Saddleback Valley Trails

 South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 15 No. 8                               P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690                             August 2008

Editor: Mary Jo McQueen

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.


Next General Meeting

August 16, 2008


“Bringing Order Out of Chaos”

Presented by

Nancy M. Huebotter


          Whether you are new to genealogy, or have spent the greater part of your lifetime researching for your ancestors, one thing is certain. Genealogy research yields a tremendous amount of data, both paper and electronic. This presentation is designed to give you some suggestions on how to manage this paper trail and files.

           Miss Huebotter has spent over 25 years conducting family history research, ultimately tracing her direct line into the 1600s. However, as we all know, genealogy research is never completed, so Nancy continues to enhance her knowledge of her ancestors. As a genealogy lecturer, Nancy's portfolio contains a number of lectures that address various topics on writing and organizing genealogy information.


Please come and meet one of SOCCGS’ very favorite lecturers.


October Seminar

Registration is under way for the Seventh Annual Seminar on October 18. George G. Morgan, who is often featured in this newsletter, will speak on four topics of special interest to genealogy researchers. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the premier genealogy lecturers. Mr. Morgan is the best-selling author of The Official Guide to and How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy. Visit his company's website at

Please use the registration form on page 6 and reserve your spot now.


Library Ways & Means Project

          It is that time of year! Tickets are now on sale for a beautiful quilt to be raffled at the seminar. Funds raised by this project are used entirely to purchase books & CD’s for the SOCCGS Genealogy Library. Be sure to buy one, or six, and don’t forget to let your friends in on this opportunity. Tickets are $1.00 each, or six for $5.00. A picture of the quilt and a seminar registration form may be found on the SOCCGS website at


Safari News – Carlsbad In August

          Are you unable to access online genealogy databases using your Carlsbad Library Card? If so, you will need to sign up for a new card. The August 27th safari will be an excellent opportunity for you to do so.


“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

~George Bernard Shaw


President’s Message

~Bill Bluett

          On the road, sightseeing, for 32 days can be a tiring journey. However, when it is blended with ancestral and cemetery research, it becomes very exciting. From June 13th to July 14th, Helen and I had some great experiences and meaningful connections with friends, family, and new friends we met at nine “Bed and Breakfast” locations in seven different States. We toured Glacier National Park, Little Big Horn, Mount Rushmore, and Deadwood, South Dakota. We visited with aunts, uncles, first cousins, distant cousins, and, in Helen’s case, high school classmates from the “Class of 1958.” I collected over 30 pages of documents from two different locations regarding the Bluett family. All in all, it was a very successful trip. You can’t beat going directly to the location where your ancestors lived, and talk with people from that area.

          Our Honda Civic did its job on our 6500-mile journey. It averaged 38 miles to the gallon for the entire trip. On many days, we would fill the tank at a Costco location and then have our $1.50 lunch – a Polish Sausage Dog and soft drink. By staying a total of eleven nights in the B&B network, our nightly lodging expenses averaged $39. So, our sightseeing/genealogy vacation turned out to be very reasonable compared to what the cost might have been.

          While in Cheney, Washington, we attended the Methodist Church where my great-grandfather, James W. Bluett, ministered during the 1880’s. They welcomed us with open arms, introduced us during the service, and then pulled out old record books for us to peruse after the service was over. They made copies of membership, marriage and baptismal information from the 1880’s and refused my offer to pay. It was a humbling experience to be in that church and be treated like family. The next day, we went to James’ grave in Spokane. His gravestone, located in the center of a large 20’ X 25’ plot, was a pinnacle style about five feet high with very nice inscriptions. The only other graves in the plot were his wife and a 3 year-old daughter. It may have been assumed that other family members would be buried there in the future.

