Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 5 No 8 Editor: Pat Weeks August 1998

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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

Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Institute Building 27978 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo Ca., situated between Medical Center and Hillcrest Drives. Visitors are welcome. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year.
15 August 1998 This month's guest speaker is Kathleen Ferguson Kane who will discuss "Researching Scottish Records".
19 September 1998 To be announced
17 October 1998 Guest speaker this month is SOCCGS member, Sharon Robison who will present the topic "Genealogy and Family health History".
21 November 1998 Harry G. Drewry returns to offer his expertise on "Maps Can Help You Climb Your Family Tree".
19 December 1998 will be our annual Christmas meeting and installation of officers for the upcoming year of 1999.

Other Local Events
1 August 1998 The German Research Association hosts a seminar featuring George Schwitzer. No further information can be provided at this time. I believe the group meets in San Diego.
12 September 1998. The Gen. Society of Hispanic America lecture "How to Access Texas Records-Overview of Detailed Texas Research" will be given by Norma Flores at the Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 E. Telegraph Road. For further information, call (310)868-7738
18 - 19 September 1998 The San Diego Genealogical Society will hold their annual fair with speakers, vendors and information. Friday 12 noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Donation of $7 per day. Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley, San Diego, California. For more information you can call (619)588-0065 or contact them via


There are three new books and three new series of microfilm in the Genealogical Research room.
These are:

1. Land and Property Research in the United States 2. Morton Allen Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals (1890-1930)
3. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States.

M1759 (4 ROLLS) V4: Non Statistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens Arriving at Douglas AZ, July 1908-Dec 1952
M2007 (5 ROLLS) V10: U.S. Court of Claims Docket Cards for Congressional Case Files, 1884-1943 (To be used with M87-Southern Claims Commission, 1871-1880).
M2076 (1 roll) V7: Index and Registers of Substitute Mail Carriers in First-and Second-Class Post Offices, 1885-1903


The Mission Viejo City Library Genealogy Section and the Mission Viejo Family History Center need more volunteers to work in their establishments helping others do research. The FHC has been particularly hard hit with a loss of multiple volunteers this summer. They hope to add more volunteers which will then allow them to begin opening up their facilities on Mondays and Fridays as has previously been done.If you can spare a few hours, contact either group


If you have been anticipating the 2002 release of the 1930 Federal Census, be advised that only southern states were indexed: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia. There are no indexes for 1940 or 1950. (William Dollarhide in AGLL, via GS of North Orange Co CA, July 1998)


Shirley Fraser reports that the August Safari will be to Carlsbad Library. Remember to meet at the Institute Building promptly at 9:30 a.m. sharp.

The Surfing Safari program has been a real hit with all four classes filled at once. Thanks to Sheryl Fisher for volunteering her time and expertise and presenting this program.


Would you like to have the result of your genealogical efforts preserved and/or make it more accessible to others? If you donate a copy of your family history to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, they will microfilm it for you.

They must have written authorization from the copyright holder (usually author) to do this. A copy will be kept permanently in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Granite Mountain Vault and one copy will be kept in the main library in Salt Lake. Other copies will be made for circulation to branch libraries throughout the world as requested.

You may purchase up to three additional copies for yourself at $9.00 each if you request them at the time you send the original. The whole process takes ten to twelve weeks. For further information write to the Genealogical Dept., 35 North West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, Attention: Donations. (From LA Westside GS Newsletter May 98 via Questing Heirs, June 98)


Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted a plain wooden casket. He also wanted no hearse, no lying in state, no embalming. He knew how he wanted to depart this earth and eight years before his death he wrote a four-page letter of instructions which were put into a safe. The safe was not opened until a couple of days after the ceremony. (GS of No Orange Co, June 98)


Many older mothers show up in reports and family histories. In truth, these women were usually the grandmothers of the baby, not the actual mother. These were the years when having a child out of wedlock was cause to be banished from the community, plus creating a stigma on the whole family. To get around this, mothers of teenage girls would pass the girls' babies off as their own.

Fashions of the day and delivering the babies at home made it easy to hide a pregnancy. Also, married women did not discuss their pregnancies openly. If people suspected the truth, they generally said little since the same thing may have happened in their own families. This practice continued in rural areas even through the 1930s.

Many seemingly late-surprise babies born to mothers in their 40s/50s had their origins this way. (Conejo Valley Nwsltr May 1998 via Questing Heirs, June 98)

50/50 BOOKS

The envelope for "Pennsylvania Vital Records" has been filled, and will be purchased.
Envelopes now open for donations are:

South Carolina Naturalizations, 1783-1850, by Brent H Holcomb

Ohio Vital Records #2, 1750s-1880s, comprising of articles originally appearing in "Old Northwest"Gen. Quarterly or the Ohio Gen Quarterly. Records the names of approximately 71,000 individuals from family histories, bible records, will extracts and tax lists.

