Orange County California Genealogical Society
17 No. 3
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.
March 20, 2010
“Civil War Collection”
|You have just discovered
that your long lost great uncle Jeb fought for the Union Army in
the Civil War. Now what? There is no denying that the American Civil
War was one of the most significant and defining moments in our
nation’s history. All families living in the United States during
this turbulent time frame of 1861 to 1865 were affected to some
degree by this tragic event. While this conflict lasted only a scant
4 years, over 140 years later there is an amazing amount of government
records, personal soldier stories, family artifacts, and Civil War
historical sites which remain for the family history researcher
to discover and enjoy.
Michael Kratzer has been researching his family history for over
20 years. During that time he has taken a particular interest in
his own family and collateral lines that lived and participated
in the Civil War. Tips and tricks for collecting Soldier Service
Records, Pension files, period photographs, tales about visits to
Civil War Battlefields, and other surprising family discoveries
will be told during this amusing presentation about adventures in
Civil War research.
|On March 23 we will be visiting
the Research Library of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Its
extensive collection is one of the major genealogical resources
in San Diego County. Housed in approximately 2200 square feet, the
SDGS Library is located at 7343 Ronson Road, Suite O in San Diego,
California. Visitors who are not members of the Society are encouraged
to make a $3,oo donation for their day use of the library. Computers
with high-speed Internet access are available for patron use. Check
out the library and catalog at
. Cars will leave the LDS parking lot promptly at 9:00 a.m. Since
the library closes at 4 p.m. there are no plans for dinner. Please
bring lunch and $$ for your driver. Bill Bluett
"Coming in October"
Dr. George Schweitzer
is coming back to SOCCGS!
He will be the featured speaker at the October 16 Seminar.
|Mary Jo McQueen spoke about Orphan
Trains at our February meeting. Her talk left many with teary eyes
thinking of the uncertain plight of these children. Many of the
kids did go on, however, to live fulfilled lives participating in
various professions and became a valuable part of the fabric of
our country. The research source handout will give searchers a good
start in finding possible orphan train ancestors.
Do you need help finding small cemeteries that are perhaps not listed
anywhere? While doing some of my Texas research, I came across some
good information about finding a small cemetery in Burleson, Texas
(outside Ft. Worth) where I knew I had ancestors. I even knew where
Oak Grove cemetery was supposed to be. I found out that the cemetery
had not been moved, but had changed names.
I found out that Texas has a Commissioner of Cemeteries. I called
that phone number in Austin, Texas’ capitol. I was told that the
Commissioner worked out of his offices in Ft. Worth, Tarrant County,
Texas. I was given the phone number of his assistant. Imagine my
surprise when I found out that his assistant worked at Greenwood
Cemetery in Ft. Worth, and that I knew her. Probably about a hundred
of my ancestors are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so I have called
and visited many times. It’s a huge place.
The assistant found out for me that the small cemetery for which
I was searching was right where I thought it was, but it had changed
names. Apparently upkeep on small cemeteries is a challenge. When
the Tye family, who lived nearby and had ancestors in Oak Grove,
agreed to mow the grass, paint the wrought iron gates and arches
and generally take care of the place, and offered to take over the
cemetery’s maintenance, all involved agreed. For this help, families
with ancestors there agreed to a name change to honor the Tye Family.
It is now the Tye Cemetery. The Tyes are kind enough to take phone
calls and look through their records for researchers. This is a
very small town and friendly operation.
Salt Lake City
2010 NGS Family History Conference
April 28 – May 1
|The National Genealogical Society
(NGS) is a non-profit organization that has been providing education
and resources for genealogists and family history enthusiasts for
over 100 years. Each year, NGS holds a national conference to share
the latest ideas, trends, and information.
This year’s conference will be particularly unique and exciting
in many ways. Some of the special activities include:
- Free one-on-one research consultations with accredited genealogists
- Extended Family History Library hours and extra staffing
- Free same-day access to millions of rolls of microfilm from
over 100 countries
- Dozens of special international presentations and hands-on
- Free admission to an evening celebration of family history
featuring special speakers and a concert by the Mormon Tabernacle
- Free access to over 250 genealogy and technology exhibiters—the
largest-ever gathering under one roof
|More details about the conference
can be found online at
|Welcome to the first new members
Thomas & Joan Tullar, Mission Viejo
Thomas is looking for: TULLAR, KLITZ, STAVIG and NOTTINGHAM. Joan
is researching LITRICH in Pennsylvania & Yugoslavia; WILCOX in Canada
& Nebraska; HAZEN; GILLIGAN & KENNEDY in Ireland & Illinois.
Michellea David, Ladera Ranch
Surnames: SOUTHERN, BEAUCHAMP, FRAZER, SHAW, MASSEY, LEWIS.
Laurie Pratt Sisk, Aliso Viejo,
|Francie Kennedy will conduct a
Google workshop on March 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Genealogy
Section of the Mission Viejo Library. There are a limited number
of spaces so signups are required. Contact Bunny Smith (949) 472-8046
Laptops are permissible.
