Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 13 No. 9 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen September 2006
 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 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.

“Writing and Producing A Family History”

Organizing a family history is no easy task. It took Nancy 30 years of research and a 2-year publication project to bring her 810 page book to reality. The book includes vignettes, photos, charts, and the names of over 4000 collateral relatives, all listed in the every-name index. Her presentation will address techniques and lessons she learned from this project. Anyone thinking about publishing a family history will not want to miss this informative program!

Ms. Huebotter has a Master's Degree in History and is a much sought after speaker for genealogical classes and seminars. By profession, Nancy has been with the Raytheon Company for 30 years. She is a senior technical writer and instructor. She began her family history research in 1980.

Nancy is one of our favorite speakers.

You won’t want to miss hearing her once again!

October 21 - Seminar, Dr. George Schweitzer
November 18 - Member-Participation Program. Details to be announced.
December 16 - Annual Holiday Luncheon


As of this writing, forty five people have signed up for the seminar. That is a good start, however. we need to have at least one hundred in attendance. Please mail in your registration or plan to bring it to the September 16th meeting. This will likely be the last time we will be able to present a seminar featuring Dr. Schweitzer, so don’t miss it!

Those who remember Dr. Schweitzer from the 2003 seminar will be delighted to hear him again. This will be a great experience for those who have not yet watched, and listened to his presentations. Dr. Schweitzer does many of his lectures in costume. He will assume a frontier persona for the Scots-Irish lecture, and become a Colonial during the Virginia presentation.

After the lectures you will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Schweitzer. They do not have to relate to the day’s presentation, so if you have a “stumbling block”, bring it with you!


Opportunity tickets for the handmade quilt will be available at the September meeting and also at the seminar. Hopefully you are giving your friends and family an opportunity to win this quilt by selling them lots of tickets! Please call Barbara Wilgus if you would like more tickets, (949) 830-6008. Remember, all proceeds from this project will benefit our genealogy library.

For a picture of the quilt go to: http://www.soccgs.orgQuilt.html


On September 27, we will journey to the Huntington Beach library. If you need a ride please be at the LDS parking lot by 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch to eat at the library, or we can go over to the park for a picnic!

“Be good, and you will be lonesome.”
~Mark Twain

It is with a great deal of sadness that I write this article. As many of you are aware, we lost one of our most dedicated and enthusiastic members this past month. Leesola Munse Cannon passed away on August 10 at her home in Mission Viejo. Since January 2005, she has served as hospitality chairman. Leesola was a frequent “safari passenger” and nearly always joined the “lunch bunch” after the monthly meetings.

We will miss her greatly.

Leesola was the daughter of Robert,Jr. and Lesola Palmer Munse. She was born in San Pedro, California on August 18, 1942 . After graduating from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach she attended Orange Coast College and UCLA. Leesola leaves a son, Charlie Boettcher, and two granddaughters, Ella and Lily.

The Munse family were fairly recent immigrants to the United States, having arrived from Balfast, Ireland in 1920. Leesola’s grandparents were Robert and Ellen Townsley Munce, both born in Belfast. Samuel and Eliza Jane Taylor Munce were her great grandparents. Samuel was born in County Down, and Eliza in Belfast.


About sixty members and guest enjoyed a most informative presentation given by Michael Kratzer. The stories of him family search through cemeteries and other sources gave us many leads to follow on our own. He shared a few of his favorite websites, which appear on page three of this newsletter. Several members provided an impressive display of tombstone pictures. Thank you to Kathy Mauzey for supplying the delicious goodies. Guests, and hopefully prospective members, were: Alan Kiehn, Patricia Leard, Kathryn Thomas, Sharon Williams.


Ed Reardon, Searching for ATKINSON, FYNMORE, KELLY/KELLEY & REARDON in Brooklyn, NY, Limerick, Ireland, Durand, Quebec, Nova Scotia & England.
Virginia Tucker Gilmore, Searching for CURETON, MORROW, SMITH & RIPPY in England, North and South Carolina and Virginia.
Marilyn Kowalski, email correction


As of the August mailing we will hold newsletters for members whose previous newsletter has been returned. The post office does not forward third class mail, and it costs 75 cents for each one undelivered. Most of those returned have been listed as “Temporarily Away.” We can also send the newsletter first class if you have a temporary address you wish to share.


Member, KATHLEEN RUBIN is available to translate Spanish and to help those interested in Spanish Genealogy. She may be contacted at <>.


