Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 6 No 9 Editor: Gail Gilbert September 1999

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 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.


18 September 1999 Bud Miner will be our Guest Speaker and will talk on "How to Write Your Family History." Everyone attending this meeting will receive a copy of Mr. Miner's 7-page "Family History Questionnaire." If you happened to pick up this hand-out at the August meeting, be sure to bring it with you for reference, just in case there aren't enough to go around.

18 September 1999 "California History Day" will be celebrated in Mission Viejo from 10-2 at the Mission Viejo Library and will include among other events a flag pole dedication to the State of CA. Do plan to attend after our membership meeting.

25 September 1999 SOCCGS's Second Annual All-Day Seminar, "Your Family in History" will feature guest speakers, classes, prizes and fun, to be held at the Mission Viejo City Library, all for a small $5 donation. See the flyer in this newsletter for details and schedule of events. A reservation form for the seminars is included for your convenience, but walk-ins are welcome.

6 October 1999 Barbara Renick will be our Guest Speaker once again. Her topic for this meeting will be "How Computers Are Changing Genealogical Research."

20 November 1999 Our own Tom Hruska will report on his recent trip overseas, researching his Czechoslovakian ancestors. He will also bring us up to date with tips and pitfalls in foreign travel.

18 December 1999 Instead of our regular meeting, we will have our Installation of Officers for the year 2000, followed by our Annual Holiday Party. Everyone is asked to bring his or her favorite "holiday treat", and beverages will be provided.

15 January 1999 Toni Perrone will once again be our Guest Speaker. In March 1999, Toni spoke on "General German Research." This time Toni will speak on "General Italian Research."


26-28 August 1999The 12th Annual British Isles Family History Society - USA Family History Seminar will be held in Los Angeles, featuring Colin Chapman on England and Wales, Paul Smart on Scotland, and Tony McCarthy on Ireland. For complete information call (310) 838-6085 or visit their web site,

25 September 1999 The Genealogical Society of North Orange County will hold a genealogical workshop, "Discovering Your Heritage", to be presented by the Everton's Genealogical Helper, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Yorba Linda Community Center. Fees are $30 if registered by August 25 or $35 at the door. Mail checks to GSNOCC, P.O. Box 706, Yorba Linda, CA 92885-0706. (This is the same day as our own SOCCGS's All-Day Seminar which we hope you will chose to support.)

25 September 1999 The San Diego Genealogical Society will present a seminar by Lloyd Bockstruck of Dallas who was recently named as the first recipient of the Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship by the National Genealogical Society and Scholarly Resources. Mr. Bockstruck will hold sessions on Pitfalls, New England Research, The Huguenots and The Carolinas. To be held from 9-4 at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, $30 in advance, $35 after Sept. 15th. For information visit

9 October 1999 The North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS) will be sponsoring a Fall Seminar, featuring two one-hour lectures by Kathleen Trevino among others. Information will be available in future newsletters or over the Internet.

23-24 October 1999 The Orange County History Conference is scheduled on this date, to be held at Cal State University at Fullerton. This year the conference will be adding genealogy as part of their workshop program. SOCCGS will have a table set up on Oct. 24th, and we will be inviting people who inquire to visit our genealogical library in Mission Viejo on the 25th.

30 October 1999 The British Isles Genealogical Research Association of San Diego will present a seminar at the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, featuring Nora Hickey who will speak on finding and documenting your ancestry in Ireland. Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Contact: Mary Russell, (858) 453-9053 or Jackie Bohan (619) 461-4242 or

20 November 1999 The SHHAR Quarterly Meeting will have a Special Sesquicentennial speaker, Bruce Buonaruro, who will present historical re-enactments of significant CA figures at 10 a.m., "Understanding the Catholic Orders of the Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits." Classes will be offered also from 8-9:30 a.m. Location: Orange Family History Center, 674 S. Yorba. Information: (714) 894-8161 or

<> 28-29 January 2000 The San Diego Genealogical Society & Convention & Visitors Bureau will present GENTECH 2000, "Bridging the Centuries: Bringing Genealogy and Technology Together" at the San Diego Concourse Convention Center. For more information: (888) 5222-7313,, or website

26 February 2000 The Whittier Area Genealogical Society will have Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck speaking on "Research in the Heartland TX, OK, KS, NE, MO. Information: (562) 695-5431.

