Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 3 No 6 Editor: Pat Weeks June 1996

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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


Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and are held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA.

15 June 1996 Joe Osterman of the Saddleback Area Historical Society will talk on the history of Saddleback Valley and its pioneer families.

13 July 1996 Karen Langer returns to our meeting to present "Digging Up Clues in Cemeteries".

Note: date changed for this meeting and the October meeting from the customary 3rd Saturday to the 2nd Saturday. Mark your calendars!!!

17 August 1996 Our speaker this month is Dee Semon whom we enjoyed so thoroughly at the May meeting. Dee continues the discussion of emigration from central Europe to the US. She will talk on border changes that have taken place and on how to find records in central Europe.

21 September 1996 Our guest this month is Barbara A. Renick. The title of her presentation is "What To Do When the Courthouse Burns".

12 October 1996 Mimi Holtzman, from the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research will speak on Spanish History and Heritage.

Other Events

1 June 1996 The San Diego Gen Soc. Seminar on research in PA & NY, given by George Schweitzer.

8 June 1996 12th Annual Genealogy Workshop & Picnic in the Park. The Sons of American Revolution sponsor this pot luck. Bring a casserole, salad or dessert for six. They will supply ham, beans, drinks, plates and flatware. Cost of $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Candidates for membership into DAR, SAR, SR, Order of Founders & Patriots,

Soc. Of Colonial Wars, Descendants of Colonial Clergy, Washington's Army at Valley Forge, Mayflower Soc., et al will be assisted one on one by experienced genealogists. 10 a.m to 4 p.m. 7111 Talbert, East of Huntington Beach Main Library. Looks to be fun to me!

15 June 1996 The Whittier Area Gen. Society will hold its regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. at 13502 Whittier Blvd., Suite J., Whittier. Janice Cloud will present the program "State Libraries". Topic of "Interlibrary Loans" will be presented by Cynthia Brit.

29-30 June 1996 San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rancho Santa Fe Park in San Marcos CA.

21-22 September 1996 Family History Fair sponsored by San Diego Gen. Soc., at Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, Mission Valley.


Welcome to the following new members:

Bernice Brenner
Laguna Hills, CA

Gerald B. Huth
Mission Viejo, CA

Zoe R. Jensen
Laguna Hills, CA

Donald F. McNeil
Lake Forest, CA

Our guests this past May meeting were: Richard Cirka, Bernice Brenner, Bertha Ogara and Don McNeil.

Members renewing were Robert and Ellen LaLonde, Sylvia Sligar, Patricia DeCou, Janet Franks, Joe and Lillian Fischer, Alice White and Mary Wood.


A gold mine for genealogists

One of the top genealogical libraries in the US, the Historical Gen. Dept. Of the Allen Co. Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne Indiana, contains more than 181,000 printed volumes and 220,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Its more than 38,000 volumes of compiled genealogies on American and European families range from brief typescripts to well-documented multi-volume works. Nearly 5000 genealogies on microfiche and numerous family newsletters complement the collection.

The staff at ACPL are the compilers of the PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index, a comprehensive place, subject, and surname index to the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world. This index is divided into five sections: US places, accessed via the state or the state and county of interest, and within each county by record type - biography, cemetery, church, land, vital records etc; followed by Canadian places; foreign places; research methodology; and family.

Copies of articles can be ordered from the ACPL Foundation, P.O. Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. The current charge is $5 for up to six articles, plus 20 cents per page. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9.p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9.a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ed note: you can consult a PERSI at the local FHC, Carlsbad Library and Huntington Beach Library)

(Excerpts from Minnesota Gen. Vol 26 No 4 via OCCGS Newsletter Apr 1996)

The Nova Scotia Census Project

Two of our members, George McInnis, and President, John Smith, are collaborating on a project that is getting quite a bit of attention among Internet genealogical aficionados. About fifteen years ago George transcribed the data from the 1871, 1881 and 1891 Nova Scotia census for Antigonish and Inverness Counties in Nova Scotia. That is, he transcribed the data from the census microfilm, using the facilities of a LDS Family History Center (in Carlsbad), first to paper, and then into computer format. He then printed the data in "as enumerated" format, and in Lastname, Firstname alpha format. George tells about printing these 2,000,000 character files using a "latest technology" dot matrix printer. It took about 8 hours to print a copy, and was done at night with George setting the alarm clock to ring every hour so that he could load more paper. It was not practical to print multiple copies, so each copy was another all-night session! Printing eight sets completely wore out the printhead, which then had to be replaced for about $225.

Copies were sent to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, to several "Heritage Museums" or "Historical Societies" in the two census counties, and most importantly to the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. The LDS Library photographed the material, and made it available in both microfilm and fiche formats and gave a copy to the author (which is now in the Genealogical Section of the Carlsbad City Library).