Docents and substitutes are still needed!. Call Bunny Smith, 949-472-8046, if you can help. Training classes for prospective docents are held on Wednesdays (10-1, except 4th), Thursdays (12-3) and Saturdays (10 to 1, except 3rd). These classes are also open to current docents and members wanting help in using the resources available at the library. If this is not convenient, please call Bunny to reserve a more convenient time.

Military Personnel and Veterans:
US GenWeb Project:
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness:
Cemetery Databases Online:
The Library Index:

"Your mind will answer most questions,
if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."
~William S. Burroughs


Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, Inc. - In 1974, the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of Long Beach published Some Early Southern California Burials. In keeping with our mission to collect, preserve and publish data relating to genealogy, it has been converted in its entirety to PDF format, and is now available as a free download at The book covers burials in the Wilmington, Sunnyside and Long Beach Municipal Cemeteries to 1920, in alphabetical order.

Historic Map Works

You can search our collection of over 35,000 high quality, fine art reproductions of antique property maps using either place names or addresses.

The collection of contemporaneous directories can be searched by family name to find the addresses you will need to locate the homes of relatives who lived in these areas over the past 250 years.

Eventually this site will be expanded to include approximately 650 atlases, 35,000 maps, and 300 directories.

Lutherans Online Lutheran Roots Genealogy Exchange. This exchange helps those who wish to trace their family roots, especially those with Lutheran ancestors.
Mission Viejo Local History:
SOCCGS Library Catalog: http://www.soccgs.orglibrary.html
Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan marriages:
New York Marriage Records:
TENNESSEE. Transcription of the "Company Store Ledger" at the Bright Hope Furnace in western Greene County, Tennessee for the years 1834-35. Contains an index to the several hundred names found in the ledger.

~Loretto Szucs and Mary Elizabeth

The year was 1955 and it was the year of “the shot felt ‘round the world.” Following the epidemic years of the 1940s and early 1950s, parents breathed a sigh of relief in April when Jonas Salk announced the successful trials of his new polio vaccine and a vaccination campaign is started.

The Civil Rights movement also gets a shot in the arm when Rosa Parks, a forty-two year-old seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her refusal sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Backed by church leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who organized the boycott, Rosa Parks’ simple act of defiance led to the Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public transportation was unconstitutional.

1954-55 Students at University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. That year Marian Anderson also made strides in the Arts when she became the first African-American to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera.

1955 was quite a year in fast food history as Ray Kroc and his multi-spindled shake mixer teamed up with Dick and Mac McDonald and started the McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois, based on the McDonald brothers’ hamburger stand in California.

The need for quick food was not overlooked in the home market either. In 1955 Tappan began selling the first microwave oven for the home. The $1,200 price tag was a bit too steep though and sales were low.

In California, Walt Disney’s dream of a “magical park” became a reality as Disneyland was officially opened. More than 50 million visitors would go through the gates during its first decade of existence. Disney also found success as American kids rushed out to buy “coonskin caps” as they followed the exploits of Davy Crockett in segments that aired on the “Disneyland” show and in 1955 as initial episodes came together in “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.”

( 15 July 2006)

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of
getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and
appreciating what we do have.”
~ Frederick Koenig

~Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA (Scot)

Sasines are found in Scotland. They are records of land changing hands (whether by sale or inheritance), of mortgages, and of anything that involved the transfer of rights or assets associated with land. Rights can include such things as coal and the fish in streams and rivers.

Sasines go back a long way (to the 1500s). An effective system of registration started in 1617. The proper name is an instrument of sasine. It recorded the act of transfer, which at one time was more than just signing papers--giving a handful of earth, for example.

From 1617 until 1868, the system did not change; there was a General Register and a Particular Register of sasines. The former was used for properties spread across two or more counties and for registrations from any part of Scotland except the counties around Edinburgh (East, Mid, and West Lothian). The Particular Registers were only for transfers within the district named. Burghs were not part of the original legislation but in 1681 royal burghs were directed to keep their own registers. Smaller burghs appear with the county.

A simplified system of a single register arranged by counties continued for another hundred years into the 1970s.

About Contents
Information on a record includes description of the property, names of the persons involved, price, type of transaction, date, time, and witnesses. Often sasines include family history facts if, for example, property passed from one family member to another or siblings shared in ownership. Many sasines make reference to other sasines, giving sufficient facts to find them.

Generally these records are about well-to-do persons and exclude cottars and tenants. There are two other drawbacks: map references do not appear until the 1800s and Latin is the language used until the late 1700s.

