Saddleback Valley Trails

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 16 No. 8

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

August 2009

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.

General Meeting – 15 August 2009

“Crossing A Continent:
Migration Between The Revolution And The Civil War.”

Presented By
Kathleen Roe Trevena

Migration during this time in the history of the United States was key to the growth of our great nation. America was settled by waves of adventuresome folks from nearly all states, counties, and foreign lands who brought with them diverse cultures and skills. In this presentation, Ms Trevena will help us trace our ancestor’s paths and enable us to celebrate the contributions and impact they made on the development of our country.

Kathleen has been active in genealogy for over thirty years. She has lectured on migration patterns, ancestor occupations, surnames, Colonial research, and other historical topics of interest to genealogists. In her spare time, she is a technical writer for a large computer company. We are delighted to have Kathleen back once again!

SOCCGS Seminar - 17 October 2009
Bill Bluett - Seminar Chairman

Sign up now for the Eighth Annual Seminar! Don’t miss Paula Stuart-Warren. She will present four topics of special interest to genealogy researchers. This is your opportunity to hear one of the premier genealogy lecturers. There will also be time allotted to browse the vendor tables, check out book sale opportunities, and find a great deal on some fine costume jewelry. The box lunches are being purchased from Corner Bakery Café. The drawing for the handmade quilt will take place at the close of the program.

Be sure to tell your “genealogy buddies” that registration forms are located in the Genealogy section of the Mission Viejo Library, and on the SOCCGS website at A form may also be found on page 7 this newsletter.

Annual Quilt Raffle

David Flint, ways and means chairman, began offering raffle tickets for sale at the July meeting. Thirty-two dollars was collected. Monies from the Quilt Raffle will be used to help support the SOCCGS Library, therefore, all members will benefit! Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

No Genealogy Safari in August.

“Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!”

“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.”
~Robert Burns, 1759-1796

President's Message

~Sandy Crowley

I hope you all enjoyed the July meeting with speaker Barbara Renick sharing the five C’s for Success in Genealogy Today. Today’s genealogists can often solve problems by combining Classic and Computer resources, Collaborating with cousins, Citing sources consistently, and doing Comprehensive searching. Barbara’s depth of knowledge is fabulous. We are lucky to have her speak to our group. I also must say that we certainly have the grandest snack-time setup among genealogy groups. Thanks to hospitality chairpersons, Barbara Heebner and Eunice Murai, the food/drinks volunteers, and the new large Easy-Up tent we have our breaks in style. Joyce Van Schaack, Ann Hagerty and Barbara Calabrese provided this month’s treats and drinks. Last month the tent protected us from drizzle and this month it protected us from strong sun. I have noticed that this makes for a nice gathering place for us all to share data, ask questions and meet other members.

My thought for the month: Go back and look over data you already have! In going back over data I have gathered on the Scottish Tannahill brothers I have been writing about, I discovered that I already had information on the parents of the brother’s mom, Helen Burns Tannahill. I have had it since 2005! I’ve been frustrated these last years having been unable to pin them down, In 2005 one of the Tannahill cousins in New Zealand, with whom I’ve been corresponding, sent me the information and sources for Helen Burns Tannahill’s parents. Helen was the daughter of James Burns and Marrion Pollock, and I am now updating my records to reflect all their info.

Being part of the Burns family seemed to be very important to this family, as well as honoring Helen, who was well liked among the families. For a number of generations there has always been a girl named Helen Burns (surname) somewhere in the families.

I hope you are each enjoying your summer in your own way.

July Meeting

About ninety persons were in attendance to hear Barbara Renick’s presentation. Jack Naylor introduced four new members and two guests. The guests were Gale Gonzales and Dancy Soltes.

Several members shared their brick walls and research suggestions. Myrna Hamrick McGuigan told about the website,, for those researching Michigan families. Joyce Van Schaack shared that Family Tree Maker 16 is available at Sam’s Club and comes with a free three-month’s subscription to Pat McCoy brought a number of decorated cookie tins, free to those interested. Karen Miller asked for suggestions as to where WWI draft registration records might be located, other than on Ancestry. Barbara Renick suggested that she try a test search using another name that should be there. It is possible there are still registrations yet to be listed. Nellie Domenick suggested leaving out the state when searching, as those young men moved around. Jackie Hanson announced that her latest book has just been published. She will have them at our October seminar.

