Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 2
Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690
Mary Jo McQueen
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.
SOCCGS IS FIFTEEN!
Watch for the Birthday Party Announcement
- 21 February 2009
“Using Maps in Genealogy Research”
Liz Stookesberry Myers
Liz will be speaking on the subject of “Maps” and how they are often
overlooked in family research. Her presentation will focus on the
different types of maps, how to read them, how to use them and how
to find them in repositories or online. She will discuss State,
County, and Township maps along with a variety of specialized maps
including Sanborn, crop and plat maps.
In 1970 Liz was afflicted
with the “Genealogy Bug.” Those were the days of attacking the mailman
every time he made a delivery. Through the years she has felt strongly
about public access to vital records and supports the efforts made
by the California Alliance of Genealogical Societies. Liz has lectured
and taught many genealogy classes. She has been associated with
the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society in Long Beach for many years
and is currently serving as President.
Please bring wedding pictures or old valentines to share.
March 21 - Caroline Rober, “Overcoming Dead Ends”
April 18 - Kathleen Trevena - "Crossing a Continent: Migration Between
The Revolution and the Civil War"
May 16 - Herb Abrams, “Internet Research”
July 18 – Barbara Renick, “5 C's for Success in Genealogy Today”
On February25 we will journey to the Cole Genealogy Library in Carlsbad.
We will leave the LDS parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Either bring lunch
or prepare to drive a short distance for lunch. Don’t forget $$
for your driver. There are no plans for dinner on the way home.
Contact Bill Bluett to reserve a spot.
This library is one of the
best in Southern California. Preparation is the key to making any
research trip successful. Use the library catalogue and set your
genealogy research in motion.
Tips from the
Pros: Post-It Notes Are a No-No!
~George G. Morgan
|The popular Post-It notes and
other brands of self-adhesive “sticky notes” may be great for leaving
a quick note for yourself or a friend, but they are definitely not
for use in books and original historical documents. The paper used
in the product is not acid-free, and the adhesive on them contains
chemicals, which can leave behind a residue that can damage and/or
discolor anything to which it is applied. Don't use these products
on any historical documents, photographs, books, or any other materials
in libraries, archives, or on materials in your personal collection
that you wish to preserve for posterity.
We started the New Year off with another nearly overflow crowd.
Bill Tosh, with Herb Abrams’ able assistance, gave an interesting
talk regarding his ancestors in Roanoke, Virginia. President, Sandy
Crowley, was not in attendance; therefore Bill Bluett conducted
the meeting. Trish Leard served the delicious treats, which were
provided by Judy Ryu and Jan McAllister. Many shared their genealogy
“brick walls” and “brick wall overcome.” Our thanks go to all who
Francie Kennedy had
success searching for Minnesota ancestors. David Flint was
hung-up on a surname, but found his great grandfather when he tried
a different spelling. Myrna Hamid McGuigan searched for death/marriage
records in Michigan and Iowa. Ann Haggerty found that she
had ancestors who escaped the Wyoming Valley Massacre in Pennsylvania.
Wilma Boice found church records indicating that family members
had “gone west” and a family diary from the “goldfields” of California
revealing information. Marcia Roy has found that sorting
out some her Scottish and Irish ancestors overseas to be difficult.
Sol Shenker tracked down his birth certificate and deciphered
“Rob Roy” to actually be “Baby ‘Boy.” Carol Jarvis developed
a “Mr. X” wanted poster on a website to identify an ancestor and
also utilized newspaper ads. Kevin Gross received genealogical
help through Masonic records in Chicago Melbournea Pittman
said there are many official records where her own name is misspelled.
(Including this newsletter!) Trish Leard’s family health
history indicates generations of heart attacks. She is taking good
care of her own heart!
|The following fellow genealogists
are welcomed as new members:
Kevin T. Gross, Mission
Tom and Lorna Irey,
Mission Viejo, email@example.com
Tom is searching for: Whiteacre, Jennings, Routt, Reeves, Brown,
Brant & Rigby. Loran’s surnames are Wharton, Petty, Matlock in Safe,
MO and Brown County, Texas, & Rankin in Guilford County, North Carolina.
Carol Lobo, Laguna
Researching Doyle-Ireland, Preston-England, Wood-Portugal, and Muir
Ann Sloan Jones, Aliso
Viejo, firstname.lastname@example.org Researching
Sloan-Pennsylvania, John Wood-Albemarle County, Virginia.
