Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol 10 No 8 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen August 2003

 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.

SOCCGS MEETING - August 16, 2003

Our speaker will be Nancy M. Huebotter whose topic will be “Write the Story of Your Life.” This presentation is designed to assist those procrastinators in starting to record a written legacy for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For those who have commenced writing their autobiography, the lecture will provide additional information that will assist in the writing of the all-important personal history.
Miss Huebotter has spent over 25 years conducting family history research, ultimately tracing her direct line into the 1600s. She is an excellent genealogy lecturer and most of us will remember her visit to our group in 2002.


September 20 - Andrew Pomeroy: "Mastering Search Engines, Internet Research Skills You Need"
October 18 - Seminar featuring Dr. George K. Schweitzer
November 15 - Nancy Bier: "Everyone Lived on the Land"
December 20 - Holiday Party


In about six weeks our Third Annual SOCCGS Garage Sale will be held at the home of Leon and Bunny Smith. Are you gathering up those items that you can live without? The Smiths will be accepting items before the sale, beginning September 13. Patrick McShane has offered to help Leon pick up items for the garage sale. In the meantime, Jeanne Barrett has graciously offered part of her garage to store items. As of this writing, she is a little short on space. Please do not bring bags, boxes only. You may call Jeanne @ 830-4948 to arrange to deliver items. Barbara Wilgus is in charge of the jewelry to be sold at the sale. If you have any to donate please bring it to the August meeting so she can sort, bag and price it before the sale.


The second annual SOCCGS seminar will be held October 18 in the Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo City Hall. The speaker will be Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Professor Schweitzer is a great speaker who uses historical reenactment to teach genealogy. 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. You will find a flyer, with registration form, elsewhere in this newsletter.

Reservations for the seminar are already coming in and we expect a great turnout. Please, invite your friends; they can print out a registration form from our web site and mail it in. http://www.soccgs.orgseminar2.html


Opportunity tickets will be available at the August meeting for the drawing to be held at the October Seminar. A picture of the quilt is on our web site. The quilt is 68” x 84” in colors of red, blues and tans. It is of a “Civil War Stars” design and made with Civil War replica fabrics. Tickets are a donation of $1 each, or 6 for $5. Bring address labels to the meeting......makes it easier to fill out the ticket stub. Winner does not need to be present at the Seminar. http://www.soccgs.orgseminar2.html

GENEALOGY: A hay stack full of needles. It’s the thread I need!


Forty-five of us enjoyed a marvelous program presented by Barbara Renick. She took us on a tour of and gave hints on how not to get lost. There is so much genealogical material available on this site that it can boggle the mind. At least mine! Thank you, Barbara. <> And, thank you to Helen Swanson who provided the goodies for this month’s meeting.


We would like to welcome two new members:
Francie Kennedy, searching for Taylor, Fowler, Milner, Yeaw, Kennedy, Watson, Wood, Perkins and Young.
Barbara Bernsee, searching for Guiding (Sweden) and Grassman (Germany-Prussia).
Guests at our July Meeting were Bobbie Kamae, Mary Philpot, Elizabeth Munday and Mervie Beam. We encourage them to become members.


Due to our expanding library we have rearranged the bookshelves once again been. There are now additional shelves under the credenza. The map boxes have been moved to the top of the filing cabinets. Please look for the new copy of the Library Guide on the credenza.

A recent new member, Ann Marie McCann, is our newest Docent. She will be at the desk on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00. Another member, Ann Browning, has agreed to donate one Friday afternoon a month. Doris Douglas has added her name to the substitute list. Thank you ladies. We still need docents for Mondays, 5-7 and three Friday afternoons. Substitutes are always needed. No experience is necessary. Please consider volunteering a little of your time. Call Janet or Mary Jo for further information.


Members voted at the July meeting to make copies of our Surname List available to the membership. Now is the time for those of you who haven’t put your family names on this list to do so. Please send your information to Herb Abrams as soon as possible. He needs Surname, Dates, Locations ie: Sheldon, 1719-1920, CT, VT, WI, IA. You may add as many surnames as you like. Those who have previously put surnames on this list may update. Share your family information and you may find a cousin, or at the very least, someone who has data to share. Ruby White and I recently discovered that we share a three-great grandfather!! {George SHELDON, 1803-1883, VT, WI}


The Sedgwick Granger Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans is being organized and will meet in Tustin. It has been some time since a camp has been available here in Orange County. Anyone wishing information on becoming a member of this group may contact Richard Raver at (949)493-4787 or

(From Gail Gilbert via Rootsweb list) “Fellow genealogists/researchers: Please consider signing this petition for the protection/preservation of "Neglected, Abandoned and Unlicensed Cemeteries in the State of Virginia", particularly if you are researching your own genealogy originating from Virginia.” The petition, in its entirety, with a place for signing and directions for sending, is at the following web site:

The Family History Alliance holds informal monthly meetings the last Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Orange Family History Center, 674 S. Yorba, Orange. The meetings are held in the Relief Society Room (on the south side of the building). The goals of the FHA are to educate genealogists, officers and members of genealogical and historical societies and librarians about the genealogy and family history resources available in Orange County, California. Barbara Renick gives a presentation at each FHA meeting, usually about online and computer resources (both LDS and non-LDS) for genealogical research.