Ralphs Community Contribution Program
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman

We have received a check in the amount of $135.32 for the quarter ending May 31. This includes transactions for twenty-three members. Instructions for signing on to this program are posted on the SOCCGS website. You may also receive them via email or USPS by contacting David Flint. Please consider signing up for this project. Need help? Call or email David.

This is my country, the land that begat me,
These windy spaces are surely my own.
And those who toil here in the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone.
~Sir Alexander Gray, 1882-1968


~Patricia Ann (Dean) Christiansen

When I was 11, my mother and two sisters and I moved from Columbus, Ohio, to Phoenix, Arizona, leaving our dad behind. This initiated a marital separation between our parents (even though they attempted a brief reconciliation in 1945), eventually; however, they did divorce on 11 March 1947.

Prior to 1945, my sisters and I hadn’t seen our father for almost two years; then after the divorce in Phoenix our dad moved to Yuma, Arizona, to start his new life. These multiple separations had not allowed us to really get to know John William Roy Dean and his accomplishments.

A trip to Ohio in 2006 to meet with some of my father’s surviving relatives provided a large measure of information about his high school and college years and some detail about his professional life and marriage to our mother, Rebecca Irene Shultz Dean. Not only was the information extremely beneficial, it also succeeded in igniting a spark that started a quest to know more.

Recently while scanning some of the new databases on, a category called “Historical Newspapers” jumped out and revealed a list containing The Yuma Daily Sun newspaper published in Yuma, Arizona.

Knowing that my father, John Dean, had been in the insurance business in Yuma and married his second wife there, I decided to type in his name and browse what the newspaper had, if anything. There were a couple of other John Dean’s referenced; (John Dean, White House counsel; John Dean, football player; and John Wayne/Dean Martin appearing in a movie ad), however, it wasn’t long before I not only found multiple items about my father, but also his wife Lois Irene PoffenbergerCarpenter Dean. (I thought it ironic that both of dad’s wives had the same middle name, “Irene.”)

Lois Dean was called “Mrs. John Dean” in most of the articles related to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pilot Club International (a service organization), and the GOP Women’s Club of Yuma. Lois served in a variety of volunteer positions often as a corresponding secretary or treasurer and headed committees in each organization, as well. When Lois became licensed to sell insurance she joined the Business and Professional Women’s Club and was then called by her full name, Lois Dean.

Although many of the articles are about Lois, it is heartwarming to know that this wonderful woman belies the image that many stepmothers’ have. When I knew her, my impressions of Lois were that she was a caring individual and that was reinforced by her warm treatment of my sisters and me. Lois never had children of her own; but she always made us feel welcome and treated us well in the home she had made for our father.

During the research in the archives of the newspaper that covered the years 1954 through 1969, I found nearly 100 references to my father and his wife Lois (some of the 100 were duplicates). These included a trip they had taken, in 1952, to visit her sister and brother-in-law in Rialto, California; advertising of their business; service in the community; help wanted classified advertising for sales people; donations to charitable funds; need for a commercial property to buy; pictures of each of them; and lastly, John Dean’s obituary in 1966. In all, 62 separate items related to my father and his second wife Lois were copied from the archives of the various issues of the Yuma Daily Sun newspaper that covered a time span of 15 years. This was truly a bonanza of insights into a time of my father’s life that warms the heart.

Not all jackpots are found at a slot machine; this one was found in a database by way of my computer. This is the best kind of winning!

Attention: Library Docents & Substitutes

Please be aware of the patrons using Genealogy computers. It is permissible for you to check the computer screen to be sure it is on a genealogy related website. If not, ask them to vacate the computer. Problems? You may alert the security guard, who is on duty Monday through Thursday from 1 - 6 pm. Anytime you feel uncomfortable around someone in the department notify the Reference Librarians right away. Inter library phone numbers are posted behind the docent computer.

