Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 3 No 12 Editor: Pat Weeks December 1996

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo CA., 92690


Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and are held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA.

21 December 1996 The installation of officers for the upcoming year of 1997 will take place at this meeting. Following our business meeting, we will hold a holiday celebration and social hour. Last years' was a big success, and we hope to see you all this year.

18 January 1997 The topic of this meeting is newspaper research, presented by Mrs. Pat Hall, former President of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society.

15 February 1997 To be announced.

Other Local Events

22 February 1997 The Whittier Area Genealogical Society will hold a seminar at the Masonic Temple, 7604 S. Greenleaf Ave, Whittier. The speaker, Desmond Walls Allen, will discuss "Problem Solving, A Structured Technique", "Public Domain Land Records", and "American State Papers for the Genealogist". Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., non-member reservation of $22., and buffet luncheon $6. Reservations deadline is Feb 15.

Spring Seminar

to Salt Lake Seminar

Orange County California Genealogical Society announces their eleventh annual spring seminar at SLC Family History Library, 13 April - 20 April 1997, includes accommodations, air fare, workshops, speakers, banquet, daily help at the library, cost of $550. Contact Joan Ramboor or Janet Spurgeon. Hurry! These seminars are very popular and fill up fast.

A wonderful way to go to SLC and research, with results almost guaranteed!


We welcome new member:

Cheri Miller

Member Hope Luedeke renewed her membership this month.

Guests at the November meeting were Ed Brockett, Peggy Kelley, Jim Proett, John Pierce and Betty Carpenter.


The following were elected by unanimous consent to the Executive positions for the upcoming year:

President: Janet Franks

Vice President: Judy Deeter

Corr. Secretary: Mel Kinnee

Treasurer: Dorothy Gould.

The position of Secretary is still vacant which will mean a hardship on the Board for the coming year. We are also without someone to chair the Library committee. This Library position is vital for the upcoming year as we anticipate the opening of the new city library in the late 1997.

The SOCCGS Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Arby's Restaurant in El Toro. We generally have full attendance, not that we are so dedicated, but (confessions are in order), we have a good time! Members are free to join us.


SOCCGS wishes to acknowledge a donation from the Cavalier Chapter of the Colonial Dames, Laguna Hills CA. to be used for library purposes.


to founding member Jinx Cockrell, who is recuperating from double knee replacements.


SOCCGS has a wonderful opportunity to contribute to research by volunteering at the National Archives. Many members do volunteer; we attempt to relieve the main research room by providing our expertise on how to do census research, pension and immigration research, etc. There are also a dedicated few who have vowed to keep those machines working and in good order. This group definitely needs more hands. Lastly, there are the volunteers who tackle the textual archives behind those locked doors. These volunteers sort and file and enter information onto databases that eventually become available to the average researcher. Recently the Laguna Hills National Archives completed the Chinese Immigration files and the present project concerns Navajo records. Both are possible due to volunteer help.

Sitting there in boxes are documents not accessible unless people are willing to contribute their skills. It is impossible for the archivists working at the NA to accomplish such a task, but they are there to plan and organize the endeavors of volunteers. Think about it. It would be a noble use of one's time, and future generations of researchers would forever be greatful. For more information, contact

Bill Doty or Karen Langer


The Standing Rules of our newly revised bylaws state that dues will be payable on a calendar year basis beginning this January 1997. This will enable the society to handle a much simpler system of dues collection. So, on January 1 1997 ALL members dues are to be paid. Those members who have memberships previously due before June should pay the full amount. Those members who joined after 30 June 1966 should remit half of the amount. Dues for single membership is $20 per year, for joint membership it is $25 per year. Dues not paid by 1 March 1996 will become delinquent, and membership will be discontinued.


Available to Heirs of the

West Virginia Union Veterans

Many Heirs of West Virginia Union veterans of the CW may be eligible to claim medals struck to honor their ancestors years ago. Approximately 5,000 of the original 26,000 medals authorized by the 1866 West Virginia legislature remain unclaimed. The other 21,000 medals were claimed by the veterans themselves, their immediate families, or their descendants.

The unclaimed medals are stored in the small cardboard boxes in which they arrived from A. Demarest of New York in 1867. Each soldier's name and unit of service is written on the outside of the box in longhand. The medals were struck in three different classes:

Class I: For officers and soldiers in the volunteer army who were honorably discharged.

Class II: For officers and soldiers who were killed in battle.

Class III: For officers and soldiers who died of wounds or diseases contracted in the service.

Each medal is bronze-covered copper and bears the name and regiment of the honored veteran in the milled edge.

To claim an ancestor's medal, a claimant must submit his or her line of descent from the veteran, with documentation to support this line of descent. Copies of birth, death, marriage, will, deed, military, census, or bible records etc supporting each successive generation of the claimant's line would be sufficient documentation to support the claim. Old letters, diaries, marriage announcements or obituaries may also prove helpful in verifying a claim.

The claimant who establishes the most direct relationship to the veteran will be awarded the ancestor's medal six months from the date the claim is received by the Division of Culture and History. The six month waiting period allows for sufficient verification of the claim and to give other descendants the opportunity to place claims to the medal.

Any individual who has an ancestor who fought in a West Virginia Union regiment may submit that veteran's name, rank, unit of service, date of enlistment and age, if known, along with a self addressed stamped envelope and the division will check the list of unclaimed medals to determine if, indeed, a medal does remain to honor that particular veteran. Such inquiries, as well as documented claims, should be submitted to Archives and History, Division of Culture and History, The Cultural Center, Charleston WV 25305(Handout, Division of Culture and History, West Virginia.)


by Judy Deeter

While most visitors to Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California, are attracted to the facility by Samson, "The Hot Tub Bear", or the park's new miniature railroad, genealogists and historians find an older monument attractive too.

