Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol 10 No. 9 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen September 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 - September 20, 2003

Andrew Pomeroy will be our featured speaker this month. His presentation is entitled “Mastering Search Engines - Internet Research Skills You Need.” He will help us learn how to find information using major search engines and database driven sites. This should be of great importance to those of us using the Internet to further our genealogical research.
Mr. Pomeroy currently works as a senior support technician with a major multinational manufacturing firm and is directly responsible for 300+ computer systems, end user support and training, and system validation. He is also involved with several independent Internet/Intranet projects.


October 18 - Seminar featuring Dr. George K. Schweitzer
November 15 - Nancy Bier: "Everyone Lived on the Land"
December 20 - Holiday Party


Our Third Annual SOCCGS Garage Sale will be held at the home of Leon and Bunny Smith. Please help to make it a success by gathering up items you no longer want or need?. The Smiths will be accepting and picking up items beginning September 13. Patrick McShane has offered to help Leon pick up. 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 September meeting so she can sort, bag and price it before the sale. Thank you to those who brought their jewelry to the August meeting.
Please see flyer elsewhere in this newsletter.


“On The Trail Of Our Ancestors” - 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 an entertaining and informational speaker who uses historical reenactment to teach genealogy. We are very 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. Please look for the flyer, with titles of lectures and registration form, elsewhere in this newsletter. Reservations for the seminar are being received 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.
Our annual book sale will also take place at the seminar.


Opportunity tickets will be available at the September meeting for the drawing to be held at the October Seminar. 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. Proceeds go to our library fund. Winner does not need to be present at the Seminar. We will deliver the quilt!
See the quilt at: http://www.soccgs.orgquilt.htm

GENEALOGY: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.


In her presentation Nancy Huebotter made it seem like a painless undertaking to write an autobiography. Are some of us now ready to begin? I am certainly thinking about it and wondering where to start. According to Nancy it doesn’t matter where you begin, just do it!!
Gary Van Zant gave us some insight into using DNA to determine ancestral lines. Alice Catalyne shared her beautifully-done family book. It certainly gave inspiration to many of us. Karen Miller shared a recent research find: “Her Great Aunt Dolly made her living while lying on her back; and she wasn’t a mechanic!” [You really miss out on some ‘fun stuff’ when you skip a meeting.]
Thank you to Georgiana Emery for the delicious treats!


Welcome to two new members: Steven Frogue & Mary Lou Brascia. Steven is searching for the surname Frogg in Fentress County, Tennessee and in Virginia. Mary Lou is searching for Pritchard & Greenway.
Guests at the meeting were: Dale Larsen, Donna Brown, Mary Lou Brascia, Sue Miller, Betty Beason, Jan Harris, John Gothard, Joyce Gothard, Scott Gothard & Terri Lancey. We enjoyed hearing their stories of surnames they are searching and hope they will come again and perhaps join our group.


This month we are buying new books. Please give your suggestions to Janet Franks, Herb Abrams or Mary Jo McQueen, who will contact the other members of the Book Committee for approval. This is your library and you help raise the funds for books, so please, let us have your input. Doris Douglas has volunteered to serve as a Friday afternoon docent. Thank you Doris!


“Write Your Life Story.” Learn how at free classes offered through the Santiago Canyon College Adult Education Program beginning the week of October 6. Beginning/Intermediate Life Story Writing, on Tuesdays 1:30 to 4:30 pm; Advanced Life Story Writing on Wednesdays, same time. These nine-week courses are being taught by Dawn Thurston at the Orange Center, 541 North Lemon, Orange. Call (714) 564-5300. Learn more at

The Sedgwick Granger Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans has been organized and is meeting 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

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 research safari will be to the Los Angeles Family History Center in Santa Monica. We will leave the parking lot of the Mission Viejo FHC at 9:00 am. This will be a long day and into the evening so remember to bring or buy lunch and be prepared to buy dinner. Please try to sign up in advance, at the September meeting or, by calling Janet or Mary Jo.


Take ten, he said and call them RICE - Another ten and call them PRICE - Take fifty others, call them PUGH - A hundred more, I’ll dub them HUGHES - Now ROBERTS name a hundred score, and WILLIAMS name a legion more, And call, he moaned in languid tones, Call all the other thousands JONES.
(Canadian Genealogist, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1986)


The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Archaic Medical Terms: [Excellent Site]

****Some helpful websites listed in the RootsWeb Review, 23 July 2003, Vol. 6, No. 30