Saddleback Valley Trails

Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 8 No 3 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...March 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.


For those of you who have not paid your dues, this will be your last newsletter - unless you pay now.




Good news! The Genealogy Section of the Mission Viejo Library will not be closed during construction of the new addition. We may have to endure some noise occasionally and perhaps a few days of closure. But for the most part, it will be business as usual.

Three computers, donated to us by the city of Mission Viejo, should be available by March 15. And our Internet connection should soon follow. This will allow our members and other patrons to access genealogy sites that are free to the public.

While the Internet is most helpful in genealogy research, it is not a substitute for the ways we have researched in the past. I have found Historical Societies in the Midwest and New England most helpful while searching my roots. Researchers have sought out records that I would never have had the time or resources to find on my own. With the help of a researcher in Franklin County, Indiana, I recently obtained a copy of my gggg grandfather's will. She also copied 25 pages of other Court Records pertaining to him & his family.

There is information at for every state and county in the United States. This is where I usually find information on historical societies and libraries. Plus, they list addresses and telephone numbers of County Court Houses.

Do you have research tips you would be willing to share? If so, we will have an exchange of information at the March 17 meeting. See you there.

Bye now,

Mary Joe McQueen





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.



3 March 2001 The Orange County Genealogical Society announces their Annual Book Faire to be held 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. A great opportunity to save on your genealogy book purchases!

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

23 April 2001 The Orange Family History Center will hold its annual all day gnealogy event at the FHC, Orange Stake Center, 674 Yorba St., Orange, CA.

5 & 6 May 2001 LOCH PRADO, the Scottish Clan Garthering and Highland Games, previously held in the fall, will now be held in the spring at the Prado Regional Park, 16700 S. Euclid, Chino, CA. For further information see:

24-25 August 2001 The British Isles Family History Society -USA will present its 14th Annual British & Irish Genealogical Seminar, "Journey to the Past" on the Queen Mary with famous speakers from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. The cost for those who register before June 1 is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. For additional information visit their web site at: or call Dorothy Losee at (310) 838-6085 or email her at <>.

A Special Event

The SCGS Jamboree 2001 which we have listed on our calendar for March 24-25 is well worth going to and, being in Pasadena, it is conveniently close for our members. It is certainly one of the largest genealogical exhibitions, with speakers, classes and exhibits with items for sale to help with your genealogy research. We are presenting here the schedule of speakers for your convenience and suggest you get together and carpool with other members. It's a show you don't want to miss.

Saturday, March 24, 2001

Conference Bldg Rm. 101

9-10 am Linda Brinkerhoff(Int)
Tracing Ladies in Rev. War Military Records

10:45-11:45 am Pat Gooldy (Beg-Adv)
Ohio: Beginning of the Best & Mother of the Rest

12:30-1:30 pm Barbara Renick (Int)
Search Techniques in the Electronic Age

2:15-3:15 pm Janice Cloud(Beg-Int)
North of the Border:Research in Eng-speaking Canada

4-5 pm Rick Crume (Beg)
Ten Strategies for Successful Family History Research Transcribing and Abstracting: The Technique and on the Internet Legalese

Conference Bldg. Rm. 103

9-10 am Leland Meitzler(Adv)
Using Tax Records to Establish Relationships

10:45-11:45 am Arlene Eakle, Ph.D (Int)
Scots Irish Research

12:30-1:30 pm Meldon J. Wolfgang III(Int)
Getting Beyond the City Directory: Biographical,Professional, Occupational & College Directories as a Genealogist's Research Tool

2:15-3:15 pm Nancy Carlberg (Int)
What to do When There are no Vital Records on the Internet

4-5 pm Christine Rose(Int)
Transcribing and Abstracting: The Technique and Legalese

Sunday, March 25, 2001

Conference Bldg Rm. 101

9-10 am Janice Cloud(Beg-Int)
North of the Border: Research in Eng-speaking Canada