Ladies, please stop by the check-in table to pick up a new badge
holder. Bring your current badge and make the change. Don’t have
one? Sign up and Herb will make you one. Gentlemen, of course, may
have a new badge holder, but this change is being made particularly
with women in mind. New members may also pick up their badges.
Please wear your badge at each meeting. If you forget there are
temporary ones available.
Please send ancestor stories, web site information or items of special
interest to the newsletter editor by Wednesday following the monthly
meeting. These may be sent via email or Word attachment and must
be 800 words or less, Arial size 11 font. All submissions are subject
to editorial approval, and may be edited for content or space. Articles
should be of genealogical significance. Complete stories, outlines
and/or rough drafts will be accepted. Send to:
Have you searched the SOCCGS Surname Website lately?
Please check your information, and if corrections and/or additions
are necessary notify Herb at email@example.com
or (949) 581-6292). New members may add their information by
sending an email to Herb listing surnames, locations and years being
Timeline in Excel
|I found a form for a year-by-year
timeline. I printed it out and it worked well, but I made a mistake
on the copy so I created my own timeline form on the computer. I
did my form in Excel and used four columns: “Year,” “Age,” “Important
event,” and “Documentation.” I added a fifth column, a “To-Do” column.
The Excel format allows me to add to the timeline as new information
Beverley Gutenberg, Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, Canada. Copyright © 2008, The Generations Network,
Inc. August 17, 2008
(Thanks to Shirley Boerlin, Bunny
Smith, Pat Nostrome & Kathy Mauzey)
The Year Was
The year was 1910 and in the United States, it was a census year.
As the enumerators went door to door, the U.S. population stood
at 92,228,496. Urban residents represented 45.6 percent of the total
and 54.4 percent of the population lived in rural areas. Twenty
years prior, in 1890, only 35.1 percent of the population lived
in urban areas and 64.9 percent lived in rural areas, and fifty
years prior, in 1860, only 19.8 percent of the population lived
in urban areas as opposed to 80.2 percent living in rural areas.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Ancestry
Daily News 6/23/2006 – Archive
“The Census Taker”
|It was the first day of census,
and all through the land; the pollster was ready a black book in
He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride; his book and some quills
were tucked close by his side.
A long winding ride down a road barely there, toward the smell of
fresh bread wafting up through the air.
The woman was tired, with lines on her face; and wisps of brown
hair she tucked back into place.
She gave him some water as they sat at the table; and she answered
his questions the best she was able.
He asked of her children, yes, she had quite a few; the oldest was
twenty, the youngest not two.
She held up a toddler with cheeks round and red; his sister, she
whispered, was napping in bed.
She noted each person who lived there with pride; and she felt the
faint stirrings of the wee one inside.
He noted the sex, the color, the age, the marks from the quill soon
filled up the page.
At the number of children, she nodded her head; and he saw her lips
quiver for the three that were dead.
The places of birth she "never forgot." Was it Kansas? Or Utah?
Or Oregon, or not?
They came from Scotland of that she was clear; but she wasn't quite
sure just how long they'd been here.
They spoke of employment, of schooling and such; they could read
some and write some though really not much.
When the questions were answered, his job there was done, so he
mounted his horse and he rode toward the sun.
We can almost imagine his voice loud and clear; "May God bless you
all for another ten years."
Now picture a time warp its' now you and me, as we search for the
people on our family tree.
We squint at the census and scroll down so slow, as we search for
that entry from long, long ago.
Could they only imagine on that long ago day; that the entries they
made would affect us this way?
If they knew, would they wonder at the yearning we feel; and the
searching that makes them so increasingly real.
We can hear if we listen the words they impart, through their blood
in our veins and their voice in our heart.
“I Could Be
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
~Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment
Maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC
& Chair People
In the January newsletter we introduced Sandy Crowley, the newly
elected SOCCGS president. In this issue we introduce eight more
members of the executive board.
Bill is a native Californian, born and raised in the Los Angeles
area. His wife, Helen, is from Iowa and came to California in 1963.