“In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can
To all the people we can in all the ways we can.”
William Barclay 1907-1978

Six Common Missteps – And How To Avoid Them

~Julianna Smith

1. Overlooking Resources in Your Own Backyard - Just because you don’t live in the same area, in which your ancestors lived, don’t assume that your local library doesn’t have information that can help you in your family history research. Larger libraries with genealogical collections may largely focus on local materials, but also include materials from other states from which large groups emigrated.

WorldCat is a great tool for locating relevant materials in libraries near your home. Search WorldCat for surnames, geographic location, and other topics of interest, and when you find something of interest, click on the title to locate it in the nearest library. This database is a real time-saver because it searches so many facilities at once, including not only your local public library, but university and other libraries as well.

2. “I’ll Remember Where I Got This.” - When you make a new family history discovery, between the “happy dances” and telling everyone within earshot about the new find, it is easy to overlook the more tedious step of recording exactly where and how you found a record. At the time you may even think to yourself, “This is so fantastic, I’ll remember this moment and exactly how I came across this record forever.” But time and new discoveries tend to fade that glorious memory and soon you’ll be looking at that miraculous find, scratching your head in bewilderment.

Take the time to make sure you record all the information you need to recreate your search years from now. With records from, if you choose the “Custom Print” option, you’ll not only get the image of the record, but also the index entry, source information, and title automatically, and you can easily add more text if necessary.

3. Heading Straight for the Index - When we find an interesting publication or database, it’s easy to head straight for the index and truth be told, that’s not necessarily a bad thing—provided you don’t stop there. Also take a minute to read any introductory materials in the publication. This will tell you the scope of the information included, and other important details. You may find that there is relevant material to your family, even when their name is not included.

4. Avoiding Certain Records - Some records seem to get a bad rap and we may be tempted to put off searching them. For example, the pre-1850 census records. It’s easy to stay on that familiar path and work with later census, immigration, and vital records, but doing so limits your success. There are so many record types off the beaten track that can break down brick walls and really add depth to your family story. Family history is a constant learning process, so don’t be afraid to tackle something new, whether it is land records, or perhaps records from a different country.

5. If All Else Fails, Follow Directions - Yes, that old adage recited by fathers everywhere still applies. It’s really tempting to dive right in and start using the new genealogical “toys” we get, tossing that user’s guide on a shelf to collect dust, but although software providers and other technology creators try to make their products as intuitive as possible, you’ll get much more from them if you take some time and read about the tools you use in your family history. In some cases it may mean reading a manual or online help files, but most products come with easy to follow tutorials that can teach you the basics and make sure you get off to a good start.

6. “I’ll File This Later.” - After a long night of surfing for ancestors, when the wee hours roll around, filing your finds might not be top on your list of priorities. And let’s be realistic here, it won’t always be possible to file everything after a research session. Life happens. But rather than beginning piles that can quickly overrun your desk, designate an easy spot to put things until you can get them filed. A tray with folders for the surnames you’re researching is a great place to temporarily put your discoveries until you have time to enter them in your database and file them properly. Keep a pack of sticky notes handy to make notes reminding yourself where you left off. That way when you come back, the records are already sorted by surname and you can easily pick up your research again.

One last word of advice from someone with first-hand experience: When the tray begins to buckle under the weight of the temporary folders, it’s time to file.

(Copyright 2009, The Generations Network, The Weekly Discovery)

Surname List

Members, please check your information on the SOCCGS Surname Website. If corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb at or (949) 581-6292). New members may add their information by sending an email to Herb listing surnames, locations and years being researched.

