Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 5 No 10 Editor: Pat Weeks October 1998

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, CA, situated between Medical Center Dr and Hillcrest Drive. Visitors are welcome. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year. Since the year is coming to an end, membership at this time is reduced to $10 until 1999.

17 October 1998 Guest speaker this month is SOCCGS member Sharon Robison, who will present the topic: "Genealogy and Family Health History". Nominations for 1999 Board of Directors will be held at this meeting.

7 November 1998 Seminar presented by SOCCGS to be held in the Community Room at the Mission Viejo City Library, 11:30 to 3:30..The main program will be presented by a guest speaker and will begin at 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Afterwards, there will be tables and short presentations of computer uses, research aids, beginning research, military research, use of National Archives. The seminar is open to the public, with a request for a donation to attend.

21 NOVEMBER 1998 Harry G. Drewry returns to offer his expertise on "Maps Can Help You Climb Your Family Tree". We will also hold election of the upcoming Board of Directors for the year 1999.

19 December 1998 will be our annual Christmas meeting and installation of officers for the upcoming year.


10 October 1998 German Genealogy Day, sponsored by the Immigrant Genealogy Society, featuring Marion Wolfert, co-compiler of the Bremen Passenger List indexes, who will discuss German research.. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Magnolia park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA.

For more information, contact (818)353-2341 or (818)896-9685

17 October 1998 Melinda Kashuba will present "Fraternal Organization Records" at the Whittier Area Gen Society meeting, 1:00 p.m

27 February 1999 The Annual Whittier Area Genealogical Society Seminar will be held on this date, and guest speaker will be John Philip Colletta addressing "Emigration/Immigration" More information to follow


The Mission Viejo Family history Center will offer two classes, beginning October 6th and lasting for 6 weeks. These classes will be held in the evenings at 7 p.m. and if you are interested, please call 364-2742 as soon as possible to register The classes are:

Beginning Genealogy, by Dick Clift

Computers in Genealogy, by Alan Jones

Another set of classes is planned for February 1999.


Janet Franks mentioned at our last meeting of seeing book restoration which she was impressed with at one of the local seminars. She recommends "The Book Craftsman" who can be reached by calling 1-(800)794-1856


The next safari will be the fourth Wednesday in October to the Orange Family History Center. Remember, take-off time is 9:30 sharp. Bring a sack lunch and plan to stay all day, and have phenomenal luck finding tons of information you have been looking for these past many years.


An item from the new York Times, Sunday, November 2, 1997, page 33, "Metropolitan Diary" by Ron Alexander:

"Dear Diary:

An older friend recently returned from her home town in North Carolina, says they've spruced up the churchyard cemetery since her last visit several years back.

"Lots of new greenery" she said. "And, families are together now."

"Together?" I asked, puzzled.

"Well, years ago they never worried where they buried someone because everyone was a neighbor anyhow. They'd just dig a grave wherever it seemed to balance things. But, they've redone it so people are with their children and grandchildren, instead of scattered."

"You mean they exhumed all those people and reburied them?"

"Oh no" she said. "They just shifted the headstones. Everyone agrees it looks ever so much nicer now."


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Orange County has resumed its monthly schedule again and will hold meetings at the recreation room of 2370 Via mariposa, Laguna Hills. The report they have some newly acquired books, including the acclaimed "Jewish Roots in Poland" by Miriam Weiner, and the two must recent volumes of "Migration from the Russian Empire" which covers passenger arrivals at the Port of New York May 1886 through May 1889.

If interested in attending meetings, contact Dorothy Kohanski (949)855-4692 or Clarise Illes (949)770-5323


There are some valuable web sites showing up that can save you time and confusion when doing genealogical research.

One particularly useful site is the State vital Records site where you can find out state by state how to order marriages, births and deaths and what the cost is for each state. That site is:

Another useful site is the translation site, they will translate into French, Italian, English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, or from a foreign language into English. That site is:

Last suggestion is the out of print book finder site. Easy to use, good prices. That site is:


By James L. Hansen, State His Soc. Of WI

1. An index is only an index and not a substitute for the record.

2. The longer the index, the more easily pertinent listings are overlooked.

3. In a given record, any vowel may be substituted for another vowel or consonant.

4. Virtually every pre-WWII record originated as an attempt by an individual to put on paper what he or she thought was heard.

5. There is no perfect indexing system.

6. It doesn't matter how you spell the name, only how the index spelled it.

7. Just because the index is described as complete or comprehensive doesn't mean it is.

8. If you haven't found it in an index, you can only conclude that you haven't found it in the index, you cannot conclude that it is not in the record.

9. The index isn't always in the back of the book

10. Sometimes it's best to ignore the index altogether.

(CA State Gen Assoc., Aug 1998)


(pronounced as AWN IN TAF EL) is a German term referring to Ancestor Table. If you are unfamiliar with the ancestor table, (ahnentafel) to find the father of any person, double the number of that person on the chart. Add one to the man's number as the number for his wife.

For purposes of privacy, some people are hesitant to publish their Ahnentafels since one's mother's maiden name is evident from the table and many banks and other financial institutions use that as an identifier for account holders. One way to avoid that would be to publish only from the Third Generation. This will still enable any persons seeing your Ancestor Table to determine if you are working on the same surname or if you have ancestors in common. (Questing Heirs, August 1998)

Note: Saddleback Trails Newsletter version that appears on the Web does not carry any Ancestor Charts.


Looking for descendants of: William E. Earl, Jr., b 1866 in NY, wife Ina, b 1869, and dau Maud, 1893 They lived in Weehawken, Hudson Co NJ in 1930. His parents were William E. Earl, Sr and Maggie. I need family information. Doris Douglas, P.O.Box 3941, San Clemente CA 92674

Who are Peter Earl's parents? Peter, b 1796, d 1840 in Orange Co. NY. His wife Caroline Benjamin b 1798. Their children are: Thomas, Walter, Sarah, Robert, Mary, John, Emily, Eugene and William E. Jr. In this case, the "Bull Book" is not accurate. Doris Douglas, P.O. Box 3941, San Clemente CA 92674

Searching for b and m information for William Matheny, b Dec 1759 in the Shenandoah Valley VA and married c. 1780 (probably same place since that's where they were in the 1790 census) to Sarah. Betty McKenzie, 25342 Christanta Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Record the following information
after a cemetery visit.