Saddleback Valley Trails

South Orange County California Genealogical Society
 Vol. 15 No. 2                                                      P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690                                                      February 2008
Editor: Mary Jo McQueen

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 interested in genealogy. Individual membership fees are $20 per calendar year, $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.

If your address label is highlighted, your 2008 dues have not been received.

Next General Meeting – February 16, 2008

"Creative Census Research"
Presented by
Barbara Renick

Ms. Renick is one of SOCCGS’ very favorite speakers. If you have not had the pleasure of attending one of her lectures, now is your chance. This presentation on Census research promises to be a positive experience for all genealogy buffs, regardless of experience.

Censuses are the most frequently searched records online. Often these searches result in little useful information, or too much to identify the ancestor being sought. In this presentation Barbara will use examples of online census research that initially produced results and will share problems that were creatively solved using alternative search techniques. She will show ways to narrow and focus a census search to help find those elusive ancestors.

Barbara Renick is a frequent lecturer at National Genealogical Conferences; teaches at Orange, California Regional Family History Center. Barbara has authored several books and instructional videos. Her book entitled "Genealogy 101: How to trace your family’s History and Heritage" was sponsored by National Genealogical Society for their 100th Anniversary.

2008 Calendar
March 15 – Penny Feike, "Immigration"
April 19 - Mary Jo McQueen, "Scottish Research"
May 17 – To be announced.
June 21 - Leland Pound - "Compiling & Publishing a Family History"
July 19 - Connie Moretti - "Newspapers: A Gold Mine of Information"
August 16 - Nancy Huebotter, "Order Out of Chaos"
September 20 – To be announced.
October 18 – Seminar featuring George Morgan
Nov 15 - Bill Bluett
December 20 - Holiday Luncheon

SAFARI NEWS

Seventeen members went on the Safari to the LAPL. For most, it was a genealogical successful trip, and we all had a great day. Our destination on February 27th will be the Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Go on the following website and make your research plans for the day. <http://www.carlsbadca.gov/library/genealog.html>

Call or email Bill Bluett (949-492-9408 <billbluett@cox.net>) if you are interested in joining this safari. You may also sign up at the February 16th meeting. Some may wish to drive, but still need to sign up with Bill. The library must be notified when "groups" plan to research.

Put some fun into your Genealogy Research. Join a Safari.

Penny’s presentation will include Probate, Civil), Apellate, State Legislature/Senate, Federal District Court, Notorial and Justice of Peace Records, Land Records Check List, Deeds, Personal Property, Maps, Bounty Lands, and Homesteads.

Penny Feike a native born San Diegan, became interested in Genealogy at the age of 15. Penny began volunteering at the San Diego Family History Center in June of 1970. She later became a consultant and widened her research into other areas and languages. Penny became a professional Genealogist and began teaching genealogy in 1972. She is still a consultant for Family History CenteFONT SIZE=3>

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

~Bill Bluett

As the year 2008 unfolds, I hope that each of you will have success in the pursuit of your ancestors. It’s always exciting to find that elusive piece of information that opens the door to additional research. You might even find a person or contact that has the information you are seeking.

One way a contact might be discovered is by utilizing MESSAGE BOARDS that can be found on a number of key genealogical websites. One of my first key contacts was found by looking through the posted messages on ANCESTRY.COM. I was searching the Bluett messages hoping to find any names that looked familiar. A young woman in Pennsylvania mentioned the name of my great-grandfather and other family members in one of her posted messages. I responded to her and found out that she had a website with the Bluett generations listed. The listing carried back to Cornwall, England. I discovered 250 years of genealogy in one contact. We’ve continued our e-mail communication off and on since the year 2000. Also, I have since posted additional messages of my own and have received other responses from time to time.

ROOTSWEB has one of the largest message board centers among the major genealogy websites. It includes each state in the U.S.A. as well as every county. Also, you can view messages from Canada, the British Isles, and Europe by provinces, counties, or regions. This enables you to narrow your search to a more specific location. As a matter of fact, ROOTSWEB actually covers the world. Can you imagine how exciting it would be to receive a response from someone halfway around the world? You just don’t know who else is out there looking for the same family. One day, you may receive an e-mail notice that could turn out to be a very pleasant surprise!

