Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 6 No 10 Editor: Gail Gilbert October 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.


16 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."


9 October 1999 The North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS) will be sponsoring a Fall Seminar, from 9 am to 4 pm, on "Your Immigrant Ancestors". Special guest speaker, Kathleen Trevino, will present two lectures: "What Shall We Name The Baby" and "US Migration Patterns-7 Strategies for Finding Lost Ancestors." NSDCGS speakers will also cover the topics of "Ship's Passenger Lists" and "Naturalization Records". The conference will be held at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 779 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, CA and will cost $12 with registration sent to P.O. Box 581, Carlsbad, CA 92018. Otherwise it is $15 at the door. A deli lunch will also be available with advance reservation. This is an annual fund raiser for NSDCGS, and the proceeds are used to purchase genealogy books for the Carlsbad Library which we all frequent so often. Further information is available from Carol Baird at (858) 481-8511 or e-mail:

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.

23-24 October 1999 The 1st Annual Orange County Irish Fair will be held from 10 am - 6 pm at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa and will include a genealogy center among their other entertainment features. Information is available at or (714) 284-9558.

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

6 November 1999 The Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society will present "A Family History Seminar" featuring Henry Z. "Hank" Jones, Jr. FASG, at the First Presbyterian Church, 515 E. Kimball Ave., Hemet, CA. Pre-registration before Oct 15th will be $20, $25 at the door. Luncheon $5.50 by reservation only. Send checks payable to H-SJGS to PO Box 2516, Hemet, CA 92546.

8 November 1999 The Temecula Valley Genealogical Society will present an "online workshop" with John Movius, FEEFHS Webmaster, who will cover "Using New Tools to Solve German, Swiss, and East European Genealogy Problems." Detailed information is available from Toni Perrone,

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 (This event has also been posted with a conflicting date of Nov. 13th, so if you are interested in attending, you need to call to check on this.)

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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The Cavalier Chapter of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century recently gave our society a check for $50 in honor of their deceased member Laura Stone who was active in many local organizations. We have purchased a book to be added to our library in honor of Mrs. Stone.


Mr. Miner entertained a full house at our membership meeting Sept. 18th, and we all were encouraged by his presentation on "How to Write Your Family History". For those of you who missed his talk and did not receive his "Family History Questionnaire", a copy of this handout can be requested from our v.p. and program chairman, Rich Faber. Thank you Mr. Miner for a most enjoyable lecture.


September's Safari on the 22nd was a combined visit to the SCGS Library in Burbank and the Sons of the Revolution Library in Glendale. For information on October's Safari, you need to attend the general meeting or contact Rich Faber, our Safari Leader, at (949) 364-0745. If you can't reach him, try Janet Franks at (949) 496-8428. 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.


The Board has suggested that our fund raiser be expanded to include more prizes in addition to the lovely afghans we have been offering, in an effort to increase ticket sales. Winning ticket holders would then have a choice of a number of prizes, and we would be able to raise more money toward the microfilm reader which is badly needed at the library. Please contact Janet Franks at 496-8428 if you have anything you would like to donate to be given as a prize. Continue to contact Mary Ellen Lytle at 581-6852 with your ticket orders, $1 each or 6 for $5.



To repeat from our August newsletter, PAF 4.0 may be downloaded from the LDS Internet site,, free of charge. This is a marvelous opportunity, especially for those just getting started, to obtain a popular Windows-based software to organize their personal family histories and charts.


