Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 10 No 6 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...June 2003

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.

Our speaker will be Doug Mason whose topic will be "My Own Ancestral Billy Yank and Johnny Reb: Some Civil War experiences of Nealy C. Woods and Alfred B. Luck." Doug is a Professor of History at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and a member of our society. For the past three years he has been teaching a beginning course in family history. He began doing genealogy research in 1995 and has been interested in weaving history into the story of his own family, primarily his Mason ancestors in Missouri and Kentucky. In his presentation, he identifies both Woods and Luck, his maternal great great grandparents, as Civil War soldiers who fought on opposite sides. He will give a brief sketch of their lives before and after the Civil War, along with a war experience for each of them, and we will learn the genealogical research methods he used to gather his information. This program promises to be interesting, informative and entertaining.


The following programs are planned for our meetings in 2003. We will be having some outstanding speakers with a variety of interesting topics which you won't want to miss. So, plan ahead!

July - Barbara Renick: "Internet Research"

August - Nancy Huebotter: "Writing Your Autobiography"

September - Andrew Pomeroy: "Mastering Search Engines, Internet Research Skills You Need"

October - Seminar with Dr. George K. Schweitzer

November - Nancy Bier: "Everyone Lived on the Land"


I am sorry to report that, due to family health problems, I am not going to be able to continue as your newsletter editor. It may be that I will be able to return later, but this is an opportunity for any member who is interested in taking over this job to step in on a temporary or permanent basis. I assure you that it is a very interesting and rewarding activity which keeps you both informed and involved with our society and genealogical happenings. If you are at all interested in volunteering, please contact our president, Joe Barney at (949) 589-7808.


The June Safari will be to the Riverside Library on June 25, leaving the parking lot of the Mission Viejo FHC at 9:30 am. Call Janet or Mary Jo with any questions.


The second SOCCGS annual seminar will be held October 18 in the Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo City Hall. The speaker will be Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Topics will be announced in later newsletters. Professor Schweitzer is a great speaker who uses historical reenactment to teach genealogy. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee and is listed in Who's Who in America. He has traced many of his own ancestral lines back to the early 1500s. Dr. Schweitzer has authored 220 publications including 19 genealogical guidebooks. He has lectured to over 200 genealogical and historical societies in the U.S., Canada, England and Germany. We are indeed fortunate to be able to include his presentations in our seminar. The cost for this day will be $20 per person plus $5 for lunch, if desired. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! For further information, call Mary Jo at 581-0690.


The City of Yorba Linda Parks & Recreation Dept. will hold a Beginning Genealogy Class, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, June 19 through July 17. The instructor will be Norma Storrs Keating. Location: Yorba Linda Community Center, 4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886. For information, call (714) 961-7160.


by Dorothy Mille

presented by North San Diego County Genealogical Society

Saturday, June 7, 2003

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Drive, Carlsbad, CA

Cost for registration received after June 1, 2003 is $17.50. For an additional $5 you may order lunch for that day. For more information email Dorothy Miller at


From the GEN-EVENTS-List we learned that the San Diego Genealogical Society is hosting a tour of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City from June 15 to June 22, 2003. For details please contact Jan Babb-McClintock at

For those of you planning to go on your own, we have been informed by Jill Poulsen, Sales Manager for the Downtown Holiday Inn in Salt Lake City, that they are offering a special rate of $45 per room/per night for up to four people for individuals or groups who are there to work on their family history. Other perks include complimentary shuttle service to and from the Family History Library, airport and other downtown sites. For details see their website at, or contact



by Nancy Giles

At the end of class the other day, I was asked the question as to why would a person, with a job and somewhat set life in one place, just decide to go somewhere else. There are many reasons for an individual to make the decision to start life somewhere new.

My recommendation is that you must read as much about the history of the area where your ancestor was residing to learn of the conditions of the area at the time of his decision to uproot. Learn what events were taking place in the area of residence, as well as in the area where the ancestor went to.

If your ancestor was a farmer you would want to think what might drive a farmer off his land. Some suggestions might be drought; overuse of the land; Indian raids, and yes, in later years, the land was too valuable to farm anymore. Much as today, as the towns began to grow around the farms, the need for land for homesites was in great demand.

If your ancestor was a miner, he may have had to move to another area because the mine had been worked out and employment was no longer feasible. During the gold and silver mining days many coal miners were lured to go west.

Two ancestors in my own research were involved in the glass making industry. My husband's gg was born in Canada, and migrated to Pennsylvania, where the industry was growing and learned the glass blowing trade. The other was born in Pennsylvania and also learned the glass blowing trade there. When the company expanded and built plants in Ohio, he and his family went there, as he had the opportunity to advance with the company.