          Helen had a similar experience in Creston, Montana. We stopped at the Mennonite Church which her grandparents, Peter and Anna Eimen, helped establish in 1908, and talked with the pastor. After a while, the church office secretary (Freda Kauffman) arrived. After talking with her, we realized that she was a 3rd or 4th cousin to Helen. Helen was given a Church History book and some additional documentation about the families to which Helen’s grandparents were related. We then traveled a short distance down the road to meet Freda’s father-in-law, who is 92 years old. We sat and talked with Paul Kauffman for about an hour and a half. As a child, he had heard stories about the Eimen family, and knew where they had lived. When we left, he gave us general directions and we were able to find the approximate location of the Eimen farm. This was where Helen’s father, Seth Eimen, was born in August 1911. Three months prior to his birth, a tragic event took place. Charley, an 11 year-old brother, went fishing with a neighbor friend. The boys did not come home that evening and everyone searched into the night. The search was resumed the next morning and fishing poles were found at a nearby logging millpond. The boy’s bodies were finally found under some logs. They must have ventured out onto the logs, as they had seen the logging mill workers do, and fell between the logs – trapped underwater. The Eimen family and the entire community grieved the loss of Charley and Jimmie. I suspect this is why Helen’s grandparents eventually moved back to Iowa in 1913 closer to their brothers, sisters, and other immediate family. Helen and I did not see the actual pond, however, we knew that we were near the location of this sad incident in her family’s history. We did visit Charley’s grave in the Creston Cemetery.

          This is just a brief sampling of experiences we enjoyed on our trip. I highly recommend a vacation of this type so that you too, might have the opportunity to visit ancestral locations firsthand. The “Bed and Breakfast” connection made the trip less expensive and more fun. We did stay more than one night at a few locations in order to do additional sightseeing and more thorough research. We enjoyed visiting with our hosts, and each breakfast served was fantastic! Good lodging and good food. You can’t beat that! So, I think I’m going to start planning another sightseeing/genealogy vacation in the not to distant future. How about you?


"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


July Meeting

          There were eighty persons in attendance to hear Connie Moretti’s interesting and informative lecture on Newspaper Research. Some of the websites to which she referred appear on page 5. Bill Bluett shared a very old German Bible that was given to his wife, Helen. It had belonged to her great grandfather. Barbara Wilgus reports that quilt tickets amounting to $56 were sold during the meeting. Sharing pictures of family members who were in the military, was a highlight of this meeting. In all, we heard nineteen stories. Next month members are encouraged to bring pictures of family members who were involved in sports (high school, college, professional, or?). Guests at the meeting were: Tom & Sally Hamilton, Kiril Kundurazieff, Sandy Rubinfeld and Diane Wahrruan. Pat Weeks and Mary Ellen Sayr provided delicious treats, which were served outside by Trish and Sierra Leard. Thank you!



          Please welcome new members: Barbara Harley, Laguna Beach, and Elaine Gundlach, Laguna Hills, Elaine is searching LOMBARD, SANASTONE, GUNDLACH, BROWN, NEVILLE and WEEDEN. Barbara is searching for KENDYS, Camden, NJ 1937. John A. & Bliss Hill, Laguna Woods,, Rosanna Gahran who joined last month is searching in Germany for BRUGGEMANN, SCHOLLMEYER, ZEILFELDER, and GAUGHRAN, GAHRAN, BISHOP, BRASE in New York. Virginia Gilmore has a new email address.

          John Hill, one of SOCCGS’ newest members, has begun putting his family history online using “Google Page Creator”. He was assisted starting this project by Herb Abrams. John has invited us to check out his website, listed above.

          From Herb Abrams: Google Page Creator allows 100MB of free space for your web site. Actually it allows a maximum of three [3] web sites per user. It is assumed that the 100MB is for all three sites. It provides the tools for creating your site and I was really impressed with how user friendly it is. No knowledge of html is necessary. To get started go to the above website.

, in association with The National Archives, is proud to present ancestorsonboard, a new database featuring Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1960 right back to 1890. With ancestorsonboard, you can search for passenger list records of individuals or groups of people leaving for destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA ports. Passengers include immigrants and emigrants, businessmen, diplomats and tourists. Images of the passenger lists are available to download, view, save and print. Free to search.


The Year Was 1938

          The year was 1938 and many countries were still engulfed in the Great Depression. Rumblings of World War II were heard as Hitler and the Nazis grew in power. In Germany, laws were passed disenfranchising the Jewish population and in October an estimated 15,000 Jewish people, originally from Poland, were sent to the Polish border. Enraged by his parents' deportation, a seventeen-year-old assassinated the Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris. This gave the Nazis the excuse they needed and on the night of 9 November, Nazis stormed through cities burning synagogues and breaking windows in Jewish homes and businesses. 30,000 Jewish men were imprisoned in concentration camps. The sounds of breaking glass gave the infamous night its name--Kristallnacht.