We informed you in previous newsletters about the computer database John Smith has created for our members to submit their GEDCOM files and network with other members researching the same surnames. It has occured to us, though, that some of you may not be far enough along to be thinking "GEDCOM file" or may not care to become involved in this new computer age. Perhaps a multi-pronged approach is still in order. Thus, we would like to suggest that we resurrect the membership file which includes the list of surnames you each are researching and make it available to us all in the newsletter, as space permits, throughout the year. This would provide an alternative networking tool, not just between our members, but with a potentially much larger audience, as our newsletter, remember, goes out on the Internet. Thus, your surname list with your name and a means of contact (phone number or e-mail) could basically provide you with a free "querie" to a very broad audience. Of course, there may be some of you who would not care to have your name published in this manner, and we could omit anyone who felt this way or we could contact you individually for your approval and name list. In any event, I would like to hear your comments on this idea before I seek Board approval to do this. I can be reached at 498-6784 or


The following was taken from "The Mirror" newsletter of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society:

Standards for Use of Technology In Genealogical Research

Recommended by the National Genealogical Society

Mindful that computers are tools, genealogists take full responsibility for the results of their work, and therefore they -

*learn the capabilities and limits of their equipment and software and use them only when they are the most appropriate tools for a purpose.

*refuse to let computer software automatically embellish their work.

*treat compiled information from online sources or digital databases like that from other published sources: useful primarily as a guide to locating original records but not as evidence for a conclusion or assertion.

*accept digital images or enhancements of an original record as a satisfactory substitute for the original only when there is reasonable assurance that the image accurately reproduces the unaltered original.

*cite sources for data obtained online or from digital media with the same care that is appropriate for sources on paper and other traditional media and enter data into a digital database only when its source can remain associated with it.

*always cite the sources for information or data posted online or sent to others - naming the author of a digital file as its immediate source while crediting original sources cited within the file.

*preserve the integrity of their own databases by evaluating the reliability of downloaded data before incorporation into their own files.

*provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.

*actively oppose the proliferation of error, rumor, and fraud by personally verifying or correcting information or by noting it as unverified before passing it on to others.

*treat people online as courteously and civilly as they would treat them face-to-face when not separated by networks and anonymity.

*accept that technology has changed, not the principles of genealogical reasearch, but only some of the procedures.

Copyright 1997 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.


We are in need of a few new volunteers to serve as docents at our genealogy desk in the library. Please contact our librarian, Betty Mc Kenzie at 830-9164 if you can help out. Your service would be greatly appreciated. Betty has also announced that we now have two two-drawer filing cabinets for storing our manuscript collection. If anyone has genealogical information in manuscript form to share with others, we would welcome your donation at the library to be added to this collection.


1. What Did They Mean By That? by Paul Drake, donated by SOCCGS 50/50

2. Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records by Mrs. Harry Mc Adams, donated by SOCCGS 50/50

3. Blue Water Coaster by Francis Bowker, donated by California DAR

4. Mexican-American: Movements and Leaders by Carlos Larralde, donated by California DAR

5. Suffolk Summer by John Appleby, donated by California DAR

6. Scottish Clans & Tartans by Ian Grimble, donated by James R. Murphy

7. In Search of Scottish Ancestry by Geral Hamilton-Edwards, donated by James R. Murphy

8. Clan Map, Scotland of Old by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, donated by James R. Murphy

9. Genealogical Computing, Vol. 18, #4, Spring 1999, donated by Sharon Robison

10. Hammond Historical Atlas of the World, donated by Judy Deeter

11. Oregon Trail Immigrants – 1792 – 1854, Volumes 1 to 5, donated by Iris Graham

12. Rockingham County, NC Historical Documentation Map, donated by L. Alton Brundige

13. History of Fayette County Ohio 1984 by Fayette County Genealogical Society, donated by L. Alton Brundige

14. Linn’s History of Centre and Clinton Counties, PA by John Blair Linn, donated by L. Alton Brundige

15. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, donated by L. Alton Brundige

16. Handybook for Genealogists, 8th edition, donated by L. Alton Brundige

17. Genealogical County Map of the US by Everton Publishers, donated by L. Alton Brundige

18. Where to Write for Birth and Death Records, donated by L. Alton Brundige

19. Marriage Records of Adams County, Ohio 1797-1894, Vol. 1, donated by L. Alton Brundige

20. Voters and Tax-Payers of Dekalb Co., IL 1876, donated by L. Alton Brundige

21. Historical Collections of Adams County Ohio, donated by L. Alton Brundige

22. Genealogical and Historical Notes On Culpeper Co., VA, donated by L. Alton Brundige

23. Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, PA, by Samuel Wiley, donated by

