Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 12 No. 2 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen February 2005

 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.


Please find the renewal form on the last page of the newsletter.


Presented By
June Hanson

Are you one of the many genealogists researching ancestors who came from England to America? Ms. Hanson’s lecture will reveal many of the important research records that are available in England and how to access them in your research.

June was born in England, graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and has an MA in French from Indiana University. She has taught at the high school and university level in San Diego County.

June is a past President of BIGRA (British Isles Genealogical Research Association) and is currently the England/Wales Interest Chair. Formerly, she was the England Section Chair for the British Isles USA Society in Los Angeles.

You won’t want to miss this informative program!


March 19 ------- Wendy Elliott - “Finding Wives’ Names.”
April 16 --------- Barbara Renick - “Jump Start Your Family Tree Online.”
May 21st -------- Rosalind Heaps - "The Research Notebook."
June 18th -------- Leland Pound - "German Research."
October 22 ------ Seminar featuring Lloyd Bockstruck.
December 16 ---- Holiday Party.


THANK YOU to Marion Hatch and Bill Tosh who have volunteered to serve as docents. Marion will be at the desk on the second and fourth Wednesday, 3:00 to 5:00, and Bill on the second and fourth Thursday, 5:30 to 8:00.

Please consider volunteering. Substitutes are urgently needed!
Docents are currently needed for the following hours on a weekly, bimonthly or monthly basis:

Sunday: 3 to 5 (2nd & 4th)
Monday: 12:30 to 2:30 & 7 to 8:30
Tuesday: 1 to 4 & 7 to 8:30
Wednesday: 3 to 5 (1st & 3rd)
Friday: 1 to 4 (1st)
Ongoing classes for persons considering becoming docents are held on Thursdays (12-3) and Saturdays (10 to 1). These classes are also open to current docents and others needing help using the resources available at the library.

"Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

~Helen Keller


This month we introduce our newly elected vice president, Bill Bluett:

Bill was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area and has a younger brother and sister. His parents were divorced when he was about 9 years old. Financially, it was a struggle for a mother with 3 children but they managed just fine. The family moved to Lynwood (north of Long Beach) in 1952 and that is where Bill graduated from high school in 1957. He attended Compton College and Long Beach State (as it was called then) and made his career in Mechanical Design and Engineering. He married his wife, Helen, in 1965. She is an Iowa farm girl who came to California to work in the nursing field. Shortly after their marriage, Bill began his 20-year career with the Fluor Corporation in Petro-Chemical design. He then worked 15 more years in Water and Sanitation design. Helen spent a 40-year career as a Registered Nurse. Their married years with two children (a son and daughter) have been spent in Los Angeles, Diamond Bar, and now in San Clemente for the past 28 years.

In 1999, Bill began thinking about what hobbies he would enjoy being involved with in retirement. His mother, Betty Bluett, had started the family genealogy in the early 1970’s and through her research became qualified for membership in the DAR through Samuel Stowell, a Revolutionary War veteran on her mother’s side of the family. In recent years she has not done much additional research. Because she had little information on her father’s Irish roots (Collins and Fallon) Helen and Bill traveled to Ireland in 1995 and 1999, out of interest and curiosity. After the second trip to the Emerald Isle, he realized that genealogy was a hobby he could pursue with a passion. As he began expanding upon his mother’s research, Bill discovered that he was truly a Native Californian. His great-grandfather, Tom Collins, came to Los Angeles with his family in 1890. And, great-grandfather, James Bluett, came to the Nevada City-Grass Valley area about 1852 to work in the gold mines. The family had traveled to America from Cornwall, England, about 1830.

Bill retired in 2001 and has enjoyed every minute of it. Having time to research, go on Society Safari’s and travel on vacations to destinations where ancestor’s lived are great experiences. He even brakes for cemeteries when traveling! Right now, his son and daughter think that’s kind of a weird thing to do. But, they laugh about it. Bill says, “Presently, they are not extremely interested in genealogy, however, they will listen to discoveries I share with them. I realize their lives are busy right now. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, the genealogy light will go on for them as it did for me.”


We had a full house for Ann Browning’s Orphan Train presentation. She told the story of her husband’s father who was an Orphan Train Rider to Nebraska. We received insights on how to trace possible riders in our own families. It was a most enjoyable and informative program. Thank you, Ann!


Welcome to new Members who joined at, or since, the January meeting.

