Saddleback Valley Trails

 South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 14 No. 4                                                                              Editor: Mary Jo McQueen                                                                                   April 2007

 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.


GENERAL MEETING – April 21, 2007



Presented By

Leland Pound

In this presentation Mr. Pound will cover ways the Internet has changed the methods used to do family history research.  He will explore the positive changes, as well as the pitfalls.  We will learn how easy it is to access numerous original records, to use indexes that may contain errors, and to determine the correct information.

Lee has been researching his own family for the past 35 years, both in courthouses and on the Internet. He has used the Internet to view both Census and primary records; and to explore secondary materials for clues to ancestral information. Mr. Pound is the author of three family histories.


                                                            2007 CALENDAR

May 19 – Michael Kratzer, “Genealogy on EBay.”

June 16 – Alan Jones, “Bakers Dozen, 13 websites we should all know and use.”

July 21 – Ivan C. Johnson, “British Naming Patterns.”

August 18 – Penny Feike, “Court Records.”

September 15 – Joan Rambo, “Land & Tax Records.”

October 20 – John Colletta, Family History Seminar

November 17, Nancy Carlberg

December 15 – Holiday Party



Again, our monthly meeting attendance was over seventy members and guests. Liz Myers topic, “Ohio: Gateway To The West” proved to be very popular. June Moyer and Barbara Wilgus provided the delicious treats.

Bill Bluett announced that Jack Naylor would replace Francie Kennedy as New-member Membership Chairman. He also noted that Eileen Merchant could no longer serve as Hospitality Chairman. We need a member  to accept the responsibility of coordinating the “goodie” volunteers, and setting up the refreshment table at each meeting. This is an easy way to contribute to your Society. PLEASE CALL BILL! (949) 492-9408) Sandy Crowley announced a project in which she is involved. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is building a new community of homes in San Juan Capistrano. These are “Homes for Heroes” for veterans with combat-related injuries. Information is available at or call Sandy, (949) 589-2328. The SOCCGS treasury is richer by $247.00, courtesy of the Fremont Savings Deposit Incentive Program. Three members have deposits that incurred this donation at no cost to the depositor. Members wishing information on this program please call Mary Jo McQueen. (949) 581-0690.



Instead of the Safari this month we will support the Orange Family History Center’s Family History Fair on Saturday, April 28. Great speakers with a wide variety of topics are scheduled. The hours for the event are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the classes, however the Class Syllabus in $10.00 and Box Lunch is $7.25, if desired. Class information and registration form can be found on the OFHC website: Forms are also available at the SOCCGS Library. Please contact Bill Bluett if you are interested in car-pooling. Phone: (949) 492-9408 or


A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his Ancestors, for the expression of all his history, and his wants. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 



~Bill Bluett

When Caroline Rober gave her presentation to SOCCGS in February, she mentioned the NARA (National Records and Archives Administration) website at That brought to mind the research I have done through this site. If you have not explored it, and you have an ancestor that acquired government land, you should. This is one of the “Favorite Websites” on the genealogy library computers. You can also access these websites in the comfort of your home by going to

When you open the Bureau of Land Management website, click on Land Patent Search near the top of the page. It will ask for your postal zip code. A page will open where you can search by state, surname and first name. If you find an ancestor listed, click on the name. You will then see the legal land description as well as the image of the Land Patent document that your ancestor filed (if the image is available). This document holds the signature of the President of the United States. You can print this image or order a copy (on paper or parchment) for $2.00.

           However, this is only the beginning! You can actually research more information regarding all of the documents that were filed to process this land acquisition. Once you find the Legal Land Description on this website, you can order a copy of all the documents in the file located in Washington D.C. The National Archives in Laguna Niguel has a form (NATF 84), which can be filled out and submitted, for a fee of $17.75. In several weeks, you should receive a packet containing anywhere from 10 to 25 pages of documents from the archived folder. Be aware that this fee, and other fees, may be increased by the end of May 2007. See Mary Jo’s article in this newsletter about the proposed increase by NARA.

