Saddleback Valley Trails

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 19 No. 7

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

July 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 July 21, 2012


Presented by
Gena Philibert-Ortega

Researching female ancestors can be challenging due to changes in surname upon marriage and an overall lack of documentation. Researching women requires considering activities women were involved in and then searching documents in addition to familiar government records. This presentation will cover records that are unique to women and how to go about finding them.

About the Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance and a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.


Safari News

There will be no safari trips in the months of July and August They will resume in September and we may travel the LDS Family History Center in Los Angeles. This will be confirmed in the September newsletter.

President's Message

~Bill Bluett

We recently celebrated MEMORIAL DAY during the last weekend in May. Previously known as Decoration Day, it received its current title in 1967. This special day began after the Civil War to commemorate all who had lost their lives (North and South) in that terrible war. Later, it has been extended to all who have given their lives during conflicts and times of war. I attended our memorial service in San Clemente on May 28th and began to think about my ancestors who lost their lives in service to our country. I have two ancestors with the same name who died in two great wars - Richard Paddock in the Civil War and Richard Paddock in World War II.

Richard Ira Paddock was my great-great grandfather’s brother. William was 4 years older than Richard and he enlisted in September of 1861. He served his time in the New York 81st Infantry Regiment, Company K. Richard enlisted at the age of seventeen in February of 1864. He joined Company K of the same regiment and served with my gg-grandfather – two brothers serving side by side. In August of 1864, Richard Paddock was severely wounded at the Siege of Fredericksburg. He died from his wounds at Fort Monroe, Virginia, on September 3rd, 1864. I would hope that my gg-grandfather would have had an opportunity to see his dying brother before he passed away. In October of 2006, my wife and I vacationed in the Hampton – Williamsburg area of Virginia and we saw Richard Paddock’s grave at the Hampton National Cemetery which is located just a few miles from Ft. Monroe. Burials began at the cemetery in 1862 and it was declared a National Cemetery in 1866. Our family feels honored that Richard was buried at this cemetery. My wife (Helen) and I did take a tour of the Fort while we were there. Many who died in the Ft. Monroe hospital are buried in the Hampton National Cemetery. My gg-grandfather survived the war with only a non life-threatening wound and was discharged at the close of the war in August of 1865. As a side note, in March of 1862, the Ironclad battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack took place off the Point where Fort Monroe is located.

My second Richard Paddock came to mind on the Memorial Day weekend when the motion picture “Flags of Our Fathers” was shown on TV. This movie depicts the Battle for Iwo Jima and the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. Richard Eugene Paddock was born in 1921 and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Marines in July of 1942 at the age of 20 and went through boot camp and training at Camp Pendleton – just a few short miles from where my family and I live! I believe that was the year that the marine base opened. Richard had been overseas for 14 months when he died on Iwo Jima in February of 1945 during the initial invasion. He is buried in the Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, California, which is said to be the largest cemetery in the United States. Richard was my mother’s favorite cousin and she was devastated when word came that he had been killed. Mom was one year older than Richard and they had a close relationship all their lives. It is even emotional for her today when we talk about him. Even though he died over 67 years ago, the memories can still be difficult to deal with. Mom has a collection of letters (V-mail or Victory mail) that she received from her cousin while he was in the service. V-mail correspondence was on small letter sheets (7 in. by 9 1/8 in.) that would go through mail censors before being photographed and transported as a thumbnail-sized image on negative microfilm. Upon arrival to their destination, the negatives would be blown up to 60% their original size (4 ¼ in. by 5 3/16 in.) and printed. It is interesting to see the blacked out censored areas in the letters. Fortunately, we have a good collection of photographs of Richard growing up as well as a few that were taken in his Marine uniform. My younger brother was born two years after mom’s cousin died - and his name is Richard.

I am saddened that these young men died at such an early age. But, at the same time, I am proud of the fact that our family has special men such as these two that served our country bravely and honorably. And, I appreciate the fact that there are records available that give me a glimpse into each of their lives during their time of service in the military. I will always have a special place in my heart for Richard Ira Paddock and Richard Eugene Paddock.

June Meeting

Jean Wilcox Hibben gave us a fine presentation regarding the 1940 Census. She explained the process for selecting “census takers”, what questions were to be asked, and how the country responded at this time to the taking of the census. Some folks didn’t like their privacy infringed upon. Jean gave us some examples of how to search on several different websites that contain the census. And, her handout gave us a shopping list of websites that will assist researchers in utilizing the 1940 census.

Guests introduced at the meeting were: Diane Dunn and Karen Guth. Members who provided refreshments were: Marilyn Kowalski, Patricia Yocky, Sondra Koegler, and Tom Irey.


Our newest member is Karen Guth, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, She is searching Stevinson - CA, Balthazar - Azores, Portugal, Matiagevich, Matiasejich,  Victorino, Papak and Nirich in Yugoslavia.

