Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 7 No 2 ......Editor: Gail Gilbert ......February 2000

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.

SOCCGS EVENTS

19 February 2000
This meeting will be a "surprise" as the speaker has not yet been scheduled.

OTHER SOUTHERN CA EVENTS

26 February 2000
The Whittier Area Genealogical Society will hold their Annual Seminar with featured speaker, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, titled "Research in the Heartland TX, OK, KS, NE, MO." Deadline for registration is Feb 16. This sounds like such a worthwhile seminar and so nearby that we are enclosing the flier in this newsletter to answer all your questions and make your registration easier. The number to call for more information is (562) 695-5431.

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IN MEMORIUM

We have just learned that Lowell Smith, one of the founders of our society, died in October. Lowell was a dedicated docent and volunteer, and he is sorely missed. We will be purchasing a book in his memory, and we offer our sincere condolences to his wife.

SAFARI PLANS

Rich Faber will no longer be serving as Safari Leader. Our new leader will be Janet Franks who can be reached at (949) 496-8428. The January 27th trip was planned for the Burbank and SAR libraries. Remember, the trip is announced ahead at the general meeting or you can call Janet or simply appear at the FHC parking lot at 9:30 am on the 4th Wed. of the month to join the Safari.

MEMBERSHIP

Our membership chairman, Iris Graham, informs us that we had 14 guests at our last meeting for Toni Perrone's talk on Italian research. We also have three new members for this month: Joseph P. Caiozzo, Lee Kraft and Janet Parsons. Welcome! Also, note the following reminder,

DUES ARE DUE!

SOCCGS "E-MAIL LIST"

Our Webmaster, Herb Abrams reports that we now have a new address for the SOCCGS e-mail list. This is an e-mail address where you can send a message and it will go to all the members who are subscribed to the list. To subscribe - send a message to SOCCGS-L-request@rootsweb.com that contains only the word - subscribe - in the body of the message, nothing else. To send a message - address it to SOCCGS-L@rootsweb.com and it will be sent to all members who have subscribed. Many thanks to Rootsweb for providing space for our mailing list as well as our newsletter. We encourage our members to contribute to the Rootsweb organization. For instructions for making a donation, visit their site at http://www.rootsweb.com.

NARA NEWS

The local branch of the National Archives has just received a whole file cabinet full of City Directories on microfilm for the year 1930 in preparation for the 1930 census which will be released in 2002. Since there are only 10 states that are fully indexed for that year, these directories, along with enumeration district maps, will be invaluable for finding your people in those cities. The states that will have full indexes are AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and there are indexes for some counties in KY and WV.

Herb Abrams also notes that the Archives will be having an inspection from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 and suggests that we plan to spend some time there during that week to make them look good and busy.

NARA Genealogical Workshop Schedule

For information and to register, call (949) 360-2641 or look up archives@laguna.nara.gov.

Feb. 10 Introduction to Military Genealogy Resources

Feb. 24 Introduction to NARA (and Other) Resources on the Internet

Mar. 2 Introduction to Genealogical Resources

Mar. 30 Introduction to Ships' Passenger Arrival & Naturalization Records

Apr. 13 Preserving your Family's History

QUERY
- STRATHEARN

Researching ancestors of Thomas Newton STRATHEARN; born 24 July 1815, Hart Hill, Lanark, Scotland; married Helen Russell (born 1 Jan 1814) 19 Jan 1838. Emigrated with three children in 1849, along with his sister's family aboard the "Malabar". Sister Janet, her husband, Alexander Gray McCONNELL and four children eventually settled at Belle Plaines, Scott Co., MN. Thomas settled Braddock, Allegheny Co., PA. Contact: Barbara Nash, Box 1015, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, (949) 770-6274, or bfnash@pacbell.net.

SURNAME SEARCHING

Kathy LaVenture@aol.com
or (949) 716-0641

1. VOGT, 1809 Grenchen, Switzerland>MO

2. GURTLER, 1810 Allschveill, Switzerland

3. BOS, 1836 Rijkevoort, Wanroij, Holland>WI

4. MAHONEY, 1845 Kerry, Ireland>Ontario, Canada

5. COUGHLIN, 1850 Ireland>Ontario, Canada

6. SCHUSTER, 1801 Prussia>Wisconsin

7. MILLER, 1840 Meurick, Germany>WI

8. LIESS, 1826 Hanover, Germany>Ohio>MO

9. HILDABRANDT, Hanover, Germany>OH

10. HOLLY, 1827 Kentucky

11. ROBINSON, 1806 Kentucky>TN>MO>Iowa

12. TURLIS, Greece>New Hampshire

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LIBRARY NEWS

Our librarian, Betty Mc Kenzie, informs us that we still need docents and substitutes to help out at our library desk. She notes that, if someone is hesitating to volunteer because they are concerned about not being computer literate, Herb Abrams, our webmaster, has graciously volunteered to come over to the library any time and work with them individually until they feel comfortable with our computers and CDs. If you are interested in helping out, call Betty at 830-0164 or e-mail her at macsplac@ix.netcom.com.

