Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 12 No. 10 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen October 2005

 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. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year for individuals, $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.


2005 SEMINAR - October 22

Don’t forget to register for the Forth Annual SOCCGS Genealogy Seminar. Lloyd Bockstruck will be our featured speaker. His featured presentations are: Finding Substitutes for Birth & Death Records, Newspaper Genealogy, Identifying Maiden Names of Females and Lesser Used Genealogical Records.
Mr. Bockstruck, Supervisor of the Genealogy Section of the Dallas, Texas, Public Library, is a nationally known genealogy speaker and author. He has published “Virginia's Colonial Soldiers”, “Genealogical Research in Texas”, and “Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments”.
The day promises to be interesting, informative and fun! There will be food, door prizes and an opportunity drawing for a hand made quilt. Please see the registration form at: http://www.soccgs.orgseminar-3.html


Opportunity tickets are now available for the Opportunity Quilt to be awarded at the Seminar. The quilt is a nine-patch design made with replica Civil War fabrics. Prizes will be awarded to three members who sell the most tickets by the October 22 drawing. First prize will be a table-topper quilt in the same design as the opportunity quilt. Proceeds will benefit the SOCCGS Library. Barbara Wilgus is the quilt chairman: (949) 830-6008 or

November 19---------”Preserving Precious Photographs and Documents.”
December 17 -------- Annual Holiday Party.


On October 26 we will research at the Los Angeles Public Library. Please call Bill Bluett, (949)492-9408, if you would like to be included. If more than seven sign up we will need two cars. This is a long day with dinner on the way home. Please bring $$ for your driver and be prepared to buy your dinner. You may bring lunch or eat at one of the places available in or near the library.


Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced today several initiatives to aid in the recovery of original records in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
In making this announcement, the Archivist said: "The potential loss of information that directly affects the lives of people in these states is staggering. The loss of our collective memory of this region, 'identity loss' in other words, is at stake. Property deeds; birth certificates; personal papers; information documenting the rights and entitlements of citizens, such as social security and veterans benefits, are all at risk. Records found in Federal, state, local and cultural sites must be rescued.

Read more.......

"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but four our contribution to the human spirit."
~John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963


Caroline Rober gave a wonderful presentation on Kentucky Research. She is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker, who gave us new ideas to improve our research skills. Thanks to Donna Hobbs who provided the goodies served at the meeting. Also, at this meeting, the membership voted to help a designated genealogy library or society located in the Katrina-affected area. The recipient of this donation will be decided at a later date, as more information becomes available.


We have three new members:
Barbara Zuccolotto,
Bob & Cindie Reilly,
WEBB (San Diego, CA 1900s > ENG); SEVERIN (MO, 1900s); HARRIS (Alton, IL, 1903)

Georgia Kruse,
We also had two guests: Monte Sanders, and Linda Day,

Please Sign Up
Have you done this yet? We keep hoping to get all members signed up!

In order to receive information between meetings and newsletters you need to sign up for the SOCCGS Mailing List. You may also use this list to send out a query, or to pass on genealogical information to the group. To subscribe to the SOCCGS mailing list, send an e-mail to with the message: subscribe. Don't put anything in the subject line. To send a message or query to the list address the message to The topic of your query should appear in the subject line.

Please think about donating two or three hours a month. Or join the substitute list.
Call Mary Jo McQueen, 581-0690, if you can help.

Ongoing classes for persons considering becoming docents are held on Thursdays (12-3) and Saturdays (10 to 1). These classes are also open to current docents and other members needing help in using the resources available at the library. If this is not convenient, call Mary Jo McQueen, to set up a special time.


Donated by:
Gloria LaMont - Index to the Obituaries & Death Notices in the Dziennik Chicagoski 1910-1919; 1920-1929 Part I, A-L and Part II, M-Z. (These three Polish resources are located on the credenza shelf with Newspapers Resources.)
Judy Deeter - Who’s Who Among Pastors in the Norwegian Lutheran Synods of America 1843-1927 by R. Malmin, O. M. Norlie, O. A. Tingelstad. (With Church & Clergy.)


