Saddleback Valley Trails

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 19 No. 4

P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690

April 2012

Editor: Gary Schwarz

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 21 APR 2012


Presented by
Kerry Bartels

This program describes the different repositories of the National Archives and the huge volume of records that these facilities hold. Our speaker discusses the two digitization partners of the National Archives, and, and their current activities. He will cover four of the five major categories of records in the National Archives most commonly used by genealogists, and go into detail with one of these categories -- military records.  This is followed by some examples of records in the National Archives that are rich in genealogical value but are little known and little used by genealogists.  This presentation includes images of the interior and exterior of the National Archives at Riverside and a discussion of their services and holdings.

About the Speaker: Kerry Bartels is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside, California. He has long experience as an archivist and genealogist. He has been a professional archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. He has extensive experience with county, state, and Federal records as well as private manuscripts of individuals and records of private organizations. Over the years, he has also done a great deal of oral history and has administered a state micrographics laboratory and a state conservation laboratory among other specialties. He has been a genealogical practitioner since 1962 and has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.


Safari News

Our destination on Wednesday, April 25th, will be the Orange Family History Center located on South Yorba Street in the City of Orange. You can check out their website for information regarding their collection holdings, We’ll be leaving the LDS Church parking lot at 9:30 A.M. Keep in mind that it is a couple of miles distance for eating out if you do not bring a lunch. We will not stop for dinner on the way home. Don't forget $$ for your driver. Contact Bill Bluett at (949) 492-9408 to reserve a spot.

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.

President's Message

~Bill Bluett

The 1940 census is online as of April 2nd. Now, we can start locating more recent ancestors, family members, and even ourselves if we were born by 1940. But, this census is not yet indexed. Rural areas will be easier to search because there are fewer pages to browse. But, what about searching the larger cities and populated regions. How will we find families and, possibly ourselves without an index? I was born and lived in the Los Angeles area. How am I going to find myself? The sooner the indexing is completed, the better off we will be. We went through this for a period of time when the 1930 census became available. What are we to do in the meantime?

Have any of you started working on this indexing project? I took Herb Abrams advice and signed up with Family Search to participate. It didn’t take much time to sign up and begin entering data. As soon as you become registered, an icon will appear on your computer screen. This will be the item you click on each time you want to sign in and begin working on entering data. There are plenty of “easy to follow” instructions that guide you along the way. There is even an online tutorial available that you can go to by clicking on the “Help” button at the top of the work page if you need assistance along the way. You can save what you’ve entered and exit the program at any point even if you are in the middle of an entry listing. The next time you come back into the program, you can begin where you left off. It’s good to know that two people will be indexing every file that is worked on. When the two are completed and submitted, they are compared. If there are any differences, the “batch” will be sent to arbitration. This is a necessary step to make sure that the most complete and accurate information is submitted. You may select the location that you would like to work on. If it is available for indexing, you might select an area where you know that family members were living. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover yourself if you are in the 1940 census. I don’t know if anyone has had that opportunity to date. But, I suppose it could happen. So, you might want to consider participating in this project.

Now, changing the subject to last month’s newsletter, I would like to mention one other find I’ve discovered in the Chronicling America newspapers at the Library of Congress website. Sometime ago, I had written an article in our newsletter about Bailey Youngston who was my great grandparents brother-in-law. He became the proprietor of the Texas House Saloon in Leadville, Colorado, in the early 1880’s. In 1888, he had a run-in with “Mart” Duggan, the local marshal in town. “Mart” was a hard-drinking Indian fighter, saloon bouncer, and legendary marshal. He was a 5 feet 5 inch tall Irishman and a tough battler who took over for Leadville's murdered marshal at the behest of silver baron and current Mayor Horace Tabor. On the night of April 9th, 1888, Youngston and Duggan got into an argument at the Texas House Saloon. It was late at night when Duggan finally walked out of the saloon when someone walked up from behind and shot him at close range behind the ear. He died at eleven the next morning - ten years to the day after he took over as marshal. Bailey Youngston was arrested, and went to trial. However, he was acquitted of that crime. As it turned out, Bailey was involved in one or two other disputes that resulted in shoot-outs. However, he survived them all and lived a long life.