JANUARY 2000 LIBRARY ADDITIONS

1. Local HistoryToday, Papers Presented at Four Regional Workshops for Local Historical Organizations in Indiana June, 1978-April, 1979 by Indiana Historical Society.

2. This Land of Ours: The Acquisition and Disposition of the Public Domain by Indiana Historical Society.

3. Robert Dale Oven's Travel Journal 1827 edited by Josephine M. Elliott

4. Contest for Empire 1500 - 1775 by Indiana Historical Society

5. This Realm of England 1399 to 1688 by Lacey Baldwin Smith

6. The Chronicle of the Overbeck Pottery by Kathleen R. Postle

7. My Country, Vol. 11, #3, 1977

8. A Handy Guide to the Genealogical Library (Salt Lake City) by Evan Evans

9. Ancestral Notes from Chedwato, Vol. 15, #5, 1968

10. The Hutterites in North America by John A. Hostetler

11. New England Historical And Genealogical Register, Vol. 126, #3, 1972; Vol. 127, #1, 1973; Vol. 129, #1, 1975; Vol. 129, Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 1975; Vol. 130, Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 1976; Vol. 131, Jan 1977.

12. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. 7, Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Part Five and Part Six (2 books) by Willard Heiss

13. Crawford County (PA) Genealogy, Vol. 1, #1,2, 1978

14. The Journal of San Diego History, Vol. 15, #1,2,3,4, 1976

15. The Irish Genealogist, Vol. 3, #9, 1964; Vol. 5, #1,2,3,4, 1976

16. The Scottish Genealogist, Vol. 16, #3,4, 1969; Vol. 17, #1,2, 1970

17. The American Genealogist, Vol. 49, #1, 1973; Vol. 50, #4, 1974; Vol 51, #3,4, 1975; Vol. 52, #1,2,3, 1976; Vol. 53, #2,3, 1977; Vol. 54, #1`,2,3,4, 1978; Vol. 55, #1,2,3,4, 1979; Vol. 56, #1,2, 1980

18. National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 50, #4, 1962

19. The Hoosier Journal of Ancestry, Vol. 12, #2, 1987; Vol. 13, #2,3, 1988

20. Story of Wrightsboro (GA) 1768-1964 by P)earl Baker

21. Overland by Auto in 1913, Diary of a Family Tour from California to Indiana by Estella Copeland

22. Scots, Kith & Kin & Illustrated Map

23. The Genealogist's Encyclopedia by L. G. Pine

24. Genealogical Atlas of the United States of America by George B. Everton, Jr.

25. Newspaper Genealogy Columns by Anita Milner

26. DAR Magazine for the years 1954 through 1956 in binders

27. A documentary History of the Indiana Decades of the Harmony Society 1814-1824, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Karl Arndt

28. Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 4, #3, 4, 1969; Vol. 7, #2, 4, 1971; Vol. 8, #1-4, 1972; Vol. 9, #1-4, 1973; Vol. 10, #1-4, 1974; Vol. 16, #1, 2, 1980; Vol. 17, #2, 3, 1981; Vol. 18, #1, 2, 1982; Vol. 19, #4, 1984

29. Midwestern Heritage, Vol. 2, #2, 3, 4, 1975

30. The Forks, Daviess County, Indiana, Vol. 7, #3, 4, 1980; Vol. 8, #1, 2, 3, 4, 1981

31. Car-Del Scribe (mostly New England genealogical information), Vol. 6, #5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 1969; Vol. 7, #1-10, 1970; Vol. 8, #2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 1971 Vol. 10, #3-10, 1973; Vol. 11, #1-7, 1974; Vol. 13, #3, 1976; Vol. 15, #1, 1978; Vol. 17, #4, 5, 6, 1980; Vol. 18, #1-5, 1981

32. Kentucky Pioneer Genealogy and Records, Vol. 4, #4, 1982; Vol. 5, #1-4, 1983

33. They Passed This Way, Biographical Sketches, Tales of Historic Temecula Valley at the Crossroads of California's Southern Immigrant Trail

34. Family History, Vol. 8, #43/45, 46/47, 48, 1974; Vol. 9, #49/51, 53/56, 60, 1976; Vol. 10, #61/62, 67/68, 1979

35. The Tri-State Packet, by Tri-State Genealogy Society, Evansville, Indiana; Vol. 4, #1, 3, 4, 1981

36. The Treesearcher, by Kansas Genealogical Society, ; Vol. 15, #1-4, 1973; Table of Contents for Vol. 1-14, 1958-1972; Index Vol. 15, 1973; Surname Directory 1972; Vol. 16, 1974