To donate items for the genealogy sales table at the Seminar. We need any genealogy related items that you no longer need. Books, periodicals, charts, forms and other related items will be appreciated. Call Mary Jo McQueen, (949) 581-0690.

Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I've done. But I'm telling you honestly that it doesn't surprise me.
I knew I could do it.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Ancestry Daily News, 2005,

From the Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), 22 September 1851, page 4:

Crops in Ohio.--A letter from Dayton says:--The small grain crops are all harvested--and such crops! Such wheat, rye, oats, and flax! The store-houses and granaries are full. How we could put a famine to rest with our overflowing abundances.

Scotch Settlers.--A number of the most industrious and enterprising agriculturalists in Scotland are preparing to emigrate to Ireland, and agents are now engaged in examining the farming capabilities of the country, and negotiating for the purchase of lands.

Sac and Fox Indians.--These tribes, who have heretofore suffered severely from the small pox, have lately been saved effectually from the disease by the kind care of their Agent, Mr. Chenault, who prevailed on them to diet, encamp together and submit to be inoculated. About one hundred and ten died of the malady previous to inoculation, and some who would not consent to be vaccinated were still falling victims to the scourge.

Singular Discovery.--A place has lately been discovered in Allegheny county, in this State, several hundred feet below the surface of the earth, where is found Petroleum, or rock oil. It flows out of the rocks, and is eagerly sought after as a medicine.

New York Herald (New York, N.Y.), 31 August 1869, page 5:

Sending Grapes Overland a Failure - One feature of the opening of overland railway communication with California is the introduction to our market of various kinds of fruit grown on the Pacific slope. The first cargo, consisting of pears, was brought here about four weeks ago. A similar kind of freight arrived two weeks since, but yesterday an immense consignment, made up chiefly of grapes, to a house in Dey street, came in by the Hudson River Railroad. There were 825 cases altogether, forty-seven of which were filled with an excellent specimen of Bartlett pears, twenty-five of Seckel and four of the Flemish beauty pears, a brilliant tinted style of fruit. There was one case of extra fine plums, as large as pears, a good deal like those grown in Southern Germany, but of a much superior flavor. All the rest, numbering 738 cases were filled--it might be truly said, packed--with the following kinds of grapes:--Paulin Rouze, Black Hamburg Muscat, Black Prince, Frankendale California, Black Malaga, Blue Martel, Mission, Rose of Peru and Black Malvasia. These were shipped from Sacramento city, Cal., in a refrigerator car, without change, and in seven days to this city; cost of freight six dollars per 100 pounds. . . With the exception of a few boxes of Muscat all the other grapes have undergone so much damage as not to be worth the cost of freight. . . .

Brooklyn, Sept. 1, 1870
To the Editor of the Herald:--
Please ask the census taker if he has a record of the residents in house 197 Carleton avenue. Not Counted

(ADN Editor's Note: Due to public outcry over missed enumerations, a second enumeration was taken in 1870 for New York City, as well as in Philadelphia and Indianapolis. You may find the same ancestor listed twice in the indexes if they were enumerated both times.)


Genealogy Pox is very contagious to adults.
A continual complaint as to the need for names, dates and places. Patient has blank expression, often deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses. Has compulsion to write letters, swears at the mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins and remote desolate areas. Makes secret night calls. Hides phone bill from spouse. Mumbles to self and has a far away look in eyes.
Medication is useless. Disease is not fatal but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy meetings, subscribe to a magazine and be given a quiet corner in the house where they can be alone. The usual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets the more they enjoy it!