L. Alton Brundige

24. Trumbull Co., OH Newspaper Obituary Abstracts 1812-1870, Ohio Newspaper Abstracts Series, Vol. 1, by

Michael Clegg, donated by L. Alton Brundige

25. Armstrong Co., PA Area Key by Florence Clint, donated by L. Alton Brundige

26. Adams Co., Ohio, Green TWP Cemeteries, donated by L. Alton Brundige

27. Fayette Co., OH Marriages, Book A: 1810 – 1830 by Fayette Co. Genealogical Society, donated by

L. Alton Brundige

28. Fayette County Chronicle: A Collection of Genealogical and Historical Records, Vol. 1, by Sandy Fackler, donated by L. Alton Brundige

29. Salem County (NJ) in the Revolution by Frank Stewart, donated by L. Alton Brundige

30. Place Names of Salem Co., NJ by Salem Co. Historical Society, donated by L. Alton Brundige

31. Captain William Smith, 1742 – 1820, Salem Co., NJ and Some of His Descendants, donated by

L. Alton Brundige

32. Four maps of Scotland, donated by Jim Murphy

33. Hoosier Genealogist, Vol. 30, #3, Sept. 1999, donated by Pat McCoy

34. Traces, Vol. 11, #3, 1999, donated by Pat McCoy

35. Ireland of the Welcomes, Vol. 47, #2, 1998 and Vol. 48, #3, 1999, donated by Beverly Thornton

36. Oregon Trail Emigrants, Vol. 1 — 5 binders, donated by Iris Graham

37. Microfiche of Northumberland Co., PA Wills


Submitted by Pat Weeks

Land warrants were the first document issued to a person who wanted to obtain land from the state. A Land warrant gave the applicant permission to have the land surveyed. When the survey was returned to the state with a fee, a patent was issued to the individual. There can be many years between the issuing of a warrant and the issuing of a patent, and it may not have been issued to the same person. A patent is the equivalent of a deed between the state and an individual. All land transfers after a patent was issued would be by deed. Most deeds (but not all) were recorded in the county courthouse of the county that had jurisdiction at the time the deed was recorded. This may be the current county, but it could also be any of the parent counties for a particular location. Some deeds were never recorded, and some may have been recorded much later than the date of the deed, some more than 100 years later. Copies of the original documents are available through the PA State Archives in Harrisburg. In most cases, the documents do not include the signature of the person warranting the land. Many of the warrants include the year the land was first settled (listed as the date when interest was to start, almost always on March first). This, however, may not be the date the warrantee settled on the land if the land had changed hands before a warrant was applied for. This information was obtained from the Indiana County, PA Archive section, at website:

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Thank you, Pat, for the above interesting information on warrants. How about the rest of our members? Surely you all have learned something interesting in your ancestral search which would be of interest to all of us. Please send me your gleanings, along with proper references, so that we may include them in future newsletters. Genealogy provides us all with a lifetime of continuous learning.


For those of you interested in German research, the Palmia Genealogy Club of Mission Viejo welcomes you. For more information contact the president, Glenn Witte at

The new group we announced in our July newsletter as "Friends of Family History" has changed its name to "Family History Alliance Foundation, Inc.


The September issue of the CSGA (California State Genealogical Alliance) Newsletter, Vol. 17, No. 9, pg. 121, reported that The Golden State Museum, located at 1020 "O" Street, Sacramento, has been in operation for one year now and will hold its first annual "Family History Weekend", October 2 and 3. There will be lectures and workshops on how to begin family research, how to preserve your documents and photos and how to use the newest computer techniques for genealogists. In addition to classes, exhibits, displays and vendors, the CA State Archives and the Root Cellar's Collection housed there will be open to researchers both days, Sat. 11 am to 4 pm, Sun. noon to 4 pm. For more information call (916) 653-5864 or contact their website at .




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