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This month's Safari will be again to the Carlsbad Library on August 25th in anticipation of the library's closure for renovations, Sept. 1 - Nov. 6. The plan for September's Safari on the 22nd is to make a combined visit to the SCGS Library in Burbank and the Sons of the Revolution Library in Glendale. This is usually a full day's excursion, but well worth the trip. Contact Rich Faber, our Safari Leader, at (949) 364-0745, or if you can't reach him, try Janet Franks at (949) 496-8428 for information. Remember, these Safaris are held on the 4th Wed. of the month, and leave from the Mission Viejo FHC Institute Bldg. promptly at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. They are not usually scheduled soon enough to be included in our newsletter.


Mel Kinne reports receiving a $100 contribution, to be used for purchasing books for our research library, from the Southern CA Division, National Society, Magna Charta Dames. We sincerely appreciate their support and will put this contribution to good use.


Please keep those donations rolling in for the Afghan raffle. We need that microfilm reader at the library, and it will cost possibly as much as $2500. Call Mary Ellen Lytle with your orders at 581-6852. She will be happy to provide you with a packet to take to the memberships of other groups to solicit their support. Tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5.


We all learned a lot at the August meeting from fellow member Bernard Keen, who enlightened us as to the changes in the calendar and how they affect genealogy. As was pointed out, only the countries under Catholic influence adopted the Gregorian calendar when it was established by Pope Gregory in 1582, - the countries of Spain, Portugal, France and parts of Italy and Scandinavia. We have listed below the years Mr. Keen gave us for when other countries adopted the Gregorian calendar.

1583 Poland and parts of Germany

1700 Sweden, Denmark, rest of Germany 1752 British Isles and English colonies

1873 Japan

1912 China

1918 Russia

1923 Greece

1927 Turkey

Mr. Keen warned, however, that even though the English colonies didn't change their calendar until 1752, some of the colonies which were under the control of other countries, such as the Netherlands, had changed much earlier. Basically, we need to remember that with the Julian calendar the first of the year began in March, not January, and we need to interpret dates given accordingly. If double entry years are given, we should keep them in that same form in our records. Thank you, Bernard, for sharing your area of expertise with us.




SAT., SEPT 25, 1999 (10:00AM 4:00PM)


Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM Beginning Genealogy (Class A)
11:00 AM Beginning Computer (Class B)
Noon - Using Census Records (Class C)
1:00 PM Hispanic Genealogy (Class D)
2:00 PM Advanced Computer (Class E)
3:00 PM "One on One" Assistance
Donation: $5.00 Walk-Ins Welcome
For Information Call: Janet Franks (949) 496-8428

Reservation Form (Make Checks Payable to: SOCCGS)


Street Address:____________________________________________________

City:_____________________________State:______Zip Code:____________


I will attend the following classes (if known): A_____B_____C_____D_____
Mail Form to: SOCCGS, PO Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690


The library is still in need of volunteer help on Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m. In addition, we sadly are losing one of our faithful docents, Pat Hruska, who will be moving to Washington. Pat has been a contributor since the library first opened. We thank her for her service and wish her well in her new home. Work is continuing on cataloging our books to be consistent with the main library system. In addition, separate file cabinets are to be purchased for keeping the many individual manuscripts we have been accumulating.


1. Current map of Germany, donated by Tom Hruska

2. Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 95, #1, March 1999, donated by SOCCGS

3. Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthorne Groene, donated by Judith Mittelman

4. American Passenger Arrival Records by Michael Tepper, donated by Judith Mittelman

5. The Researcher & rsquo's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood, donated by Judith Mittelman

6. Polish Roots by Rosemary A. Chorzempa, donated by Judith Mittelman.

7. Cemetery Records, the Town of Argyle, Washington County, New York by Charles B. Moses, donated by Judith Mittelman

8. California History, The Magazine of the California Historical Society, Vol. 78, #1, Spring 1999, donated by Judith Mittelman.

9. Ancestry, Vol., #2, March/April 1999 donated by Judith Mittelman

10. Magazine of Virginian Genealogy, Vol. 37, #1, Feb. 1999, donated by Judith Mittelman

11. The Complete Idiot & rsquo's Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose and Kay Ingalls, donated by Judith Mittelman

12. The Formation of the Soviet Union by Richard Pipes, donated by Judith Mittelman

13. The Jewish People in America, A Time for Building, The Third Migration, 1880-1920 by Gerald Sorin, donated by Judith Mittelman