Websites of Interest to Genealogists

Louisiana - The New Orleans Public Library's Louisiana Division is pleased to announce that its "Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index" is now available online. The original Index, which references obituaries appearing in New Orleans newspapers, 1805-1972, and selected biographical references in a variety of published sources, is a massive card file of some 650,000 cards. The online version, a searchable database of the card index, is the result of a nearly 10-year collaboration between NOPL and The Historic New Orleans Collection (, which funded the project and produced the database and the web interface. While names from about the first third of the alphabet have been searchable online for a number of years, the database is now complete. To search the index (and find out more about the project), please link to

Kentucky -The Secretary of State has digitized early land records online in an effort to preserve them. The access is: Included are: The Virginia Patent Series and Old Kentucky Patent Series; Non-military register & land records; some wills (under the non-military records); Patent series. There will be more added in the future.

Arkansas – Here you will find over 200,000 gravestone photographs located in 75 counties of Arkansas. Our Veteran gravestone database is among the largest in Arkansas and we have been diligently working on getting all stones in the Little Rock National Cemetery included. Come take a look at our website, and upload any photographs you may have. It is free to all, to upload, and browse. You can search by county, surname, or cemetery. Stop by and take a look!

Newspapers – This is an interesting site for family history researchers. Put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines will pop up. Double click and for an enlarged page. "Click and drag" on the map to move to another section of the world, or just click at the top of page. When you find the newspaper you want, click on "website" at top of page to obtain more pages of the newspaper.

Civil War Widows’ Pensions – Now available online are approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. This database is searchable on at the SOCCGS library.


The following new members were welcomed at the July meeting: Joan Petrime, Laguna Woods, (Searching for John Rimar.); Ted Keyser, Mission Viejo (searching for Johannes Keyser.); Sharon Keener, Mission Viejo (Searching for Heebner.); Allan & Della Frankel, San Clemente (Searching for Plaza.); Brian & Janet Shannon, San Clemente, or (Searching for Shannon, DeNavarro, Durand, Bienvenue, Frickberg, Morgan, Ortman & Johannson).

Email address changes: Barbara Heebner,; Terri Lancey,; Dottie Barnes,

Kathy Kane has moved to Michigan: 9870 Creighton Road, Fife Lake, MI 49633,


We are sorry to report the passing of Bill Minnig, husband of member, JoAnn Welmon Minnig.

William Harold Minnig was born April 21, 1932 in Nounan, Idaho to Mae Vivian Stock and John Henry Minnig. His mother died when he was three years old. Since he didn't want to go to the city and live with his father he was raised by his sister, Ruth.

After graduating from high school in 1950 he served in the United States Air Force. Bill and JoAnn were residents of Covina area for 45 years where he was an electrical contractor. For many years he was an active member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club. He enjoyed amateur radio, Scouts, camping and hunting. The Minnigs have lived in Mission Viejo for the past ten years and during that time Bill became a member of the local Elks Lodge.

JoAnn is an avid genealogy researcher and for about 12 years Bill was right there helping her; going to libraries, government buildings and walking many East Coast graveyards.

Bill passed away at their home on July 8, 2009. Besides his wife of 55 years, one son Doug and his wife Leslie, a grandson, Sam and his sister, Ruth Alleman, survive him. A son, Ronald and a brother, Howard, precede Bill in death. Services were held on Friday, July 17 at Forest Lawn in Covina. There was a memorial service at the Elks Lodge on the July 23.

Cambridge City Tribune Newspaper 23 May 1873
~Donna Hobbs

I found this article in the East Germantown News in the Cambridge City Tribune. East Germantown (formally Germantown) is a small town in Wayne County, Indiana.

"Mrs. Cora Snyder, daughter of William Gipe, Esq., who was married and moved to Kansas a few weeks ago, has returned thoroughly disgusted with the great West. She thinks those who wish to avail themselves of Horace Greeley's advice to "go West and grow up with the country", can do so, but she is content to remain in Germantown. Her husband, Mr. William Snyder, will return in a few months, just as soon as he can sell his farm and settle up his business."

Cora is my husband, Dave's, gggrandfather's daughter. She was the third of five daughters, one of 12 or 13 children. She was born Christmas day 1854, and married 16 Feb 1873.