NOEL FOUYER JENSEN, Noel is searching her father’s, FOUYER, ancestors.


February 23

The safari this month will be to the Cole Library in Carlsbad. Those interested please contact Bill Bluett, Signups will also be taken at the February meeting.

This library has one of the largest genealogy collections in Southern California. The Cole Library is located at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

We will leave from the LDS Church parking lot at 9:30 am. If you don’t want to go early and stay all day please come later and meet us there.

"To love what you do and feel that it matters--
how could anything be more fun?"
-- Katharine Graham (1917-2001)


At the January meeting the Executive Board awarded SOCCGS Librarian, Janet Franks, a life membership in appreciation for her many years of dedication to our society. Janet has been a member since 1994 and was one of those instrumental in bringing our collection into the Mission Viejo Library. She is a past president and has served as librarian since June 2000. THANK YOU JANET!


New members of the board are: Verl Nash, Parliamentarian; Francie Kennedy, Membership Co-Chairman; LeeSola Cannon, Hospitality and Colleen Robledo, Ways and Means.
Shirley Fraser is changing to the position of Librarian.
Continuing in their present positions are: Herb Abrams, Publicity/Webmaster; Bunny Smith, Historian; Iris Graham, Membership and Mary Jo McQueen, Newsletter Editor.


Index to Ohio Pensioners of 1883 - Maryland Revolutionary Records
Summer Soldiers; Revolutionary War Court Martials
Map of Montgomery County, Ohio
Montgomery County, Ohio Tax Lists, 1798-1816
Jurisdictional Histories of Ohio’s 88 Counties, 1788-1985
History of Harford County, Maryland
Located Graves of Soldiers & Patriots from the American Revolution
Ship Passenger Lists, New York & New Jersey
Ratcliffe, Gilchrist, Burrus & Bressler Lines (Family History)
Copies of Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal, Ohio Reports & Ohio Crossroads

Canada Directory, 1851-1852

One Hundred Eleven Trees (Families from Fort Morgan,Colorado)

Pensioners of Revolutionary War, Struck Off the Roll
Mayflower Descendants & Their Marriages
Virginians & West Virginians Vol. I
Genealogical Abstracts of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (AR-KY-IL-TN)
Immigrant Ancestors - First Families of Ohio, Vol. 2
North Carolina Naturalization Index, 1792-1862
National Archives Pamphlets: List of Selected Maps of States & Territories, List of Pre-1840 Federal District & Circuit Court Records, Preliminary Inventories: Civil War Claims, Preliminary Inventories; Revolutionary War Records

Berks County, Pennsylvania Land Warrants, 1730-1868
Soldiery of West Virginia - Rhineland Emigrants
Catalogue of Revolutionary War Pension & Land Warrant Applications
Northwest Carolina Frontier, 1747-1762
Emigrants from England & Scotland to North Carolina, 1774-1775
Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina

To Maryland from Overseas - Virginia & Virginians

Francie Kennedy

Do you want to keep current with the latest information and happenings in the world of genealogy? If so, the following sites are fun to watch. I check them as I unwind for a few minutes every evening after work.

“Blog” is a new word in the dictionary. Short for Web log, blogs are opinionated, newsy and personal sites with (often) daily comments posted by the creator. These Blogs are worth putting on your “Favorites” or “Bookmarks” list:

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter at:
Here Dick Eastman posts current events, news, and sites of interest. For example, I found a lead to a site with old postcards of Alameda, CA, where my family lived early in the Twentieth Century. I enjoy illustrating my family history with postcards, when I do not have photographs of people. These images capture the look of the downtown streets 100 years ago, and recreates the feeling of the ancestors’ era.

Genealogy Blog is the creation of our Fall 2004 seminar speaker, Leland Meitzler, with contributions from Bill Dollarhide. Numerous daily postings keep us up to date on a full spectrum of news and newly available on-line resources, at: From a recent post by Bill Dollarhide I learned that the long-awaited Keyword Search for the Family History Library is now up and running online at This feature was formerly available only at the Library itself in Salt Lake City. Using the Keyword Search, in five minutes I found references to more than a dozen obscure publications about Tywappity Township, and Mississippi County, Missouri. (These may mention my Russell's.)

If you like Blogs, another good one is:, in one place, are collected the latest additions to many genealogy sites and sources, including Olive Tree Genealogy,, and university libraries.