On the shore of the Park's lake is a monument to the Spanish American War. On the monument is a muster roll of Company L, 7th California Infantry, Spanish American War, naming the men of the group. On another side of the monument is a plaque recalling the sinking of the ship USS Maine in the Havana Cuba harbor on February 15, 1898. In fact, that plaque was cast from metal from the ship.

"Guarding" the monument is a howitzer brought to California during the Civil War and assigned to the California Volunteers at the Drum Barracks in Wilmington, California. The cannon of the weapon was cast in 1853 by the Ames Company Foundry of Chicopee Massachusetts.

Note: The park entrance is in the City of Orange on Jamboree Road north of East Chapman Avenue.

(Ed. Note: When things slow down after the holidays, this editor hopes to get to the monument and record the names of the veterans to include in a future newsletter.)

Tip of the Month

From "News'n'Notes", Dec 1996,

St Louis Genealogical Society

The electronic age assists genealogists when they write their family histories. Many have computers; however, few have scanners.

An ancestor's signature, a map, or a photo will greatly enhance the book, but scanners are still too expensive for most writers to justify the cost for a single book. If this is your problem, you may be able to use the following strategy to solve it.

If your computer has a modem, have someone fax the "graphic" from a standard fax machine, which transfers an image it did not create (Office service stores will do this if you don't have access to one) to your computer. Print out the "message" and you have it ready to fit into the text of your book. If you don't have a modem for your computer, ask a friend who does have one to be the receiver of the fax and transfer it to a floppy disk that fits your computer.

Either way, you will have the benefit of a scanner without the expense, and your family history will have the added advantage of your own illustrations.

I climbed my family tree and found it wasn't worth the climb. And so, I scrambled down convinced it was a waste of time. Some branches of my tree, I found, were rotten to the core. And all the tree was full of was sap and hung with nuts galore. I used to brag about my kinfolk before I made the climb. But truth compels me now to tell of those not worth a dime. And I beg my friends who boast aloud of their ancestors great, to climb their family tree and learn of those who weren't so straight. I've learned what family trees are like, that's why I scrambled down. They're like a tater vine, because the best are underground.

(Author unknown. Gen Soc. Of North Orange Co CA, October 1996)


Abstracted from Georgia Dent's column re genealogy in the Orange County Register, November 21, 1996. A reader asked about doing Scottish research and this was the reply:

Scotland has a national archive. It has two main parts. The Old Register House stores deeds, court records, church and private archives. The New Register House has civil registration records (births, deaths marriages) census records and parish registers. The address is : National archives of Scotland, P.O. Box 36 H.M. General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a large collection of microfilmed Scottish records, and can be borrowed for research at the branch Family History Center.

You might write to the Scottish Genealogy Society, 21 Howard Place, Edinburgh 3, Scotland.

Several reference books could be helpful with research ideas and addresses to write. They include Gerald Hamilton-Edwards' "In Search of Scottish Ancestry", and Alwyn James' "Scottish Roots: A Step-by-Step Guide for Ancestor Hunters".


Tools and trades of our Ancestors

Colporteur=book peddler


Dowser=water finder

Almoner=giver to charity for the needy

Boniface=inn keeper

Stuffgownsman=Jr. Barrister


Glazier=window glass man

Hooper=made hoops for casks

(From Gen Soc No. Orange Co CA, August 1996)

???My sister and I can't agree on the answer to this puzzle. If John is the same relation to Joe as Rick is to Joe's son, and Rick is the same relation to John as Joe is to Rick, what relation is John to Joe??? (From Marilyn von Savant `s article, Parade Magazine, Orange County Register) Answer will be in next month's Trails


On page 74 is a pedigree chart of the Winthrop family submitted by Dorothy Gould. Here is a list of graves to be found in King's Chapel Burial Ground, Boston Mass.

John Winthrop 1588-1649

First Governor of Massachusetts

John Winthrop the Younger 1606-1676

First Governor of Connecticut

Maj Gen. Fitz John Winthrop 1638-1707

Governor of Connecticut

Maj Gen Wait Still Winthrop 1642-1717

Chief Justice of Massachusetts

Adam Winthrop 1647-1700

Colonel Adam Winthrop 1676-1743

Prof. John Winthrop LLD 1714-1779

Ann Winthrop 1756-1789

Wife of David Sears

Thomas Lindall Winthrop 1760-1841

Lieut. Gov. Massachusetts

Francis William Winthrop 1799-1819

Thomas Lindall Winthrop 1834-1920


1 Tsp. Sugar 1 or 2 Qts. Rum

1 Cup Dried Fruit 1 Tbsp. Brown sugar

1 Tsp. Soda 1 Cup Butter

2 Eggs Baking Powder

1 Cup Flour Lemon Juice & Nuts

Before starting, sample rum at room temperature. Select a large mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc. Sample rum again; it must be just right. To be sure rum is of proper quality, pour one level cup into glass and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat.

With electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 seaspoon of thugar and beat again. Meanwhile, make sure rum is still at room temperature, otherwise try another cup. Open second quart if necessary. Add leggs, 2 cups of fried fruit and beat til high. If fuid gets stuck in beaters, pry loose with drewscriber. Sample that rum again, checking for tonscisticity. Next sip three cups pepper or sale (really doesn't matter). Sample 1 teensy weensy cup of rum. Shift 1/2 pint lemon juice. Fold in chopped butter and the strained nuts. Add 1 babblespoon of brown sugar - or whatever color you can find. Wix mell. Grease oven. Turn cake pan to 350 gredees. Pour mess into boven and ake. Check run again and bo to ged. (The Journal, San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, November 1996)


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