Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 13 No. 3 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen March 2006

 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 interested in genealogy. Individual membership fees are $20 per calendar year; $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.

Kathleen Trevena
"Migration Patterns in America"

Countless of our pioneer ancestors have migrated across this great land. Prior to the railroads, travel in the United States was by way of roads, trails, rivers and waterways. Travel during the country's early history required a great deal of time, patience and hardships. In this presentation Kathleen will share her knowledge of the major migration routes.
Ms. Trevina has lectured throughout Southern California on the topics of surnames, given names, ancestor occupations and migration patterns. She has been a previous well-received presenter at SOCCGS. We are delighted to have her back!

April 15 - Allan Jones, “Genealogy Sources on the Internet”
May 20 - William Beigel, “World War II & Korean War Research”
June 17 - Caroline Rober, “U. S. Midwest Research”
October 21 - Seminar, Dr. George Schweitzer


DR. GEORGE SCHWEITZER will be the featured speaker at the October 21st Seminar. Many will remember the presentations he gave in 2003. Those who missed him will want to be sure not to do so again! We are indeed fortunate to have secured him for our Fifth Annual Seminar.
Persons who attended the February 18 meeting chose the following seminar topics which Dr. Schweitzer will present: Scots-Irish Genealogical Research, Finding Your Ancestors’ Parents and Obscure Genealogical Sources.


The safari destination on March 22 is the San Diego Family History Center 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego (619) 584-7668. Holdings: Approx. 35,000 rolls of microfilm. U.S. Census 1790-1920, some 1930, including all of California. Over 300 CDs from Family Tree Maker and other publishers. Collections of German Research Association. & British Isles Genealogy Research Association. Equipment: 30 film/fiche readers, 2 film/fiche copiers, 1 fiche copier, 20 FamilySearch computers connected to a network server, 12 of which have Internet access, Ancestry Plus; four additional computers for using the 300+ genealogy CDs. PAF versions 4.0 (English), 4.0 Español, 5.0, and 5.2.
Contact Bill Bluett to reserve a spot or to volunteer to drive. We will leave the LDS parking lot at 9 a.m. Please bring a brown bag lunch, $$ for your driver and for dinner on the way home.

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Small town newspapers exactly as they were printed!
Get all the news from small town, USA.

“Small Town Papers” brings the small town newspaper to the internet. View your hometown newspaper online shortly after it's published! Get the news from all the best small towns including photos and ads. We can even notify you by email when your favorite small town newspaper is live on the internet. We've also been working hard on a database searchable newspaper archive stored in image form for genealogy buffs or those who miss the news from every great small town. Click on the "searchable archives" link to visit the archives, which date back to the 1800's. All newspapers are updated every week!

We need volunteers for Tuesdays 1-4, Mondays and 2 & 4th Thursdays 5:30-7.

Please think about donating two or three hours a month. Or, join the substitute list. Call Bunny Smith, 949-472-8046, if you can help.
Several of our library docents have been honored by the Library and City Hall because they reached 1,000 hours and more. We all need to give a very big thank you to these dedicated docents: Herb Abrams, Jeanne Barrett, Iris Graham, and Mary Jo McQueen. We would also like to recognize the docents who have reached or passed 500 hours: Bill Bluett, Shirley Fraser, Beverly Long, Kathy Mauzey, Pat McCoy, Hall Simons, Helen Swanson, and Pat Weeks. The Library honors everyone who reaches the 100 hour mark with a personal name badge. Barbara Wilgus has passed this milestone. Soon, Nellie Domenick and Jamie Walker will be receiving their badges. Marian Hatch and Verl Nash have but a few more hours to go before reaching 100 hours.
Training classes for prospective docents are held on Wednesdays (10-1, except 4th), Thursdays (12-3) and Saturdays (10 to 1, except 3rd). These classes are also open to current docents and members wanting help in using the resources available at the library. If this is not convenient, please call Bunny to reserve a more convenient time.