Cyndi’s List, the encyclopedic compendium of links to nearly 241,000 genealogy sites, has a daily e-mail to which you can subscribe. This is an easy way to learn which sites have been listed since your last visit. From the main page at on “Join the Mailing List” to receive this daily notice. Or, to review what has been added recently, click on “Browse the New Links”. At Cyndi’s List you will find sites that may not be listed or mentioned anywhere else. It takes just a moment to quickly scan the latest sites. Any of interest I right-click and “open in new window”, then add them to my “Favorites” list with a note after the name: ‘to check’, if I don’t have time right then to fully explore them.

If you are using at home or at the library, review the Recent Databases at: This is a list of what has been added to the site, day-by-day. Looking at this list is a quick method of finding new items of interest in a geographic area, new or expanded databases, and surnames. Ancestry also has a daily e-mail, the “Ancestry Daily News”, with articles by leading genealogists. The Daily News is definitely worth subscribing to for the articles, but it does not list every new site or all updates to databases. Checking Recent Databases, I found that Missouri had finally been indexed for the 1900 census, and there were my people.

****One more helpful hint … If you do not subscribe to Ancestry’s “Family and Local Histories Collection”, it is worth searching anyway for a list of “hits” for your surnames or places. Many of the same books are online at Heritage Quest (HQ), newly available at the Mission Viejo Library Genealogy Section! Ancestry’s search engine may give a more useful “hit list” than HQ, and the page references can then be examined on HQ. Remember, you can access Ancestry from the Mission Viejo Family History Center or the National Archives in Laguna Niguel.

Mission Viejo Family History Center
Corner of Marguerite Pkwy & Hillcrest
949-364-2742 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Feb. 9 - More Internet Websites Feb. 16 - Other Internet Tools (Alan Jones)
Feb. 10 - Secrets of the US Census (Kathie Mauzey) Feb. 17 - Helping You Get Started (Judy Lockhart)

How will our children know who they are
if they don't know where they come from? ~ John Steinbeck


(Ancestry Daily News, 2005)

From the Adams Centinel (Gettysburg, Pa.), 03 January 1827, page 1:

Philadelphia, Dec. 22. SPEEDY JUSTICE.---On Wednesday a young man stole a piece of dry goods from a store in N. Fourth street; he was pursued by the owner to Third street and taken into custody. The Mayor's Court being in session, he was brought forward immediately, tried, found guilty, and sentenced to three years hard labour in the penitentiary. All was done in the same half hour.

From the "Adams Centinel" (Gettysburg, Pa.), 06 January 1819, page 1:

A woman has been tried and convicted as a common scold, at Baltimore.--The punishment for this offence is three public duckings [sic].

From the Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa.) 11 January 1878, page 1:

When Mark Twain lectured recently at a town in Massachusetts it was arranged that T.B. Aldrich, the poet, should introduce him. When Mr. Aldrich was about to step forward to perform his duty Mark checked him. Then advancing slowly to the edge of the platform, while the amazed poet resumed his chair, the humorist remarked: "Ladies and gentlemen, my friend Mr. Aldrich was going to tell you who I was, but I would rather not--he knows me too well.

From the New York Herald (New York, New York), 14 January 1871, page 5:

A GERMAN GIRL RATHER ROUGHLY TREATED.--A Wisconsin paper chronicles a series of heartless impositions upon a German girl who came to this country in search of a sister. On her arrival in New York she was besieged by runners and taken to a hotel, her baggage being left at Castle Garden. A man pretending to be the landlord of the hotel volunteered to take her check and procure her baggage, dissuading her from accompanying him by telling her that it was not considered right for a man and woman to be seen walking together here. She saw nothing more of the man, but a person who represented himself as a detective told her that her trunk had undoubtedly been carried off by some other person, and that it would be of no use for her to try and get it. Having purchased a ticket for Dunleith the girl safely arrived there, and making known her destination to the keeper of the hotel where she ate her breakfast, he recommended a man who spoke German, but said he was born in Ireland, to show her the way. The guide took her across the country and robbed her of her shawl, hood and nearly $300 in money, after which he threw her into a miserable hole. She finally escaped from the hole and after wandering through the fields found refuge in the house of a farmer, where she will be provided for until her friends are found.


How many of our ancestors saw the famous men who fought battles in the opening of the western United States? Probably quite a few.