This month's Safari will be to the Orange Family History Center, leaving the parking lot of the Mission Viejo FHC at 9:30 am. We have had to cancel the last two safaris due to lack of participation and/or lack of drivers. The OFHC is not far away and there should be no problems with this one. Please sign up in advance, at the monthly meeting or, by calling Janet or Mary Jo.



If you're interested in British research, you're in luck! NGS members can now subscribe to a focused forum, where custom-tailored information is provided, along with special discounts to unique products and services. The first forum being offered is The NGS British Isles Forum. Currently, this forum subscription is centered on genealogical interests and family history offerings for England and Wales. Information, products and services, and other offerings on interests for Ireland and Scotland will be added within the next few months.
ENGLAND, SOMERSET PARISH TRANSCRIPTS. More than 7,300 baptisms, 1,000 marriages, and 600 burials for Meare, Glastonbury, Burtle, Catcott, Edington, Shapwick, Godney, and other parishes, as well as many photos of the churches and villages.

IMMIGRANT SHIPS TRANSCRIBERS GUILD (ISTG) has a new URL. To view ships, click on Table of Contents.

The Proceedings of the OLD BAILEY LONDON 1674 to 1834: A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.



History 105--Family History and Genealogy. Meets Tuesdays 5:30-8:40 pm, beginning August 26, for 16 weeks on Orange Coast College campus in Social Sciences classroom 109. This class carries 3 units of college credit. Class focuses on methods and basic sources for family history research for beginning and intermediate family history researchers. Contact Doug Mason @ (714) 432-5038 or for information. To enroll, call (714)432-5072.

September 20

Genealogy Society of North Orange County California, Yorba Linda will hold a one day seminar. Geoff Rasmussen, Mellinnia Corp., creators of Legacy Family Tree, will be the speaker. He will be speaking about publishing your own family history book from a computer program. Call (714) 528-4977 for information.

September 27

Annual Kin-Dig Genealogical Fair, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, will be held at the Antelope Valley Inn and Convention Center, 44055 N. Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA. For information:

October 18

South Orange County California Genealogical Society Family History Seminar featuring Dr. George Schweitzer. See information on first page of newsletter.

October 26 - November 1, 2003

NGS 2003 Research Trip to London will include a full week of research opportunities at: The National Archives (formerly The Public Record Office), The Society of Genealogists, The Family Record Centre , The London Metropolitan Archives, First Avenue House (for wills after 1858), The Guildhall Library and Corporation of London Record Office and other repositories, as requested. Register online at

November 1
Ancestry Novemberfest Family History Seminar, Redlands California Stake, 350 Wabash Ave., Redlands, CA. Free admission. For Information: C. Hatch:

November 15
Chino Valley Family History Fair, Chino Valley Stake,Chino Hills, CA. Free admission.
For Information: Greg Collinwood at


The Library of Congress' Serial & Government Publications Division is pleased to announce the release of a new addition to the National Digital Library - the online collection The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919, available on the American Memory web site at:
At the direction of General John J. Pershing, The Stars and Stripes newspaper was published in France by the United States Army from February 8, 1918 to June 13, 1919. By early 1918, American forces were dispersed throughout the western front, often mixed at the unit level with British, French and Italian forces. The primary mission of The Stars and Stripes was to provide these scattered troops with a sense of unity and an understanding of their part in the overall war effort. The eight-page weekly featured news from home, poetry, cartoons and sports news, with a staff that included journalists Alexander Woollcott, Harold Wallace Ross and Grantland Rice.
On borrowed printing presses, using a delivery network that combined trains, automobiles and one motorcycle, the staff produced a newspaper with a circulation that peaked at 526,000 copies. This new online collection presents the complete run of the World War I edition. The collection also includes special presentations that discuss the newspaper's content: its illustrations and advertising, its publication of soldiers' poetry, its coverage of women. Brief biographies of editorial staff members, and their later careers, hint at the level of journalistic talent within The Stars and Stripes. A timeline and map place the newspaper within the greater historical and geographical context of the war. The collection was processed with optical character recognition (OCR) software to allow users to search the full text of the newspaper for a word or phrase. This feature expands the collection's usefulness to historians and genealogists researching names and details that do not appear in the headlines. The Stars and Stripes collection served as a pilot project in the development of search and display capabilities to be utilized on future releases of historic newspapers. (From the Rootsweb Kincaid List via Gail Gilbert)