USGENWEB is another good website for reading or posting messages. There are websites for every county in the country. Just click on the state you wish to research at the home page. When you open each state’s page, there will be a listing or map showing the names of all counties. Click on the county and go to the message board (or mailing list as some websites call it) and browse through the existing messages. If you cannot find someone to contact, post your own message and see what happens. Many of the county websites are linked back to the ROOTSWEB message center. Others have set up their own system.

ANCESTRY and ROOTSWEB will allow you to set up an “Alert” notification that is sent to your regular e-mail address when a message or response is received. Click on “board help” at the bottom of the message board page and follow the instructions for setting up an alert system. This way, you will immediately know when a message is received.

You have nothing to lose by putting out any number of messages on any of these websites. This way, you can actually network around the world, and they’re free! For additional information about “queries and message boards,” go to CYNDI’S LIST.COM. You will also find links to even more websites on her site..

Hopefully, in the near future, you will be able to share some MESSAGE BOARD search results with our group. In the meantime, have fun checking them out. Good Luck.

Finding Women on WorldVitalRecords.com

"Most genealogists are used to seeing the maiden names of wives, mothers, sisters, etc., often forgetting that (at least in Western countries where the female surname is usually dropped in favor of the male) the woman would live most of her life under her husband’s surname. This is especially true in the South and other places where women’s property belonged to her husband or oldest son.

When searching WorldVitalRecords.com for women, look for them with married names in addition to maiden names. Maiden names often only lasted for the first twenty to twenty-five years of a woman’s life. Few documents besides birth and marriage would list a woman’s maiden name otherwise. Look for married names for property transfers, obituaries, church records, etc. when searching for women’s records." (Amanda Forson, WVR)

"Mark Your Calendar"

October 18th is the date of the SOCCGS Seventh Annual Family History Seminar at which Mr. George G. Morgan will be the guest speaker. Mr. Morgan is an avid genealogist and noted author of many books. George has an extensive website covering many interesting genealogical topics. This can be found at <ahaseminars.com>. In June, he will be one of the featured speakers at the Burbank "2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree." He will also participate on a Caribbean Genealogy Cruise in late October. More information about Mr. Morgan and his lecture topics will be forthcoming in the next few months.

Bill Bluett, Seminar Chairman

Newsletter Address Labels

The date that appears on your address label indicates the due date of your next dues payment.

January Meeting

We learned from our speaker that several new websites are available and free at the Family History Centers. Included are: Godfrey Memorial Library, Footnote and Kindred Konnection. Bill Tosh gave a most interesting presentation on his family roots in Roanoke, Virginia. He also shared some family heirlooms. Guests at the meeting were: Mike & Carole Owens, John Mulligan, Gerald Brown, Sherry Penland, Brian Poff and Jessie Ellison. Jessie, Gerald, Sherry and Brian have since joined. Jan McAllister and Mary Jo McQueen provided the goodies.

Membership

Please Welcome SOCCGS" ten new members:

David Beeninga, Costa Mesa (714) 429-7199 (BEENINGA, LEACH, SNODDY)

Gwen & David Dorn, Lake Forest <chemdaved@cox.net> (MILES, Santa Barbara; LANE, Santa Barbara & North Carolina).

Jessie Ellison, Lake Forest, <jessie_ellison@yahoo.com> (AZARKOWITZ & BUCKOVAR, 1900 Russia).

Glenn & Maureen Witte, Mission Viejo <wglenne@aol.com> (WITTE, SIGGELKOW, LUTZE KLESSIG, WAGNER & BRAUN immigrated from Germany mid 1800s or <fromMaureen@aol.com> (VACOBI, GROTEGUT, FISCHER, SACHSE & DEHNE, immigrated from Germany 1847-1864).

Gerald W. (Jerry) Brown, Lake Forest <wesail@cox.net> (BROWN & LESTER in northeastern Pennsylvania prior to 1800; GILL in northeastern Pennsylvania and Ireland prior to 1800; COURTNEY in North and South Carolina and then in Missouri.)

Sherry Penland, Mission Viejo <secstart@cox.net> "I have collected research on William and Mary BEARDSLEY from 1625 Conn. My Indian side is my father’s and we are Prairie Band Potawatomi’s from Kansas with some Citizen Band Potawatomi in Oklahoma. The names I am researching are: MAYNES/MAINES and Peter LATRAUNCH. I have information on PAPPAN, HARRINGTON, and SHEPPO & SHEPARDS. I am getting ready to explore HENSLEY and SURBER."

