Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 8 No 12 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...December 2001

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.


Our December meeting promises to be both fun and interesting.  There will be a very short business meeting, that will include the installation of the officers for 2002.  We will be meeting in the Institute Building as usual, and hope to see many of you there.

We will visit CHRISTMAS PAST with readings by Judy Deeter.  And to go along with the readings, how about a display of old family holiday pictures?  If you have some to share, please bring them to the meeting.  We will also welcome holiday pictures depicting our nation’s past.

This is the meeting to which we bring our favorite holiday cookie or other goodie. If you like, please bring a small portion to share.  Please don’t feel that you must contribute in order to attend. We always have more than enough.  Your presence is most important. Beverages and paper products will be supplied.

During this special meeting we will have ample time to get acquainted and to chat, genealogically or otherwise.  Plus, everyone attending will be eligible for the gift drawing.

Mary Jo McQueen


15 December 2001 At this meeting the new Board Members will be installed. As is our custom, this meeting is reserved for informal socializing with other members. In the past we have all felt our Holiday meeting to be very special because it gives us ample time to get around to everyone and chat. Refreshments will be served, and members are certainly welcome to share their special treats with the group.

19 January 2002 The guest speaker this month is Wendy Elliott Scheinberg, and her talk will center on how records are managed at the county courthouses. These are the records genealogists rely on such as marriage, county court, land records,, etc. The courthouse clerks and other record keepers were responsible for indexing and organizing these records. Because these records were created for the use of those living who had to use or refer to them all the time, they frequently are not arranged or indexed in the manner that we expect. This topic appears to be very informative and this editor is looking forward to hearing the speaker on this subject.

2002 Board Members

The following were elected to office for the upcoming year and will be installed at our December meeting: President, Mary Jo McQueen; Vice President, Judy Deeter; Recording Secretary, Joe Barney; Corresponding Secretary, Pat Weeks; Treasurer, Ruby White


Guests at our November meeting were Richard and Marianne Raver


Iris Graham reminds us that it is time for dues to be paid for the upcoming year. Iris has been accepting dues as of last month to apply to the new year and urges members to get the dues in early. Every year she relates to the board the efforts put forth to remind people to pay their dues. It takes much time to call and remind members. Pay early if at all possible. Iris has done a great job for all these years and deserves our assistance


31 December 2002 is the deadline for submitting your article in the Southern California Genealogical society’s 2nd Annual Writing Contest. This competition is designed to promote fresh and lively writing, combined with solid research principles in the fields of genealogy and family and local history.. The rules and directions are available at the sign in desk.

12 January 2002 The San Diego Genealogical Society’s Annual Luncheon will host Mary E. V. Hill, who will speak on Vital Land and Probate records, immigration prior to 1776 and Homestead case files. The price is $35 which includes lunch. If interested, Contact Bonnie Fago at (619)579-6587. Reservations must be made before January 9th.

23 February 2002 Whittier Area Annual Seminar features Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG as speaker. For more information contact Jean Bogart (626)333-1194 or see the WAGS webpage:

13-14 April 2002 Southern California Genealogical Society’s Annual Genealogical Jamboree will be held at Pasadena. Info: (818)843-7247 or <>

7-10 August 2002 The 2002 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will be hosted next summer by the CA State Genealogical Alliance at the Ontario Convention Center. The conference will celebrate the ethnic diversity of this country since its founding, and lectures and activities will emphasize all the many cultures in our society today and how they influence the work of today's genealogists. Details will be posted on the FGS Website at You can also write FGS, PO Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.


The latest acquisition at our local National Archives is the Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, beginning 1 July 1902 and ending 31 December 1943. It is filed as T-641, and is made up of 744 microfilm rolls. Surnames are catalogued by Soundex. I must warn you though, bring your magnifying glass because the print is quite small.


Donated by Dorothy Ann Laeger;

Ross County Ohio Families, Vol 11, Ross Co Gen Soc.

Marriage Records of Ross Co OHIO 1798-1849, compiled by Robert Casari

State Centennial History of the County of Ross Ohio, Vol 11

Compiled by Ross Co Gen Soc.

History of Ohio, Vol V, by Charles B. Galbreath

History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio

Other Donations

"Discovering Your Female Ancestors, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack,

History of Catawba Co NC, Comp: Catawba Gen Soc, donated by Dever Oxford family

American Indians, Guide to records at the National Archives, donated by above.

