Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 7 No 7 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...July 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.


15 July 2000 Speaker for general meeting to be announced later.


6 July 2000 NARA Workshop, "Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet," held at 24000 Avila Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA. For reservations call (949) 360-2641.

20 July 2000 Repeat of NARA Workshop 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 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.

July Class Schedule - Orange Family History Center

July 5, Wed. 10-noon Internet Search for Names, Dates, Places Barbara Renick

14, Fri. 10-11 am Italian Research Christine Polen

19, Wed. 10-11 am New Jersey Research Norma Keating

20, Thurs. 10-11 am Reading German Vital Records Doug Ayer

All classes are held at the FHC at 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, CA. Also, anyone wishing to bring a group to the FHC must call Beth McCarty (714) 998-3408 to schedule the visit.

July Class Schedule - Los Angeles Family History Center

Check at Website: or call (310) 474-9990.


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.


Janet Franks, our new Librarian, announced that we still are looking for a volunteer to fill the new position of Chairman of Docents. Remember, this job involves only phoning and scheduling of volunteer docents. It does not involve actual time at the library desk and can easily be done at home. So, if any of you would like to help out in this capacity, please call Janet at (949) 496-8428.

Note: The library will be closed on July 13th for an in-sevice day.


As of June first, our library has a collection of approximately 80 CDs, mostly from Family Tree Maker, available for your research. These CDs offer extensive databases for Marriage Records, Land Records, Military Records, Passenger/Immigration Lists, Vital Records and Family Histories.

A descriptive sheet is also available on each CD which gives you a detailed account of what it contains. Be sure to read coming issues of the newsletter, as we will be listing all of these CDs by FTM Archive number with their titles and a brief summary of their content. With our bookshelves filling up, these CDs offer us a tremendous amount of data for a very small storage space.

LIBRARY WEB SITES - Repeats and Corrections

If you read last month's newsletter, you may have noticed some library web sites presented. If you went so far as to try some of them, you may have had some trouble. Many of the web sites I pass along to you have come from authorities who often have written whole articles on their finds in other newsletters and periodicals. I do not have time to check them all out, but our web master, Herb Abrams, has checked some of them for me and finds some deficient. Of course, there is always the possibility that a web site has changed, but you might keep in mind that, if you cannot reach one, you may simply need to add "www." or a period where there is a slash or some other obvious correction of a typo. The following represent verified web sites for libraries which should be of interest.

For Library of Congress research guide on city directories:

The DAR Library:

Cal State Fullerton's libraryt:

The ultimate library: and for free e-books (free, but you need to "create an account" to join):

On-line Genealogical Library:

For ordering PERSI data:

To gain access to and information on the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), an online catalog organized by the Library of Congress:


Rootsweb, in their May 17 & 31and June 21 issues of RootsWeb Review, announced the following new databases:

CA Death Index (1940-1995):

CA Birth Index (1905-1995):

Louisa Co., Iowa Cemetery Listing:

Kentucky Civil War Rosters:

WWI Civilian Draft Registration:

TX Death Records:

Lindesberg, Orebro, Sweden Vital Statistics:

Rockland Co., NY Naturalizations:

KY, Lyon Co., 1900 Census Index:

Maine Marriages 1892-1965:

Missouri, Greene Co. Divorces 1837-1920:

Oregon, Jewish Cemeteries:

Pennsylvania, Fulton Co. 1870 Census Index:

So. Dakota, Kampeska, Kampeska Cemetery:

So. Dakota, Rauville, St. John's Cemetery:

City Directories for Dalton and Mulligan (Surnames):

East TX Cifil War Rosters with added Biographies:

KY, Mercer Co., Marriages:

KY, Hopkins Co., Marriages 1807-1868:

Missouri, Howard Co., Slave/Slaveowner Records:

TX, Lamar Co., Cemeteries:

TX, Lamar Co. Marriages (1841-1910):

The WORLDCONNECT database connects you to GECOMs submitted by Rootsweb users and contain nearly 34 million names: Herb also suggests you might want to check out


For lists of books for sale by hunderds of independent booksellers worldwide and submitting a want request:

For on-line cemetery info:

From Pat Weeks, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index (1763-1900):

For photos from FORDANDNAGLE:

For family photos from a collection of 80,000+:

To see antique photo collection:

To visit the Sussex, England Web page:

To visit the Shropshire Roots Research Centre in England for parish resources:

For excerpts from the papers of the Cherokee Indian Agency in Tennessee 1801-1816:

To do Jewish genealogy or to search for towns in Central & Eastern Europe:

Social Security Death Index (SSDI):

For old maps of Great Britain:

To order birth, marriage and death certificates directly from England:

Each Issue of Rootsweb Review presents new databases they have added to their system. In addition, they print their new Mailing Lists, New Surname Lists, New Homepages and instructions on locating all the Rootsweb sites for help and instruction. To subscribe to Rootsweb Review, send to

In the June 21 issue, Rootsweb announced their merger with ( and information on this merger may be accessed at or We have been assured that all the features and policy commitments of Rootsweb will stay the same, and their services will continue to be free. In addition, you are invited to sign up for a FREE 14-day trial at which will offer you access to 600 million names in more than 2,500 databases. To sign up, go to the following address and activate your free trial by July 5, 2000.


