Images for Genealogists-Scanning and Barbara Renick

Digital Cameras

Fri Mar 23 10-11 Searching in Virginia Celia Christensen

3. Classes for beginners and intermediates in Computer-assisted Genealogy are offered each month by the Orange County CA Genealogy Society in the General Meeting Room of the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA for a fee of $4 for non-members, payable at the door. See for schedule.

4. For classes at the Mission Viejo Family History Center, 27976 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo: or phone (949) 364-2742. Classes start Feb 6 - Mar 13, Tues. evenings from 7-9 pm. They are FREE, simply call to reserve a seat.


Concepts & Processes

Family Census Records

Federal Census Records - National Archive specialist

Record Sources - How to look and where, City, County, State, Federal, Military, Social Security Death, Census, Church, Immigration & Emigration, Cemeteries


PC Programs You Use - GEDCOM files

Family History Center - Family Search Databases, Windows Databases

Internet - Email, Newspgroups, Newsletters, Listservers, Search Engines, On-line Databases (Location, Surname, Military, Ethnic), On-line Map Searches, Posting your own data

5. NARA Spring 2001 Genealogical Workshops begin Jan 29. The schedule for Feb & Mar is:

Sat Feb 3 9:30am Introduction to Genealogical Resources at NARA

Tues Feb 6 9:30am Preserving Your Family's History

Thur Feb 15 9:30am Introduction to Military Records at NARA

Wed Feb 28 9:30am Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet

Sat Mar 3 9:30am Introduction toGenealogical Resources at NARA

Tues Mar 13 6 pm Introduction to Genealogical Resources at NARA

Wed Mar 21 9:30am Introduction to Military Records at NARA

Thur Mar 29 9:30am Introduction to Naturalizations and Ships' Passenger Arrivals


As reported by columnist Gordon Dillow in the Orange County Register on Jan 4, one Orange County man "distinctly remembered serving aboard B-17 bombers in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He had strong recollections of having been an active-duty and reserve Air Force officer in the 1950's...but as far as the government's own military records were concerned...(he) didn't exist." As he eventually discovered, his records weren't lost. They had burned in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in July 1973, along with 80% of the individual records of U.S. Army personnel discharged between 1912 and 1960, and 75% of Air Force personnel discharged betwen 1947 and 1964 with last names starting with H-Z. Local veterans can check their records by searching the Internet under "National Personnel Records Center" or by contacting local veterans' service organizations where they will also get help with reconstructing their records if necessary. For the sake of future genealogists, a good thing to do!


Membership Chairman, Iris Graham, reminds us that you better get those dues payments to her before March 1st or your name will be removed from the membership list. Of course, that means no newsletter too, so just send in your check with the renewal form below so you won't miss out.

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Membership/Renewal Application

( ) New 1 Year ( ) Individual, $20 ( ) Jt. Members, same address $25

( ) Renewal Membership Number(s)______________ _______________

Name (s) ________________________________________________________


City _______________________________State_______Ziip________Phone___________

Make check payable to: SOCCGS (South Orange County Genealogical Society) Check No._____________

Mail with application to: SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-4513 Date Rec'd______________


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