Do not let these points deter you though. Assumptions about any family not being in these records can mean valuable information is missed. Sometimes, in the property descriptions, clues are given about people residing in adjacent properties. As for the Latin or unusual Scots terminology, there are guides that can help.

Finding Aids
The best finding aids are for the period after 1780. Volumes of abridgements begin at this time, as well as indexes to them (people, until 1868, and places, until 1830). The abridgements (arranged by county regardless of which register the sasines appeared in) give the essential details, often including all the facts useful to genealogists. These abridgements and their indexes have been filmed and are available in the Family History Library (FHL) or through Family History Centers. Abridgements do not include the burgh registers.

For sasines before 1781, there are indexes, but not for all years and places; seven counties have no indexes, and the royal burghs are partially covered. Minute books (summary records) can be used instead. Some of the available indexes have been published and some are in typescript form; there is a good selection in the FHL. If you read the Scotland Research Outline in the Research Helps section of the FamilySearch site (, there is a table summarizing burgh sasines indexes available in the FHL and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). The best overall list of pre-1781 finding aids is at the NAS website (, within the available "fact sheets" (where a good description of sasines can also be found).

In my own research, relationships have been resolved, and "lost" ancestors found because of information in sasines. This is a series of records that is pretty well complete for two hundred years, from 1660 to 1868, and for ninety years it has superb finding aids that are readily accessible. Sasines are definitely worth a look.

By the way, I have heard many pronunciations for “sasines,” but the one that seems to be used most consistently is to make the word rhyme with "raisins."

(Ancestry Daily News, 21 December 2004,


New York Passenger Lists: 1850-1891 Standard CD This 13-disc CD-ROM set is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving from foreign ports at the port of New York from 1850-1891. Information contained in the index includes given name, surname, age, gender, arrival date, port of departure and ship name. If a place of origin or place of nativity was provided, that information is included in the index as well.

“We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb
and applaud when they go by.”
~Will Rogers

~Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA (Scot)

First Steps-In Scotland research for time periods before 1855 should focus first on the records of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Among its records, those of death and burial were the least well kept and, for many parishes, there are none at all. If you know the parish in which to search then the first step is to discover whether or not these records exist and, if they do, for what range of years. Fortunately this is not difficult; reference to the place search of the Family History Library Catalog ™ (FHLC), online at familysearch or on CD-ROM or in Family History Centers, will produce a summary of surviving records for the parish.

Problems-For others, where to begin presents more difficulty. You may not know where someone died; you may have searched the registers of the parish of residence and found nothing or found the burial records are missing; or, you may be collecting all references of vital events for one particular surname. In all these cases you need a more efficient way to search several burial registers or dozens or hundreds. There are a number of things you can do.

Identifying Burial Records-You could decide to wait until later in 2003 when the burial records, index and images, should be added to the resources available at the Internet portal for records, in the custody of the General Register Office for Scotland.

For those of you who know the region, and can therefore focus on a few counties, or perhaps just one, it is worthwhile checking for burial indexes and published transcripts of gravestone inscriptions. I suggest that you try each of these sites.

Scottish Genealogical Society: The SGS has been publishing volumes of monumental inscriptions for many years. The entries are comprehensive and graveyard layouts are included. Through the SGS online bookshop you can purchase copies of all volumes that are in print

County family history society: Individual societies are busy indexing their part of the country for a National Death and Burial Index. Some of these societies have published what has been indexed thus far. Aberdeen, for example, sells dozens of booklets for different cemeteries, each one fully indexed and with a cemetery plan. The best way to monitor progress reports of any society is to keep an eye on the regular reports in the Bulletin issued by the Scottish Association of Family History Societies; online at their website.

Archives and Libraries in Scotland: Local archives and libraries may have unpublished and published transcripts in their collections; if the catalog is online then you can identify these items; consider also the catalog of the National Library of Scotland, which as a deposit library receives copies of all published books. This website is a focal point for the volunteer efforts of tombstone transcribers the world over.

Accessing Burial Records Once you have visited these sites, it is time to think about access. Your already know from the SGS and local society websites whether any of the volumes of transcriptions for sale relate to your family history. So, you can decide whether purchasing is a good idea.

Next, look in the Family History Library Catalog, this time using the topic 'Cemeteries.' You will find out what is in the Family History Library; there will be a note in the entry if the item does not circulate to Family History Centers (often the case with society publications).