I recently found an article in the Salt Lake Herald dated January 15, 1888. It mentioned the names of Bailey Youngston and my great grandmother’s brother, John Fallon. It read: “John Fallon, of the Cullen (Hotel), has just received from his brother-in-law, Alderman B. C. Youngston of Leadville, eight large photographs, all handsomely framed, of the Texas House at Leadville, of which Mr. Youngston is the proprietor. The pictures represent the hotel from different points of view and are all fine specimens of the photographer’s art. They now ornament the hall of the Cullen bar.

You just never know what you’re going to find in the “old newspapers”! They begin to fill in the missing pieces of an ancestor’s life.

March Meeting

Speaker Cheri Mello described how three types of DNA available to genealogists are used in research. She worked through a case study to give insights on how she resolved her brick wall with DNA. She also provided some reverse genealogy resources used with DNA research. Guests at the meeting: Arlene O’Donnell, Geogiana Rivera, Paul Toomey. Refreshments were provided by: Diane Hearne, Pat Weeks, Barbara Wilgus, Judy Ryu, Sharon Keener.

New Members: Marilyn Ghere ( of Laguna Beach, looking for: Ward, Henry and Ghere; Barbara Vanek ( of Dana Point Looking for: Fulmer, Muth and Vollmer; Paul Toomey (

Brick Walls & Genealogy Research Suggestions

  • Donna Osterhues posted a query online 3 years ago and got a reply three months ago. She found that she’s related to the current mayor of Lake Forest.
  • Barbara Taylor found a family book online at She also found information on CDs at Mission Viejo Library and at the Mission Viejo Family History Center.
  • Pat Weeks suggested that French Canadian researchers access the Drouin and Loiselle Collections on microfilm at the Mission Viejo Family History Center.
  • Jim Thordahl has found that is a valuable resource.
  • Barbara Harley has also been helped by FindAGrave.
  • Mickie Dempsey has Walter(s) that were either German or English in Virginia which she has confirmed with DNA were English.

The Totes are Here

~Jim Thordahl – Ways and Means Chairman

That’s right; the totes are here, and they will be available at the SOCCGS meeting in April. The announcement of this promotional project at our March meeting was received with enthusiasm. These stylish totes are a handy size and sport our logo in a pretty blue color. What a great way to “show our colors,” and for you to tell the world about your participation in genealogy with the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. Also, take note of the story behind our logo that you will find on a card in your tote. Although this topic is under the Ways and Means heading, your board is happy to offer them for promotion – virtually at cost - only $4.00.

Jamboree is Coming

The annual Genealogy Jamboree presented by SCGS is coming June 8-10 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. Visit the Jamboree website at (click on the Jamboree poster image to go to the detail website) for full details on this year’s programs, speakers and exhibits. The theme of this year’s conference is “Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS - Spotlight on Family History".

Jamboree will feature nearly 60 speakers and over 100 courses over the weekend. Only the most skilled and knowledgeable lecturers are invited to share their expertise and knowledge The exhibit hall, home of nearly 70 companies, societies, online data providers, software and technology companies, will be open to the public throughout the weekend. 

Early-bird Jamboree registration discounts are available through April 22. Also, the Marriott is offering special room rates for Jamboree attendees if you want to avoid the drive for both days and stay at the conference hotel. Special room rates are available if you make your hotel reservation before May 5. You can also follow Jamboree interest items as they develop on the Jamboree blog -

Southern California Genealogical Society - 2012 Webinar Series

April Webinars:
07 April 10 am PDT – Turn iGoogle into Your Personal Genealogy Research Homepage – Lisa Louise Cooke
18 April 6 pm PDT – Grandma’s Flak Jacket: Why Your Children Need You To Do Family History - Janet Havorka.

The live broadcast of each session is open to the public and FREE to all (space is limited to 1000 attendees). Webinars are recorded, archived, and available for the next twelve months day or night to SCGS members, in the members-only section of the SCGS website.