Search the Research Registry to find out who else is researching the same surname(s) that you are, and contact them via e-mail, OR create and modify your own Research Profile so that others researching your family tree can contact you! The Research Registry is a free service of and can be accessed at:

What is the Research Registry? The Research Registry contains more than 360,000 Research Profiles from thousands of other researchers around the world, some which may be researching the same ancestry lines that you are. Once you find out who else is researching the same surname(s) that you are, you can contact them via e-mail. You can also create and modify your own Research Profile to be submitted to the Research Registry.


has put online more than 360,000 images of its Digital Gallery, including Ellis Island photographs, maps, Civil War photos, various city scenes, Native American pictures, illuminated medieval manuscripts, and other visual treasures.
The images can be downloaded free for personal use. Use of the images for publication or in film, television, or the Internet can be arranged through the library's Permissions Department."

America's First Immigration Center offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.
Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 23 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America's first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City. is an invaluable resource for educators, scholars, students, family historians, and the interested public. Currently the site hosts 10 million records, and support is needed to complete the digitization of the remaining 2 million records, beginning in 1820, from the original ship manifests.
The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. American Indians fished from its banks, and the first Dutch settlers built a low, stone wall with cannons, a battery to protect the harbor and New Amsterdam. The transformations of The Battery and that of the Castle tell the history of New York and, by association, the growth and development of our nation.


The 1911 Canadian Census is now online. Click on “Search Archival Materials to get access to the available genealogical resources.


The "1600s Ancestors Date Base" contains listings of thousands of 1600s Colonial Ancestors whose lines have been approved by various Societies and Organizations through the years. This is a FREE data base and is open to all searchers who are seeking information on their 1600's Ancestral family lines. Members and visitors alike will be able to make  contact with a Reference that may be of help in your search. You also will learn where to locate additional information on  family lines through well trusted Reference histories and what to stay away from.
All listings here are of VERIFIED ancestors who have PROVEN lines with descendants living today EXCEPT the entries under the code HAROLD and a few posts, in our early days, from nonmembers.

A man finds room in the few square inches of his face
for the traits of all his ancestors;
for the expression of all his history, and his wants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Terry and Jim Willard

10. Failing to record information on standard genealogical forms - The purpose of these forms is to keep you organized.
9. Ignoring the siblings of the ancestors you are researching - Once beginners start using a five-generation chart for their data entry, many become too reliant on the form and overlook the collateral lines. In approaching research, these individuals can provide valuable clues.
8. Overlooking the maiden names of female ancestors - Many beginners simply forget to record a female’s maiden or birth name in their research. Even if you are not including female lines in your project, you should still record the maiden names. This might provide a valuable clue for future research.
7. Assuming you are related to a famous person who shares the same surname - It is tempting for people with a family name like Boone or Crockett or Lincoln to assume they are related to the famous person. Then, based upon that assumption, they begin their research from that point, trying to work from the famous person to themselves. Remember to start with yourself, work backward in time, and prove the connection between each generations.
6. Skipping a generation - It many families it is common for three or more generations of male ancestors to have the same name. In such cases it is very easy to skip a generation.
5. Assuming a family name is only spelled one way - Beginners often have the notion that their names have always been spelled a particular way through the generations. One of the best exercises for genealogists is to spell the name being researched as many different ways as possible (phonetically).
4. Jumping to conclusions based on insufficient evidence - Genealogy is all about proof. Work backward, one generation at a time. The key to success is to prove conclusively the link between the generations.
3. Researching the wrong family - Here, a researcher quickly accepts the incorrect assumption of a relationship between two people and continues his or her research from there. Do not proceed to the next generation of research unless you have concrete proof of a link between those generations.
2. Relying on online data found in a family tree - While the Internet has been a fantastic aid to genealogical research, it has the potential to be a source of misinformation as well. Remember, just because the information is found on the Internet does not make it accurate. (SOCCGS Editor’s Note: I use this information as a research guide and then continue researching to prove or disprove it.)
1. Failing to document your sources - The single greatest error in genealogical research is failing to document where you found your information. We owe it to future researchers to be accurate and to document where we found our information so we don’t proliferate inaccuracies. (SOCCGS Editor’s Note #2: I am still trying to go back and source information, since I didn’t read this hint in 1997!)

