Saddleback Valley Trails

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol. 16 No. 10

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

October 2009

Editor: Mary Jo McQueen

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.

Seminar - 17 October 2009

"Locating Those Illusive Ancestors"

Our Seminar is just around the corner! So - Register Now! This event will give a great opportunity to "fine tune" our genealogy research skills. Paula Stuart-Warrenís topics will be: "Untrodden Ground, Sources You May Not Have Encountered;" "The U. S. Federal Government, 13 Underutilized Resources;" "Genealogy On The Internet, Make It Work For You" and "Organizing Your Genealogical Materials." The doors open at 8 a.m. at the Saddleback Room located across the parking lot from the Mission Viejo Library. More information and registration form will be found on the SOCCGS website at

Bill Bluett - Seminar Chairman

Introducing Paula Stuart-Warren

Paula has lectured for genealogical societies and other organizations across the U.S. and Canada. She has coordinated and taught courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America and the Genealogical Institute of Texas. She co-authored the best-selling book "Your Guide to the Family History Library: How to Access the World's Largest Genealogy Resource." Some of her areas of specialty include: manuscripts and other original records, major research repositories, Mid-Western states, American Indian research, and research methodology. Paula is a columnist for and has written many articles for the Minnesota Genealogist, Digital Genealogist, Family Tree Magazine and Ancestry Magazine. She is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves on its Professional Management Conference committee.

How Many Reasons Do You Need To Attend The Seminar?

    Pick one or more:
  1. Starting the day with the free refreshments, which are also served during the breaks.
  2. Having the chance to win a door prize using the free ticket presented to each attendee.
  3. Hearing four presentations from one of the countryís best genealogists, who is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.
  4. Perusing the Sales and Display Tables for items and information to assist in your research,or simply to make it more fun!
  5. Receiving a syllabus containing lecture notes and handouts on all four topics.
  6. Socializing with a great group of people who share your love of genealogy.
  7. Perhaps being the winner of the exquisite hand made quilt.

Pre registrations for the seminar must be received by October 15!

President's Message

~Sandy Crowley

Thanks to Septemberís speaker, Cheri Mello, Family Tree DNA Administrator, for her presentation on Sources for Reverse Genealogy used in finding living DNA participants. I was amazed at the knowledge she has and the many ways to use DNA to your advantage in your research. Who knew?

I hope to see you all at the October 17 Seminar with featuring Paula Stuart-Warren. This will be a great genealogy day and we have lots of fun at these seminars. If you would like to attend and have not registered, you can mail your registration/check to SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690, or you may drop it off with one of the docents at the genealogy section at the Mission Viejo Library. Since we will not have another general meeting before the seminar please give treasurer, Mary Jo McQueen, a call at 581-0690 to let her know your registration is on the way.

My earliest ancestor to set foot in this country, I think, was CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, who arrived in Jamestown aboard the "Francis and John" in 1622 at the age of eleven. Iíve tried to imagine what it would be like to put an eleven-year-old family member on a ship to take a risky voyage to an unknown land. Yikes!

Christopher Reynolds was born in 1611 in Gravesend, England. After working as an indentured worker to pay off the costs of his voyage to Jamestown, he settled in Warwick County, VA on a 450-acre patent, which was made 15 September 1636. He was married to Elizabeth and they had several children. He died in 1654 in Burgess, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Christopherís descendants stayed in Virginia for many generations. Descendants included connections to Princess Nicketti, who was a member of the Indian tribe surrounding Jamestown and Judith Pate Jackson who was connected to the Stonewall Jackson family. Also, to many of the VENABLES of Virginia, who were active in Virginia politics beginning in the 1600's.

I have source documents for Christopher Reynolds of 1611 and forward to today. The following information is of general knowledge among the families and FYI only. I do not have any source documents to support it.