Santa Margarita Family History Center

New member to SOCCGS Paul Toomey is the Director of the Santa Margarita Family History Center. The Center is located at 30422 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita. The phone number is 949-766-7826. Their hours of operation are: T, W, and Th 6PM to 9PM and Sunday 9AM to 5PM.

The FHC has the full compliment of complementary subscription websites available as well as computers and microfilm readers onsite.


~Donna Hobbs

The year was 1906 my Grandmother Annie Tweddle Joughin was a happy 14 year old schoolgirl who had lived her whole life in northern England. Annie lived in Whitehaven, which was one of the first planned towns in England and was based on the grid design of Sir Christopher Wren. It had many Georgian buildings and had once been a larger port town than Liverpool. Her family attended the Presbyterian Church, but she went to school at St. James School, part of St. James Episcopal Church. She wore a black serge dress with a white starched pinafore and often a large tam hat. Annie’s Mother’s family the Tweddles were originally from Scotland, her grandfather Thomas Joseph Tweddle was a Sergeant in the Cumberland Militia. Annie’s Father and his Joughin family had lived for generations on the Isle of Man. She had a younger sister Emily, Annie was content.

Annie’s father Humphrey Joughin worked as a coal miner in Whitehaven, first as a blast furnace man, later a hewer. He was unhappy and had heard from other miners of opportunities open to miners in the United States of America, somewhere called Bisbee, in Arizona Territory. He and seven miner friends set out on the ship The St. Louis for a 6 day voyage to America. He arrived in Bisbee a few days later. He quickly got a job in the mines as a dynamiter. They would rig a wall with more than a dozen sticks of dynamite and would use different fuse lengths to create sequential explosions. He must have been very good at his job, as he died with all his fingers, toes and limbs intact! Humphrey’s wife, Christiana Tweddle Joughin and daughters Annie and Emily arrived about a year later, by ship, the SS Arabic, and came across the United States to Bisbee, by train.

I wonder if they knew they were coming to what was still the Wild West! Arizona wouldn’t become a state until Feb 14, 1912. Bisbee is located in the southeast corner of Arizona, just eight miles from the Mexican border. The Joughins were coming from a location settled by Irish-Norse Vikings in the tenth century and Whitehaven a town since 1630. In Arizona Territory, a short 34 years before, Cochise and his men were attacking white settlements in what was to become the Bisbee area. In 1881 only 60 miles away, Wyatt Earp was involved with the Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone. Not only was this still the wild west, they were leaving a town at sea level and coming to a town a mile high. From a fairly level town to one of hills. my mother often said people who live in Bisbee are half mountain goat as there are few level spots in the town. Christiana, Annie and Emily must have stepped off the train and been astonished. Surrounding them were the many hills of Bisbee and on all the hills were houses clinging to the sloops. Bisbee was the “Queen of the Copper Camps”, a typical mining town whose population in the early 1900s was 20,000 and was the largest city between San Francisco and St. Louis. It was a mini United Nations with miners coming from all over the world to help get the cooper, gold and silver out of the ground.

Annie and her family lived in a company house on C and A Hill until they built their own home. Annie and Emily would walk daily around the huge open pit mines to go to school. Christiana would try to bring a little of England to their lives and Humphrey would plant flowers to brighten their home.

In that same year of 1906 a young man Henry (Harry) Rothery and his brothers were also mining in Whitehaven. The Rotherys had lived in Cumberland and York counties of England for many generations. Most of the Rotherys had been farmers and stonemasons. Harry and his six brothers had heard too about this place called Bisbee where miners were paid $4.00 per day working six, ten hour shifts per week, and decided to give it a try. Harry came over with his brother in law and soon many of his brothers followed. Harry immediately got a job as a pipe and trackman in the mines. He later built frames in the mineshafts to keep the walls from collapsing. There were plenty of Englishmen around but Harry was lonely. About seven years after arriving in Bisbee Harry was going to be an attendant in a friend’s wedding. The wedding was going to be at the new county courthouse in Tombstone. When he got on the train, he saw a pretty young woman who was to be an attendant for the bride. On the train ride, they became acquainted and they were to marry on 29 June 1914. The woman I am sure you have guessed was my Grandmother and Harry my Grandfather. Annie wore a long white wedding gown with a veil caught up with orange blossoms, Harry handsome in a new suit. They honeymooned for three weeks in Long Beach, California. They raised three daughters and one son.