(Excerpted from Ancestry Magazine, May/June 2005)


Watch Those Dates, Lorna Rice:

A major clue to finding a cemetery "that should be around here someplace" is to stop and look for trees. The cemetery almost always has them, even when surrounding areas do not.
Second, I have been indexing a Maryland cemetery and the most frequent mistake I have found is headstones that state "in her thirty-seventh year" are extracted as thirty-seven years of age. The age is always one year less and can best be remembered in terms of a baby's age. A six month old baby is living in her first year but is not yet one year old. A fifteen-month old is one year old but living in his second year.
(Ancestry Quick Tip, Ancestry Daily News Sept. 14, 2005

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born
is to remain always a child.
For what is the worth of human life,
unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors
by the records of history?
~Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 B.C.-43 B.C.

Sign up by October 19 for
The Family History Seminar
Saturday, 22 October 2005 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Mission Viejo City Hall, Saddleback Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, LaPaz & Marguerite
(located at the North end of the city hall directly across the parking lot from the library)

“Finding Lost Ancestors”
Lloyd Bockstruck
Nationally Known Genealogy Author & Speaker


Newspaper Genealogy
Lesser Used Genealogical Records
Identifying Maiden Names of Females
Finding Substitutes for Birth & Death Records

Refreshments - Door Prizes - Drawing for Hand Made Quilt

You may also print out a registration form from the website below.

Preregistration must be received by October 19 / Tickets at the door $25.00, no lunch.


SOCCGS ‘2005’ Seminar Registration

Name(s) ___________________________________________ Registration: _________ @ $20 ___________________________________________________ Box Lunch: _________ @ $6 Address: ___________________________________________ Total $__________
City & Zip:__________________________________________ Sandwich Choice: Telephone:__________________________________________ Ham ______ Mail to: Turkey ______
SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513 Roast Beef _____
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Information: (949) 581-0690


Fall Genealogy Classes At MV Family History Center
Classes are Free - Call (949)364-2741 to register.
Classes Taught by Alan Jones: Oct. 5-PC Genealogy Software; Oct. 12-Internet Key Websites;
Oct. 19-More Internet Websites; Oct. 26-Other Internet Tools
Oct. 6-Census Records, Paxton Lockhart;
Oct. 13-Vital Records, Linda Dibble;
Oct. 20-Family Search, Judy Lockhart;
Oct. 27-Computers and the Internet, Paxton Lockhart

Orange County California Genealogical Society - Special Interest Group

The OCCGS New England SIG group meets on the first Saturday of each month, after the general meeting and lecture. The meeting place is in Room D at the Huntington Beach Library. For further information contact Marcia Huntley Maloney, or Bob


The recent hurricanes remind us all of how fragile our paper and computerized histories are. Disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fires, are not limited to the United States. Are copies of your personal genealogical and localities' records preserved? Digitized? In a safe place? Do you know?
The program planned for the, November 19, SOCCGS meeting will focus on preserving, protecting and sharing your genealogy, photographs and family treasures.


Have you posted your genealogy at WorldConnect where you could retrieve it in the event of a disaster or a computer crash?

Genealogists, of all people, should plan for life's disasters and our eventual demise. We should try to preserve our family histories and related records and pictures that we have spent so many enjoyable hours collecting and putting together -- don't wait for a hurricane to happen.
(From RootsWeb Review, 28 September 2005, Vol. 8, No. 39)

"A great library contains the diary of the human race."
~Rev. George Dawson


South Orange County California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application

( ) New ( ) Renewal ( ) Individual, $20/yr. ( ) Jt. Members, same address $25/yr.

Renewal Membership Number(s) _________________________ _____________________

Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________________

City _____________________________ State_____Zip ____________Phone ______________________

Email address:__________________________________________________________________________

Make check payable to: SOCCGS (South Orange County CA Genealogical Society) Check No. __________________

Mail with application to: SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-4513


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