Please direct all general inquiries to:


SOCCGS Purchases:
Genealogy 101 by Barbara Renick
THOMAS CUTHBERT: Wisconsin State Genealogical Societies, Various Counties Information
PATRICE BENZLIK: Dille Family * Chaplin Family * Emery Family
BEVERLY LONG: “On the Banks of the Elkhorn” (Graham, Nodaway County, Missouri)
JANET FRANKS: History of California DAR 1968-1981 * History of California DAR 1981-1984
JAMES TOWNSEND (Through MV Family History Center)
History of Jerico * History of Cambridge * Richmond, Bolton & Huntington
Waterbury Sketches * Collecting Vermont Ancestors * Vermont Road Atlas
New Hampshire
Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories * Gazetteer of the State of NH
Silver Cups of Colonial Middletown * Middletown & The American Revolution
Middletown Terrentenary - 1650-1950
Nova Scotia
Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia * Nova Scotia Genealogist, assorted copies
The Foreign Protestants and The Settlement of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Historical Review, assorted copies
“Lost In Canada?”, Canadian-American Genealogical Journal, assorted copies
“The Genealogist”, American Canadian Genealogical Society, assorted copies
Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research: Punch
A Walk Through Old Lunenburg, Ontario * History of the County of Lunenburg, Ontario
New Brunswick
Researching Your Ancestors In New Brunswick, Canada: Fellows
New Brunswick Census of 1851, Albert County: Fellows
New Brunswick Census of 1861, Albert County: Fellows
Marriage Register 1846-1887, Albert County
List of Resource Material on “Irish In New Brunswick”: Huggard Acquisitions, cont’d.
Inventory of Manuscripts in New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Genealogical Society Journal, assorted copies
England & Wales
A Guide to Ancestral Research, London - Handy Tips For Research in England & Wales
A Practical Guide for the Genealogist in England * Public Record Office, England
Central European Genealogical Terminology *
Handy Guide to Hungarian Genealogical Records
Family History
Styer, Gahen & Poehnelt Families of Wisconsin, 1785-1935 - Supplement for same
CLAUDE M. OBERER (Through Gordon Lake, MV Family History Center)
Collins County (Texas) Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol I & II * Churches of Choctaw County, Alabama
Old St. Stephen’s Land Office Records, Alabama * Genealogical Records from Bible Records
Historical Sketches from Northeast Georgia * Passengers to America
Genealogy In America, Vol. I, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Maine
Guide to Genealogical & Historical Research in Pennsylvania
Special Aids to Genealogical Research on Southern Families
Your Family Tree: Jordan-Kimball (Lists many family lines)
In Search of Scottish Ancestry: Hamilton-Edwards * Finding Your German Ancestors: Hansen
Geographical Names of New Brunswick: Rayburn
Periodicals: Guilford Genealogist, Tyrrell Tides, Tyrrell Branches (North Carolina) “Yesterdays”, Nacodoches, Texas Genealogical Society; Genealogical Society of Marion County, Indiana; Major County, Oklahoma Genealogical Society; PEI Genealogical Society, Canada
WILLIAM H. TOSH - History of Roanoke County, Virginia: Kagey
DEBORAH CHAPMAN - The Benton County, Arkansas Pioneer, assorted copies
MARY JO MCQUEEN - Montana Cemetery Book, assorted cemeteries
TOM UNDERHILL - Save An Hour A Day On Your Computer

******Thank you to all who so generously donate to our library.******


When reading a family history, are there too many children being born in too short of a time? Is the mother 59 and having twins? Is Henry selling land at the age of 8? If a lineage or claim seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

Pauline Patton Grahame
{The Palimpsest "Iowa Pioneers", July 1968; State Historical Society of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa}

Today streamlined trains whisk Iowans west for the winter, and automobiles speed comfortably along the straight Iowa roads. But a trip in pioneer days often meant dislocated bones, wind-broken horses, frozen ears and fingers, stolen money, and the terrible heartsick feeling of lost trails.
With all the hardships, however, which now seem unbearable, our "Ioway" grandparents and great grandparents traveled, and traveled often. Knowing nothing of macadamized roads, they did not stay at home and wait for them. There were friends to be visited, sermons to be preached, courts to be held, grist to be ground, fever cases to be bled, and land to be bought or sold.
The first Iowa travelers, the hunters and the home seekers, had for roads only the trails of the padding Indian or the hoof-marked tracks of the buffalo, which threaded in and out through dense woods and underbrush or wound snake-like through the interminable whispering seas of prairie grass. They went not as the crow flies but as the wind bloweth, and it was an intrepid, adventurous traveler who pushed on a little farther than his tired companions and found a field more fertile, a grove more kind, a land more Utopian.
But twelve-inch Indian paths were not wide enough for a yoke of oxen, so the backwoods pioneer widened the trails. Nor did he long delay before besieging the territorial legislature with petitions for roads. The legislature responded. By 1846, when Iowa had become a state, two hundred road acts were on the statute books. Even Congress took a hand and authorized, in 1839, the well-known "Military Road," stretching from Dubuque through Iowa City to the northern boundary of Missouri. So year by year, as the surveyors blazed trees and drove stakes into the prairie, as the ox teams slowly cut the matted sod, Iowa became crisscrossed with highways.