Brian & Gay Poff, Mission Viejo <briantpoff@yahoo.com> Brian is researching Frank Bessette 1892 Brooklyn, NY, Wife, Genevieve Lee 1892, N.J.; William Poff 1814 Kerry, Ireland, Wife, Mary Barrett, Ireland; Mary Meehan 1880, Clare, Ireland, Parents, James Meehan and Honor Tubridy; Sylvester Poff, 1848, d. 1873 Tralee, Ireland, Wife, Anne Sugue m1875 mother Mary, father Timothy Sugue, Ireland.

Gay’s line includes: Louis Franklin Young 1858 Missouri, father Christian Zabriskie Young 1827 IN, mother Mary Ann Davis 1831 MO, Wife, Ida Julia Ross,(?); Charles E.(?) Burton, 1874, CA, mother's maiden name, VanValkenberg St. Louis, MO, Wife, Celia Mae Tyler 1876 CA, mother Georgia (?) ~1847 Arkansas, father S.J.W. Tyler ~1834 New York.

Library Notes

Librarian, Bunny Smith, introduces the following new library docents: Dave Beeninga, Beckie Petrella, Alice Glasser and Jessie Ellison. Alice is a current SOCCGS member; Dave and Jessie are new members. We extend Beckie an invitation to join our membership. Welcome and thank you!

1911 Census of Ireland Now Online

The National Archives of Ireland, in partnership with Libraries and Archives Canada, has now put the 1911 census of Ireland online. At this time, the website only holds records for Dublin, but the rest of the census should be online sometime next year. <http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/>

"The Revolutionary War In The South"

<http://www.southerncampaign.org/pen/>

This is a pension site by Will Graves, who has transcribed and posted more than 2,000 Revolutionary War pensions.

Disappearing Ancestors in Census Records

~Michael John Neill – MyFamily.com

You have found your ancestor in the 1820 and 1830 censuses, but he cannot be located in the 1840 census. What can you do? There are several approaches, but one idea is to locate his 1820 and 1830 neighbors in the 1840 census and see if your ancestor is nearby with his name woefully misspelled or written in a barely legible fashion. It is possible that your ancestor moved out of state; locating those 1820 and 1830 neighbors in that "new" location may allow you to find your ancestor living there among them.

Of course, it is always possible that your ancestor is dead in 1840 and not enumerated at all. And there is always the chance that if he is living with one of his grown children in 1840 that the grown child is listed as the head of the household. In this case, the ancestor is there, but just one of the "tic" marks for an older family member.

"My Ancestor's John Hancock"

~Michael John Neill

Whether he signed with a flourish, scribbled out a scrawl, or literally made his mark, seeing your ancestor's "signature" provides a different perspective especially when pictures and images are not available. This week we look at some places where you might find traces of your ancestor's handwriting among the records.

WILLS - If your relative left a last will and testament, the original document may have been filed for record along with other loose papers. These materials are usually grouped together in a packet or case file. The actual will should contain your ancestor's signature (or at least his mark). In some areas, the will record is actually a transcription of the will which unfortunately also contains a transcription of your ancestor's signature. If the handwriting of the will looks an awful lot like your ancestor's "signature," then you are probably reading a transcription of the will.

ESTATE RECORDS - In 1861, Melinda Newman relinquished her right to administer the estate of her deceased husband. She signed the document. Another paper from the estate file contains the signatures of several of her children who were acting as either administrators of the estate or bondsmen. Receipts and other documents in the file could contain signatures of heirs or others with an involvement in the estate.

COURT RECORDS - Was your ancestor involved in a court case? If so did he sign any of the documents in the case file? Early court records usually consist of transcriptions of various records, but later materials should contain the actual papers filed while the case was active. If the legal action dragged on over several years, you may find numerous copies of your ancestor's signature.

PETITIONS - Did your ancestor sign any petitions? State, regional, or local archives may have copies of various petitions, such as ones to build a new road, establish a new county, remove a county official, etc. The difficulty is that many of these records are not indexed and locating them requires diligence. My own ancestor signed a Maryland petition during the Revolutionary War protesting the selling of real estate by the colonial government. The property being sold was owned by a British subject and rented by my ancestor.