They were married in 1965 (in Iowa) and bought their first home
in Diamond Bar. While working for the Fluor Corporation, Bill and
his family lived in Tehran, Iran, from 1973 to 1975. After returning
home, his company relocated from Los Angeles to Irvine. In 1977,
the Bluett’s gathered up their son and daughter and moved to San
Clemente. During Bill’s working years, he was a Mechanical Design
Engineer in the Petro-Chemical industry and later spent many years
in Water Resource Development. He retired in 2001. Two years prior
to retirement, genealogy became his primary hobby. Bill’s mother,
Betty, (now 88 years old) was an avid genealogist in her younger
years and has passed her information on to her son. Shortly after
retirement, Bill became a docent at the SOCCGS Library. He recently
served as the society president and will now serve a second term
as vice president. Bill is also safari coordinator and seminar chairman.
Other areas of volunteering include the San Clemente Historical
Society and at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church.
Herb was born and raised in Oklahoma. After graduation from the
University of Oklahoma in 1953 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering
he spent two years as a Lieutenant with the Army Engineers. Upon
release from the Army, Herb began working as an Aircraft Structures
Design Engineer for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then
spent 37 years with several different aircraft companies, the last
17 at Rockwell Aircraft in El Segundo, California. After retirement
in 1992 he began doing genealogy research. Herb became a volunteer
at NARA in 1995 and joined SOCCGS about that same time. Soon he
accepted the job as publicity chairman and took over the duties
of Webmaster in 1997. He has been a Saturday morning genealogy docent
since 1997, when the Genealogy Department opened. Herb also services
the SOCCGS computers, printers and copy machines.
Cynthia Lee Webb Reilly (Cindie) has been married for 30 years to
hubby Bob. They are the parents of son, Shaun (21) and 3 "fur children,"
Dachshunds, Tucker, Ruby & Charlie. Cindie was born in San Diego,
grew up in Garden Grove and has lived in the Saddleback Valley for
29 years. She is employed as Assistant Director at Shepherd of the
Hills United Methodist Preschool in Mission Viejo. She also teaches
a Jr. Kindergarten class of 17 five year-olds. She formerly worked
ten years for Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith. Cindie recently
became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through
her patriot ancestor, Eli Webb. She is currently searching for her
mom's birthmother's family in Arizona - surname Campbell. Cindie
loves to read and garden. She also LOVES bagpipes, country music
and Jimmy Buffett (yes, she is a parrot head!) Welcome to our newly
elected corresponding secretary.
Jack is both the first and second child of George and Marjorie Naylor!
How can this be? (Perhaps we can convince him to explain this at
the February meeting.) Jack says he lived a semi-normal childhood
barely eking his way through high school. He joined the Army Air
Corps, after being rejected by the paratroopers, and became a radar
technician. He was stationed at Berlin’s Tempelhof AFB during the
Airlift as a Ground Control Approach (GCA) radar technician. His
crew holds the record for the most aircraft landed in one 6-hour
shift during inclement weather. In 1949, Jack eloped with Barbara
Jean Gillilan to Ashland, Kentucky. Her genealogy contains a Joel
Walker Sweeney who was the 1831 inventor of the 5-String banjo that
we know today. He attended, Marshall, a small West Virginia College
where he received a BS degree in Physics. Jack then worked for Hughes
Aircraft Company in the R&D Division on infrared systems. Among
others, he managed the B-52 FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) system
from prototype through production. He later transferred to the Santa
Barbara Research Center as a classified Program Manager. In 1990,
due to Barbara’s poor heath he retired as the Detector Division
Assistant Division Manager. She passed away in 1997. Jack stays
out of trouble helping neighbors, researching genealogy, woodworking,
reading and investing.
Charles J. Nostrome will be sharing the parliamentarian position
with his wife Pat. Charles or Chuck, as he prefers to be called,
moved with his family from New Jersey to Huntington Beach, California
when he was a high school senior. He then graduated from Huntington
Beach High School. He attended California State University Long
Beach graduating with a degree in History. The first few years after
college he taught school and coached at the junior high level in
Glendale, California. Later he spent five years as a stockbroker
and then became a manager and later vice president of a plastic
packaging company. While there, he helped develop conductive and
anti-static packaging. Chuck retired two years ago. The Nostrome’s
currently reside in Irvine. Chuck has always been interested in
learning more about his ancestry. He is currently exploring his
mothers Sicilian Italian roots: Loschiavo, Polverino, Rugera, and
Tesoriero and his father’s Southern Italian Nostrome or Nostrame,
and Capaldo as well as Hungarian Mehlmauer and Jud.
