Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 2 No 12 Editor: Pat Weeks December 1995

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo CA 92690


Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Satruday of each month and are held from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Oso Viejo Drive, Mission Viejo.

16 December 1995 Installation of the new Board for 1996 will take place. The end of the year reports from committee leaders will be presented at this meeting also. Following will be a social hour.

20 January 1996 Our own John Smith will demonstrate use of the Internet as it applies to helping the genealogist. John plans to hook into the telephone system and project the text on screen for all to see. This meeting appears to be a high interest subject and should give us a packed house.

17 February 1996 Program to be announced later.


6 December 1995 So. CA Gen. Soc. will hold a French Canadian Workshop, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Room of the Burton Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Contact Ann LeBlanc Barrillas for more information at (818)769-0790

19-20 January 1996 The New England Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at Long Beach at the Sheridan Hotel. The local host is SCGS. For more

information call (617)536-5740, Ext. 202

16-18 February 1996 Conference of California Historical Society, in Ontario CA.

13-14 April 1996 So. CA. Gen. Soc.'s 27th Annual Genealogical Jamboree will be held at Pasadena Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena CA. Hours are 8:30-5:30 on April 13 and 9:00-5:00 on April 14th. For more information contact SCGS, P.O.Box 4377, Burbank CA.


Welcome to five new members:

Ida Mae Monroe R-0158

Alice Rosellini R-0159

Jeanne Barrett R-0160

Nancy Dionne R-0161

Ray & Betty Cherry R-0162

Membership renewals received this month from members Gertrude Labhard, Tony DeWitte, Susan Underbrink, Marion Pearl and Diane Singer.


Please take time to look at your mailing label on this newsletter. The numbers on the left above your name represent your renewal date, and we ask you to send in your renewal as soon as your anniversary comes up. The number on the right is your membership number; "F" means Founding member, and "R" means regular member. Please use your membership number when renewing or when corresponding with the Society.

To access the newsletter via Internet, you use the address:


By unanimous vote, the following were elected at the November meeting:

President, John Smith

Vice President: Judy Deeter

Rec. Secretary: Roseanne Orewyler

Corr. Secretary: Mel Kinnee

Treasurer: Ruby White


Rich Faber will be at our December meeting and will again copy old pictures for any member wishing to take advantage of his generous offer. Rich will make a negative and one 3 x 5 copy for the price of $3.00 per picture. Those having copies made at our November meeting will receive their orders at the December meeting, unless they had made other plans.


Some of the new acquisitions now available from Salt Lake City through the Family History Center are:197 reels on births, stillbirths and delayed registrations for Ontario Canada, 1869-1897, 302 reels of marriages 1869-1912 with index 1873-1913; 313 reels of deaths 1869-1923 and index 1869-1922. Ohio death certificates between 1908-1921 with index 1908-1911 covers 328 reels. Tennessee deaths between 1914-42 are on 418 reels. For the state of Washington the birth index from 1907-1954, and births 1907-1951 are contained on 957 reels. British Columbia death registrations from 1872-1944 on 117 reels and marriages 1872-1919 and births, 1872 are also available now. (CSGA Newsletter, November 1995)


By Claire Prechtel-Kluskens

(Excerpts taken from the article that appeared in The Record, September 1995.)

Have you done all of your census research? Many genealogists fail to use the "nonpopulation" census schedules of agriculture, manufacturing, mortality and social statistics. These census schedules can add very valuable information about your ancestors and provide information about the communities in which they lived.

Agricultural schedules of 1850, 1860 and 1870 provide the following information for each farm: name of owner or manager, number of improved and unimproved acres, cash value of the farm, machinery, livestock, animals slaughtered during the past year and "Homemade manufactures". They also indicate the number of horses, mules, milch cows, working oxen, other cattle, sheep and swine owned by the farmer. Also noted are amounts of crops produced during the preceeding year. The 1880 schedules provide additional details such as the amount of acreage used for each crop, number of poultry and number of eggs produced. However, in 1850, small farms that produced less than $100 worth of products were not included. By 1870 farms of less than three acres which produced less than $500 worth of products were not included on the schedules.

Manufacturing schedulesin 1820, 1850 and 1860 reported the name of the manufacturer, type of business or product, amount of capital invested,quantities,kinds and value of product produced, machinery used, number of men and women employed and average monthly cost of workers employed. Details increased in 1870 and 1880.

The mortality schedules record deaths in the year preceding the taking of the census. For example, the 1860 mortality schedule includes persons who died between June 1 1859 and May 31, 1860. For each person, the following information is listed: name, age, sex, marital status, state or country of birth, month of death, occupation, cause of death, and the length of the final illness.

Social statistics schedules provide information about a community. From 1850 through 1870 they indicate the value of real estate, annual taxes, number of schools, teachers, pupils, libraries, church denominations, criminals, paupers, laborers, carpenters, etc. These schedules provide only statistical data, not information about specific individuals.

These schedules are in the National Archives or the appropriate state archives.The microfilm can be rented through private venders or the Family History Centers.


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