MARRIAGE RECORDS - Your ancestor's marriage record may contain his signature, if the record is relatively recent (early records frequently just list names and dates). If your ancestor served as a bondsman on his relative's marriage bond his signature, as bondsman should be included. If your ancestor gave consent for a child to marry, the consent may be simply noted as "parental consent" without even a name specified. If you are lucky, the parent's signature has been scrawled on the record. Consider marriages your ancestor could have witnessed as well. My own ancestor's 1907 marriage contains a sibling of the groom and a sibling of the bride as witnesses. Both signed the marriage license.

NOTE HOLDER - Did your ancestor loan money to someone else? If the loan was secured by real estate, a mortgage should have been recorded in the jurisdiction where the property was located. A release of mortgage may have been recorded when the debt was paid, filed in a separate series of documents or perhaps recorded right on the mortgage copy itself. The transcriptions recorded separately likely do not contain your ancestor's signature, but the notation made on the copy might. In this case, the clerk writes a note in the margin of the recorded mortgage indicating that it has been paid. The holder of the note signs under the clerk's note, right in the record book indicating that the property is now free and clear. Antje Fecht signed such a release on a mortgage to her son-in-law in Illinois in the 1890s. It was a great place for me to get my third great-grandmother's signature.

PENSION RECORDS - If your ancestor filed for a pension, there's a good chance his signature is on one of the application papers. In some cases, there may be many copies of his signature throughout the file. If his widow later filed for a widow's pension, her signature may also appear in the same set of documents.

WORLD WAR I DRAFT CARDS - Was your ancestor of an age to register for this draft? If so, his signature should appear at the bottom of his card. All of these cards are available to the public via microfilm and are now indexed and available to Ancestry.com subscribers.

WORLD WAR II DRAFT CARDS - Was your ancestor required to register for the World War II draft? Cards are available to any interested person for men born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 and were mentioned in an earlier column. Draft cards after that date are available subject to restrictions from the Selective Service Administration and were also mentioned in an earlier column.

SS-5 APPLICATIONS - If your ancestor completed their own SS-5 form (Application for a Social Security and Tax Account Number), their signature should be at the bottom of the form. These forms are available from the Social Security Administration for any deceased individual with a social security number. More information about obtaining copies of the SS-5 forms can be obtained here.

BIRTH RECORDS - If your ancestor's birth was recorded in a timely fashion, she likely did not sign the record, regardless of how precocious she was. However, you may find that your relative's parents signed the birth certificate. This signature will not be obtained if you receive a transcription of the record instead of an actual copy. My birth certificate has my mother's signature. The copy I obtained when I first started genealogy is a copy of the actual record, including Mom's signature. The copy I obtained as proof of citizenship is simply a transcription of the document (minus Mom's signature). My oldest daughter's birth certificate has the signatures of both her parents, not just the mother. Recordkeeping practices do change over time (I did not have to sign my youngest daughter's birth certificate, but was required to sign the oldest one's because I was named as the father). If your ancestor obtained a delayed certificate, his own signature likely is included. Signatures of other relatives may also appear in delayed birth recordings.

DEATH CERTIFICATES - If your ancestor signed his own death certificate, I'd love to see a copy! The more likely scenario is that a family member was an informant on a relative's death record and signed the document. Knowing the name of the informant on a relative's death record is usually enlightening as it puts the information provided in perspective. It is even better when the signature is that of one of your ancestors.

HOME SOURCES - Letters, diaries, and other materials in your home (or your relatives' homes) may contain the signature of your ancestor and even more of her handwriting. Greeting cards are another good source of more recent ancestral signatures.

EXTENDED FAMILY APPROACH - It has been hinted at in some of the record sources mentioned, but records on your ancestor's siblings or cousins may contain her actual signature. This is particularly true for those records where siblings might have had to provide testimony or signed an affidavit. Some military pension files are full of signatures of other family members (in addition to neighbors, justices of the peace and other individuals).

(Michael John Neill, Copyright 2005, MyFamily.com.)

SURNAME LIST

http://www.rootsweb.com/~casoccgs

Now is a good time for members to visit the website in search of surnames of interest. Herb Abrams will update your information on the SOCCGS Surname Website Listing as needed. Please check your information, and if corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb hvabrams@cox.net or (949) 581-6292). New members are especially encouraged to add their Surnames to this list. Send an email to Herb listing your surnames, locations and years you are researching.