In the fifteen years since it was published, George has received several letters from people who saw the material and were interested enough to write. That is about one letter per two or three years. A real "yawner". But, George's objective was not only to publish this material; it was to "set an example" so that others might do the rest of the Counties in Nova Scotia, thus creating an alphabetized census for the entire Province of Nova Scotia. Understand, this is NOT an "index". This is the entire census. It was hoped that the idea would be adopted by the high schools as a "computer project" for their computer classes. The students would design and set up a database, would develop and enter the data, and would produce a final report. Not only would it be good training, but the product would have lasting value.

So what happened? NOTHING! No one ever undertook to do even one census District! Not even George's cousin, who was principal of a large high school in Nova Scotia!

So, the material languished for about fifteen years. Enter John Smith, Internet guru, and our President. He recognized that this might be of great interest to the Internet genealogists. He "borrowed" all the old 360K floppies, and some old explanatory material, and (not without a lot of trial and error experimentation), got the material organized, and onto the Internet via SOCCGS Home Page. Almost immediately, Parker Barrington, down at the University of Nova Scotia,<> enhanced the effort by making the data file selectable and sortable. You can do a "search and print" of the names of your interest.

The project has been very successful, in the Internet version. We get e-mail almost every day. In some cases we have been able to match together people searching the same ancestors (and you know how exciting that can be!). George knows most of the genealogical resources in that Nova Scotia area and is able to provide many suggestions to folks who e-mail him.

Just recently, they have added two more reports: the 1881 and 1891 Inverness County censuses. The 1891 is of special interest to genealogists because it is the first Canadian census that lists the relationship of each person to the head of house. The Canadian 1861 census is about comparable to the US 1840 census, that is, it provides the head of household and a count of various categories of people living in the same household. The Canadian 1871 and 1881 census is comparable to the US 1850 and 1860 census.

This project has brought favorable attention to SOCCGS in such diverse areas as Australia, Canada and Great Britain. Truly, the Internet makes this "a small world". (Article written by George McInnis. Thanks, George, for sharing this story with us)


A computerized list of Netherlands residents who emigrated to the the last century is on file at the Herrick Library, Holland, MI 49423. If you write, include a SASE. (Second Boat, Vol 15 #3 via Paths to the Past, NSDCGS April 1996)


Until 1786, the state church of Virginia was the Episcopal Church. All children, regardless of religious affiliation, were required to be baptized by Episcopal ministers. The date of their baptism, plus their name, birth date and names of parents, were recorded in parish records. These church records may be consulted at the Virginia State Library in Richmond VA. Some have been published. (The Second Boat, Vol 15 #3 via Paths to the Past, NSDCGS April 1996)


My interest in Genealogy was first stimulated when, looking for a use for my first computer, I mentioned genealogy to my mother. She started supplying me with a stream of family information that has only recently begun to slow down somewhat.

Among the items she brought out of the closet was a copy of a book about my GGGGrandparents' journey from Holland to America in 1847. The book is titled "The History of the Landeweerds in America". Mr and Mrs Landeweerd and their seven children left the village of Holten in late September of 1847, They traveled from Rotterdam to New York, arriving there in late October. From New York City they journeyed to Buffalo, and there on the 11th of November, they boarded the steamship, Phoenix, which was to take them to Sheboygan Wisconsin, where they expected to make their new home.

About 4:45 a.m. on November 21, with the lights of Sheboygan in view, the Steamship Phoenix caught fire and burned. Of the 209 people on the ship, 186 were lost and 46 were saved in the two available lifeboats. Of the Landeweerd family, only three daughters survived. By Don Lokker


The safari program to other libraries will be resuming in June, and yes, we will let Janet Franks be our leader in this endeavor! The first safari will be to Carlsbad Library on 26 June 1996. Remember, each trip is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We will gather in the parking lot at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, and will depart 9:30 a.m. prompt!!! We shall be back in Mission Viejo at approximately 4:30 p.m.

We ask you to please reimburse the driver of your transportation with some gas money. With the high cost of fuel at present, I suggest $2 per person. Join us on the 26th - its lots of fun.


John Smith wants your e-mail address. He says just login <> Subject :subscribe, and your address will miraculously be transferred to him. How do they do that?


Q:Why is a modem better than a woman?

A: A modem doesn't complain if you sit and play at the computer all night. A modem doesn't mind if you talk to other modems. A modem will sit patiently and wait by the phone. A modem comes with an instruction manual. (Reader's Digest, Feb 1996)


The American Assoc. Of University Women Book Finders, a non-profit organization, will search an inventory of about 8,0000 antiquarian book dealers for a specific title, no charge. Search takes 100 to 120 days. Write AAU Book Finders, POB 8151, Corpus Christi, TX 78468. Submit all info, with source and dates whenever possible. (CSGA Newsletter March 1996)


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