Our webmaster, Herb Abrams, reports that the sites we previously referenced from the HI-Desert Genealogical Society April newsletter did not work. He has provided the following instructions:

For WWII Honor List of Dead & Missing Army & Army Air Force Personnel, 1946, arranged by state and county, alphabetically, go to, do a NAIL standard Search on "NWCTM-407"; when you pullup the state you want, click on "links to digital copies."

For PearlHarbor Casualty List, go to:

If that doesn't work, try:


For those of you interested in German research, the Immigrant Genealogical Library in Burbank should be added to your Safari list. Originally privately funded by its founders, it is now supported by the Immigrant Genealogical Society which offers research for Americans for a small fee. This library, located at 1310 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA, is best known for its sizable collection of German materials which are not easily found elsewhere. It is open to the public Wed. 12-5 pm, Sat. 10-5 pm, and Sun. 12-5 pm, for a donation of $2 per visit, - free to society members. Membership dues are $20/yr. and includes a monthly newsletter & meetings with speakers, classes & seminars.

Phone 818-848-3122 for further information or write to IGS, P.O. Box7369, Burbank, CA 91510.


If you have Scottish ancestors, you may want to subscribe to a free publication, The Family Tree, published bimonthly by the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, P.O. Box 1110, Moultrie, GA 31776. According to Questing Heirs March 200 Newsletter, this library is the repository of 99 Scottish Clans and is the central source of information for those studying for Scottish heritage. Call them at (912) 985-6549 or look up their site at

My family tree must have been used for firewood.


A very disturbing ariticle appeared in the June 24th LA Times titled, "For Sale: Your Personal Data - Cheap, Easy, Online." Times Staff Writer, Edmund Sanders, tells us that "Experian of Orange is one of several companies offering consumer lifestyle and financial info online," charging for example just $11.75 for a list of ladies at Leisure World with annual incomes above $75,000. Similar searches are available through InfoUSA (, Acxiom Corp., Equifax, and ClickAction Inc. ( While we struggle to unearth data on our ancestors and carefully protect the privacy of the "living", today's con-men have easy access to data to build a complete profile on us. You cannot remove your name from these databases, but you can limit the release of information by writing the Direct Marketing Association directly: 1) to be removed from mailing lists, to Mail Preferecne Service, DMA, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008 2) to stop telemarketing calls, to Telephone Preference Service, DMA, P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014. Be sure to include the pertinent personal information and sign the letter.


Nancy Thorne (949)363-7424, <>

1. GIDDEN(S), 1765 Charlotte Co, VA> Laurens Co, SC> Jackson Co, GA>Marshall Co, MS> Pontotoc Co, MS> Lee Co, MS

2. RANDOLPH, 1664 Henrico Co, VA>Chesterfield Co, VA>Fayette Co, AL>Bandera Co, TX>Chaves Co,NM

3. HOWE, 1795 VT(?)>Wayne Co, NY>Ontario Co, NY

4. PATERSON, 1808 Lanark Co, Scotland> Bay Co, MI> McLean Co, IL> Calhoun Co, AL

5. GRIFFITH, 1749 Loudoun Co, VA> Lancaster Co, PA> Ontario Co, NY

6. ST CLAIR (Sinclair, Sinkler), 1660 Rockingham Co, NH> Orleans Co, NY> Marquette Co, MI> St. Louis Co,MN

7. BRADLEY,1794 Dutchess Co, NY> Ontario Co, NY

8. BARNES, 1640 Hartford Co, CT> Litchfield Co, CT> Licking Co, OH>Delaware Co, OH>San Diego Co, CA

9. BOSTWICK, 1667 Fairfield Co, CT> Litchfield Co, CT> Delaware Co, NY

10. PATTERSON, 1746 Donegal Co, Ireland> Lancaster Co, PA

11. KNOWLES, 1765 Litchfield Co, CT

12. SMITH, 1791 Delaware Co, NY


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