Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 9 No 12 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...December 2002

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.




WOW! You all are awesome! Our November Seminar was a grand success due to the many members who helped before, during and after, and also to those of you who attended. We had 84 paid reservations for a total of $840. Our expenses were $825.75. How's that for breaking

even and having a ton of fun? Plus, the book-sale table garnered $248.


The total amount received from the sale of Quilt Opportunity Tickets was $417. Don Wilgus, husband of member Barbara Wilgus, was the lucky winner. Thank you so much to all who bought and sold tickets. The $$ will be used to benefit our genealogy library. If you have any preference as to how this money is to be spent, now is the time to speak up! Simply pass the message along to me or another of the board members.


Let's take a couple of hours out of our busy holiday schedules to meet with fellow genealogists on December's third Saturday. At this traditional meeting we will have the installation of officers for 2003. Judy Deeter will favor us with Holiday Readings. Members are encouraged to share special holiday memories and/or genealogical tidbits of a holiday nature. Of course, we will have an abundance of culinary goodies. If you wish, please bring a "small" amount of your favorite holiday treat. There is always plenty for everyone, so your attendance is the most important. You may even be rewarded with a door prize!


Suggestions for possible programs will be gratefully accepted. The survey at the October meeting strongly suggested programs dealing with genealogy on the Internet. So far, one presentation on this topic has been scheduled. If you have knowledge of an interesting genealogical

speaker please pass along the information.

Thank You,

Mary Jo McQueen


21 Dec 2002 This will be our Christmas party and a time for us to all socialize. If you can find the time to make your favorite treat, bring some along for us all to try. There will be a short business meeting to ratify the election of our new slate of officers. Then we party!


8 Dec 2002 The Jewish Genealogy Society will meet at the Jewish Community Center at Red Hill and Baker streets in Costa Mesa at 2 pm. Their large reference and research library will be available for browsing. For additional information, contact Michelle Sandler at (714) 891-0788 or

19 Jan 2003 The Pommern Special Interest Group will meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the IGS Library, 1310 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA. Millie and Ron Akers will speak on, "The Hunt for the Koesterke Family of Pommern/Bolhynia/America". The origins of this family appear to be in Kreis Rummelsburg during the 1850s, migrating north of Rovno, Ukraine from 1870 to 1890s and then to Oregon in 1892. The Koesterkes are Millie's paternal grandparents and the research took them to Europe four times covering Poland, Germany and the Ukraine. The results has produced seven books documenting their family history.


The GENTECH conference, previously scheduled for Jan. 16-18, 2003 in Phoenix, AZ, has been cancelled due to the merger of Gentech with NGS. The next conference will be held in early 2004. To read more about the merger of these two societies, go to:


In January we will be launching a new website design class for members who are interested in getting their own genealogy on line. John Smith and our Webmaster, Herb Abrams, have kindly offered to conduct the class which will be held at the Mission Viejo Library on Sunday, Jan. 5th, from 1-3 p.m. in the Sherri Butterfield Room. We are not limiting the class, and it is open to all. However, reservations are necessary as we will be limited somewhat by the size of the room. John has a laptop computer that he will have hooked up to the Internet and to an over-head projector. He plans to build a webpage in class and upload it into Geocities. So, by the end of the first session we should all be ready to proceed. Any need for additional follow-up sessions will be determined at that time. This should be a good hands-on workshop for those who are seriously contemplating creating their own website, but don't hesitate to come even if you aren't ready for this yet. It should be an excellent opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of this computer tool. If you want to see what can be done, take a look at Herb Abrams' website at and To reserve your seat in class, call Gail Gilbert at (949) 498-6784 or email

P.S. To read why you should register your website's copyright and how to protect your copyright against third party website owners, read On-Line Copying Is (Generally) Not Fair Use, by Joshua J. Kaufman at



Nebraska, Madison County Platbook 1899, McDowell Publications

Biographies of Alaska-Yukon Pioneers, Vols. 2 & 4, Ed Ferrell

John Howland of the Mayflower, Vols. 1 & II, E. P. White

The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution, Thomas P. Slaughter

Mississippi Marriages Early to 1825, Edt. Jordan R. Dodd, Heritage Quest

Brown County (New Ulm), Minnesota Pioneers & Their Families, Dr. L. A. Fritsche

Cherokee Land Lottery, James F. Smith

Emigrants in Chains, Peter W. Coldman

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Genealogies, George s. Brown

More Psychic Roots, Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

The Palatine Families, Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

The Palatine Families of New York, vol. I & II, Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

More Palatine Families, Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

Even More Palatine Families, Vol. 1, 2, 3, Henry Z. Jones

Palatine Families of Ireland, Henry Z. Jones


Descendants of Albert & Arent Andriessen Bradt, C. B. Biasca

California State Society DAR - Library Catalogue


Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, William H. Egle (in memory of Robert Cocklin, Karen's uncle)