Annie Tweddle Joughin Rothery died in 1986 just short of celebrating her 95th birthday. She thrived in Bisbee, but retained her love of everything British. She lived during Bisbee’s glory days and loved to tell the tales. I love to go back to Bisbee to attend the Covenant Presbyterian Church where Annie and all her daughters married and to visit Tombstone Canyon the main street where they shopped and where the train station was located. I can now visit Brewery Gulch, a once forbidden street, which used to be full of bars and other less savory activities. I have twice taken the Bisbee Mine Tour, a wonderful tour led by former miners that take you “underground” to view the actual conditions my Grandfather and Great grandfather worked under so many years ago. The town has changed but my Grandmother used to make it come to life with her stories. Go visit if you ever get a chance, it still has a lot of charm.

Marie Babin and Louis William Stievens

Maternal 4th great grandparents to Brian Shannon
~from an article submitted by Brian Shannon

The British and French had many conflicts over the control of the northeast coast of North America from the mid 1600’s through the mid 1700’s. The British Conquest of Acadia happened in 1710 (Acadia/Acadie is today known as the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island). The British gained control of Acadia and on signing “The Treaty of Utrecht” in 1713, allowed the Acadians to keep their lands with the stipulation that the Acadians agree to give their allegiance to Britain. Over the next forty-five years, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. During this period, some Acadians participated in various militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to the French fortress of Louisbourg and Fort Beausejourt. The British began instituting an “Expulsion” policy, which sought to eliminate future military threats posed by the Acadians and to permanently cut the supply lines provided to Louisbourg.

The Expulsion (1755–1763) occurred during the French and Indian War. During the Expulsion, the British deported Acadians to the Thirteen Colonies and many from there to England. After 1758, Acadians were sent to France. Approximately 11,500 Acadians were deported. Many of the deportees later immigrated to Louisiana, which was under Spanish rule at the time, where they were welcomed with open arms and given small plots of land to develop. The Acadians came to be known as “Cajuns” in Louisiana, a name they carry to this day.

The Family’s Story
Marie Babin, the daughter of Simon Babin (son of Jean Babin and Marguerite Terriot) married Louis William Stievens (seen in records as Steivens, Stebens, Steibens, Estevan, Estiven, Stevens). Louis was born about 1749 in the Catholic Parish of Toussaint, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Stanislaus Stievens and Anne Colcein.

Before the birth of Marie, her father Simon Babin and his parents were sent as exiles in 1755 to Boston from Grand Pre, Acadia (Nova Scotia, Canada) as victims of the “Grand De’rangement”, as the Expulsion came to be known. It was the Bostonians (under British rule at the time), who orchestrated the deportation, removal and imprisonment of the Acadians from what is today Nova Scotia. They also confiscated Acadian properties and monies. Many Acadians arrived on ships with only room to stand and with only the clothing they were wearing and without shoes. Many families were separated, children from their parents and spouses from spouses. The persons sent to Massachusetts were the most mistreated of all the deported Acadians. From Boston, the Babin family members were sent to England where they were interred in a Southampton deportation camp for eight years.

Simon married Anastasie Terriot in 1757 while they were imprisoned in the Southampton deportation camp, and, in September 30, 1760, Marie Babin was born in the camp. Besides Marie, Simon and Anastasie bore another daughter while interred at Southampton.

The British released Marie and her family on May 3, 1763 and sent them on board the ship La Dorothee to a refugee camp in St. Servan, France. Simon and his wife had five more children while living in the refugee camp, but sadly four of the children died there. Simon’s wife also died in the refugee camp in 1775.

Simon Babin died October 2, 1780 while on board the ship Le Prince Insare. No reason was given why he was on the ship or what he died of.