Patricia or Pat, as she prefers, was born and raised in Long Beach,
California. She is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School
and California State University Long Beach. She earned a Social
Science degree and a secondary school teaching credential. Pat spent
her first years out of college teaching at Ralph J. Bunche Jr. High
in Compton, CA. After marrying Chuck she moved to Glendale and substitute
taught in Pasadena. After giving birth to their son, Michael, she
studied computer programming and was employed at Rockwell International
for 14 years. After the aerospace bubble burst Pat worked in business
programming for insurance and mortgage companies. She has been retired
for two years. She is an active member in the Ebell Club of Irvine.
Pat wanted to learn more about her Mother’s pioneer Irish (Fallon,
Murray, Tehan) roots in California, and English pioneer roots in
Oregon & Washington (Nerton and Locking or Lockin). She also wanted
to track down the Portuguese Azorean roots of her father for Vieira
Anselmo and Dos Reis and Dutra. Thus she began her genealogy research.
David has been a member of SOCCGS for one year and will be serving
as ways and means chairman. He is also a member of OCCGS and BIFHS-USA.
In December, David retired after 40 years with the County of Los
Angeles, twenty-five of those as Assistant Director of the County
Public Library system. He was born in England and moved to Canada
at age ten, then to Ohio and Indiana before coming to California.
David has been researching genealogy for about six years, and looks
forward to having more time to devote to serious research. He will
be joining the annual OCCGS trip to Salt Lake City in April for
his first visit to the Family History Library. All of his family
research is in England. Surnames David is researching are: Flint,
Morecroft, Fear, Bell, Hawkins, Bedford, Knight and Northend. Legacy
Family Tree is David’s genealogy software choice.
Bunny was born in a barn in December near Jefferson City, Missouri.
Her parents were newlyweds and young, they could only afford an
apartment loft built in a barn of a friend. It had been a very cold
winter. Bunny’s parents would place her on the oven door to keep
her warm. They survived that winter and moved to the city the following
summer. Her sister was born two years later. After her birth, the
family packed everything and moved to California. Bunny’s father
got a job at American Steel in Torrance. Torrance is where she grew
up, attended grade and high school, got her first job and first
marriage. After one child and a divorce, she met Leon Smith at their
fifteenth high school reunion. Bunny says, “It was love at first
sight; we had so many things in common. We were married moved to
“Leon was the one responsible
for getting me interested in genealogy. It was his hobby when we
first met over 25 years ago. He would go to libraries and Federal
Archives and I would go along and help him. Soon, I started working
on my own family. On our summer vacations we drove to Missouri to
visit family and cemeteries. One time, to see a distant relative,
Leon drove out into hillbilly backcountry in our VW van wearing
a T-shirt and shorts, He left early in the morning, and by 4:00
p.m. my step-father was ready to call the police, he thought they
had killed him just because of the way he looked. However, when
they found out he was one of the family, he was welcomed in. He
was back a few hours later.”
Bunny has researched and documented several family lines
back to the American Revolution, and some lines to the 1600s in
Delaware and Virginia. One line came to America from Ireland in
1820 and another came from Germany to America in 1840, She has traced
the rest back to the early 1700s. Researching Family Genealogy is
her hobby and passion.
Early Census Records”
I knew that Sarah Gum married Stephen Mills in 1847. The 1850 census
record for Stephen and Sarah showed five children aged six to sixteen
with the surname Gum. Clearly, a Gum man lurked in Sarah’s past.
But, no marriage record existed
in that county between a man with the last name Gum and a woman
named Sarah. Meanwhile, I noted that a sixteen-year-old with the
surname Mills also resided in the household in 1850, which suggested
that Stephen had likely been married before, too. Again, I couldn’t
find a marriage record in that county for Stephen and his presumed
So, I turned my attention
to the 1840 census. Aha. There was Stephen Mills, and guess who
lived right next door? Jesse Gum. Now I was getting somewhere.
More digging revealed that
not only were Stephen and Jesse neighbors, they were also brothers-in-law.
Their first wives, Mary and Sarah, were sisters. So, the widower
Stephen married his wife’s sister. But, that’s another story. The
story here is that the 1840 census set me on the right track.
