Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 7 No 4 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...April 2000

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.

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.


15 April 2000 Eddie Grijalva will talk on the topic of Mexican & Spanish Research.


28-29 April 2000 The California State Genealogical Alliance will host its annual series of workshops in conjuncion with the California Genealogy Society's annual Family History Fair to be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. For further information, contact David Abrahams-CGSA, 737 El Caminito, Livermore, CA 94550, e-mail: <>.

29 April 2000 "A New Millenium of Family History - 2000 Family History Fair" will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Orange Stake Center, 674 Yorba St., Orange, CA. The keynote speaker will be Delores Semon, to be followed by five class sessions throughout the day. There are seven choices of topics in each session, covering a wide variety of subjects for the beginner through advanced researcher. A box lunch and syllabus can be preordered. Check at our library for a pre-registration form or call the Orange Family History Center at (714) 997-7710 for more information.

6-7 May 2000 The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library present the 31st Annual Jamboree 2000 at the Pasadena Center, Pasadena, California, Sat. 8:30 am-6:00 pm and Sun. 8:30 am-4:00 pm. In addition to lectures, there will be exhibits and beginner classes. Lunch is available. Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for two, payable at the door. For more information, please call (818) 843-7247, or e-mail <>. For a roster of the 10 speakers and 18 topics, look up their website at

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We wish to offer our sincere condolences to our member and former newsletter editor, Pat Weeks. Her mother, Norma Hennesy, died March 5th. Norma was also a former member of our society, and we will be purchasing a book for our library in her memory.


Members, or should I say former members, who did not pay their dues yet, have been dropped from our mailing list this month and will not receive this newsletter this month. But never fear, we will be glad to reinstate them once they have paid. Just tell them to contact our membership chairman, Iris Graham, at (949) 770-5685 or send their renewal to SOCCGS at P. O Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.


MARCH 22 Sons of the Revolution & So. CA Genealogical Society Libraries

APRIL 26 Carlsbad Library

MAY 24 Santa Monica LDS Library

JUNE 28 Huntington Beach Library

JULY 26 Long Beach Genealogical Library

AUG 23 Los Angeles Public Library

SEPT 27 Sons of the Revolution & So. CA Genealogical Society Libraries

(Prior sign up necessary as we leave at 9:00 a.m.)

OCT 25 Riverside and San Bernardino Libraries

NOV 22 Carlsbad Library

DEC 27 Will go somewhere if there's enough interest

Note: This schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Any questions, please contact Janet Franks at (949) 496-8428.


The Rose Hills Memorial Park in conjunction with the Whittier Historical Society will host a national exhibit, "Final Respects: Dealing with Death in the Victorian Era" at the Whittier Museum, 6755 Newlin Avenue, from March 12th - April 16, 2000. Exhibit hours are Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and special group tours on Wednesdays and Fridays can be arranged by calling (562) 945-3871. The following schedule of Special Events are open and free to the public.

March 12th Grand Opening - Abraham Lincoln's Funeral, 1:30 p.m. refreshments - 2 p.m. Gary Baker, Sr. V.P., Rose Hills Memorial Park

March 19th Mourning Rituals Then and Now, 1:30 p.m. refreshments - 2 p.m. Panel moderated by ministers of seven different faiths.

March 26th Discovering Whittier's Early Cemeteries, guided bus tour to 3 cemeteries, a concert and refreshments, 12 noon - 5 p.m., reservations (562) 945-3871.

April 2nd Mourning Jewelry, 1:30 p.m. refreshments - 2 p.m. Rosalie Dannenbaum, publisher of the West Coast Peddler

April 9th Wills, Who Left Them and Who Didn't, 1:30 p.m. refreshments - 2 p.m. Bonnie Sells, Certified Genealogist


Betty McKenzie informs us that we now have a docent for Wednesdays. However, we can always use substitutes, especially with vacation time coming up. So, please add you name to the substitute volunteer list if you can help.


1. Mayflower Quarterly, Vol. 64, #3, August 1998; Vol. 75, #4, November 1999, donated by Florence Wittenburg

2. City Directories of the United States, Special Edition by Research Publications, donated by Mary Ellen Lytle

3. St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vo. 32, #4, Winter 1999, donated by Pat Weeks

4. Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Pope, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

5. Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution by the Society, 1916, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

6. Massachusetts Year Book and City and Town Register, June 1, 1897 - June 1, 1898 by Alfred Roe, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

7. Masachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution by the Society, 1923, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

8. Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 by NE Historic Genealogical Society, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

9. Vital Records of Havehill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Vol. 1 - Births and Vol. 2, Marriages and Deaths by Topsfield Historical Society, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

10. Research in American Genealogy by E. Kay Kirkham, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

11. North Carolina Genealogical Reference by Wallace Draughon, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

12. Genealogy in America, Vol. 1, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine by Norman Wright, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

13. Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1644-1819 by Michael Tepper, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