The name Reynolds, also spelled in America as RUNNELS, RUNALS, etc., is of Norman origin and comes from the family of RENARD. The family claims descent from REYNOLDS, son of GRETHFERTH, the Dane, King of Northumberland. Grethferth and his two sons were driven from England circa 944 and took shelter in Normandy. His descendant FITZREYNOLDS, meaning son of, returned to England with William the Conqueror. Those who may be interested in obtaining information on Jamestown ancestors may write to the Jamestown Society, P.O. Box 17426, Richmond, VA 23226. They can provide data from their publication, "The Register of Qualifying Seventeenth Century Ancestors."

Genealogy Safari.

On October 28 you are invited to join the group for a day of "ancestor searching," when we travel to the Orange Family History Center. If you have never taken a SOCCGS Safari, now is the time. Havenít been for a while? Again, now is the time! The car(s) will leave the LDS parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch and $$ for your driver. Since this a shorter distance, there are no plans for dinner. Please contact Bill Bluett for further information, or to reserve a spot. (949-492-9408)

Ralphs Community Contribution Program
David Flint Ė Ways & Means Chairman

It is time to re-register or register for the first time. An alternate form of registering for this program is to use a scan bar letter. If you would like to receive your customized scan bar letter, which is the alternative form of registration, please email your request to

"An Relative I Wish I'd Known"

~Glen Witte

By way of background, Iím a 1949 graduate of Central High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After four years in the USAF I earned an engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin. In 1959 I went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company in California.

Within the past three months I have learned of a famous relative who worked at the Douglas Aircraft Co. before I got there.

FRED HERMAN, my 2nd cousin 4x removed, and also my 3rd cousin 3x removed had a storied career at Douglas Aircraft. We were related through two different common ancestors. (BTW, if you donít know how to calculate that, talk to me,)

Fred was an aviator during WWI. He went on to become an engineer at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. He then went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company where he was the copilot on the first flight of the DC-1, the precursor to the historical DC-3.

He almost died on that flight because the engine carburetors were installed backwards. The engines were starved of fuel when they "pulled up" and received full fuel when they "pitched down." They eventually "porpoised" their way back to the takeoff airfield safely.

Fred then went became the Chief Engineer at the Douglas Long Beach plant during WWII guiding the engineering and production of all those famous dive-bombers and torpedo bombers. Three months before he died in 1952, he became the Long Beach plant manager.

Can you imagine the bragging rights I would have had in 1959 if Iíd only known then what I know now?

September Meeting

Guests attending this monthís meeting were: Helen Coutant, Laguna Woods. Alice Wolkert, Lake Forest and Melissa Ellis, Darby, Montana. Melissa is Ruth Relinís granddaughter.

Several members shared brick walls and research suggestions at the meeting.

Patricia Christiansen said sheís had good luck using Google to find help. She puts quotes around the name and has gotten lots of finds, including data from the Urbana, Illinois Free Library.

Naomi McCabe uses Google by typing in a name but adding "genealogy."

Karen Jachetta is looking for information on her Great Grandfather ROEHM. She has a letter written to him in 1912, and she knows he had joined the Michigan Naval Brigade, but knows little else. Please let her know if you can help.

Donna Hobbs, who works in the Orange Public Library system, suggested that you run your names through the OC Public Library ( to check itís catalog. You may put a hold on an item ($.25) and it will be sent to your local Orange County Library. Donna found that the Tustin Library had quite a bit of information for her. She told us that librarians will search for an item, and it can then be sent through inter-library loan. Most of the books are free to borrow, however there may be a postage charge.

Kathie Mauzey said that NARA in Laguna Niguel has territorial records on microfilm. Ask at the NARA desk. (Please see Kathieís article within the newsletter regarding this subject.)

Diane Webb is looking for information on her great-grandfather, William Foster, who was listed as an engineer in 1850 census. Sheís wondering how she can find out what kind of engineer he was.

Karen Dill suggested using Google, checking libraries and Ellis Island data in our research.