Camden County History, Missouri

Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Greenwood


Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors, Jonas & Milner


Coleraine In By-Gone Centuries, T. H. Mullin

Coleraine In Georgian Times, T. H. Mullin

Coleraine In Modern Times, T. H. Mullin

Families of Ballyrashane: A District in Northern Ireland, T. H. Mullin

Knickerbocker History of New York, D. Knickerbocker

Kings and Queens of Early Britain, Geoffrey Ashe

Bonnie Prince Charlie: A Biography, C. Erickson

New Jersey Archives, Abstracts of Wills, Vol. V 1771-1780, A. Honeyman

New Jersey Archives Newspaper Abstracts Vol. I 1776-1777, W. Stryker

Revolutionary Muster Rolls Vol. II 1775-1783: NY Historical Society Collections 1915

The Ancestor Trail in Ireland, D. F. Begley

Life & Times of Louis XIV

Belfast Gravestone Inscriptions Vol. 1, 2 &3

County Antrim Gravestone Inscriptions Vol. 1, 2 & 19

The Heart of Down: Old Banbridge Families

Old Families of Carrickfergus & Ballynure

Potawatomi Indians of Michigan 1843-1904, R. C. Lantz

History of England Before the Norman Conquest, Sir Charles Oman

Sir Walter Scott: The Great Unknown, Edgar Johnson


from Herb Abrams, Webmaster & Publicity Chairman

Some of you may not know that SOCCGS has a mailing list that is hosted by Rootsweb. If you have e-mail, I would encourage you to join that list. This is a way for you to keep updated on the latest happenings in our society and for you to make any announcements that you think the society should know about. When you send a message to the list it goes to everyone who is subscribed to the list. Right now we have about 50 people, and if you are not already among this elite group, here is how you subscribe to the SOCCGS Mailing List:

To subscribe, send a message to, and include the word subscribe in the body of the message and no other text. No subject line is necessary, but if your software requires one, just use the word subscribe in the subject too.

To post to the list, send your e-mail message to

If you ever want to leave the List, just send a message to that contains in the body of the message the word unsubscribe and no other text.

Lately there has been a lively discussion about when and where to have the genealogy web page design class. So, if you want to keep in touch, and have a voice in some of the decision making, you have to subscribe.


If you haven't already heard, the complete 1880 U. S. Census is now on-line at the LDS site, This is the culmination of a seventeen year project by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and is an amazing feat, and they are allowing anyone to use this database for FREE. It is fully searchable. You can go in with simply a surname, or you can indicate a full name, the state where born, the state where living, children's names, race, and county where living. Just go to the "familysearch" site and click on the label to the left of the page for 1880 census. It's so easy, it's unbelievable.

I personally have been having fun looking up all my grandparents etc. - just to make sure they were alive. I couldn't find one and got exasperated after giving all the variations of his name I could think of. Then I looked up another relative, found him and proceeded to look at both of his adjacent neighbors, and lo and behold, there was the greatgrandfather I couldn't find before, name abbreviated, right next door. So, having the census in the actual order that it was taken in is a big help. You can essentially view the neighborhood. For example, I found that a couple of one ancestor's married children were actually living in houses on their father's land. However, I have been unable to find another greatgrandfather or any of his children at all, even though I know just where they were living. I suspect, being in a rural locale, this family simply got passed over. It does happen.

I can't be more enthusiastic about this 1880 census. It not only gives us important data, like full names of children, where they and the parents were born, and their occupations, but, since the 1890 Census was lost, it provides the last complete census of the 19th century. And I don't even need to leave home to search it. Amazing! Thank you LDS!


Debera J. Knox and Ann Browning have joined us. Ann is researching BURT and BARTLETT in England and the Orphan Train. Welcome aboard.


NOTE: The proposed bylaws changes will be voted on at the January 2003 meting. Changes are underlined below. There will a more complete copy of the changes available at the January meeting. The shortened presentation here is to save space.



.......... which at all times will operate as a tax exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. DELETE (of 1986.)


Section 2. Application for Membership CHANGE prescribe to (require.)

C. (Change C to read) Member's name shall be removed from the membership rolls if dues are not paid by March 1st. Member may be reinstated upon payment of dues.

(Remove D, becomes part of C)


Section 2. Duties of Officers

B. (Change B to read) The Vice President shall perform the duties of the office of President in the absence of the President and shall act as Program Chairman. Programs shall be secured at least six months into the year following his/her term of office.

C. DELETE (delivering permanent records to the Historian of the Society's archives at appropriate intervals.)

E. The Treasurer shall submit a recommended budget for each new fiscal year, for the Executive Board's approval, at the first (second) Executive Board meeting of the new year.