Kentucky Research

"Sandi Gorin <sgorin@glasgow-ky.com> does courthouse research and puts it online for all to see. If anyone is doing research in this south central area of KY they will get a lot out of her site. This is not a query site, just information. To subscribe, send an email to KYRESEARCH-REQUEST@rootsweb.com and put the word subscribe in the subject line and in the body of the email - nothing else. To check the archives of this list of over 600 previous tips, you can go to: <http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index?list=kyresearch>."

(Thank you to Donna Hobbs for this info from the SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY@rootsweb.com mail list.)

Los Angeles Times Newspaper Archives

Following is a message from Herb Abrams for those who have a LAPL library card: "I just tried my new library card and it works. On the main page for the library at <http://www.lapl.org/> click on Databases. Type in your library card number with no spaces and then the last 4 digits of your phone number. Scroll down the page that comes up until you see Research Library (ProQuest). In the next screen don't do a Basic Search yet. In the space where it says Database Interdisciplinary - Research Library click on the down arrow and choose News - The Historical Los Angeles Times. Now you can do a search." (Thank You, Herb)

British National Archives

If you have ancestors from England, or you are doing family history research in England, you might want to explore the website for the British National Archives: <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/>. This is a very rich website with excellent research tool resources, research guides, books and sources for family history records, military records and various other government records and information. You will also find interesting articles, online exhibitions and links to many other useful Internet sources for those doing genealogy research in the United Kingdom. There is also a link to sign up for a free e-mail newsletter with updates from the National Archives on new document releases, history and family history, online services, new book titles, and genealogy news. Check it out!

(Thank you to David Flint for sharing this information.)

NACo collects information on counties, such as county officials, courthouse addresses, county seats, cities within a county as well as various statistical and geographical information. http://www.naco.org (Click on Find A County)

"Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

2008 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

< http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/2008jam-index.htm >

The website for the 2008 SCGS Jamboree has been launched, and registrations are now being taken. The 39th Jamboree will be held June 27-29 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. You may register online, by mail, or by phone (818-843-7247).

This year’s 2008 Genealogy Jamboree offers a record number of presentations by nationally and internationally recognized genealogists and family history lecturers. The speakers' list includes Elaine Alexander; Michael T. Booth; Carl Boyer, III; Jana Sloan Broglin, CG; Starr Hailey Campbell; Schelly Talalay Dardashti; William "Bill" Dollarhide; Arlene Eakle, Ph.D.; Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA; Dick Eastman; Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.; Bennett Greenspan; John T. Humphrey; Peter W. Landé; David Lifferth; Leland Meitzler; Cheri Mello; George G. Morgan; Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.; Larry Proctor; Geoffrey D. Rasmussen; JoAnne Rockower; Beau Sharbrough; Drew Smith, MLS; Eric A. Smith; Megan Smolenyak; Mindi Stevens; Cath Trindle, CG; Tom Underhill; Stephanie Weiner; Pamela Weisberger; and Pam Wiedenbeck.

As in years past, the exhibit hall will be filled with the most popular products and services to help you solve your genealogical mysteries. There will be special events to provide lots of networking opportunities, door prizes, and many other extras to entice your attendance.

SCGS is announcing the first-ever Blogger Summit, featuring many of today’s top genealogical industry bloggers. Dick Eastman, Stephen Danko, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Leland Meitzler, George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak, and maybe others, will put their collective heads together to discuss the pros and cons of nearly instantaneous information flow through genealogy blogs.

The Society has started a Jamboree Blog to keep you updated on the most recent happenings. It is a great way to stay in touch. Make the most out of your Jamboree experience and subscribe to the free Blog, at <http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com/>.

2008 SCGS Jamboree: If you are interested in learning more about the 2008 Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society, check out their new website dedicated exclusively to the Jamboree at <http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/2008jam-index.htm>. This website has everything you would want to know about this year’s Jamboree, and you can even register online at the site. The 39th Jamboree will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 27-29, 2008 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California. SCGS has also started a Jamboree Blog to keep you updated on the most recent happenings. You can subscribe to the Blog (it's free) at <http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com/>.