We appreciate hospitality chairman, Eunice Murai and this monthís snack volunteers: Bunny Smith, Cindie Reilly, and Mary Jo Nuttall. Yum.


Our newest member is Naomi McCabe who lives in Laguna Woods, 949-455-2565. Naomi is searching for information regarding MARSHALL [1635-1800], LOVELL [1635-1800] and FRISTOE [1635-1800], all in Virginia. Also, SNODGRASSS in Virginia, Iowa, Indiana [1650-1875], MATHERLY in Indiana [1700-1890] and RING in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas [1800-1900]. Her email address is

Kathy Kane, who recently moved to Michigan, has a new phone number [231-879-4257]. Change of email address for Carolyn Phelps is

"A government, which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
~George Bernard Shaw

A Dedicated Registered Nurse

~Bill Bluett

I recently ran across an article on the NEWSPAPERARCHIVES website that caught my attention. MARTHA EIMEN, who was my wifeís Mennonite "first cousin Ė once removed", was mentioned in a newspaper article on July 4th, 1948. It was announced in the Billings (Montana) Gazette that two Glacier National Park visitors were the first to receive bear scratches for the 1948 summer season. A Canadian visitor was scratched on the head while feeding candy to a bear. In another incident, a person was scratched on the upper lip. Each of the victims was given first aid by Nurse Martha Eimen at the Lake McDonald Hotel. It was interesting to note the date of the article. Helen and I were in Glacier National Park last year on our vacation. If we had been there 1 week later, it would have been exactly 60 years to the date of these incidents. Thatís what you call "timing" in the genealogy world. The mention of Martha Eimen in the old newspaper prompted me to look back on some information I had collected on her. She was actually a very interesting woman. I believe it was the influence of Martha as well as a family physician that eventually lead my wife, Helen, into the medical profession as a registered nurse after she graduated from high school.

Martha Eimen was born September 10th, 1912 in Otera County, Colorado. Her parents returned to Iowa two years after she was born. Some time after graduating from Iowa High School in Wellman, she attended the Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City. Then, Martha received her B.S. in nursing from Goshen College, Indiana in 1944. She worked for the Public Health Service and the United Nations from 1944 to 1948, spending most of that time in Italy and the Middle East. Returning to school, she received a Master of Arts Degree in public health nursing from the University of Iowa in 1958. She served in part-time positions in nursing administration at the University and at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City until her retirement in 1970. My wife attended the same school of nursing as Martha. As a matter of fact, she was on the school staff when Helen was attending the 3-year training program. Iím sure that Martha was pleased that another Eimen was heading into the nursing profession. Martha died on July 13th, 1997 in Iowa City. Fortunately, the Iowa Womenís Archives at the University of Iowa has in its possession papers, documents, photograph albums and artifacts that were donated by Miss Eimen in 1995. She never married.

It was interesting to find out that Martha was working at Glacier National Park in the summer of 1948. There were many cousins of the Eimen family that had settled in the nearby community of Creston, Montana, in the early 1900ís. All five families were Mennonite, as was Martha. Itís possible that she may have worked there other summers in order to have the opportunity to visit with them. When Helen and I traveled to the area in June of 2008, we connected with a couple of the distant cousins by inquiring at the Mennonite Church in Creston.

There is an amusing story that Helen told me about her cousin. On a few occasions, when Martha would visit Helenís folks at their farm in Iowa, Seth (Helenís dad) would go to the kitchen to get some refreshments. Martha would usually follow him to help. Seth would ask Martha if she would like a beer. Now, Martha may have been raised a Mennonite. But, that didnít stop her from responding, "Well, maybe just a cheese glass full." She would end up sitting at the kitchen table with Seth and they would have their beer. You might say that she was an adventuresome Mennonite woman in some respects. Speaking of the "cheese glass", I remember when the small cheese and jelly glasses were saved and used for juice glasses. The cheese glass provided a nice little "shot" for Martha.

