Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 7 No 6 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...June 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.


17 June 2000 Nancy Huebotter will cover the topic "Bringing Order Out of Chaos" - How to choose what records to keep and what to throw away.


8 June 2000 NARA Workshop on Introduction to Ships' Passenger Arrival and Naturalization Records held at 24000 Avila Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA. For reservations call (949) 360-2641.

18-19 June 2000 Los Angeles Irish Fair at Santa Anita Park Racetrack in Arcadia. For additional information call (818) 503-2511 or visit web site

22 June 2000 NARA Workshop on Introduction to Genealogical Resources. (see above)

5 August 2000 The German Research Association in San Diego will present Hank Jones, "Family Tradition" How to separate fact from fiction in Genealogical Research" and "Tracing the origins of early 18th Century Palatine Emigrants", at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Vermont Street.

24-26 August 2000 The British Isles Family History Society - USA presents "Down to the Docks: The New World Beckons", Researching Your English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh Ancestors, aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach CA. Featured speakers will be Peter Wilson Coldham, from England; Kathleen B. Cory from Scotland; Cyndi Howell from Washington; Linda Jonas from Washington, D.C.; Brian Mitchell from Ireland; and Darris Williams from Salt Lake City. For more details visit their web site at Contact: Dorothy Losee (310) 838-6085, <>.

16-17 September 2000 The San Diego Genealogical Society will hold its Genealogical and Family History Fair at the Scottish Rites Center, San Diego. For information:

NOTE: The San Diego Highland Games occur the end of June with genealogy as the theme. Also the new PBS "Ancestors" series will air on Saturdays at 4:30 pm starting July 1st.

Other Out of Area Events

9-13 July 2000 The 20th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Salt Lake City, UT with more than 100 lectures and special interest group meetings.

20-21 July 2000 The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN will sponsor a National "Millennium" Conference. For more information, send an e-mail to <> or a post card to "Millennium Conference," c/o Historical Genealogy Dept., Allen County Public Library, P.O. Box 2270, Ft. Wayne, IN 46801-2270.



We wish to extend our sympathies to fellow member, Jean Nibecker, whose husband died recently.

And we wish to welcome five new members to our society: Emily Allison, June O'Connell, Ruth Davis, Margaret Luckman and Audrey Soll. Welcome also to those rejoining. For others wishing to join or rejoin, please use the form at the end of the newsletter, and send with payment to SOCCGS at P. O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690. Or come to the general meeting and join there. If you are moving, please notify our membership chairman, Iris Graham, at (949) 770-5685.


APRIL 26 Carlsbad Library (It just reopened this month.)

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.


On June 7-12, the beautiful quilt designed to celebrate the California Sesquicentennial will be on display at the Mission Viejo Library. According to our president, Judy Deeter, this quilt was first displayed at the 1998 State Fair and has been touring the state ever since. It will be permanently housed at the Golden State Museum in Sacramento. I personally found it interesting to learn that depicted along with the CA Condor is the SR71 Blackbird which my husband worked on out at Groom Lake back in the 1960's. The SR71 was certainly part of California's history, and one can now be viewed at the National Air & Space Museum (part of the Smithsonian) in Washington, D.C.


Janet Franks has been appointed Librarian by the Board to replace Betty McKenzie who resigned last month. We are happy that Janet is willing to take on this demanding job, as she will continue also as Chairman of Ways & Means and as Safari Leader.

Some other changes in organization have been announced as follows: Books that are historical in nature will be separated out from the strictly genealogical volumes. This is necessary since we are quickly filling our fixed library shelf space. Special subjects will be filed separately, with the manuscripts, in the filing cabinets.

Janet will establish a library committee of four people and the book committee will continue as before. Herb Abrams will also continue in charge of equipment maintenance. A new position, Chairman of Docents, has been created. This job would involve phoning and scheduling docents only, not actual time at the desk. So, if any of you would like to help out in this capacity, call Janet at (949) 496-8428.