This is what I discovered at the BLM website. James W. Bluett, my great-grandfather, filed for a Washington Territory homestead in 1883. The land was located south of Spokane. After submitting the form, I received a packet containing 29 pages of documents! Many are filled out in his handwriting, and signed. There is a Testimony of Claimant (filled out by James), and two Testimony of Witness statements (by neighbors or friends) that verified the family was living on, and working, the 160 acres. My great-grandfather’s statement gave detailed information about the house, furniture, barn, well, fencing, farm implements, and crops; as well as the 100 fruit trees, which they had planted. Also, the witnesses touched upon a great deal of detailed information in their testimonies. You can imagine the vivid picture painted by all of this data. I can almost visualize the farm in 1889, when the FINAL PROOF OF CLAIM was filed in Spokane. Now, the land legally belonged to the Bluett family!

I was fortunate to receive a packet containing so much detail. This may not be the case for all files, but you don’t know what may be found unless you order the documents. I enjoy searching out more detail about ancestors. It gives me a more personal picture regarding their character and the lives they lived during those times. Because of this type of research I have a greater appreciation for the sacrifices and hardships that they endured for future generations.

Check it out. See what kind of information you can uncover about your ancestor’s government land acquisitions. You may find some interesting and fun “stuff “ hidden away in those archived files.



Nine family history enthusiasts joined our group in March, making eighteen new members since January 1. We extend them a special welcome. The newest members are: Gerald Baglin, Mission Viejo,; Billie May Bowron, North Dakota; Wanda Jazayeri, Laguna Niguel,; Robert & Melbournea Pittman, Laguna Niguel,; Julie Richards, Rancho Santa Margarita,; Beverly Thornton, Mission Viejo,; Shiryl Boerlin, Lake Forest,; Nancy Consentino, Lake Forest,; Elma Massie, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-5116.



Looking for George Caldwell, born: 1859, WI and wife Anna (Clark), born: 1878, Ill. They once lived in Orange, Orange Co, Ca. Had Children: Charles H, born 1905, ND and Marjorie G, born: 1908, ND and Ruth Catherine, born 1911, CA. Believe they moved from ND to CA, sometime before 1911, before Ruth was born. Please email me at: Thank you. Billie May Bowron


A Wonderful Map of the United States. A Must See!

(Pat Weeks)

This is one of the best maps I have seen showing the growth and history of the United States. Click on play to see the movie.



He said, “La-Brier.”  I said, “La-Brew-Air.”

~Pat Weeks

          Some years ago, while manning the desk at our SOCCGS library in Mission Viejo, a patron began talking to me about his research frustrations. “Bill” told me his research had gone very well until he found an ancestor who had moved to Illinois in the very early days.  His quest was halted by his inability to find the connection of this ancestor to a German immigrant with the name, La Brier.

There he was, so full of excitement with the previous research, but frustrated with the inability to find out more about this German origin.  He told me all about the Briar family; how they came over from Germany, what they did for a living, and how they settled in western Illinois just when that area was opening. The more he talked the more my curiosity grew. My family had settled in that same region when it was part of New France.  I asked him to specifically pinpoint where his early Illinois Briers settled. Then, I immediately knew he was not talking about a German settler; but a French Canadian family named Normand dit LaBruyere. In 1747 Louis Normand dit LaBruyere had married an Indian woman there in Kaskaskia . 

          Needless to say, my tidbit of information set Bill on a frenzied search for new data concerning his family.  He even wrote a lovely history which was grabbed up by the Alberta Canada LaBrier website. So, Bill and I are cousins, at least through that Indian alliance. If you ever find a French Canadian in your research, you are related to all other researchers with French Canadian ties.  It is 99% guaranteed!



~Mary Jo McQueen

          Member, Dean Duet, has been searching five years for a major piece of his genealogical puzzle. This missing segment was his grandfather, Louis Burgau, also known as “Butts.” Dean knew that his dad had been raised by an aunt  and  uncle, supposedly  because Louis was incarcerated  in a  Federal prison  on charges of  illegally transporting

cigarettes across state lines. (Hence, the nickname Butts!) Dean had little information about his father, but had obtained his social security application, which gave the names of his parents, Edgar Louis Burgau and Matilda Hotard. The death certificate also gave the same information.

          This enigma led Dean to create a FTM Home Page so that other researchers could contact him with Duet/Burgau information. At this time he had only researched back to 1850.