I enjoy browsing hoping to find another interesting piece of information. Give it a try. If you do not have access to it at home (which you could have with a Carlsbad Library card), it is on the computers at the Genealogy Library. Good hunting.

"Newspaper Clipping of the Day"
From the Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pa.), 25 November 1801, page 4:

Two Stray Cows came to the Plantation of the subscriber, in Franklin Township, Adams County, on the 12th day of October last. They are both, Red and White; the one has a crop off the left ear and a slit in the right and has had a calf since she came--the other a crop off the left and a hole through the right ear. The owner is desired to come forward, prove property, pay charges and take them away. John Livelsberger.

The Story Tellers
~ Unknown Author

We are the chosen. My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "tell our story". So we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us, that we might be born who we are, that we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and find their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

"Signs of a Prosperous Farmer"
Weekly Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 05 January 1856, page 1:

  1. When a farmer is seen marrying young, it shows that Providence helps those who help themselves, and that in future he will have helps of more kinds than one.
  2. When lights are seen burning in his house before break of day, in winter especially, it shows that the day will never break on his 'breaking' in the winter of his adversity.
  3. When you see his barn larger than his house, it shows that he will have large profits and small afflictions.
  4. When you see him driving his work instead of his work driving him, it shows that he will never be driven from good resolutions, and that he will never be driven from good resolutions, and that he will certainly work his way to prosperity.
  5. When you see in his house more lamps for burning grease or lard than candlesticks for more expensive purposes, it shows that economy is working its way to happiness and plenty, with that light which should enlighten every farmer that cometh into the world.
  6. When you always see in his wood-house, a sufficiency for three days, if not more, it shows that he will be 'more than a ninety days wonder' in farming operations--and that he is not sleeping in his house after a drunken frolic.
  7. When he has a small house, separate from the main building, purposely for ashes, and an iron or tin vessel to transport them, it shows that he never built his dwelling to be a funeral pile for his family and perhaps himself.
  8. When his house is boarded inside and outside, it shows that he is 'going the whole hog' in keeping plenty inside his house and poverty out.
  9. When his sled is housed in summer and his farming implements covered, both winter and summer, it plainly shows that he will have a good house over his head in the summer of his early life, and the winter of old age.
  10. When his cattle are properly sheltered and fed in winter, it evidenced that he is acting according to Scripture, which says, that a "merciful man is merciful to his beasts."
  11. When he is subscribing to newspapers, it shows that he is speaking like a book respecting the latest improvements in agriculture, and that he will never get his walking papers to the land of poverty.

"Websites of Interest to Genealogists"
  This website will allow you to download a pdf document entitled "A Superlative Genealogical Tool for Google Earth" by Richard Rands. He explains that the process of locating the exact location of your ancestorís land patent is now just a few clicks away, or, conversely, if you know where the familyís farm was, you can determine the township and range specifications. The direct link to the site is
  The National Archives has a section on "Caring for Your Family Archives."

Territorial Records at NARA

~ Kathie Mauzey

Information on other territorial records located at the National Archives, Laguna Niguel. These are on microfilm; ask at the front desk for them.

Interior Department Territorial Papers - These papers, arranged in series by territory, consist chiefly of transcripts of executive proceeds of the territorial governors, copies of official correspondence of the governors with federal and territorial officials, and miscellaneous communications received by the Department of the Interior relating to territorial matters. Affairs in the territories were under the direction of the Department of State from 1789 to 1873, when jurisdiction over the territories was transferred to the Department of the Interior. M430 Alaska 1869-1911 (17 rolls), M429 Arizona 1868-1913 (8 rolls), M431 Colorado 1861-1888 (1 roll), M310 Dakota 1863-1889 (3 rolls), M191 Idaho 1864-1890 (2 rolls), M192 Montana 1867-1889 (2 rolls), M364 New Mexico 1851-1914 (15 rolls), M428 Utah 1850-1902 (6 rolls), M189 Washington 1854-1902 (4 rolls), M204 Wyoming 1870-1890 (6 rolls).