Following is information regarding Cora’s father from the Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana: Dr. William Gipe, was one of the pioneer settlers of East Germantown, Wayne, Indiana, where he located in 1843. He had come to this state from Berks (or York, says Donna) County, Pennsylvania, and in his early life had learned the trade of wagon making, which he followed for some time. Later, however, he became a veterinary surgeon and to that profession devoted his energies throughout the remainder of his days. He married Sibylla Geotle (sic Goettel), and of their thirteen children the following are living nearby: William, a railroad man of Indianapolis; Charles, a prominent business man of Alexandria, Indiana, who is now serving as township trustee; Frank, a traveling salesman who represents an Indianapolis house; Warren, who is an engineer in the employ of the Pan Handle Railroad Company; Lincoln A; Sophia, wife of Chris Murray of Indianapolis; Cora, wife of William Snyder, a carpenter of Indianapolis; Alice, wife of T.W. Bennett an engineer on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, living at Fort Madison, Iowa; and Gertrude, who married William Mulno, of Rushville, Indiana.”

Cambridge City Tribune, Cambridge City, Indiana, Thursday, January 23, 1902, Germantown Items

“William Gipe, one of the oldest citizens of this locality, died late Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will. Mulno, in Rushville. Mr. William Gipe was born in York County, Pa., November 10, 1817, and came here a young man 65 years ago. He was the youngest son of a family of eight children who came west in 1787. The surviving member of this family is Mrs. Eliza Zerby, aged 87 years. Of Mr. Gipe's immediate family he leaves his wife, who was Syvilla (sic) Goettlet (sic) who he married 60 years ago, and eight children: Warren Gipe and Frank Gipe, of Indianapolis, Link Gipe, of Loganport, Charles Gipe of Alexandria, Mrs. Thomas Bennett, of Fort Madison, Iowa, Mrs. Chris. Murray and Mrs. Wm. Snyder, of Indianapolis. Mrs. Will Mulno of Rushville.

Mr. Gipe spent a long life in the horse business. He was one of the first to recognize the importance of light harness horses and in that time owned the famous pacing horse Tom Crowder for many years. In fact we believe that the horse died his property. He owned many other good trotting and pacing horses, and in this way, as almost every other way, was a useful man in the community. He was a good, honest citizen who lived a long even life and died respected by everybody who knew him. His remains were brought here on Tuesday and taken to his old home, which he built before he married, and where his children were born and raised. At noon the funeral services were conducted at the Evangelical church by Revs. Hansing and Weyrick, in the presence of a large congregation of friends and neighbors. Burial was in the family plot at the Lutheran cemetery.

Relatives from a distance attending the funeral of William Gipe Tuesday were: Mr. and Mrs. Link Gipe, of Logansport; Charles Gipe and daughter Maude, Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bennett, Fort Madison, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Will. Mulno, Rushville; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jones, Richmond; Mrs. David Templeton, Kennard; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gipe, Mrs. Chris, Murray, Mrs. Wm. Snyder and son Frank, Mrs. Ernie Beck, Mrs. Flora Gipe and daughter Gertrude, Warren Gipe and Frank Bell, of Indianapolis.”

Notes from Donna: “From these articles I get the impression that dear little Cora was used to drawing rooms, not drawing water from the stream. As noted in the articles she finally made it to Indianapolis, the BIG city! What I thought funny was, I wonder how many other women got stuck out in Kansas wishing like mad that they could return home. Thank goodness her Daddy had the money to send so she could make the trip home. She sounds very spoiled, but she did have spirit, didn't she?”

(Donna found these newspaper articles using Historical Newspapers on

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September 26 - North San Diego county Genealogy Society plans a Fall Seminar, “Unexpected Journeys”. More information will be forthcoming.
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar. This year featuring Paula Stewart Warren. For information contact Bill Bluett (949) 492-9408 or

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Please send ancestor stories, web site information or items of special interest to the newsletter editor by Wednesday following the monthly meeting. These may be sent via email or Word attachment and must be 800 words or less. All submissions are subject to editorial approval, and may be edited for content or space. Articles should be of genealogical significance. Complete stories, outlines and/or rough drafts will be accepted. Send to:


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