Unknown Donors:

The Dauntless Davidsons, by Edith White

Who’s Who in the Pacific Southwest

Generation to Generation: Jewish Genealogy

American Wills & Administrations, comp. By Peter Wilson Coldham

The Genealogy of Jacob & Michael Van Wagoner, Jr, comp. By Philp Woodrow Vam Wagoner

A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio, Vol I

A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio, Vol II

Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio, Vols I and II

Ohio Statistics, 1900

Ohio Centennial Celebration, 1903

Federal Land Series, Vol I, 1788 – 1810

Federal Land Series, Vol II 1799 – 1835

Federal Land Series, Vol III, 1810 – 1814

History of Ohio, Vols I, II, III, IV

Pascagoula River Country (Mississippi)

Psychic Roots

Relatives Cheer Bill Clearing Salem Witches

November 2, 2001 8:12 am EST By Christopher Noble

BOSTON (Reuters) - Descendants of those executed during the infamous 17th century witch hunts in Salem, Massachusetts, were cheering on Thursday after the last of their wrongly accused ancestors were exonerated.
In a move that brings an end to a 300-year controversy haunting the state of Massachusetts, acting Gov. Jane Swift approved a bill that lears the accused witches hanged in 1692 and 1693.
"It's a great thing. They should have been exonerated a long time ago,"said Sharon Tirone, whose ancestor Sara Wildes was hanged on Gallows Hill near Salem and then exonerated in 1711.
"These relatives were very distraught about this, they really took it to heart and they fought very hard for this," she told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Swift signed the bill on Wednesday as the town of Salem, which was rocked by the colonial-era hysteria, was in the midst of its annual celebration of Halloween.
Twenty-four men and women were hanged, crushed to death or died in prison during the witch hunt, which has grown into a symbol of the perils of group-think and superstition.
The incidents were used as the basis for Arthur Miller's award-winning 1953 play "The Crucible," which drew parallels between the witch hunt and congressional hearings into perceived subversives and Communists.
The bill exonerates Susannah Martin (10th great grandmother of SOCCGS member
Karyn Schumaker
), Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott and Wilmot Redd and was brought to the state legislature by descendants of some of the women accused and executed.
"The governor thought that Halloween was an appropriate day to sign this bill," said Shawn Feddeman, a spokeswoman for Swift.
In 1711, the legislature issued a general amnesty that exonerated all but six of the accused witches. In 1957 the state legislature passed a resolution exonerating Ann Pudeator, who was hanged.
This bill finishes the job, said Paul Tirone, who sponsored the bill.


Meetings of the Colonial Dames Society have resumed here in South County. This organization will meet four times a year in Laguna Woods. "Any American woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, is eligible for membership, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographic area of the present United States of America. Documentary proof is required. If interested in joining this patriotic

organization, contact Sandra Harris, (760) 754-1015 and.or Registrar Mary Bump (949)830-8429. Schedule of meetings for the coming year are as follows: February 9th; May 11th; September 14th and November 9th.


Do all of you know of Gustave Anjou? Well, you should make a special effort to get to know more about him, he has probably made his presence into your genealogy efforts.

Gustave Anjou was born in Sweden in 1863. He came to this country around 1890, but before arriving here he had spent time in prison for forgery.

He was a clever man, and found he could construct genealogies for others and make a good living doing it. His fees ranged from $250 to well over $10,000, depending on what the client was willing to pay.

Gustave produced his reports in a relatively short period of time. These reports were always in manuscript form and were only for his clients. Doing the research and writing the report took approximately three weeks, and many times included a coat of arms, surname history, etc. Anjou interwove false documents interspersed with existing records that could be proven. He was not above inventing wills, births, deaths, anything to make the customer happy! He even cited towns and parishes that never existed. The client was delighted with the information and never doubted the genuineness of the report.

When times got tough in later years, he began publishing these bogus pedigrees, which of course got copied by unknowing amateurs looking for their own pedigrees. They were copied ad nauseum and reprinted, corrupting many of the materials we rely on today and assume to be good sources. There is a moral to this story: Check the original source!!!

More can be learned about this subject on the website "America’s First Families",

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