Surname List

Members, please check your information on the SOCCGS Surname Website. If corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb at or (949) 581-6292). New members may add their information by sending an email to Herb listing surnames, locations and years being researched.

Member Badges

Would you like a badge holder without a pin? You may pick one up at the check-in table at the next meeting. Bring your current badge and make the change. Donít have one? Sign up and Herb will make you one. New members may contact Herb at and he will have one ready at the next meeting. Up to six surnames may be included on the badge.

"Leave Off Bathing and be Healthy"
From The Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), 18 December 1903, page 1:

Chicago Dispatch - "When people leave off bathing there will be little or nothing for the doctors to do. Pneumonia, colds and a hundred other ills result from the foolish habit of washing the body. To bathe is to be dirty, for you thereby make a sewer of the skin. Blood attracted by the skin gives up products that should be left to seek a natural outlet, and soils the skin."

The foregoing declaration, made by Prof John Dill Robertson at the annual meeting of the Chicago Eclectic and Surgical Society at the Auditorium, has aroused considerable interest here.

Professor Robertson asserted that the theory that the closing of the pores of the skin would result in death is false. He said that all physiologies which made such an assertion were wrong. The habit of taking "dry" baths was also denounced. The rubbing of rough towel over the skin, according to Dr. Robertson, removes the natural scales of the skin, or the "false skin." This, he said, conduces to the growth of bacteria on the skin.

The doctor cited the case of an Eskimo brought from Greenland to Boston, who had never been ill in his life. He was given a bath, contracted pneumonia and died in two days.

~William Dollarhide

  1. Treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestor as equals, even if some of them were in jail.
  2. Work from the known to the unknown. In other words, just because your name is Washington doesnít mean you are related to George.

There is still time!
Please use the Form below to register for the Seminar.


October 10 - British Isles Family History Society-USA presents the 2009 Seminar featuring Judith Eccles Wright at Noski Auditorium, Cal State Northridge. Information and/or registration: or Kay R. Devonshire (310) 399-3188,
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar featuring Paula Stewart Warren. Contact Bill Bluett, (949) 492-9408 or
October 24 - Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society presents classes featuring Susanne Russo Adams & Larry Bowles: "Personalizing Google To Fit Your Genealogical Research," "Whatís New On Ancestry." "Searching Techniques on Ancestry" and "Google Gadgets for Genealogy." Information:

Newsletter Submissions

Please send ancestor stories, web site information or items of special interest to the newsletter editor by Wednesday following the monthly meeting. These may be sent via email or Word attachment and must be 800 words or less. All submissions are subject to editorial approval, and may be edited for content or space. Articles should be of genealogical significance. Complete stories, outlines and/or rough drafts will be accepted. Send to:

Newsletter Submissions

Please send ancestor stories, web site information or items of special interest to the newsletter editor by Wednesday following the monthly meeting. These may be sent via email or Word attachment and must be 800 words or less. All submissions are subject to editorial approval, and may be edited for content or space. Articles should be of genealogical significance. Complete stories, outlines and/or rough drafts will be accepted. Send to:


President _________________________ Sandy Crowley____________________
Vice President, Seminar
Chairman & Safari Coordinator ________

Bill Bluett ________________________
Recording Secretary ________________ Cindie Reily _______________________
Corresponding Secretary ____________ Pat Weeks _______________________
Treasurer & Newsletter Editor ________ Mary Jo McQueen _________________
Membership ______________________ Jack Naylor ______________________
Publicity/Webmaster _______________ Herb Abrams _____________________
Librarian _________________________ Bunny Smith _____________________
Parliamentarian ___________________ Charles & Patricia Nostrome _________
Hospitality _______________________ Barbara Heebner __________________
Eunice Muari ______________________
Historian  ________________________ Barbara Wilgus ____________________
Ways & Means  __________________ David Flint ________________________

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