The Wisconsin Historical Society has just made available an index to Wisconsin pre-1907 births at
It was made by digitizing the 1970's microfiche index and then expanding it with tens of thousands of delayed births. The Schoenleber Foundation of Milwaukee generously covered most of the conversion costs, and the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society graciously let us include their delayed birth records index. The result is free public access to more than 1,000,000 Wisconsin births. As you'll see, you can search in a variety of ways. When you find someone for whom you want a birth certificate, you can order hard copy from us online or use the results to locate the film yourself.
We plan to add pre-1907 death and marriage indexes in the next few months, creating a comprehensive vital records index that will be entirely free and publicly searchable. Until the death and marriage indexes are available, you can request searches through our Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service at Let us know how you like the index and happy searching!
Melissa McLimans, Administrator, Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service, Wisconsin Historical Society


I wanted to let you know that a few weeks ago I started volunteering at the Troy Miami County Local History Center. The "Local History Center" is a center for Local History, Ohio history, and a genealogy center. The Center has some great books especially about Virginia and Pennsylvania in the genealogy collection. Of course, the Ohio books are really great with particular information about Miami County, Ohio and the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Darke, Shelby, Auglaize, Clark and Greene Counties. If anyone needs help in this area, let me know and I can check the collection here.

“My family’s ancestry is very old,” said one club member trying to impress the group. “We can be traced back to the early kings of Europe.” Then, turning to a lady sitting nearby, she asked, “And how old is your family, my dear?” “I really don’t know,” replied the lady with a sweet smile.
“All our family records were lost in the great flood.”
Source: The Sunny Side of Genealogy


DONATIONS: (Thank You!)
Gary R. Bolen

1880 United States Census and National Index , CD Set
Social Security Dearth Index, Birth Years 1800-2003, CD Set
Willis Wyant
Bedford County Cemeteries, Vols. I, II & III
Union County Miscellaneous Records
Early Assessment Records
Heads of Families in Mifflin County, 1790
Index to Washington County Wills, 1781-1900
Index to Allegheny County Wills, 1789-1900
Index to Fayette County Wills, 1783-1900
Index to Bedford County Wills 1771-1900
Pennsylvania Area Key
Colonial Naturalizations
Revolutionary Records
Index to 1800 Federal Census
Wills of Washington County, 1776-1890
Polish Family Research
Tracing Your Polish Roots
German Family Research Made Simple
Chris Parrish
Kentucky Periodical, Wilderness Road, Bullitt County Genealogical Society Publications
Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD (In General Research Section)


To date, we have donated a total $219.33. The final collection will be taken at the March 18 meeting, and the total funds will be then forwarded to the Historical Society in Pass Christian, Mississippi. JOB WELL DONE!


New Members: Jo Anne Fox, - FOX (NY, IRE); REEL (NY, IRE); RIO (Puerta, Citra, Italy); LaROCCA (NY, Italy); McGOWAN (NY, IRE).
Michael Schield,
Karen Shaver, Karen has recently traced her line back to George Soule of the Mayflower. Her surnames include CHRISMAN (Bedford County, PA and SHAVER (Huntingdon County, PA).
Christianne Rottenburg, - Surname OFF.
Guests at the February meeting: Jack Naylor, Carole Wright, Robert and Carrie Callaway, M. Joyce Van Schaack, Maggie Cvek
New Email Address: Bill Tosh,

SOCCGS Participates in Fremont Investment & Loan’s Deposit Incentive Donation Program.

Our organization is participating in a program with FI&L which allows us to make an extra contribution to our group without taking any money from our own pockets! At the end of each calendar year FI&L will make a donation to our group based on the annual average combined balance on deposit by our members in liquid accounts or certificates of deposit. For further information, please call 1-800/670-5060, or stop by Fremont’s local branch office.