          Even though Dean has been a member of SOCCGS for some time, he attended his first meeting this past February where he heard Caroline Rober speak on “Courthouse Research.” (This is where the Serendipity begins!) Because of this meeting he made plans to travel to New Orleans on his way back to California from a business meeting in Orlando, Florida in order to do some “Courthouse Research.”

          Before leaving the hotel in Orlando he decided to check his home email. This message jumped right out, “Hi, I am the granddaughter of Mary Estelle Burgau. Her parent’s names were Edgar & Mathilda Burgau. I am trying to find out if we are part of the Duet/Burgau Family of New Orleans.” As it turns out, Dean and this newfound cousin share great grandparents. Her grandmother and his grandfather were siblings.

          Since Dean had already made plans to see another cousin in New Orleans, to check the courthouse records, he asked if all three of them could meet. He told her that they were going to attempt to find the burial place of his grandfather. She replied, “Oh, I know just where he is buried and also his father, our great grandfather.” (More Serendipity!)

          After returning home, Dean received an exciting message. At the National Archives in Baton Rouge his cousin found Edgar Burgau’s birth certificate naming his parents, Jean Burgau and Estell Ramos. Now, Dean has his great great grandparents identities and the family line back to 1799 in France!

          How serendipitous was it that Dean checked his email before going to New Orleans…..…..and finally attended a SOCCGS meeting?



*Thank you to Judith Bryant who donated three books relating to Warren County, Iowa:

*SOCCGS has purchased Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 by William J. Roulston. Dr. Schweitzer at the October Seminar recommended this book.




          Herb Abrams is updating the SOCCGS Surname Listing on the Website. Please check your information, and if corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb ( New members are especially encouraged to add their Surnames to this list. 

Zadock, You’re the Best!

Adventures in Genealogy

~Diane Walters Hearne

Dear Mary,

I’m so glad that you’re ready to begin genealogy research. Here are some tips for you from my genealogical quest thus far.  I have divided the information into sections: Names and their pitfalls; Learning about places and cultures; Lies and interesting discoveries; Clues from letters and diaries; Internet opportunities; and, finally, Joy of the quest.

First, be wary of names.  If lucky, you’ll have a few good ones like my favorite ancestor, Zadock West (1773-1834). I look at a tax list from Monroe, Ohio and see many West’s listed, but behold, only one Zadock.  His son Zadock might be listed, but a generation apart is usually pretty easy to determine.

My thinking is that scenes from the 1800s in England went something like this:


Sarah Colley: “Guess what, Sister; we’re expecting a little bundle in May.”

Elizabeth Colley: “That will be fun because your bundle will have a cousin the same month!” 

Sarah:  “If they’re boys, let’s name them both Joseph, cute little brothers for your daughter Elizabeth and my Sarah.”

Elizabeth: “Good idea, I like it so much I think I’ll name my next daughter Sarah, after you.”

Sarah: “Thank you, I’ll return the compliment. We only have six children so far, but I’m sure there will be more.”


William: “David, now that you’ve been a widower for six months, I hear you’re going to marry again and provide a new mother for your children.”

David, “Yes, I’m going to wed Elizabeth Lewis.  Isn’t it a coincidence that she has the same first name as my dear first wife, and was actually born in the same year?”


Meanwhile, 200 years later, a struggling genealogist is tearing out her hair.  Is the Elizabeth in the 1861 census the first wife or the second?  If she was the first, then she’s my direct ancestor, if not, we’re not related in any way.

Surnames are not much easier.  Most of my surnames are pretty common: Steele, Hoffert, Keller, Myers, Walters, Welch, Garrison, West, Wharton and Williams.  My Colley’s from England have a more unusual name.

Some surnames, which I like for their research value, are Blackshaw, Schrader and Schoenborn.  The difficulty is that they’re often misspelled and unrecognizable. This is where thinking outside the box helps. Apparently, the government paid census takers for the number of houses they visited in a day.  If the worker was looking forward to lunch, or suffering tired feet at the end of the day, he might not have been careful about spellings.  I am told that if a family wasn’t home, the census taker might go next door and hear something like this:  “Oh, the Schrader’s, well I think they have eight children, there’s Sarah who’s about eight, Samuel who looks to be three…  Spelling, I guess it’s probably S-h-r-a-t-e-r.”