In 1871, William F. Cody, an Army scout and buffalo hunter, was offered $500 a week to play himself in the play "Buffalo Bill, King of the Border Scouts." He declined the honor and went back to Kansas to shoot more buffalo. Within a few years, he'd changed his mind and was eagerly cashing in, touring the world in his famous Wild West revue, a show he advertised as "The Most Colossal & the Strangest Entertainment Ever Organized or Dreamed of...".

Cody also convinced many of the great Indian chiefs, including Sitting Bull, to cash in by playing themselves in his show. Geronimo, the great Apache warrior, found his own way to profit from his fame. After fighting fiercely for decades to avoid becoming part of the American way of life, Geronimo reluctantly surrendered in 1886 and soon demonstrated a great natural talent for cashing in. He dictated a celebrity autobiography and traveled to fairs and exhibitions, where he sold photographs of himself.

Geronimo also devised an ingenious way to pick up extra money en route to the exhibitions. "When the train stopped at stations," wrote his biographer, Angie Debo, "he cut buttons from his shirt and sold them at 25 cents each to the eager spectators, and for $5, he would sell his hat. Between stations, he diligently sewed more buttons on his coat and equipped himself with a new hat from a supply he had thoughtfully provided."

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2004 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

"There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment." ~ Norman Vincent Peale


WASHINGTON - Civil War buffs are getting access to a treasure trove of information - thousands of original maps and diagrams of battles and campaigns between 1861 and 1865, all posted on the Internet.
The Library of Congress is posting 2,240 maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks, while The Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia are adding about 600 items. Much of the collection is online now; the rest will be by the spring.

Items already posted can be seen at:


Check this site for spreadsheets that you can download to use right on your computer. There are census, cemetery and manifest data sheets now available and more to come.


A collection of gravestone photographs from cemeteries in central New Hampshire.


Odessa is a digital library focused on the cultural and family history of Germans who emigrated to Russia during the nineteenth century and their descendants. There is a selection of cemetery, census, ship and immigration records in the database.


I found a spray that really works at preserving newspaper clippings. Archival Mist is a product that keeps the paper from turning brown, or if already brown; keeps it from getting worse. It is available at craft and scrapbooking stores. It safely protects other scrapbook materials such as certificates & awards. It can also be used on marriage licenses and birth certificates. Archival Mist deposits a safe permanent alkaline buffer to gently neutralize acid in all types of paper. Follow directions carefully. Read about paper preservation on the web at:


The Wisconsin Historical Society web site is the place to go!

Here you will find searchable databases including; Wisconsin Name Index, Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service, Wisconsin Historical Images, Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861-1865 and Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.


OCCGS Special Interest Group meets the first Saturday of each month, after the general meeting, at the Huntington Beach Library. Any one with a New England connection is welcome. Perhaps you can find some new ancestors at this workshop. Information:


In the 1800s, the Ohio River was the boundary between North and South, and Cincinnati wsas the halfway point on the Underground Railroad, the network of people who aided some 100,000 blacks in their flight from slavery. Now, the story of those who created and used that network is told at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which recently opened on the banks of the Ohio in Cincinnati. The interactive museum also includes a two-story early 1800s Kentucky slave pen and a genealogy center. For information: (513) 333-7500; (Annette Winter) January/February 2005.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
~ Henry Ford


February 12

The Czechoslovak Genealogy Society Winter Symposium will be held at the Orange Family History Center. For further information go to:

February 26

Family History Seminar featuring Dr. Gary Shumway, Whittier Area Genealogical Society. Flyers are available at the SOCCGS docent desk. For information contact:

March 5

Genealogical Society of North Orange County California is hosting a Family History Seminar featuring Karen Clifford, Caroline B. Rober and Norma Storrs Keating. Information is available at the SOCCGS library docent desk or go to:

April 16

North San Diego County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar featuring Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck.

May 13 & 14

Southern California 36th Annual Jamboree in Burbank. LTMYERS@EARTHLINK.NET
Scheduled speakers are: Jana Sloan Broglin, Tom Kemp, Bill Dollarhide, Leland Meitzler, Andy Pomeroy, Tom Underhill, Elaine Alexander and John Shupe.


The Southern California Chapter of GSHA meets at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family History Library at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank. Meetings are scheduled for February 12, April 9, and June 11 2005. Call (818)843-7240 for directions.

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
~ Dorothy Parker (attributed)

The SOCCGS budget for 2005 must be presented to the membership at the February 19 meeting. Soon, we must know the funds available so..................



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