          Another disaster that year was of the fictional variety, but it brought panic nonetheless, as mass hysteria gripped thousands of radio listeners when the Mercury Theater broadcasted its dramatization of the H.G. Wells science fiction work, War of the Worlds. In other entertainment news that year, “Superman” made his first appearance in Action Comics, and a wily rabbit named “Bugs Bunny” debuted in the cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." Movies from 1938 include The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn, and Boys Town. Favorite tunes of the year included A-Tisket, A Tasket, Jeepers Creepers, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, and Whistle While You Work, from the Disney movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

          A Depression-weary America embraced an unlikely hero in the form of a long-shot racehorse named Seabiscuit. (Excerpted from Ancestry Weekly Journal, 13 August 2007, © 2008, The Generations Network)


My Ship Finally Came In

~ David Flint

          Many of you may have done research to find ancestors in the various passenger-list websites that are available to search on the Internet. Well, it was finally my turn – but I was searching for myself and my own family, rather than a distant ancestor. I was born in England and left there at the age of 10 with my family when we sailed to Canada in 1954. I have lots of memories of the trip from England, but at 10 years old, I did not remember the vital details a genealogist would want to know, such as the date we sailed, or the port from which we left or intended destination. These are important details which I have wanted to find for many years.

          I followed the news for the past couple of years about a project to digitize and index the outbound passenger lists for people who left the U.K. for long-distance voyages, to various ports around the world, between 1890 and 1960. Every few months there was an update that another decade had been completed. I was patiently waiting for the last decade so that I could search for my own family. An article in the current issue of Everton’s Genealogical Helper brought the news that my ship had finally come in – the last decade of the indexing and digitizing project was completed and available online.

          Everton’s reported that the project was done in association with the British National Archives by the leading UK family history website, The project team recorded over 24 million passengers and scanned more than 1.1 million full color pages of passenger lists. On most lists the old home address of passengers is given, as well as age, occupation, destination and other details of interest to a genealogist. Destinations include Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA -- featuring ports such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York. All seven decades of the passenger lists may be searched free at, however, there is a charge to view index details or to download images of documents. You may buy a subscription for one month or one year, or vouchers for pay-per-view use of the website.

          I purchased a one-month subscription for just under $30, figuring I could find what I needed in a short period of time. I remembered that the name of the ship on which we left England was the Ascania of the Cunard Line. A search for the name “Flint” aboard the Ascania in the time frame 1950-1955 quickly revealed my whole family. The passenger list showed my father Thomas Flint, age 34 and my mother Ida Flint, age 37. My eight-year old brother Roy was listed incorrectly in both the passenger list and index as Ray. And there I was, age 10, a “scholar” as English records typically list students or school aged children. The list also showed my father’s occupation as tailor. I learned that we left from the port of Liverpool, England on 20 May 1954 bound for Montreal, Canada. The passenger list indicated that our last address in England was 445 Garratt Lane, London, S.W. 18. (That is the old pre-postal code for the part of London that includes Wandsworth, which is where we lived.) I downloaded and printed copies of the passenger list page that included my family, and the index page entries for each family member.

          Next, I needed some information about the ship; perhaps even a photo. The website includes an extensive listing of transatlantic ships that carried emigrants (not just those departing from Norway), plus information about the various shipping lines that owned the ships. It was very easy to locate the listing for the Ascania, which provided the history of the ship, its size and tonnage, and photos. I learned that the Cunard Line owned two ships named Ascania. The first one, built in 1911, was wrecked in 1918. The second and larger one, built in 1925, was my ship. It was scrapped in 1956. I also obtained a full history on the Cunard Line from this website.

          I have since made other searches on and located the passenger lists for relatives of my mother who also left England for Canada, and others who left Scotland for the United States. Overall I found this website to be extremely useful in filling the gaps for some details in my family’s history, and I now have a more complete record of my own emigration from England. It was a great thrill to obtain this information, and well worth the thirty bucks!


"Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe,

With the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control,

& The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers."