10:30-11:30 am Rick Crume (Beg)
Ten Strategies for Successful Family History Research

Noon-1 pm Linda Brinkerhoff(Beg)
Mapping Migration Patterns by Computer

1:30-2:30 pm Barbara Renick (Int)
Search Techniques in the Electronic Age

3-4 pm Pat Gooldy (Beg-Adv)
Ohio: Beginning of the Best & Mother of the Rest

Conference Bldg. Rm. 103

9-10 am Christine Rose(Int)
Transcribing and Abstracting: The Technique and Legalese

10:30-11:30am Nancy Carlberg (Int)
What to do When There are no Vital Records on the Internet

Noon - 1 pm Leland Meitzler (Adv)
Using Tax Records to Establish Relationships 1:30-2:30 pm Arlene Eakle Ph.D. (Int)
Genealogy in Land Records

3-4 pm Meldon J. Wolfgang III (Int)
Getting Beyond the City Directory: Biographical, Professional, Occupational and College Directories as a Genealogist's Research Tool

Beginner Classes Conference Building

Saturday, March 24 from 9:30-11 am and 1:30-3 pm & Sunday, March 25th from 1:30-3 pm.

Admission tickets will be sold at the Pasadena Center in the lobby or the Exhibition Building beginning at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday, $10 for one day or $15 for two days. No tickets will be sold by mail in advance.


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 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 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

6. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH offers Genealogy Course - "Genealogy: How to Get Started"

Saturday, March 10, 9 am to 3 pm at CSULB Bldg. FND-205, Instructor Rellen Owen, genealogy specialist

Topics: How to take an inventory of what you already know, to expand that information and document it.

Fee: $45 For more information: contact Shawna Johnson at (562) 985-8222 or


With the good news that our genealogy section of the library will continue to be open, our librarian, Janet Franks, asks that those currently volunteering as docents please let her know if they will continue with their regular times. She also tells us, WE NEED DOCENTS! for the following shifts: Sundays, 1 to 5; Wednesdays, 10 to 1; Fridays, 3 to 5; and the second Saturday, 1 to 4. Please call Janet at (949) 496-8428 if you would be willing to take all or part of any of these shifts. Remember, no special knowledge is needed to be a docent. An interest in genealogy is the only requisite. Also,

THANKS !!! to SOCCGS treasurer, Ruby White, who is in training to repair books. We have needed this help for a long time, and her knowledge will certainly be put to good use.


1. Somerset County Historical Quarterlies, Vol. 1 through 8

2. Hawkeye Heritage (Iowa Genealogical Society), Vols 17 through 21 complete

3. Pennsylvania & Middle Atlantic States Genealogical Manuscripts

4. Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives

5. Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. XXXII, No. 3; Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1,2,4

6. The German Connection, Vol. 14, No. 3; Vol. 18, 19, 20, 21 complete

7. Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society, Vol. 16 through 24 complete; Vol. 25, No. 1

8. Kansas History, A Journal of the Central Plains, Vol. 1, No. 1; Vol. 3, No. 1,2,3,4; Vol. 5, No. 1,2,3,4

9. Collection: Migrations to Canada

10. Collection: German Research

11. Lancaster Legacy (Pennsylvania), Vol 1 & 2 complete

12. Berks of Old (Pennsylvania), Vol. 1: 1,2,3,4

13. New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol. 124; 1,2,3,4 --Index; Vol. 125: 1

14. Codorus Chronicles - York Co., PA

15. Cemetery Records, Lake Marion & Lake Moultrie (South Carolina)

16.Listing of Inhabitants in 1783, Somerset County, PA

17. Naturalization Records 1802-1854, Somerset, PA

18. Births, Marriages & Death Certificates, Cambria Co., PA 1850-1855

19. Kansas: A Centennial Portrait

20. Oakland Cemetery -- Camden, Arkansas

21. Nacogdoches Genealogical Society (Texas), Vol. XIX: 1,2; Vol. XX: 1,2

22. Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (The Saga of Southern Illinois) Winter 1999; Spring, Summer, & Fall 2000