1. Brocton, MA and Its Centennial

2. History of the State of Maine, Vol. I & II

3. Marshfield, MA

4. Newton, MA Vital Records

5. Belfast, Maine Vital Records, Vol. I Births; Vol. II Marriages & Deaths

6. Collections of the Dover, N.H. Historical Society

7. History of Ellsworth, Maine

8. Index of the Maryland Genealogical Records, NSDAR Library


Member, Karen Miller, shared with us a web site for family photos:, which contains a database of hundreds of identifiable photos collected and purchased from swap meets, garage sales etc. Look them over and, if you find a relative, you can order a copy for a very reasonable price through the mail from Ford & Nagle, Photo & Document Archivists, Historians, Genealogists, 5525 Neville St., Dayton, Ohio 45424-6072.


Yes, that is what a British firm, Oxford Ancestors, plans to do. According to the Orange County Register of April, 9, 2000, pg. 17, this company, whose founder, Dr. Bryan Sykes, is a geneticist at the University of Oxford, has applied for a patent on the idea of deriving surnames from DNA. It has been shown that the "Y" chromosome is transmitted unchanged from father to son down through the ages from Adam. Thus, it should be possible to identify each surname with a genetic signature, making it possible to link people to the original village where the first of their surname lived.


For an interesting web site to explore for researching cemeteries, be sure to look up This "Cemetery Junction Directory" provides links to online U.S., Australian and Family cemeteries, as well as links to U.S. Obituary Sources and articles on topics like tips for copying tombstones or how to get copies of "lot" cards.

Also, on your next trip to a cemetery, you might want to refer to this list of meanings for the carvings on tombstones. (From Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of Long Beach, April Newsletter, Vol. 33, no. 4.)

Arches - Victory in Death

Arrows - Mortality

Bouquets/Flowers - Condolences, grief, sorrow

Buds/Rosebud - Morning of Life or Renewal of Life

Roses - Brevity of earthly existence

Portals - Passageway to eternal journey

Bugles - Resurrection and the Military

Crossed Swords - High-ranking military person

Flying Birds - Flight of the Soul

Fruits - Eternal plenty

Garlands - Victory in death

Imps - Mortality

Shells - Pilgrimage of Life

Thistles - Remembrance

Tombs - Mortality

Trees - Life

Trumpeters - Heralds of the Resurrection

Willows - Earthly Sorrow

Morning Glory - Beginning of Life

Butterfly - Short-lived - Early Death

Full-Blown Rose - Prime of Life

Palm Branch - Signifies Victory and Rejoicing

Ivy = Friendship and Immortality

Laurel - Fame & Fortune

Oak leaves and Acorn - Maturity, Ripe Old Age

Weeping Willow - Emblem of Sorrow

Corn - Ripe Old Age

Sheaf of Wheat - Ripe for Harvest, Divine Harvest, Time

Poppy - Sleep

Lamb - Innocence

Dove - Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity

Cherub - Angelic

Cross - Emblem of Faith

Anchor/Ships - Hope or Seafaring profession

Broken Ring - Family Circle Severed

Broken Column - Loss of Head of Family

Torch Inverted - Life Extinct

Urn with Blaze - Undying Friendship

Harp - Praise to the Maker

Handshakes - Farewell

Open Book/Bible - Deceased Teacher, Minister etc.

Lily or Lily of Valley - Emblem of Innocence and Purity

Tree Stump w/ivy - Head of Family - Immortality

Urn with /Wreath or Crepe - Mourning

Stars & Stripes Around Eagle- Eternal Vigilance, Liberty

Hourglass w/Wings of Time - Time Flying/Short Life

Candle being Snuffed - Time, mortality

Coffin, Father Time, Picks/Shovels, Darts - Mortality Hand of God Chopping - Sudden Death

Winged Effigies - Flight of the Soul


The Library of Congress has a research guide on city directories at their web site:

The DAR Library:

Cal State Fullerton's library can be viewed at: We read in the GSNOCC April newsletter that this library has a wealth of newspapers on microfilm.

The ultimate library which offers thousands of Books (some free) online can be found at:


We want to thank our own member, Linda Merle, for a very informative lecture summarizing the resources available to us for genealogical research right here in our own back yard. Linda has kindly permitted us to reprint her source list which was handed out at the meeting and we highly recommend that you keep it handy when planning your own research safaris in the area.

Local Resources in Southern California for Genealogists

How to locate even more on the Internet: See special libraries.