If you are an Ancestry subscriber with access to its UK and Ireland Records Collection, you should check the records for the county. There are a few burial or gravestone inscription records among the databases. In fact, some are for other denominations, which of course bring up the question of where to look if your ancestor was not a member of the Church of Scotland. For congregations that seceded look in Registers of the Secession Churches in Scotland (Diane Baptie, 2000, pub. by the SAFHS). For other denominations, check with local libraries and societies; you may have to get in touch directly with the church. It is also possible that the only burial ground was that of the Church of Scotland; never ignore it.

Some municipal or private cemeteries were established before 1855. You can find the dates of establishment of cemeteries in towns and cities in the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (F. Groome, 1883-85) and the Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (S. Lewis, 1841). Both are available through Family History Centers. Checking for transcriptions and indexes follows the same steps outlined above.

( Inc. Ancestry Daily News – 1/28/2003)

“There are advantages to being elected President.
The day after I was elected,
I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”

~Ronald Reagan


The following titles are courtesy of Diane Webb, Pat McCoy, Karen Smith, Janice Lindbloom, Willis Wyant and

ILLINOIS: Prairie Pioneer 1992-2005(Quarterly), Warren County; Illinois History & Families
Indiana 1816-1850: The Pioneer Era
Genealogical Atlas of Indiana
1857 Directory of Indianapolis: Residents
Resource Guide To The Cemeteries of Marion County, Indiana
Hutchinson's 1870 Directory of Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Ancestors
Who's Your Hoosier Ancestor?
Indiana Sources for Genealogical Research in the Indiana State Library
An Index to Naturalization Records in Pre-1907 Order Books of Indiana County Courts
Source Directory & Research Guide
Hancock County, Indiana Tombstone Inscriptions: One Hundred Years, 1833-1933
Pioneers of Madison and Hancock Counties, Indiana
Revolutionary Soldiers in Kentucky
Kentukians in Missouri
The "Cornstalk" Militia Of Kentucky 1792-1811
Kentucky Court and Other Records, Vol. I
Kentucky Court and Other Records, Vol. II
Early Kentucky Land Records 1773-1780
Early Kentucky Tax Records
Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants
DAKOTAS - SOUTH DAKOTA: Bring On The Pioneers! History of Hand County; St. Lawrence County
OHIO: Lest We Forget; Ohio Genealogical Guide, 6th Edition
Divided We Stand: Watertown, Massachusetts 1630-1680
Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts - 1997
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Highlights In History Of Unity, New Hampshire
CANADA: Schooling in the Clearings: Stanstead 1800-1850; The History of Stanstead County, Quebec
VIRGINIA: Master Index Virginia Surveys and Grants 1774-1791
NEW ENGLAND: British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775
TEXAS: The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror
CALIFORNIA: Lake Elsinore Valley, It's Story 1776-1977; A Thousand Years in Temecula Valley;
Biographical History of Los Angeles County
BRITISH ISLES: Genealogical Handbook for England & Wales
GERMANY: Roots in the Rhineland
QUAKERS: A History Of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) 1821-1971
A Genealogical Memoir of the Lo-Lathrop Family; The Hornadays, Root and Branch
VITAL RECORDS: Searching American Probate Records
GENERAL RESEARCH: Compendium of Historical Sources
WRITING YOUR HISTORY: Colonial Living; Family Photographs
COMPUTER: Netting Your Ancestors
IMMIGRATION/MIGRATION: Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor
ADOPTION: We Rode The Orphan Trains
MAP BOX: American Expansion: A Book Of Maps
Note: These books may be found on the library shelves under the listed headings. Come in and peruse at your leisure.

There is no past, as long as books shall live.
Books make the past our heritage and our home.
~ Edward Bulwer Lytton


The South Orange County California Genealogical Society in Mission Viejo will present a family history seminar, “Finding Lost Ancestors” featuring Dr. George K. Schweitzer, on Saturday, 21 October 2006, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics include Scots-Irish Genealogical Research, Virginia Genealogical Research Finding Your Ancestors’ Parents.

The day will conclude with a question and answer session, after which a drawing for a handmade quilt will be held.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Mission Viejo City Hall, Saddleback Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Corner of LaPaz & Marguerite (located at the North end of the city hall directly across the parking lot from the library).

Preregistration must be received by October 18 / Tickets at the door $25.00, no lunch.
(Seminar information & registration form also available on SOCCGS website.)


SOCCGS ‘2006’ Seminar Registration

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