           You probably think I need to get a life, but I can’t begin to describe the thrill of discovering a brand new surname on my family tree.  If you search for all the siblings of your ancestor in the census, you’re likely to find (in the days before we put our elderly away in homes) a grandmother living with her daughter and son-in-law.  Gwenlillian Cole is living with daughter Sarah and son-in-law William Rees.  Voila!  Cole!  A new surname to pursue!

          Be wary of name changes. My husband, Pat’s, father and brother changed their surname from Hearn to Hearne due to a misspelling on a paycheck.  Levi Walter came back from the Civil War being called Levi Walters because it was easier to say.

I love learning about the places my ancestors lived, and what their lives were like. Professional genealogists have identified several trails across the United States followed by migrant families. I found Pat’s Hearn ancestors moving right along from North Carolina to Tennessee to Missouri to Texas, from 1790 to 1850. My Colley family emigrated from Wales, to Utica, New York, to Dayton, Ohio, to San Francisco following their children who moved ahead of them. Before the 1900s, families often moved together and if you look carefully at the census pages, before and after, you’ll often find other relatives. It’s easy to get sidetracked and begin looking up the history of the places the families chose to live.

After finding Bernard Walter’s name on the ship the Loyal Judith, crossing the Atlantic in 1732 from Germany to Philadelphia, I couldn’t help but read up on the conditions of ships during that time and the problems of the Palatine in their part of Germany.  I wanted to know what caused them to leave.          

If we could choose where our ancestors lived, and their religion, I recommend Quakers in Buck’s County, PA.  It was there that I found my Blackshaw, Wharton and Welch families. The rich information in the Quaker Monthly Minutes is fascinating reading. Here are few examples from the Falls Monthly Meeting, Men’s Minutes.

“1/3/1689 Committee to speak with Joseph Clowes who pretends to claim promises from Rachell.

5/4/1689 – Joseph Clowes and Rachell Baker have acquitted each other.  She may proceed with her marriage.

2/8/1689 – Reported that Roger Hawkins is dead and buried and few of the neighbors aware of it.

5/2/1693 Complaint by Peter Worrall that Sarah the wife of William Clowes had raised or spread some scandalous reports to the defaming of his wife.  Complaint by Joseph Henbey against Wm. Beaks for detaining a small debt due to him.  Reported that John Chapman’s family lives in necessity.

7/2/1770 – Falls Meeting reports that James Welsh hath gone out in marriage with a woman not of our society. {Disowned}

1/5/1771 – Falls reports that John Wharton, Jur. hath been guilty of fornication with a woman {Mary} to whom he is now married.”  (How many soap opera plots do you count?)



If your people are like mine, it’s possible to find some who “strayed from the truth.”  Pat’s mother, Virginia, and grandmother, Mayme, always said that George Bailey, Virginia’s father, died in a duck hunting accident. Mayme always said, “Water filled his boots and he drowned,” The implication was, that George, or Mr. Bailey as Mayme called him, died when Virginia was about four years old. Before the “accident”, they lived in Pocatello, Idaho, moving to California around 1912.

For a year, I searched in vain trying to find George’s death certificate. A George Bailey died in 1928 in Power County, Idaho, but I knew that couldn’t be my George; Pocatello is in Bannock County and my George died in 1912.  Mayme and Virginia said he was born in Iowa, but not knowing his birth year, and the fact that his name wasn’t even close to Zadock, clouded the picture.

Finally, I used a wonderful resource called RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness), which offers volunteers who will research at no cost. A volunteer in Pocatello sent me a package of clippings on the death of George Bailey in 1928, in a fishing accident in the American Falls Reservoir in Power County, Idaho. Three men perished and the story was front-page news for days. The articles stated that George, divorced, lived at the Elks Club at the time of his death, and had a daughter, Virginia, living in Los Angeles.  Another lesson to be learned here, Virginia never lived in Los Angeles, it was Santa Ana.

When I told this story to our grandchildren, my daughter, Deirdre exclaimed, “Grandmother always said her father died duck hunting.”  I retold the true story chuckling at her response, which provides an insight into the veracity of family lore. “I like the duck hunting story, better!”