On The Highway, cont’d.

But the roads were built of Iowa soil, which, combined with water, invariably forms mud, deep and sticky. Transportation in the early spring or during the fall rains was next to impossible. Those who had to travel often exhausted their horses by long pulls through heavy gumbo, often had to plank themselves into higher ground with rails carried for the purpose or pad the deep ruts with willow twigs and grass, and usually arrived at their destination after supper was over and the best half of the bed had been pre-empted by another guest. The first hard-surface highways, of corduroy or plank, were the wonder of those who saw them and the torment of those who used them.
Another cause of delay was swollen streams. There were of course few bridges, and fording was hazardous. At times it was accomplished by calking the wagon boxes so that they would float better when pulled by the swimming horses. How like boats the prairie schooners must have looked with their puffed canvas tops! At the larger towns, ferries transported the traffic across the deeper rivers. In the dead of winter, when the streams were frozen, crossing was made easy by the ice. Then the rivers became highways in themselves, forming unobstructed paths from town to town.
The means of transportation in itself were peculiar to the times. Groups of white-topped prairie schooners, drawn by slow horses or slower oxen, plowed up the thick dust of the road. Springless wagons jolted along with corn to be ground or cordwood to be traded for a bolt of cloth. Horseback riders wound in and out among the slower traffic, often with the mail in saddle bags. And if at any time there was the loud sound of a horn around the bend, the whole company would spread out along the edge of the road, deferentially and for the safety of their lives. The women looked out from the front of the wagons, the men chewed a little harder and spat with a grandiose air. A stage was passing! Drawn by four spanking horses, the oval black body swinging on its thorough braces and glistening in the sun, a burly, whip-cracking driver sitting aloft on the high seat, and the luggage jolting inside the little railing behind him or securely fastened in the triangular, leather-covered "boot" at the rear, the stagecoach made a spectacular appearance. The passengers waved as they went rolling by. And after the stage had passed from sight and the dust had settled again in the road, the ox teams resumed their plodding gait while the women in the heavy wagons exclaimed over the bright scenes painted on the stagecoach doors and the richness of the upholstery, and the men discussed the network of the Western Stage Company lines that were spreading over Iowa and the mail routes which the stages were steadily taking away from the postriders.
When a traveler came to the larger towns he probably put up at a tavern such as fat Bob Kinney's house at Muscatine, built two stories high, of split logs, and with sawed lumber doors and window casings. The typical tavern, however, was smaller and more rude. there were several beds in a room, and they were not considered full unless occupied by two or three people. The nearby creek often served as the lavatory.
And so it seems that pioneer travel was a procession of hardships. But there were long, pleasant days on the road, good company in the motley crowd who traveled it, and sound slumber at the end of the day in somebody's close-walled, beef-smelling tavern. Many pioneer hearts were lightened by thoughts of homes, fortunes, and future satisfaction toward which they were traveling.


Lois (Remington) Sorensen wrote in the Rootsweb Review, July 2, 2003, Vol. 6, No 27: “Here in Rhode Island, as elsewhere in the early days of America, many families married back and forth from generation to generation, so that it seems as if we are all somehow related to each other. Add to that several sets of cousins marrying each other and we have a very complicated network of relationships.
Recently I ran a kinship report in my family tree program, and learned that my father is not only my father, but also my 7th cousin 1xr, 7th cousin 2xr, 8th cousin, 8th cousin 1xr, 8th cousin 2xr, 9th cousin, 9th cousin 1xr, 8th cousin 3xr, 9th cousin 2xr and 10th cousin!! It gets even more complicated for my children’s generation because their paternal grandparents are cousins. So, they are related to themselves many times over!“ (Thanks to Iris Graham for sharing this.)
SOCCGS member, Leon Smith, having just returned from a family reunion in Camden County, Missouri, now believes he is his own grandfather!

THEORY OF RELATIVITY: If you go back far enough, we’re all related.

A family tree can wither if no one tends it’s roots!


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