~Dave Barry


“Some Websites of Interest to Genealogists” - Find your ancestors on Record Search. Search millions of indexed records. Browse through images of records waiting to be indexed. More records are being added every month. Do your part. Become an indexer. Join thousands of volunteers around the world who are helping to make more free records available online through FamilySearch Indexing. - Hawaiian, Azorean, Portugal references and links for anyone interested in that area of research. Includes Pearl Harbor death lists and good information on how to research Portuguese records as well as the Azores Islands. - A link to passports issued from Point Delgada, Azores. - State of Hawaii site
One of these days I will get on the ball on write up something. I know some people are trying to do this research. - Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a site that lists volunteers in various states and countries who will look up information. - Make your family tree online. - Chicago Public Schools have put up a website with pdf lists of eighth grade and high school graduates from 1873 to 1973. A list of schools with history and address of each is available.

Some Websites Recommended By Connie Moretti – Genealogy Links
SmallTownPapers at (Available at the SOCCGS Library.) – (Browse newspapers. (Available at the SOCCGS Library.) – United States & Canada - Historic Newspapers Online - Always FREE! - Historic Newspapers Online for Genealogical & Historical Research. 18th- through early 20th-century Newspapers from the U. S., England, Scotland, Ireland & Australia! (Free to search.)
“U. S. Newspaper Program” - - Historical Newspaper (Available at the SOCCGS Library.)

“Chronicling America”, enhances access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1897-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Ancestral Space is a social network for genealogists. With you get a free site, the ability to share videos and photos, join and start groups, and talk with friends and family all for free.

Herb Abrams invites you to visit his space @



Have you searched the Surname Website lately? Herb Abrams will update your information on the SOCCGS Surname Listing as needed. Please check your information, and if corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb at or (949) 581-6292). New members are especially encouraged to add their Surnames to this list. Send an email to Herb listing your surnames, locations and years you are researching.


******Thanks to the following members for contributing website information: Pat Nostrome, Karen Dill, Shirley Fraser, Marlene Elster, Donna Hobbs, Marcia Roy & David Flint.


 "There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."

~Alexander Woollcott


2008 SCGS Jamboree

~Sherry Penland

          I attended the Jamboree June 17 & 28 in Burbank and really enjoyed it. There were a lot of seminars available and all that I attended were very informative. Of course, meeting other attendees was worth the price of admission. The Burbank Convention Center was nice, as was the hotel. The Hotel restaurant was pricey and so-so food but I didn’t want to walk around the construction and cross the street, especially alone at night. There were morning rolls and coffee and lunch available for purchase at the Jamboree. The exhibits were good. I bought 3 DNA tests from Family Tree DNA and the Legacy software and “someday” I will switch my Family Tree research. The speakers were good. I bought the syllabus, which is well worth $10.00 and referred to it often. Also, there is good info and websites in it so didn’t have to take too many notes. I have donated the free CD, that was given out, to the SOCCGS Library. It has the syllabus on it. I encourage every one to try to go next year. It will be June 12-14, 2009.


More Jamboree

~David Flint

          I was able to attend all three days of the SCGS Jamboree. It was a very well produced conference. I attended two lectures presented by George Morgan, who will be the SOCCGS 2008 Seminar speaker. Having this chance to preview Mr. Morgan allows me to say that you are in for a treat in October.

          The general quality of the speakers at the Jamboree has steadily increased each year since I first attended several years ago. The Jamboree provides a wide range of subjects and specialties to learn about – everything from beginning genealogy to DNA research, forensic genealogy, technology, digital photography, and preservation. The conference syllabus is 312 pages.

          The exhibits were excellent. The large exhibit hall was filled with over 50 vendors, genealogy groups and exhibitors. I had a great time and will definitely attend again next year. I hope to see some of you there!


Are You Registered for SOCCGS’ Seminar?



 George G. Morgan’s Topics

“25 Places Where Family Facts May Hide”

“Bring’em Back to Life: Developing An Ancestor Profile”

“The U.S. Naturalization Process & Documents: 1790 to 1954”

“Colonial & Early American Land Records: The Process & Evidence”






Pre-registration must be received by October 15 / Tickets at the door $25.00, no lunch.

(Seminar information & registration form also available on SOCCGS website.)



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August 9 - British Isles Family History Society: Noon–5:00PM, Santa Monica Public Library. Information about Michael Gandy's BIFHS-USA appearance is on the website -

Follow the links for "Details" and "Flier with RSVP form" (PDF).


October 18SOCCGS Seminar featuring George Morgan.

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