~ Lisa A. Alzo

Is your genealogy in shape? Now you may think this is a silly question. When we hear the phrase “in shape” we automatically associate it with our physical health. So, what could these two concepts -- “fitness” and “genealogy” -- possibly have in common? Both activities require a great deal of hard work and also have similar obstacles. So I have identified twelve steps to use as a guideline for working on genealogy. (They work equally well in a fitness program).
1) Set Realistic Goals. When starting any new project or endeavor like a diet or exercise regimen, or a genealogical quest, it is important to set realistic goals, and develop a workable timetable. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned genealogist, you typically would not set out to research multiple family lines at once, or plan to write your entire family history in a month. Rather, you should aim to set shorter, more attainable goals. For example, you might attempt to trace one ancestor as far back as you can before moving on to another, or thoroughly search one particular online database or microfilm reel per week.
2) Devise a Schedule and Stick To It. With our busy lives, most of us have to schedule time to exercise, and this same discipline should be applied to genealogy. Whether you use a traditional paper calendar, an online calendar software program, or personal digital assistant, blocking off time in your daily schedule for your research is often the best way to ensure that you will actually do it. This time may be in the early morning or late at night while everyone else in your house is still asleep, or maybe during the time the kids are at soccer practice. Also, take into consideration your own body’s natural clock. What time of day do you feel your best to do your most efficient work? Perhaps you are a morning person, or on the other hand, a night owl. Maybe you prefer to work in the mid-afternoon. Follow your body clock and reserve some time during your “peak” periods to work on your genealogy. Some of us are “weekend genealogists,” while others work on our family history on a daily basis. Either way, the important point is to devise a schedule that suits you and make an effort to keep your commitment.
3) Make Time for a Checkup. It is a good idea to make an appointment with yourself to take a “research inventory.” Set aside a day or two to just peruse over your findings to date. Then make a list of missing information and devise a strategy or “research plan.”
4) Trim the Fat and Toss Out the Junk. Apply this approach to genealogy. Do you really need five copies of Aunt Betty’s port record? What about all those miscellaneous slips of paper that contain notes from your library research? Go through your family history files and purge what you don’t need. Face it, filing is the least interesting part of family history, but it is an essential component. Use binders to store printed information. File and label miscellaneous items that you might need “somewhere down the road...” Organize your work space so that you can maximize your time researching and not pushing papers from one area of your desk to another.
5) Diversify Your Tasks. Genealogical tasks can also seem tedious and even at times exasperating. Instead, strive to make your search fun and challenging throughout the year. One way to do this is to use your calendar as a genealogical research guide. Schedule your tasks around major holidays. For example, work on military records research around Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day, research marriage records on Valentine’s Day, and so forth. Note birthdays of relatives or ancestors and conduct your research about them on those days.
6) Count Your Steps. How do you measure your progress with your family history? If “must get organized” is a mantra that you mutter over and over again to yourself, you need to find a way to account for your steps. Try using the free, downloadable, genealogical forms and documents available at to help organize your correspondence and research data. Enter your family information into a computerized genealogy software program.
If possible, try to do one small task toward your research every day, even if you can only spare fifteen minutes. For example, in fifteen minutes you can perform a quick search using an online database, draft a quick letter to a relative, scan an old photograph, or note five questions to ask in your next oral history interview. When you break your research tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces, the process is not as overwhelming. For ideas, see Juliana Smith’s ADN articles “In Fifteen Minutes or Less . . .” and “More Projects In Fifteen Minutes or Less”.
7) Pick Up the Pace. Sometimes you can become stagnant in your genealogical research, and even the slightest increase in activity can help to yield additional results. Perhaps you are struggling with writing that letter to an overseas archive, or hesitate contacting the parish priest of the church your ancestors attended. Stop procrastinating. Follow the Nike slogan and “Just Do It!” Sometimes in both areas, you may have to work harder to for a desired result in a limited period of time.
8) Vary Your Location. If you always do your research at your computer or desk, find a change of scenery. Go to the library or park and take your laptop with you, or if possible, plan a research trip to your ancestor’s town and include a visit to a cemetery, travel to Ellis Island, the National Archives in Washington, D.C. or one of NARA’s regional facilities, or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
9) Find a Buddy. Try to find a family member to share the research tasks. If you do not have a family member who shares your passion for genealogy, then find an online buddy. Post to genealogy-specific message board at or Join a local genealogical or historical society or ethnic-based research group, and network with other researchers at genealogy conferences and seminars.
10) Take a Break. Perhaps your brain is on overdrive, processing all of your family history information. Put aside the family line you have been researching and do something completely unrelated. When you return to your research tasks, you will have a new perspective, perhaps you will see a new lead or direction to bust that brick wall or find that elusive ancestor.
11) Add a New Twist to Your Routine. Try subscribing to or using a new database at, or signing for a class at your local community college or library. There are a variety of online courses available through
12) Persist Over the Plateau. If you find yourself facing an impasse, don’t give up. Ask yourself whether you have really given it your all? Then push yourself a little harder. Spend an extra fifteen minutes perusing that microfilmed baptismal certificate. Experiment with alternate spellings or use search tools such as ethnicity or year when searching in online databases. Find new and creative ways to obtain information, such as contacting libraries or historical societies, or posting queries to an online forum or print publication. Sometimes thinking “outside the box” will lead you to information on your ancestor that you never even knew existed.
Finally, remember that once you reach a half way point in your routine, take time to evaluate your progress. You should keep a checklist of what research tasks have been accomplished and what is still unknown. This system of checks and balances gives you a perspective on how many more pounds you have left to lose and how many more ancestors you still need to find, and most importantly, it gives you a chance to look back and take pride in all you’ve accomplished.
Lisa Alzo, M.F.A. is the author of Three Slovak Women, Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions [Gateway Press], and the recently published Finding Your Slovak Ancestors [Heritage Productions] Copyright 2006, ~ 2/2/2006 ~ Ancestry Daily News)


Our very own Bernice Brenner recently became a charter member of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. During the war Bernice was a stiller at the Standard Oil Refinery, one of only 29 such women in the world. Needless to say, these women played an enormously important role in the United States’ war effort. Go to to learn more about the new national park and its collection.
Go to for stories and pictures of some of the women.