37. The Seeker, by Crawford County Genealogical Society of Southeast Kansas; Vol. 1, #1-3, 1971; Vol. 2, #2, 3, 4, 1972; Vol. 3, #1-4, 1973; Vol. 4, #1-4, 1974; Vol. 5, #1-4, 1975; Vol. 6, #1-4, 1976; Vol. 7, #1-4, 1977; Vol. 8, #1-3, 1978; Vol. 9, #1-4, 1979; Vol. 10, #1, 2, 4, 1980; Vol. 11, #1, 2, 1981

38. The Nutmegger by Connecticut Society of Genealogists; Vol. 2, #1-4, 1969

39. The American Genealogist; Vol. 49, #1-4, 1973; Vol. 50, #1-3, 1974; Vol. 51, #1, 2, 1975; Vol. 53, #4, 1977; Vol. 56, #3, 4, 1980, Vol. 57, #1-4, 1981, Vol. 58, #1, 2, 1982; vol. 59, #3, 1983

40. Genealogical Reference Builders, Vol. 8, #1, 3, 1974

41. Genealogist's Magazine, Vol. 17, #5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1974; Vol. 18, #1-7, 1975; Vol. 19, #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 1976; Index Vol. 18

42. The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 21, #2, 3, 1979; and Index

****All 42 of the above were donated by Jerri Bailey *****

43. Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society uarterly, Vol. 25, #1, 4, 1998; Vol. 26, #1, 1999. Donated by Donald Woodmancy

44. FTM CD #403, Selected U.S./International Marriage Records 1340-1998. Donated by Bill Halbert

45. FTM CD #449, Local & Family Histories; New England 1600s - 1900s. Donated by Bill Halbert

46. FTM CD #156, Family Histories; Mid-Atlantic Genealogies, 1340-1940. Donated by Bill Halbert

47. FTM CD #17, Birth Records: U.S./Europe 900-1880. Donated by Bill Halbert

48. FTM CD #146, Military Records; U.S. Soldiers 1784-1811. Donated by Bill Halbert

49. Wood County, Ohio Atlas; Landowner Maps 1871 & 1858, Tract Book 1830-1850, Road & River Tracts, Canal Land Purchases. Donated by Mary Ellen Lytle

50. Microfilm Publications in the National Archives - Pacific Southwest Region, 1990. Donated by Mary Ellen Lytle

51. Federal Court Records, A select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications, 1987. Donated by Mary Ellen Lytle

52. Genealogical Resources Guide Northwest Ohio Libraries by Northwest Library District. Donated by Willis Wyant

53. The Wood County Historical Church Records Survey by James L. Angel. Donated by Willis Wyant

54. Handy Guide to Italian Genealogical Records by Phyllis Preece. Donated by Bernard Keen

55. Matilda's Story, donated by the author, Jacquelyn Hanson

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ARCHIVES OPENED FOR HITLER'S "LEBENSBORN" PROJECT

A most fascinating article in the LA Times, Jan. 21, 2000, (Sect. A) by Staff Writer Carol J. Williams, tells the story of Hitler's Lebensborn ("Fountain of Life") Project, begun in 1935, which was "a Nazi breeding campaign to create an Aryan elite, a 10-year experiment researchers estimate gave birth to 11,000 children." This program mated selected SS officers with women of the right physical attributes, characteristically blonde and blue-eyed, some 50% of them Norwegian, and it grew to involve more than a dozen maternity homes. The secret records for the births and parentage of these "orphans" were moved from one repository to another during the war, and those that ended up in East Germany were eventually either destroyed or hidden by the Communist authorities. Those in West Germany were held in Heidelberg. But now the newly consolidated Federal Archives has brought the records from the two Germanys together in their Berlin headquarters, and what records that survived are available to those who were involved in the program. Although the majority of these children were reared by their natural mothers and were aware of their origins, hundreds were given up for adoption and were not. Such was the case of Aud Rigmor Harzendorf of Kohren-Sahlis, Germany, who, according to the Times article, has documented her life's story and now maintains an informal Lebensborn contact network to help others do the same.

RESEARCH TIP

A burned courthouse does not necessarily mean burned records. Be sure to ask because the records, even when damaged, may have been preserved and moved to another storage location. From: "Missing Links," Vol. 4, No. 48, 24 Nov 1999, published by Julia M. Case & Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG.

Page 74 & 75 WAGS flyer for Annual Seminar, Feb 26th

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