Marie was in the refugee camp when she and Louis met and married in 1783. Why Louis was in France is not known; he hadn’t been deported. Louis was 38 and Marie was 23. When she married him, they were cousins – not unusual at that time. They lived in the village of Hermitage, situated on a hilltop in Nantes, France. Marie’s father settled in the parish of Chantenay, on the other side of Hermitage. Other Acadians settled in the Catholic parishes of Saint-Nicolas, Saint Jacques and Saint Croix during that period.

Family members, as Acadian refugees in France during the years 1775 – 1785, were given three cents a day, on government assistance. Many refugees sought passage to Louisiana with help from Spanish King Charles III, who agreed to pay for their journey. Louisiana was still under the rule of Spain at the time (1762 – 1802) and the immigrants were welcomed to help homestead the area.

On May 10, 1785, thirty-four refugee families, a total of one hundred fifty-six persons, boarded Le Bon Papa and departed Nantes, France, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. On board, registered as “family number 29”, was Louis William Stievens, his wife Marie, their children; son Louis age 3, daughter Marie aged 2, another son, not yet baptized, age unknown and Marie’s brother, Francois Marie Babin, age 16. Since both Louis and his brother-in-law Francois were listed as sailors on the ship, they most probably used their employment and work on the ship in order to pay for their passage.

The ship Le Bon Papa arrived in New Orleans on July 29, 1785. Captain Pelletier made the voyage in eighty-one days. Understandably, considering the harsh conditions that must have existed on board the ship, the family stayed about a month recuperating in New Orleans.

The expedition, originally consisting of the family members and other refugees on board Le Bon Papa, picked up twelve new members, three through births, nine through new adherents. It lost twelve members; ten through death and three through desertions. Of the thirty-eight families now forming the expedition, thirty-seven voted to settle in Manchac (the area around St. Gabriel, outside Baton Rouge) on the banks of the Mississippi River. One family chose to settle in La Fourche (the area of Plattenville, south of Donaldsonville).

Louis and Marie would have a total of seven children, four girls and three boys. Louis died in 1805 and Marie remarried in 1800 and had one child by her second husband.

The website has many images of out of copyright county history books that can be downloaded for free so you can view them at your own pace. At the website, click on the lower right in the “Texts” area. Enter a county and state in the search box at the top of the “Texts Page” and click “Go”. Choose a book to view. On the left side of the book page is a list of ways to view and download a book

I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.
Every family tree has some sap in it.

2011 Genealogy Events

May 26-27: United Scottish Society Highland Gathering & Festival, Costa Mesa, CA,

June 8–10: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

June 14-17: 2012 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Annual Convention, Portland, Oregon

July 18-22: 42nd Annual Germans from Russia Heritage Society International Convention, Bismarck, North Dakota

Oct 20: South Orange County California Genealogical Society Seminar.

Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society: April 29 – “History of Jews in Orange County”, presented by Dalia Taft, archivist of the Orange County Jewish Society, please RSVP to Sandy Bursten (, (949) 854-8854 for time and location.

Family Search Indexing for the 1940 Census

We are urging our SOCCGS members to help index the 1940 census which will be coming out on April 2, 2012. This is sponsored by and the index will be free. Herb Abrams has been appointed administrator for our SOCCGS indexing group and he asks members to sign up. Go to the web site at to sign up. Review detailed instructions in the March Newsletter found at

Except for the occasional heart attach, I never felt better.

~Dick Cheney



President, Seminar & Safari
Chairman_______________________________ Bill Bluett___________________
Vice President / Program Chairman _____ David Flint___________________
Recording Secretary____________________ Pat Weeks_____________________
Corresponding Secretary________________ Marilyn Kowalski______________
Treasurer______________________________ Mary Jo McQueen_______________
Historian______________________________ Pat Christiansen______________
Hospitality____________________________ Barbara Heebner_______________
Hospitality____________________________ Sharon Keener_________________
Librarian______________________________ Bunny Smith___________________
Membership_____________________________ Jack Naylor___________________
Newsletter Editor______________________ Gary Schwarz__________________
Parliamentarian________________________ Pat Christiansen______________
Publicity / Webmaster__________________ Herb Abrams___________________
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