14. Virginia Valley Records, Genealogical and Historical Materials of Rockingham County, Virginia and Related Regions by John Wayland, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

15. Brockton (MA) and Its Centennial, Chief Events as Town and City 1821-1921 by Warren Landers, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

16. History of the State of Maine from Its First Discovery, A.D. 1602 to the Separation, A.D. 1820, Inclusive in two volumes by William Williamson, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

17. Early New England People by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

18. Collections of the Dover, New Hampshire Historical Society, Vol. 1, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

19. Gleanings of Virginia History by William Boogher, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

20. Marshfield (MA), The Autobiography of a Pilgrim Town by Tercentenary Committee, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

21. Vital Records of Belfast, Maine to the Year 1892, Vol. - Births, Vol 2 - Marriages and Deaths by Maine Historical Society, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

22. History of Ellsworth, Maine by Albert Davis, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

23. History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Massachusetts by Nahum Mitchell, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

24. Immigrants to America Appearing in English Records by Frank Smith, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

25. Descendants of Alexander Shapleigh the Immigrant by Hannah Tibbetts, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

26. Traces, Vol. 12, #1, Winter 2000, donated by Ruth Sheean

27. Cemeteries of Lyon County, Kentucky by Lyon County Historical Society, donated by Beverly Long

28. The Searcher, Vol. 36, #11, 12, 1999; Vol. 37, #1,2, 2000, donated by Pat McCoy

29. Orange Peelings, Index 1999, by Orange County Genealogical Society, donated by Pat McCoy

30. Mayflower Families in Progress, Richard Warren of the Mayflower & His Descendants for Four Generations by Robert Wakefield, donated by Chris Parrish

31. Warwick Historical Papers, Vol. 1 and 2 by Historical Society of the Town of Warwick, Orange County, New York, donated by Barbara Smith

32. CD #5 Heritage Books Archives: Early Mississippi Records: Index of Wills, etc., purchased by Book Fund

33. CD #129 Church Records of Adams, Berkeley & Lancaster Counties, PA, purchased by Book Fund

34. CD #651 Land & Tax Records of Ohio 1787 -1840, purchased by Book Fund

35. CD #652 Pennsylvania Land Records, puchased by Book Fund

36. CD #215 Rhode Island Vital Records, purchased by Book Fund

37. CD #1262 Rhode Island Vol. 1: Genealogies, Bristol, Rhode Island Early Settlers, Story of Mt. Hope Land, History of town of Smithfield and geographic dictionary of RI, purchased by Book Fund

38. American Genealogist, Vol. 39, #2, April 1963, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

39. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 124, #1, 1970; Vol. 127, #3, 1873, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

40. Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 44, #3,4, 1979, donated by Jacquelyn Hanson

41. Ancestry Newsletter, Vol. 8, #1,2 4, 1990; #1, 1991, donated by Hope Luedeke

42. Great Migration Newsletter, Vol. 4, #1,2,3, 1993, Vol. 5, #1,2,3,4, 1994, Vol. 24, #1,2,3,4, 1997; Vol. 7, #1,2, 1998, donated by Hope Luedeke

43. Western New York Genealogical Society Inc. Journal, Index for Vol. 23; Vol. 24, #1,2,3,4, 1997-98; Index for Vol. 24; Vol. 25, #1,2,3,4, 1998-99; Index for Vol. 25, donated by Hope Luedeke

44. Wilderness Road, Bullitt County (KY) Genealogical Society, Vol. 12, #3, 2000, donated by Chris Parrish

45. #2 Finding Aids to the Microfilmed Manuscript Collection of the Genealogical Society of Utah, Preliminary Survey of the German Collection by Ronald Smelser, donated by Carol & Norm Gardner

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Considering all the book donations above from member, Jacquelyn Hanson, the least we can do is mention her new book and third novel, Katlin's Fury. She will be holding a discussion/signing session at Barnes & Noble, 26751 Aliso Creek Road in Aliso Viejo, on Saturday April 29 at 2:00 p.m. For information, email:


The committee would like to point out to everyone that the following reference collections are available at the Mission Viejo Family History Center.

1. Index for the CA State History Library in Sacramento

2. Death Record indices for California 1909 to 1983

3. Marriage index for California 1960 to 1983

4. 1881 British census/surname index

5. 1851 British census/surname index

6. Surname indices - on film and fiche

Also, the entire Salt Lake City collection, listed by both title and author, is available on microfiche in our genealogy department at the Mission Viejo library.


The following workshops will be held at the Pacific Region location, 24000 Avila Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 except for the Introduction to Hispanic Genealogy which will be held at the Santa Ana Public Library, 26 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. The latter will have limited seating, so you need to call for reservations at (949) 360-2641.

April 27 Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet.