14. Genealogy Via the Internet by Ralph Roberts, donated by Judith Mittelman

15. Virginia CD Series, Norfolk Co. Wills 1752-1825, CD by Ultimate Family Data Library, donated by Judith Mittelman

16. CD Passenger List Series, U.S. Ports Passenger Lists 1820 by Ultimate Family Data Library, donated by Judith Mittelman

17. Mason County, Illinois Cemeteries by LDS (unbound copies), donated by Judith Mittelman

18. Life on the Portage (PA) by Robert Fortner, donated by Friends of the Library

19. Genealogical Helper, Vol. 53, #4, July/Aug 1999, donated by Chris Parrish

20. Virginia Genealogical Research by Geroge Schweitzer, donated by Beverly Long


1. History of Bristol, R.I.: The Story of the Mount Nope Lands by Wilfred H. Munro

2. History of DuPage County, Illinois by C.W. Richmond

3. Index to the Arkansas General Land Office, 1820-1907, Covering the Counties of Arkansas, Desha, Chicot , Jefferson and Phillips by Sherida K. Eddlemon

4. Index to the Arkansas General Land Office, 1820-1907, Vol. 3, Covering the Counties of: Monroe, Lee, Woodruff, White, Crittenden, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francois, Prairie and Cross by Sherida K. Eddlemon

5. Index to the Arkansas General Land Office 1820-1907, Vol. 4, Covering the Counties of Benton and Carroll by Sherida K. Eddlemon

6. Index to the Arkansas General Land Office, 1820-1907, Vol. 5, Covering the Counties of Washington, Crawford, and Sebastion by Sherida K. Eddlemon

7. Index to the Vital Records as Listed in the Daily Missoulian, 1900-1904 by the Western Montana Genealogical Society

8. Index to the Vital Records as Listed in the Daily Missoulian, 1805=1909 by the Western Montana Genealogical Society

9. Index to the Vital Records as Listed in the Daily Missoulian, 1910-1914 by the Western Montana Genealogical Society

10. The Rhode Island 1777 Military Census by Mildred M. Chamberlain


1. Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries by F. Edward Wright

2. Early Families of Frederick County, Maryland and Adams county, Pennsylvania by Steve Gilland

3. Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland by Robert Barn

* Richard Faber paid for half of each of these books and has them until October 1st.


1. Every Name Indexes to the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, 3 volumes. We still need $15.00

2. A Gazetteer of Illinois in Three Parts, Containing a General View of the State, a General View of Each County, and a particular Description of each town, settlement, stream, prairie bottom, bluff, etc. by J. M. Peck. Need $15.50

3. United States Direct Tax of 1798: Tax Lists for Cumberland, PA by Wilbur J. McElwain. We still need $21.80

4. Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670 &ndash 1730, in 2 volumes by William Nelson. We need $20.50

5. Collecting Vermont Ancestors by Alice Eichholz. We need $9.00

6. Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families, Lenawee County by Lewis. We need $36.98

If you would like to contribute to the purchase of any of these books, but cannot attend the meeting, you may give your contribution to the docent on duty at the library or send a check made out to SOCCGS to Betty McKenzie, our librarian, at 25342 Chrisanta Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Please indicate which book(s) you would like your contribution to go toward.


One of our members, Cynthia Ryan, is hoping one of you will be able to help her with her new iMac computer which is giving her trouble. She is interested in hearing from anyone who has an iMac, anyone who "tutors" on one, or anyone who knows about classes on using one. Contact her at


MEFFORD Looking for father to my: JOSEPH MEFFORD, b. 23Jan1792, Fredericks Co., Md., m. Margaret Rush, 1813, Franklin Co., Ky. Also, do you know the father of my: PHILLIP MEFFORD, b. 17Jun1812, m. Caroline Owens, b. 17Aug1824 (Both were born in Ky.) All are my ancestors which I have found recorded in a Family Bible, and have been searching for many years to connect the line. Contact: Fran Mefford-Smith, P.O. Box 10040, Santa Ana, CA 92711-0040 or e-mail:

PRICE Searching for parents of Mahlon Price, "California 49er", who was b. possibly in MO, m. Alice Leever ca. 1853, d. 1906 DeKalb Co., IN. He was in partnership with his brother, William, for a time in Cincinnatti, OH, making barrells. Need lead to place of origin for this Price line. Gail Gilbert, P.O. Box 3702, San Clemente, CA 92674, or e-mail:

BENJAMIN Wanted: a copy of "The BENJAMIN Family in America", published in 1977 by Gloria Wall Bicha (ISBN #76-56023. D. Douglas, P.O. Box 3941, San Clemente, CA 92674.


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