LDS: Through a local Family History Center, no matter how small, you can access most of the resources in Salt Lake.
Use catalog at to locate film.
Click on CATALOG
Enter search
At the FHC check to see if film is in the FHC or nearby. If not, order.

LOS ANGELES FAMILY HISTORY Center, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025 (north of temple) 310-474-9990.
Mission Viejo FHC
Orange Stake Center, 674 South Yorba Street, Orange, CA.

Cal State L.A. Library, 54151 State College Drive, Los Angeles; 21,749 films, 280 fiche, etc.

Cal State Northridge Library, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge.
Film room has a 41-page catalogue of holdings, Denmark censuses, NJ directories, Luxembourg census, newspapers on microfiche, etc.

Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Elm Avenue, Carlsbad.
Kentucky Deed books, 19 volumes of official roster of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Draper
Manuscripts, 53,000 microfiche collection, 615 films, 16,200 geneaiogical books. US Federal
Population Census on microfilm 1790-1860. All California for 1850-1920, sounder for CA 1880-1910. Large collection of Federal census indexes. Manuscript collections on microform. Access Library Catalog via modem with 2400 to 19200 BAUD rate by dialing (760) 720-1324.

Claremont College Library, 800 Dartmouth Street, Claremont. 6,543 periodicals, 28,000 microfilm, 960,000 microfiche, Nordic collection, French, German and Danish Biographies, Biographie Universelle in French--45 volumes.

Clark Library, 2520 Cimarron St, Los Angeles, CA 213-731-8529 . The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is part of the UCLA library system. Over 90,000 books and 21,000 letters and other manuscripts.

Claremont Theology Library:

Grant R. Brimhall Library (genealogy section), 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Phone: 805-449-2660.

Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach.
On line Access to Catalog:

Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Road,San Marine. Application for reading privileges should be made to the Reader Services Department. Purchase guides first

Immigrant Library, 1310-8 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, California. 5,000 books, 400 films, 3,000 fiche. German subjects make up 50% of the collection. Germany telephone books.

Los Angeles Public Library - History and Genealogy Department, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA. 57,000 books, 507 periodicals, 5,254 films, 18 fiche and great collections of family, county histories and heraldry, wonderful map collection, more than 10,000 genealogies. A family name index to the collection is available on Lummis. California newspapers plus the London Times.
On line catalog.

Mission Viejo City Library has collection of South Orange County Genealogical Society whose goal is to have full genealogical collection listed online.

NARA. National Archives and Records Administration 24000 Avila Road, Laguna Niguel. All U.S. censuses from 1790 to 1920, Index to wars 1812, Rev War, Spanish-American, Mexican; some military service records including muster rolls, pay vouchers; Rev War pension and bounty land application files, some indexes to ports of arrival.

Pasadena Public Library, 285 East Walnut Street.: 240,000 book library with 1,500 genealogical books, 100,000 films, 750 fiche, a family history and a West Virginia history collection.

Pomona Public Library 625 S. Gary Avenue. 5,700 genealogical books, 300 film, 2500 fiche, index to Irish wills. Pensions Rolls of 1835, NJ Index of Wills, Pioneer Baptist Church Records of south central Kentucky and Tennessee.

Saddleback College Library: Library Science courses.

San Juan Capistrano Library On line catalog.

Sons of American Revolution Library, 600 S. Central, Glendale. 25,000 genealogical books, 125 periodicals, bound Boston Transcript, 35 volumes Arc~ves of Maryland, 121 Pennsylvania Archives, 140 volumes War of Rebellion, 15 volumes Rhode Island Vital Records, 222 Volumes MA Vital Records, Virginia collections,

Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank. 6,500 genealogical books, 40 films, 2,000 fiche, Turner Collection, Brossman Collection, 245 volumes of Alabama records, large periodical collection of over 2,000 volumes,

Torrance Library Genealogical Sources

UCLA: Research Library, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. 5 million book library with an Americana collection.

University of California, Irvine On line tutorials. Catalogs on line.

UCLA Law Library. "Decennial Digest" index. Index cross-references to court cases.

Whittier College Library, 7031 Founders Hills Road, Whittier. 175,000 book collection, 400 films, 21,000 fiche, Society of Friends (Quaker) Depository Library, Quaker Necrology, an index of Quaker deaths, Quaker genealogies (From )


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