Free land was another huge consideration with the Homestead Act of 1862. From that time through 1934 was the most active period of homesteading. The Homestead Act gave a settler 160 acres (80 within railroad grant areas) for living on the land for five years and improving it.

In the earliest days of migration the routes of migration primarily followed Indian trails and water courses. The development of the railroad system further facilitated transportation and migration.

You must still be prepared that in the final analysis, your ancestor just left his family and went off to parts unknown and started a whole new life, with a completely new name. However, I do feel that sooner or later something will turn up that will lead you to that individual, it just may take a little longer and take you through a few different twists and turns.

Migration cannot possibly be covered completely in an article such as this. Volumes have been written about migration patterns within the different states. I highly recommend that you read as much as you can about the areas involving your ancestors who migrated from one state to another.

This article was reprinted with the author's permission. Since Nancy Giles will be leaving our area and moving to Kentucky, we probably will not have easy access to her valuable teachings which she has so generously shared with us for our newsletters. We wish her well and ask that she keep in touch.


from the SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY Rootsweb List,, 5/8/03

"A married man decides to sell some of his property. If this land is sold, it will affect his wife's dower. This is not dowry...that's something else. By KY law, at the death of a husband, the wife was to receive 1/3rd of the land and property unless he left a will and gave her more. So, this was money out of her pocket at his decease. When they appeared before the County Clerk and filled out the deed, the clerk was to take the wife into a separate area, out of earshot of her husband, and asked her if she did this of her own free will. If she said no, the transaction didn't proceed. If she agreed, he completed the deed with the statement added at the end that she agreed. Now - this is not to say that he had threatened her on the buggy ride to the courthouse!

If her husband left a will, she had two options. To accept his provisions or to renounce the will. This meant that she felt that her 1/3rd amounted to more than what he was leaving her she would renounce it. If she renounced the will, then she would be allowed her 1/3rd."



from Media Release by Tapperware 5/19/03

ATLANTA<GA - May 19,2003 - Tapperware, a developer of shareware applications for Palm OS R handheld computers, today announced the release of version 3 of its My Roots application. My Roots allows genealogy enthusiasts to have their family tree data with them at all times. It works in conjunction with all the popular desktop genealogy applications for computers running Microsoft Windows R or Mac OS R.

The new version features a much quicker and simpler way for the user to import data from a GED file, the standard file format for genealogy data. A time saving shortcut allows Microsoft Windows R users to import data by simply right-clicking on a GED file. Version 3 supports additional GED tags, greatly expanding the information available to the user. A Family Group Sheet view has been added, which makes it easier to see family relationships and to move up and down through the generations of the family tree.

Genealogists make frequent research trips to libraries, courthouses, and cemeteris, and also gather data at family reunions. On these occasions, a small handheld computer that fits in a purse or shirt pocket is much more convenient than a stack of 3-ring binders or even a laptop computer. My Roots allows the user to copy data from his favorite desktop genealogy application onto his handheld computer. This data can then be viewed and modified, and newly acquired data can be entered right on the handheld. Updated data can then be written to a GED file for incorporation back into the desktop application. My Roots provides many useful tools for viewing your data including ancestor and descendant trees, sorting, filtering, and searching capabilities, and a Soundex calculator."

Purchase information and how to receive a downloadable trial version of My Roots can be found at the website: This article was submitted by Chris Hansen of the Orange County California Genealogical Society, who recommends My Roots to the attendees of his Computer-Assisted Genealogy Classes.

When did a male enter the tax list in Virginia?

Peter A. Kincaid submitted the following to the KINCAID Rootsweb List to support his belief that a male entered the tax lists at the age of 16. He quoted the following from the Internet at and he suggested we check the 1705 legislation to confirm.

"The legal definition of a tithable changed several times during the seventeenth century but remained constant in Virginia after 1705. In that year the legislature defined tithables to include males aged sixteen years and upwards (all races) and "all Negro, mulatto, and Indian women" aged sixteen and over. All children under sixteen and white women were excepted. Household heads normally paid taxes for all tithable persons attached to their households. Level of income (ability to pay) was not among the criteria for determining who paid how much in poll taxes."