The Executive Board's approved budget is to (shall be) submitted and voted upon at the first (second) general meeting of the new year.

F. CHANGE shall to (may)

G.(Change to read) The previous year's Officers shall present annual reports, and related documents, to the Historian at the January meeting.


Section 1. Appointment: CHANGE which to (who) CHANGE their to (his/her)

Section 2. Standing Committees

D.(BECOMES C) The Librarian shall process and manage all acquisitions for the library. The Librarian is the Chief of the Society library staff and the Chair of the Book Selection

Committee. The Librarian shall manage money donated at the library for Society materials (copies, duplicate sales, etc.) and use it as needed to buy library supplies, maintain and bind

books. Funds needed in excess of this are processed through the Society Treasurer. The Librarian is the Society contact with the Library staff. (CHANGED TO READ)

(C. Librarian shall process and manage all acquisitions for the library. The Librarian is the Chief of the Society Library Staff. The Librarian shall manage money donated at the library for Society materials and use it as needed to buy library supplies, maintain equipment and bind books. Funds needed in excess of this are processed through the Society Treasurer. The Librarian shall present a monthly report, at the board meeting, of moneys received and spent.) ADD D. (A Library Committee shall be appointed to assist the Librarian in duties pertaining to the successful operation of the library. The Librarian shall be Chairman of this Committee. A member of this committee shall make a report to the general meeting in the absence of the Librarian.)

C. (BECOMES E) A Book Selection Committee shall meet as needed to assist the Librarian in selecting new books for the Society Library collection. ADD (The Librarian shall be Chairman of this Committee.)

(F) (E becomes F)

(G) (F becomes G) Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for the overall makeup and final drafting, printing and mailing of the newsletter. DELETE (materials for use in the newsletter as necessary and is chief of the editorial staff.)

(H) (G becomes H)

(I) (H becomes I)

(J) (I becomes J)

(K) (J becomes K)

DELETE (K. Publisher shall be responsible for the printing and distribution of all publications, including the newsletter.)

Section 3. Annual Reports

The previous year's Standing Committee chairpersons shall present annual reports and all related documents to the historian at the January general meeting.


Section 1. DELETE (plus the Immediate Past President.)


Section 2. Nominations

A. Change to read: The Nominating Committee shall present a list of at least one nominee for each office being vacated to the Executive Board and to the General Membership meetings in October.

B. Nominations may be made by the general membership from the floor at the October and November meetings. Each nominee must be present or have given written consent to serve.

Delete (if elected.)

Section 3 - Voting

A. DELETE (in full)

Section 4. Term of Office

DELETE B. The President may serve no longer than two (2) consecutive terms. He/She may be elected to an office after an interval of one year.

(C becomes B) A person may hold only one elective office at any one time.

DELETE D. All Executive Board resignations must be presented in writing to the Executive Board within 30 days of anticipated resignation date.


The Nominating Committee shall recommend candidates for vacancies to the President. Add - (After consulting with the nominating committee and with the approval of the Executive Board,) the President shall Delete (by appointment and with the approval of the Executive Board,) fill any vacancy in any elective office.


Section 2. Inability or Absence DELETE (for the protection of the Society.)


Members of the Bylaws Committee: Chairman Shirley Fraser, Sandy Crowley, Ruth Loustaunau, Bunny Smith

Mary Jo McQueen, ex-officio member

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NOTE: When renewing your membership, please include your email address, if you have one, so we may include you in a membership email directory.


A roster of all the current courses is maintained at our library. Be sure to check at the desk for details.

1. Continuous classes are offered at the Mission Viejo Family History Center at 27976 Marguerite Parkway. For a current schedule or to register call (949) 364-2742.

2. For information on classes held at the Orange FHC, 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, call Beth McCarty at (714) 998-3408.

3. Classes for beginners and intermediates in Computer-assisted Genealogy are offered each month by the Orange County CA Genealogy Society in the General Meeting Room of the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA for a fee of $4 for non-members, payable at the door. See for schedule.

4. The schedule for NARA workshops is available by calling (949) 360-2641.

5. The British Isles Family History Society (BIFHS) holds classes monthly at the LA FHC of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., W. LA. Classes and parking are free. For information contact Dorothy Losee at (310) 838-6085,

6. Classes are offered monthly by the LA Family History Center, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles which offer a wide variety of topics. To see the schedule for the current month, go to their website at or call (310) 474-9990.

7. Brigham Young University's Department of Independent Studies offers two free online genealogy courses, Finding Your Ancestors and Providing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors. See for details.

8. Community College genealogy courses can be found listed at the website: Many of these are also free online.

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