Libraries have been helpful places in my search for clues. Through a small one in Saylor Park, Ohio, I learned the name of a lady named Marjorie who keeps several shoeboxes full of local history newspaper articles in her home.  She uncovered a booklet entitled, Record of Apprenticeships 1832-37, Dearborn County, Indiana that stated that my great-great grandfather, Warren Steele, became a ward of the county after his mother died and his father took off in 1832.  The four siblings were farmed out to various relatives and friends who were paid for their generosity by the county.  Zadock West was paid $5.35 for keeping Warren’s brother, Oliver for a quarter of the year. Those were your grandchildren, Zadock!                        

Old diaries and letters can be goldmines and I am lucky to have quite a few. My grandfather, visiting his mother in Los Angeles in 1934, mentions in his journal seeing Aunt Tilly, Uncle Frank, Aunt Vinnie, and Uncle John.  I had wondered what happened to Matilda and Lavinia Keller. Now I knew the first names of husbands and could search the 1900 census using the first names of the females, identify the first names of the males and find the married last names. With that knowledge, I can find their children and grandchildren with the possibility of meeting them sometime. Why do I care? Why does the mountain climber risk the hazards of Mt. Everest?  Genealogy is much safer.

I love finding a new website on the Internet Recently, I found a website for Old Merthyr Tydfil in Wales where one can look at maps of the town, old pictures, read history of the area, and purchase books online. The bottom of the last page displays two blinking mailboxes to email one of two Old Merthyr Tydfil experts.  I clicked on the one labeled “Geoff” and emailed a few questions.  I quickly received a reply and an offer of a “potted history” tour of the area when we visit this spring.  I will walk the streets where ancestors David Lewis Williams and Jane Cole walked.

I feel a thrill of anticipation getting ready for a genealogy seminar or readying research materials for a trip to the Carlsbad Library or the Family History Center in Santa Monica. Attending monthly meetings, surrounded by people who share the same interests is immensely satisfying.

Mary, these are just some of the reasons I love this hobby.  One tiny suggestion, change your name to Permelia or Parthenia or Gwenlillian.  Your descendants will love you for it.

Yours in genealogy,



Estimating Dates of Birth Using Ages

~Michael John Neill

          Ages given in any document can easily be incorrect and care must be taken when using an age to infer a year or date of birth for an ancestor. That said, it still is important to remember what an age on a given date means–the age as of that date. If Elizabeth’s age is listed as fifty years on 6 August 1832, then at the youngest, she had just turned fifty on that date. At the oldest, she was one day shy of her 51st birthday. So Elizabeth could have been born on 6 August 1782 (if she had just turned 50) or as early as 7 August 1781.

          Of course, this potential range of birthdates makes the assumption that Elizabeth knew when she was born, that she actually reported the age herself and gave her true age, and that the age has been transcribed correctly from the record. Any birth date, or range of birth dates, calculated from an age should be clearly sourced and noted in your records. Keep in mind that many times such ages will potentially conflict with one another and often with sources providing primary information about the event.


The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors . . . [they] transmitted them to us with care and diligence. ~Samuel Adams



NARA Proposes a Copy Fee Increase

A notification to all U.S. genealogists. Two rules published in the Federal Register on Monday, 26 February 2007, relate to fees for reproductions of records at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). In the case of Civil War pension applications, the proposal is for a 338% increase!

Here is the list of proposed increases:

-- Passenger Arrival Lists, NATF Form 81, $25.00

-- Federal Census Requests, NATF Form 82, $25.00

-- Eastern Cherokee Applications to the Court of Claims, NATF Form 83, $25.00

-- Land Entry Records, NATF Form 84, $40.00

-- Full Pension File More Than 75 Years Old (Civil War Period), NATF Form 85, $125.00

-- Full Pension File More Than 75 Years Old (Non-Civil War), NATF Form 85, $60.00

-- Pension Documents Packet (Selected Records), NATF Form 85, $25.00

-- Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, NATF Form 85, $25.00

-- Military Service Files More Than 75 Years Old, NATF Form 86, $25.00

Both rules are open for public comment until 27 April 2007.