One of our early members, Joseph David Osterman, has died and we extend our condolences to his family. From the Orange County Register, Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - we learned that Joe died May 11, 2003. A Native Californian, Joe Osterman was born in 1921 in Santa Ana and grew up in El Toro where his parents operated the El Toro General Store, Gas Station and Post Office. He served in WWII and graduated from USC where he majored in California history. Following a 40+ year career teaching History & English and coaching basketball and golf, he devoted his retirement to writing and speaking on the history of the Saddleback Valley. His four published books were Recuerdos de El Toro Viejo, Fifty Years in Old El Toro, Stories of Saddleback Valley and The Old El Toro Reader.


The first three digits of our Social Security numbers indicate where the number was issued. The following list, submitted by Pat Weeks, may be helpful to researchers in tracing the whereabouts of someone.

001-003 New Hampshire

004-007 Maine

008-009 Vermont

010-034 Massachusetts

035-039 Rhode Island

040-049 Connecticut

050-134 New York

135-158 New Jersey

159-211 Pennsylvania

212-220 Maryland

221-222 Delaware

223-231 Virginia

232-236 West Virginia

(1)232,237-246 North Carolina

247-251 South Carolina

252-260 Georgia

261-267 Florida



268-302 Ohio

303-317 Indiana

318-361 Illinois

362-386 Michigan

387-399 Wisconsin

400-407 Kentucky

408-415 Tennessee

416-424 Alabama

425-428,587 Mississippi

429-432 Arkansas

433-439 Louisiana

440-448 Oklahoma

449-467 Texas

468-477 Minnesota

478-485 Iowa

486-500 Missouri

501-502 North Dakota



503-504 South Dakota

505-508 Nebraska

509-515 Kansas

516-517 Montana

518-519 Idaho

520 Wyoming

521-524 Colorado

525,585 New Mexico

526-527 Arizona

528-529 Utah

530 Nevada

531-539 Washington



Cited in the Orange County Register May 14, 2003 in Who Ya Callin' Old? Senior Athletes Don't Let Their Years Stand in the Way of Staying Fit While Having Fun, quote: Hall Simons, 81, of Mission Viejo skis black-diamond routes on mountains around the world, racing the clock in competitions. "I get so frustrated (hearing peers say), 'I can't do that' or 'I'm an old lady.' It's 100 percent B.S." Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago but beat it back. "I ski better than I walk," he said.


Reprinted from the NSDCGS Newsletter, April 2003

The Genealogy Division of the Carlsbad City Library is pleased to announce that its series of User Guides is now available at its web page,. Ann Montgomery, Sue Team and Mary Van Orsdol created guides to some of the more complex resources in the Library to help researchers utilize them more effectively. Resources covered include Alabama Records, Barbour Collection of Connecticut Records, Corbin Manuscript Collection, New Jersey Archives, New York Archives, Pennsylvania Archives, and Vosburgh New York Church Records. These guides were printed and made available to researchers visiting the Library. Now, the guides are available on the Internet in PDF. Researchers can view or print them from their home computers. Thanks to the Team.


To access a list of California State libraries, including their card catalogs, go to the website: You will find a wealth of information and how to access it via the inter-library loan system at your local library. Happy hunting!


First Cousins - are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.

Second Cousins - are those in your family who have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.

Third Cousins - have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the same great great great grandparents etc.

Removed is used when people are from different generations. For example, my grandfather's mother was a sister to my grandmother's grandmother, thus making my grandparents first cousins "once removed."

Life is a book in volumes three:

The past, the present, and the yet-to-be.

The past is written and laid away,

The present we're writing every day,

And the last and best of volumes three is locked from sight

God keeps the key ~Author Unknown~



A roster of all the current courses is maintained at our library. Be sure to check at the desk for details.

1. Continuous classes are offered at the Mission Viejo Family History Center at 27976 Marguerite Parkway. For a current schedule or to register call (949) 364-2742.

2. For information on classes held at the Orange FHC, 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, call Beth McCarty at (714) 998-3408.

3. Classes for beginners and intermediates in Computer-assisted Genealogy are offered each month by the Orange County CA Genealogy Society in the General Meeting Room of the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA for a fee of $4 for non-members, payable at the door. See for schedule.

4. The schedule for NARA workshops is available by calling (949) 360-2641.

5. The British Isles Family History Society (BIFHS) holds classes monthly at the LA FHC of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., W. LA. Classes and parking are free. For information contact Dorothy Losee at (310) 838-6085,

6. Classes are offered monthly by the LA Family History Center, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles which offer a wide variety of topics. To see the schedule for the current month, go to their website at or call (310) 474-9990.

7. Brigham Young University's Department of Independent Studies offers two free online genealogy courses, Finding Your Ancestors and Providing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors. See for details.

8. Community College genealogy courses can be found listed at the website: Many of these are also free online.

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