Native American Research CD Collection offers fast, simple way to search the Dawes Final Rolls and access other information about the Five Civilized Tribes.

Index of Probate Court Records, 1854-1917, King County Washington State. (includes Seattle area) This provides the Case Number which is necessary to order copies.

Massachusetts and Maine Families, 1650s-1930s CD. Refers to approximately 80,000 individuals

Deaths Recorded in St Paul City Directories, 1888-1910 (MN) by Stina B Green and Minne Gray Kendall

Caswell Co. NC:Will Books, 1777-1814; 1784 Tax List and Guardians' Accts, 1794-1819 published with Caswell Co NC Will Books 1814-1843; Guardians' Accts 1819-1847; 1850 & 1860 Census Mortality Schedules; Powers of Attorney from Deed Books, 1777-1800 by Katharine kerr kendall & Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson.


Did you know that births, marriages and deaths of civilians at US Army Posts are recorded on cards dated 1884-1912? These cards consist of abstracts of reports sent by the posts to the Adjutant General's office and are in Record Group 94 at the National Archives. The cards recording each event are filed separately and arranged alphabetically by surname.

Each birth card shows the name and sex of the baby, name, rank and military organization of the father, maiden name of the mother, number of children by the marriage, and date and place of birth.

Each marriage card shows the name, rank or occupation of the husband, name, age and place of birth of the wife, date and place of marriage.

Each death card shows the name of the civilian who died, name and where appropriated, rank and military organization of the husband or nearest relative, sex and age of the civilian who died, and date, place and cause of death.

Other records supplement the card files and provide information for earlier and later periods. Record Group 94 includes hospital registers, monthly reports of sick and wounded, and medical histories of posts, where information about births and deaths may be recorded.
(GSNOCC May 98)


1. The Scotch-Irish Settlement in VA, Vol. 1-3, by Lyman Chalkley
2. The History of Charles County, MD by Margaret Brown Klapthor & Paul Dennis Brown
3. Pedigree Chart for Martin Edmunds Ward
4. The Report of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Vol. 37, # 1-4, 1997
5. Researching Your Roots in New York by Arlene H. Eakle
6. The Borgers Family & Related Families by Emil R. Borgers
7. California Patriots During Spain's 1779-1783 War with England by Granville W. & N. C. Hough
8. Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 30, # 2, 1998
9. Genealogical Computing, A Quarterly Journal, Vol. 6, #2 through Vol. 18, # 1
10. Southern Queries edited by Steve Smith
11. Family Names of Hugenot Refugees to America by Mrs. James M. Lawton
12. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of New Paltz, NY by Dingman Versteeg
13. Records of Plymouth Colony by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff
14. Marriages Notices of Ontario by William D. Reid
15. 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850 by Fred Q. Bowman
16. Waiting for the Moment by Louise Booth
17. Inhabitants of New Hampshire 1776 by Emily S. Wilson
18. Family Archives Sampler CD by Family Tree Maker
19. Abstract of North Carolina Wills by J. Bryan Grimes
20. An Abstract of North Carolina Wills 1760 - 1800 by Fred A. Olds
21. Register of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, NY by Teunis G. Bergen
22. State Census of Albany County (NY) Towns in 1790 by Kenneth Scott
23. Free African Americans of North Carolina & Virginia by Paul Heinegg
A hearty thanks to all who contributed books to our collection at the new Mission Viejo City Library


If your ancestor was in the US during the Civil War, another possibile source of records can be found in the Civil War Income Tax records. The Internal Revenue Act of 1862 to 1872 are available through the National Archives. This could be particularly valuable if your ancestor owned a business or a reasonable amount of property. Check the Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives for film numbers. (San Ramon Valley Nov 1997 via Gen Soc of No Orange Co CA May 98)


Every night I lie in bed
This little prayer inside my head.
God bless my Mom and Dad
And bless my children too.
And, god, there's just one more
Thing I wish that you would do.
If you don't mind my asking
To just bless my `puter too?
Now I know that it's not normal
To bless a small machine,
But listen just a second
And I'll try to explain.
You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends.
Inside those small components
Rest a hundred loving friends.
Some it's true I've never seen
And most I've never met,
We've never even shaken hands,
Or ever truly hugged, and yet..
I know for sure they love me
By the kindnesses they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Is how I get to where they live.
By faith is how I know them,
Much the same as I know you
I share in life it brings them
So, if it is okay with you?
Just take an extra minute
From your duties up above
To bless this little hunk of steel
That's filled with so much love
Author unknown.
(Linn Gen Soc Newsletter June 98)


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