Irish Website

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) launched a revised website on 10 January 2008. Go to: < http://www.proni.gov.uk/>

New On Ancestry.com

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968; Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. II; Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. I; Records of Plymouth Colony; Port Arrivals and Immigrants to the City of Boston, 1715-1716 and 1762-1769; Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924; Ohio Valley Genealogies; Ohio Source Records; Ohio Marriages; Ohio Cemetery Records; Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-1674; New York Colonial Muster Rolls, 1664-1775; Long Island Source Records; Australia - Convict Savings Bank Books, 1824-1886; Genealogies of Long Island Families, Vol. II Hudson-Mohawk; Washington Births, 1891-1907.

WorldCat

To locate the library nearest you that may have a copy of a specific book, don't overlook WorldCat. Enter the title of the book in the search box, and then click on the Search button. Select the title from the results list that best matches what you think is the title of the book or resource you want to locate.

To locate the library nearest you, use the Libraries tab. Enter your postal code (zip code) in the box labeled "Enter Location Information." Then click on the name of the library to connect to that library's online catalog. (This will give you the collection name and call number.) You now have all the information you need to locate the item in the library.

"You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club."

~ Jack London

INTERNET RESEARCH

WORLD VITAL RECORDS, now available on SOCCGS computers, is a growing collection of birth, death, military, census and parish records. They now have thousands of databases online and will be adding over 10,000 new databases in the next few months.

SOCCGS Family History Seminar, featuring John Colletta

ARLENE EAKLE AT THE BRITISH ISLES FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

"Chasing Your Ancestors ‘Round the U. K. & Ireland."

Dr. Eakle will present four lectures at the seminar on August 25 at the Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Advance registration is required and none accepted after August 10. For information: Lydia Jeffrey (626) 359-1729; email Annie Lloyd cardi2@aol.com; susa.

2008 GENEALOGICAL EVENT CALENDAR

February 16 & 17 - Queen Mary 15th Annual Scottish Festival & Games, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

< http://www.queenmary.com/index.php?page=scottishevents>

February 16 Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

February 23 – WAGS Annual Seminar (Whittier), Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck. Contact Judy Poole (909) 985-6657 or

<judypoole@verizon.net> (Flyers available at SOCCGS library.)

March 8 – North Orange County Genealogical Society: Annual Seminar, "Finding Kin In Court Records," at the Brea United Methodist Church. Flyers are available at SOCCGS Library.

March 29 – North San Diego Genealogical Society will present a Spring Seminar featuring Christine Rose. Topics include Genealogical Proof Standard, Military Records for Problem Solving, County Land Records in Depth and Using Little Known & Neglected Sources. The event will be held at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Street. Contact Nina Anderson <ninaanderson@sbcglobal.net> or (760) 599-9958.

August 7-9 - The British Isles FHS-USA, Annual Seminar, "Sail Into Your Past Aboard the Queen Mary," will be held at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach. Flyers are available at SOCCGS Library. For more information, please see the website at (http://www.rootsweb.com/~bifhsusa)

Using the Geographic Names Information System

~George G. Morgan

Sometimes when doing your research, it is difficult to locate specific places. There are villages, place names, crossroads, cemeteries and other features for which you know the names but which you cannot locate on a standard map.

The U.S. Geological Survey has a website for its Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) which can provide precise latitude and longitude information for you. The site allows you to enter the name of a feature, specify the type of feature it is, the state in which it is located, and even the county. Press enter and the server locates and displays matches for you. <www.usgs.gov/>

I entered Cooper Cemetery, specified feature type "cemetery," and county of Caswell in North Carolina, and was presented with the cemetery's latitude and longitude. I then entered no feature name, but specified a feature type of "cemetery" in the county of Talladega in Alabama, clicked Send Query and was presented with fifty-two cemeteries. If they know the cemetery and it's in their database, your search will locate the cemetery.

(Ancestry Daily News, Copyright 2000, MyFamily.com.)

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

Please send your literary contributions to the newsletter editor by the Wednesday following the monthly meeting. These may be sent via email or Word attachment. All submissions are subject to editorial approval and may be edited for content or space. Send to: mcqueenmaryjo@aol.com

MEMBER BADGES

Please wear your SOCCGS Badge to the monthly meetings. Don’t have one? Herb Abrams will provide one if you sign up at the check-in table, or you may send him an email with your name and the surnames (up to six) that you would like included.

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