Brick Walls & Genealogy Research Suggestions

Joyce Van Schaak said that Bunny Smith assisted her in discovering a 5th great grandfather who was a patriot. She has recently received at least 3 phone calls regarding her connection with this ancestor. Joyce and Bunny are members of a local DAR organization.

Arlene O’Donnell traveled to North Carolina and visited Roanoke Island, location of the Lost Roanoke Colony. She has become interested in the DNA project associated with the lost colony and has found an ancestor’s surname on the project listing.

Bunny Smith has recently returned from a research trip to Salt Lake City. She said it will not be long before many of the books she uses for research will be on the FamilySearch website. And, Bunny was recently surprised at the number of probate records that are now scanned and found on the same website.

Ralphs Community Contribution Program

Jim Thordahl – Ways & Means Chairman

Online registration instructions are at If you have questions, call: (949)-492-5334 or e-mail:

Legacy Beginner Class

In July, David Flint will offer a beginner class on how to use the Legacy Family Tree genealogy software program. This class is intended for anyone interested in getting started with this software for the first time as well as those who are already using it and would like to review the basics. There will be two sessions for this class on July 19th and July 26th at the Mission Viejo Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in attending the, please contact David Flint directly at and let him know. The class is limited to 10 people based on the size of the meeting room and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. David will advise each person on details for the class after he hears from you regarding your interest.

SOCCGS Indexer Assistance

~Barbara Taylor

A few sites are available to help indexers and arbitrators with the 1940 Census indexing project, but are also helpful with other indexing projects.

A Forum,, is on the FamilySearch site.

There are 3 groups on Facebook:

  1., run by
  2., run by experienced indexers/arbitrators who also like to have fun. This is the one I use the most. "ShareBatch”, etc (you have to join this group).
  3. Another one run by experienced indexers/arbitrators "Unoffical Share Batch" - (you have to join this group).

On all of them, someone can post a shared batch and get extra 'eyes' to take a look and see if they can figure out difficult names or places. I have found all of them very, very helpful.

Archived York Pennsylvania Newsletters

~Donna Hobbs

You may want to check out this site: Some “good stuff” can be found by perusing through the archived newsletters.

Why Grandma Didn’t Like TV Westerns

~Gary Schwarz

As kids, my brother and I used to like to watch “B Westerns” on TV Saturdays along with cartoons in the morning, but when we went to grandma’s house she didn’t let us watch them. Grandpa watched boxing, but that didn’t seem to bother her. It took many years and genealogy to get an idea for the cause.

It all started with my great-grandfather George Washington Phillips (1855-1935). He was born near Haldane, Ogle County, Illinois to William Phillips (1827-1909) of Washington County, Maryland and Mary Ann Miller (1830-1913) of Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. William came to Illinois with his family in 1844 and married Mary Ann in 1850 and moved with his wife and children to a farm near Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois in 1868. Great grandfather George married Hannah Sophia Stevens (1859-1839) of Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois in 1878 and farmed in Salem Township, Carroll County, Illinois until 1885 when he moved to farm in Inland, Clay County, Nebraska. By 1900 his interest moved to the lumber and grain elevator business there in Inland. In 1902 the family moved to Harvard, Clay, Nebraska where George entered the implement business and became associated with the telephone company.

Now we’ve reached the point where my grandma probably developed her aversion to the western movie. On 19 Sep 1914 early in the morning, a terrible tragedy occurred at the office of the Nebraska-Iowa Grain Co. Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, 1914. Henry P. Traut was shot down by someone whose identity was not established. News spread rapidly and the feelings were tense with fear.

Mr. Traut had left home about 6:00 a.m. as was his custom, mailed some letters and visited with those he met on the street. He was last seen alive about 6:30 a.m. Henry Lehr, an employee went to get the key to the ice house, and found the dead body in the front room.

Lehr gave the alarm when he found the body and a crowd gathered. Word was sent out to the County Attorney Corey and Sheriff Sanderson at Clay Center of the murder, and Manager Jeffries sent a general line phone ring to be on the watch for any suspicious character.

Coroner Schultz arrived from Sutton, and the officers examined the body and surroundings. Two bullet holes were in Mr. Traut’s chest, and one through his wrist. The safe was open and papers had been scattered and a tin locked box appeared to have been tampered with. His long wallet in which he carried his bills and change was between his legs and the contents scattered. There were indications of a struggle. After the shooting, the bandit evidently went north on foot until he reached the Roy Megrue home in Hamilton County. After a short conversation with him, Megrue became suspicious. When the general phone call came, Megrue notified the officers and got on a horse and started on the trail of the desperado. Sheriff Sanderson and deputy of the telephone company, George Phillips [my great grandfather], pursued him by auto and overtook Megrue near the corner a half—mile east of the George Jacket farm. He pointed to a man walking between the houses of Mrs. Fiscus and George Jacket, about 10 miles northwest of Harvard. They drove their car up to the man and the Sheriff said, “Hello fellow, where are you going?” To which he replied, “Giltner [a town north west of Harvard]. “ The Sheriff and Phillips got out of the car to take him into custody, but the traveler fired and hit Phillips in the right breast. It hit the lapel of his coat and passed through the clothing striking the rib, coming out from under his arm in his back. Phillips was [later] taken to Aurora to a surgeon.