Family historians rely heavily
on census records to open all kinds of ancestral doors. But, too
often we slam the door shut on census records prior to 1850. The
1850 and all subsequent census years include the names and ages
of everyone in the household–very handy.
The 1790 through 1840 census
records, however, list only the head of the household and give approximate
ages for everyone else–not as handy. Don’t count out the early census
records, though; they could provide just the boost your research
Some tips for
using early census records:
1. For 1790-1820, the census date was the first Monday in August.
The 1830 and 1840 census date was 1 June. This is important to remember
because the census-takers occasionally had to slog through remote
countryside, often on foot, trying to track down citizens.
They didn’t even reach some
households for a year or more after the census date. For the 1790
census, U.S. marshals (the first census-takers) pounded on residents’
doors collecting information for nearly seventeen months. No matter
when the census-taker showed up, though, the data was supposed to
reflect the household conditions on the census date.
For example, in 1820 the
census date was 7 August 1820, yet the census-taker didn’t reach
your ancestor’s door until 7 August 7 1821. Suppose a child was
born on 8 August 8 1820 and another one showed up on 6 August 1821.
Technically, neither of those children should have been counted
in the 1820 census. This time lag often led to confused answers
and, for genealogists today, perplexing data.
2. For the 1790-1820 censuses,
the census-takers had to supply their own paper and draw their own
lines and columns on the page. Plus, they had to make two sets of
copies of every page. Some enumerators rose to this penmanship challenge
more handily than others. Crooked and haphazard looking census pages
3. Until 1830, in each state,
the original census records were retained by district court clerks.
In 1830 Congress ordered that the 1790-1820 records be sent to Washington.
Unfortunately, some of those records never made it to the capital.
Check the National Archives website to see a list of the early census
records known to exist.
4. When plowing through early
census records, get census forms that identify each column. The
columns on the actual records usually weren’t labeled, so you need
to know what those numbers scratched on the paper mean. When looking
at a census record on Ancestry.com you’ll see a link near the top
of the page labeled “blank census form.” (Blank census forms are
available at the SOCCGS Library.)
The data collected changed
slightly each year. For example, the 1820 census tallied the number
of household members who weren’t citizens, as well as the number
of persons engaged in agriculture, commerce, and manufacturing.
Also, be on the lookout for extemporaneous notations by the enumerators.
One 1820 Massachusetts census-taker thoughtfully included the initials
“Wd” after all of the widows.
5. Finally, remember to check
the neighbors. Family groups often clustered near each other. Unfortunately,
some “Type-A” census-takers, when copying their records, alphabetized
everyone on their lists, nixing the neighbor bonus for researchers.
Mary Penner is a
genealogical writer, researcher, and lecturer. (www.marypenner.com.)
(13 July 2008-Ancestry
Weekly Journal, Copyright © 1998-2006, MyFamily.com Inc
author, A.A. Milne said,
“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly
making exciting discoveries.”
|Feb. 14 & 15 – Queen Mary
Scottish Festival & Games, Long Beach, CA,
(Click on “Scottish Festival”)
February 21 – Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society presents
Jana Sloan Broglin at the annual seminar. More information at:
February 28 – Whittier Area Genealogical Society annual seminar.
Keynote speaker will be Curt Witcher, head of the Genealogy Department
of the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. Contact Judy Poole,
(909) 985-6657, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Christine Johns, (310) 995-8852,
March 14 – The Genealogical Society of North Orange County
California presents “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical
Search Tools” featuring Stephen Morse, Ph.D. For information:
www.gsnocc.org or (714) 777-2379.
March 28 – North San Diego County Genealogical Society (Carlsbad)
will host a Spring Seminar featuring Kory L. Meyerink. Contact Nina
Anderson at email@example.com
or (760) 599-9958.
June 26-28 – 40th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.
Mark your calendar. More information will be forthcoming.
Chairman & Safari Coordinator ________
Bill Bluett ________________________
||Cindie Reily _______________________
||Pat Weeks _______________________
|Treasurer & Newsletter
||Mary Jo McQueen
||Jack Naylor ______________________
||Herb Abrams _____________________
||Bunny Smith _____________________
||Charles & Patricia
|Ways & Means
||David Flint ________________________
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