23. Publication of the Maury County Historical Society (Tennessee), Vol. XXXIII: 2

24. The Guilford Genealogist (North Carolina), Vol. 26: 3,4; Vol. 27: 1,2,3,4

25. Tyrrell County, North Carolina, 1784-1787 Census; 1790 & 1800 Federal Census

26. Tyrrell County Genealogical Society (NC) Branches, Vol. 4: 2; Vol. 5: 1,2

27. Major County Genealogical Society (Oklahoma), Vol. 6: 1,2,3,4


The genealogy program Legacy 3.0 which has been selling at $49.95, can now be downloaded online free of charge. For more information, go to There are a number of genealogy newsletters you can subscribe to for free also, including two which I use regularly, RootsWeb Review at and Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter at


Our Webmaster, Herb Abrams, explained to everyone at the last general meeting how they could become part of the SOCCGS computer mailing list and get notices between meetings. This same type of LIST is available through RootsWeb for individual surnames and is a great way to share information with other researchers. Rootsweb has an index to more than 21,000 Rootsweb-hosted genealogy mailing lists which you can look up at As with our society list, you need only send your email to [name of list] and include in the body of the message the word SUBSCRIBE (or UNSUBSCRIBE).

Some interesting websites that I have heard about from various people I correspond with follow:

Civil War Resources:

Old Disease Names:

Andersonville Prisoners:

Visual Genealogy Exchange: http://www/

1600s Ancestors Database:

1890 Fed. Census:

(This site provides an individual database search for the surviving fragment of the 1890 U.S. Fed. Census which was destroyed by fire. It is "free" until March 4th, so you have to act fast.)

Things as they were 100 YEARS AGO - sent in by a couple of our members:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was forty-seven.

Only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8% of the homes had a telephone. A 3 min. call from Denver to NYC cost $11.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama,Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than CA (1.4 million).

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The avg. wage in the U.S. was 22 cents/ hr. The avg. worker made between $200 and $400 per yr. -

an accountant $2000, a dentist $2500, a veterinarian $2500-4000 and a mechanical engineer $5000.

More than 95 % of all births in the U.S. took place at home.

Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a doz and coffee cost 15 cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The 5 leading causes of death in the U.S. were Pneumonia/Flu, TB, Diarrhea, Heart disease, Stroke.

The U.S. flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii & Alaska weren't states yet.

The population of Las Vegas, NV was thirty, - a handful of ranchers and their families.

1 in 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6% of Americans had graduated from high school.

18% of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the corner drugstores.

There were about 230 reported murders in the U.S. annually.

Drive-by-shootings-- in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages etc.--were an ongoing problem in Denver and other western cities.

SOCCGS Year 2001 Budget


Memberhip Dues* $3,700.00

185 @ $20.00 375.00

15 @ $25.00 150.00

Total Proposed Income $4,225.00


Liability Insurance $ 350.00

Postage - Mailing Expense 450.00

Bulk Rate Fee 125.00

Printing & Copies - Newsletter 775.00

Lecture Handouts 50.00

Workshop Handouts 25.00

Brochures/Flyers/Badges 50.00

Library Expenses - Equipment 340.00

Supplies 326.00

Equipment Maint/Repair 200.00

Speaker's Fees 600.00

Contributions- LDS Family History Center 200.00

National Archives 245.00

Office Supplies 100.00

Telephone Expense 25.00

Seminar Expense 100.00

Dues & Subscriptions 50.00

P.O. Box Rental 44.00

Memorial Fund 80.00

Refreshments 50.00

Historian Supplies 10.00

Card File Supplies 10.00

Miscellaneous 20.00

Total Proposed Expenses $4,225.00

*$975.00 of Year 2001 Membership Dues is reflected in Oct-Dec 2000 General Fund


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______________



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. Please mail items to the editor at the SOCCGS address above or email to <>.


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