May 11 Introduction to Military Genealogy Resources

May 13 Introduction to Hispanic Genealogy

June 8 Intro to Ships' Passenger Arrival and Naturalization Records

June 22 Introduction to Genealogical Resources

July 6 Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet

July 20 Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet


We want to thank Leland Pound for a very informative talk on Quaker Research which he gave at our March 18th meeting. An especially important point he made, for our Quaker researchers to note, is that the Quaker monthly meetings, which began as early as 1660 in Sandwich, MA, provide very detailed information about their local members. He mentioned that Hinshaw's Encyclopedia on the Quakers covers the minutes for most of the meeting areas, except for western NY, and is available on microfilm from LDS. I was interested to learn that a certificate was issued for a member to move from one meeting place to another and was needed for a member to be accepted at a new meeting place. This information would be included in the meeting minutes and could be a good source for tracking the path of your Quaker ancestor. As a follow up to Mr. Pound's talk, Margaret Bonney sends the following on the Whittier College Library which has an extensive Quaker history collection.

The Wardman Library at Whittier College on-line catalog is available at

The Wardman Library can be reached at (562) 907-4247. The head librarian is Dr. O'Brien.

Hours: 8:00am -11:00pm Monday -Thursday

8:00am - 5:00pm Friday

1:00pm - 5:00pm Saturday

1:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday

The library is closed on holidays, weekends between semesters, and Sundays of three-day weekends.

A very comprehensive genealogical guide book in that library is: E184.F89 B47 QuakerCollection,

Berry, Ellen T., Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. This book contains an excellent basic explanation of the founding of the Society of Friends and the focus of the beliefs within this group. It also gives repositories for Society of Friends Records. For United States records and history, the book focuses on the Friends who lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Wardman Library has 13 entries for Society of Friends in NY.


Our member Pat Hruska has not forgotten us, though she has moved to Olympia, WA. She sent us Myra Vanderpool Gormley's column on researching Italian lines which appeared in the News Tribune there on Jan. 26, 2000. Ms. Gormley talks about a new book for Italian researchers, "A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors," by Lynn Nelson, which is available ($16.99) in bookstores and from the publisher, Betterway Books, an imprint of F&W Publications, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207. According to Ms. Nelson, "Italian genealogy is especially exciting because it is easier than that of most other nationalities." Her book gives general guidelines and how to use the wealth of information and records right here in North America. It also covers the history of Italy, how to locate your ancestors' hometown, how to use the Italian vital records and how to decipher the old-style handwriting. If you want more information, contact the author's home page, or


BANDLER Seeking information on Nathan Bandler from the Ukraine. Contact Marian H. Pearl, 33441 Cockleswhell Dr., Dana Pt., CA 92629, (949) 493-9500,

BELCHER Seeking parents of Rhoda BELCHER, m. August 23, 1825, Howard Co., MO by John Thomas M.G. to Samuel RIGGS, b. 30 April 1806 Todd Co., KY, d. possibly in Graves Co., KY ca. 1836. Contact Mrs. Zoe L. Jensen, 5069 Avenida Del Sol, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, (949) 581-7908,

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Another article sent to us by Pat Hruska, "Facing History - Images of African-Ameicans Illuminate a Proud Past," by Angela M. Pleasants, appeared in the Nov. 1999 issue of the Smithsonian magazine. Ms. Pleasants gives us a glimpse of the daquerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes presented in a new book by Jackie Napolean Wilson, published by St. Martin's Press, Hidden Witness: African-American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the Civil War. These rare pictures, dating from c. 1845 to c. 1865, show that African-Americans were very much an integral part of the culture, economy and development of this country.


How strange it is to see there,
in most unexpected places,
the feature that matches up with yours,
in almost forgotten faces.

Ruth Loustaunau


As we have noted before, the Palmia Genealogy Club of Mission Viejo has formed to help those doing German research. For information on their meeting schedule, call Pres. Bertha O'Gara at (949) 454-8224 or contact Glenn Witte at


THE VIRTUAL CEMETERY now has a Virtual Cemetery Project which is a collection of gravestone photos and a fully searchable archive of transcriptions submitted by members. To submit your own photos or to search this database go to and choose "Virtual Cemetery".


The Chicago Polish Newspaper by the Polish Genealogy Society of America has a web site of interest to researchers on Polish ancestors: visit Dziennik Chicagoski, Obituary Index Search at


Gail Gilbert, (949) 498-6784,

1. SHARP, c.1750 NC>VA>TN>KY>MO


3. WADE, 1676 NJ>PA

4. BANE, c. 1730 ENG>VA>PA

5. CRANE, c.1650, L.I,NY>NJ

6. OGDEN,1641 L.I., NY>NJ

7. CARLE, c.1680 NJ

8. COOPER, c.1660 CT>NJ

9. MUNSON, c. 1660 CT

10. EFLAND (EVELAND), c. 1720 NJ>NC

11. MUDGE, 1802 Torquay, Devonshire, ENG>NY

12. NEVERMANN, 1800 Mecklenburg,Germany>NY

It's nice to come from gentle folk
who've never known disgrace . . .
but, oh, though scandal is no joke
it's easier to trace . . .

Virginia Scott Miner


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