The desperado then shot the Sheriff through the arm and the back. The fatal shot entered the back on the left side, up and forward through his body and emerging in front of his neck. Several large blood vessels were severed causing death by internal hemorrhaging. Before death, he raised and fired two shots. The bandit escaped to the draw north of the road. Megrue came to the assistance of Phillips and called a surgeon by phone.

Dozens of cars loaded with armed men came to the scene from Harvard, Clay Center, Fairfield, and Giltner. The bandit was in a hayfield, covered up by hay in a windrow on Mrs. Gray’s farm southwest of Giltner. One of the posse on a horse, rode over that spot, and heard a shot. The rider beat a retreat and gave the alarm. The posse went to the top of a hill and fired a volley into the hay, and the bandit was told to surrender. The windrow was set on fire and screams were heard. After the fire was out the appointed deputies searched the burned grass, found the body and examination revealed a bullet hole through the head of the burned body. He had evidently shot himself when the rider heard the shot. There was no identification on the body. His clothes were of good quality and came from different parts of the country. An inquest was held, and the verdict was “death by a self-inflicted wound.” A $10 bill and some change was on the body.

The body of Sheriff Sanderson was brought to Harvard in the afternoon and post mortem examinations on his body and Mr. Traut’s body disclosed the fact that both men had been killed by bullets from the same revolver, affirming previous speculation.

My great grandfather being shot was probably why my grandma didn’t like westerns which always seemed to have a posse and people being shot.

George Washington Phillips survived his wound and later served as Mayor of Harvard, Nebraska twice.

The account above of the robbery was from The Harvard Courier.

Southern California Genealogical Society - 2012 Webinar Series

July Webinars:
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012, 6pm - Pacific Kerry Bartels Neither Filmed or Scanned: NARA Treasurers Await
Saturday, 4 Aug 2012, 10am - Pacific George G. Morgan The Genealogist as CSI

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.


Library Genealogy Research Center

The Mission Viejo Library Genealogical Research Center needs you. Sign up today to be a volunteer docent in the Genealogy Section of the Library. We have a Monday night shift from 5:30 to 8:00 pm available. Summer is coming and we will need lots of substitutes. One of our Sunday afternoon docents will be on vacation for three months. What better way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon than in the Library working on your family history. We are ready to sign you up. You need to make the first move. Call or email Bunny Smith (see her contact information under "SOCCGS BOARD OF DIRECTORS") and she will arrange your training.

The Totes are Here

~Jim Thordahl – Ways and Means Chairman

The totes have sold well. The few remaining will be available at the SOCCGS meeting again in July. These totes are a handy size and sport our logo in a bold 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.

New at Family Search

~Bunny Smith

If you have not been on lately you are missing a lot of new information and it is FREE.

We were at the Salt Lake City FHC last month and noticed that their Family History Book Collection had big sections missing. When I inquired about a book I was having difficulty finding, they said that it was out being digitized; and if it was not already on line, I should try again next week. Everyday the SLCFHC is digitizing more and more records and books and putting them online.

To access new family history books:

  • Enter the home page of
  • Click on the Catalog (near the top), this brings you to a search page
  • Click on 'Search by Last Name' and add the name you are searching
  • When the next page comes up there will be a list on the left side with a "Digitized". This will be a list of everything that has been digitized. has also started adding Wills, Estate and Probate records to their digital collection.

At this time, I believe there are about one quarter of the states available online and best of all, indexed.

To access the Wills, Estate and Probate digitized records:

  • Enter the home page.
  • Scroll down to 'Browse by Location'.
  • Drop down to the United States and click on it. All the states will come up in order.

Click on the state you are in which you are interested. There will be a list of available completed records. To the right of the title of the record there will be a date when it was downloaded.



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___________________
Ways & Means___________________________ Jim Thordahl__________________  

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A Family History Seminar
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Doors Open 8:00 a.m.)
City Hall, Saddleback Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Corner La Paz & Marguerite
(North end of the city hall directly across the library parking lot.)

"Breathing Life Back Into Your Ancestors"

Renowned lecturer & V.P. of Community Relations for ANCESTRY.COM


"What’s New and How to Best Use"
"Beyond Names and Dates: Finding Biographical Details"
"Finding Naturalizations, Passenger Lists, and Immigrant Origins"
"A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project"


Refreshments - Door Prizes - Drawing for Ancestry Subscription - Sales Tables and Displays

Pre-registration must be received by October 17 / Tickets at the door $25.00, no lunch.
(Seminar information & registration form are also available on SOCCGS website.)

Use this form to register for seminar. Send with your check for payment.

SOCCGS ‘2012’ Seminar Registration

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