Go here to comment:

Representative Jose E. Serrano (DEM-NY-16th) is the sub committee chair of the Financial Services and General Government Committee. Anyone with comments about the increase in prices of the mail order requests might want to send an email directly to Rep. Serrano. His e-mail address is

Other members of the committee:  Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (MI), C.A "Dutch" Ruppersberger (MD), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Peter J. Visclosky (IN), James P. Moran (VA), Robert E. "Bud" Cramer, Jr. (AL), Maurice D. Hinchey (NY), Dave Obey (WI), Ex Officio, Ralph Regula (OH), Tom Latham (IA), Mark Steven Kirk (IL), Dennis R. Rehberg (MT), Rodney Alexander (LA), Jerry Lewis (CA), Ex Officio



Volunteers are needed to extract family history information from digital images of historical documents to create indexes that assist everyone in finding their ancestors. Everyone is invited! Join the thousands of volunteers who are creating automated indexes to valuable family history records. Go to the following website to see how you can help.

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" is debuting with more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The fully searchable site is available at

To create a Family Health History go to

Orange County Archives (The County of Orange’s Official Historical Repository) -


Have you tried this yet?

~Herb Abrams

           Put the name of one of your ancestors in  If the name comes up in OneWorldTree click on the name, and click on “Find Famous Relatives” on the right.  This will show all the famous people to whom you are related.  If you want to find out how you are related, click on “Show Relationship.”  I am related to a whole bunch of famous people.  How about you?


Iowa Census Records at Ancestry

PROVO, Utah, March 15 --, the world's largest online resource for family history, today announced that it has digitized and indexed all, readily available, Iowa State census records from 1836 to 1925.

Email from a SOCCGS member: “I had a call on Friday from a second cousin in Iowa whom I have never met but have corresponded with. He told me his sister, who lives in a different county in Iowa then he does, put out a box of family pictures for Goodwill. After finding them, a woman, going through them, found my cousin’s address and called. She then sent him the pictures. He said he was keeping the photos from his mother’s side of the family and sending me the Ferguson photos. They are from the turn of the century. I am so excited.”

Aye, Kathy Kane


People will not look forward to posterity,

Who never look backward to their Ancestors. ~Edmund Burke




Those of you who are researching Colonial American Records will find valuable information at the website of the New England Historical Society. SOCCGS has a paid membership available on the library computers. Some of the recent additions to this site include: New England Historical and Genealogical Register –1847-2000; Vital Records of Berlin, Massachusetts, to the end of the Year 1899; Vital Records of the Town of Brewster to the end of the Year 1849 ; Vital Records of Concord, Mass., 1635-1850 and The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Profiles. Much more is available so check it out at home and then access your choices at your genealogy library.



April 20 - Swedish Genealogy Workshop The Vasa Lodge is conducting a special Laguna Woods workshop from 6:30pm to 9:00pm held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross. GenLine, a Swedish software genealogy company, will present the program. GenLine has a database containing 99.5%of all church records maintained originally by the Swedish Lutheran Church. There is no charge for this workshop but advance reservations are required. Call Robert Johnson at 714/529-4023 or email

April 28 – Family History Fair at the Orange Family History Center. Reservations must be received by April 18. Forms are available at SOCCGS Library or at

May 12 – San Diego Genealogical Society’s All-Day Seminar & Luncheon featuring Dick Eastman. A registration form can be found on the SDGS Web Site at Reservations must be received by May 7th.

June 8, 9 & 10 - Southern California Genealogical Society’s 38th Annual Genealogy Jamboree and Resource Expo. For more information and/or registration visit the website at

The Largest Irish Festival in Western America

June 23 & 24 - Southern California Irish Fair and Music Festival at Irvine Meadows.



        THANK YOU to those who have already shared items for the newsletter. They will be printed as space allows. So far, only about seven out of the 70, or so, members who regularly attend the monthly meetings have contributed. Many more of you certainly have Ancestor stories to share. How about that “great find” which would be of special interest to us all? We would also like to print special recipes, which may be from the “olden days”, or a current favorite. Queries will be included in order to assist members in their search for genealogy information.

        The deadline for articles is Wednesday following the monthly meeting. Items may not always appear in the immediate newsletter. Don’t want to write a whole article? Simply submit the basic facts and background information and we will put it together. Items may be sent via email or Word attachment. All submissions are subject to editorial approval and may be edited. Send to:



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