"A Virtual Repository for Territorial Kansas History"

Scroll down to "The Overland Trail Pages."

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage--
to know who we are and where we came from.
Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.
No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
~ Alex Haley


Southern California Genealogical Society's
37th Annual Genealogy Jamboree and Resource Expo
Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, 2006
Burbank Airport Hilton Convention Center

The Jamboree planners have outdone themselves in organizing the strongest lineup of speakers ever seen in Southern California. Over the two days, participants will choose from over 45 presentations by more than 30
knowledgeable and respected speakers.
-- Whether you're just beginning to climb your family tree or have many generations of family history neatly tucked away in those binders and files, you'll find sessions that will help advance your research.
-- We will celebrate the diversity of Southern California with a focus on ethnic specialties, including African American, German, Hispanic, Native American, Scots-Irish, Mexican, Jewish, French Canadian, British Isles, and others.
-- A special series of talks will address the needs of family historians -- interviewing, writing, publishing, and storytelling.
-- With the surge of interest in DNA and other technology-based research tools, you'll find several sessions to help apply these new techniques to solve your family mysteries.
-- Three sessions will address ways for genealogical societies to transform the Challenge of the Internet into the Opportunity of the Internet. Review techniques for promotion and publicity, discuss methods to retain and gain members, and learn how to create an effective presence on the Internet.
-- Software demonstrations will help you get the most out of those genealogy programs and other research tools.
In addition to the education sessions, you'll have lots of time to socialize, explore the Exhibition Hall, meet with the experts for one-on-one consultations, and chat with your favorite authors in our new Book Nook.
Door prizes will be awarded throughout Jamboree, with the Grand Prize of a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in Temple Square.
You'll find all the details -- speaker list and topics, vendors, registration information and online registration through our secure shopping cart -- at Register by March 31 for special
early-bird pricing.

United States Vital Records Information

This web site explains how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, see my links to international vital records web sites. There is a charge for copies.

This is fun and informative!

Put your birth date in the pop up window after you click on the below link... pretty interesting... amazing how quickly it computes!

by Christina K. Schaefer

If you are looking for naturalization records you may want to study this book which is located in the Immigration Section of our library stacks. State by state, county by county, city by city, this GUIDE identifies all repositories of naturalization records, systematically indicating the types of records held, their dates of coverage, and the location of original and microfilm records. The GUIDE also pinpoints the whereabouts of federal court records in all National Archives facilities, and it identifies every single piece of information on naturalizations that is available on microfilm through the National Archives or the Family History Library System, including the call numbers used by each institution.

After the hundreds of dollars I’ve spent on my tree,
I can’t help but wonder if I’m really me. ~Anonymous


South Orange County California Genealogical Society
Fall Seminar, October 21, 2006
Dr. George Schweitzer

North San Diego County Genealogical Society
Spring Seminar
Saturday, 18 March 2006
Making Dead Ancestors Come Alive
John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
Flyers available at SOCCGS Library

Orange County California Genealogical Society - Special Interest Group

The OCCGS New England SIG group meets on the first Saturday of each month, after the general meeting and lecture. The meeting place is in Room D at the Huntington Beach Library. For further information contact Marcia Huntley Maloney, or Bob

Mar. 11 & 12: LA County Irish Fair & Music Festival, LA County Fair Grounds, Pomona, CA
Apr. 1, 2006: Tartan Day Celebration Balboa Park, San Diego, CA,
Apr. 8 & 9, 2006: Las Vegas Highland Games and Clan Gathering, Las Vegas, NV,
May 27 & 28, 2006: United Scottish Society Highland Gathering & Festival, Pomona, CA,
Jun. 24 & 25, 2006: San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans, Vista, CA,
Jun. 24 & 25, 2006: Southern CA Irish Fair, Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA,

Please notify the membership chairman if you have a change of address.
Newsletters are not forwarded and it costs 70 cents for each one returned.
Membership: Verl Nash, (949) 859-1419,


South Orange County California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application

( ) New ( ) Renewal ( ) Individual, $20/yr. ( ) Jt. Members, same address $25/yr.

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


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