Uncle’s Partner, Tom Dennison”
|My great-grandparents, Tom
and Mary (Fallon) Collins, were married in the mining town of
Leadville, Colorado, in September of 1878. Mary’s sister, Maggie
Fallon, was married the very same day at the same residence to man
named Bailey C. Youngson. Bailey was a painter of business signs
and other miscellaneous painting projects. In 1883, Tom and Mary
decided to head west while Maggie and Bailey remained in Leadville.
About 1884, Bailey and two other men became partners in the TEXAS
HOUSE SALOON, a drinking and gambling establishment. In the past,
I have shared some stories about Bailey and some of the disagreements
and shoot-outs he had in the streets of Leadville. But now, I would
like to share with you some interesting information I have discovered
about one of his business partners, namely Tom Dennison.
In 1892, this former itinerant farm laborer, blacksmith, railroad
worker, and, finally, owner of several gambling houses in the mining
areas of the Rocky Mountains, moved to Omaha. Tom Dennison was 34
years old when he arrived in Omaha with $75,000 in cash. He found
a city that had done much to control vice and had “taken on airs”
of propriety and decorum, but also contained the notorious downtown
Third Ward. Here lived most of Omaha’s gamblers, swindlers, saloonkeepers,
drifters, and prostitutes, as well as many of its first generation
Americans. Slowly but surely Dennison gained control of the Third
Ward vice, bribed other inhabitants with well-advertised gifts of
coal and food, then inexorably extended his influence to city and
county public officials. Just how great that influence was perhaps
will never be known, however, Tom Dennison became known as “The
Boss”. By the time of World War I, Omaha’s “Boss” had complete control
of the city. His influence reached every ward. His influence in
the police department was so great that an African-American officer,
Harry Buford, was assigned to be Dennison’s chauffeur and also became
the liaison between the “Machine” and the city’s Black community.
In the 1920’s, Dennison monopolized banks and the bootleg liquor
trade in Omaha. He developed alliances with Al Capone in Chicago
and Tom Pendergast in Kansas City. This led to much violence among
the city’s other bootleggers including many murders. In 1930, at
the age of 72, Tom Dennison married a sweet young 16 year old by
the name of Nevajo Truman. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1933.
In 1932, Dennison suffered, and recovered from, a paralytic stroke.
But, by this time, his power was dwindling. In 1934, one month after
being acquitted of conspiracy in a major trial, he traveled to Chula
Vista, California, to visit business associates. He was fatally
injured in an auto accident and died in San Diego at the age of
75. On February 20th, 1934, Dennison’s funeral was held at St. Peter’s
Catholic Church in Omaha and was attended by more than a thousand
people. One hundred eight cars made up the procession to Forest
Lawn Cemetery. So ended the career of Omaha’s longtime “Boss” who
also became known in his later years as the “Old Grey Wolf”.
My great grand uncle, Bailey Youngson, did not follow Tom Dennison
to Omaha. They both left Leadville about the same time. But, Bailey
chose to go west and ended up in Idaho, and ultimately Utah, where
he died in 1924. He appears in the 1910 and 1920 census as a painter
or laborer and is indicated as a widow in 1910. It seems, in later
years, that Bailey elected to work in more honest professions than
that of his former partner, Tom Dennison.
|These are really interesting photos
from the Civil War. It is truly fortunate that so many of these
have survived. Probably a million wet plate photos were made during
the civil war on glass plate. Popular during the war, they lost
their appeal afterwards, so many were sold for the glass. Many used
in green houses, where, over the years the sun caused the images
Those remaining are pretty amazing considering they were taken up
to 150 years ago. This website showcases a compendium of photos
from the Civil War era. If you double click on the picture it will
enlarge and the picture caption will show. It is not advisable to
click on “Back or Return to Home.” My advice is to click the back
button on your cursor or click the green arrow on the top left of
your screen and then you won’t lose your position within the pictures.
Don’t want to type the long URL – put “Original Civil War Pictures”
into Google. Enjoy - Dick Merritt
"If I had asked
people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."
|There was a roomful of interested
family history researchers who attended the February meeting. Mary
Jo McQueen gave an insightful, if emotional, presentation on the
Orphan Train. Much is to be gained by studying these events in our
country’s history. Learn more about the Orphan Train at
Several members shared with us their brick walls and their research
Myrna Hamid shared that she had successfully used Google
to find information on the Italian Genealogy group and the New York
Patricia Christiansen has been working on a Revolutionary
War roadblock. While stopped on that, she interviewed her son-in-law
about his family history and looked at pictures he had. She ended
up with 5 pages of information to help her start working on his
Ed Reardon mentioned that Google indexes newspapers. He had
lost track of ancestors shortly after their marriage. He’s found
them! “Google newspapers” brought up their names and information
regarding their colorful past in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Francie Kennedy, our January speaker on Google, told us that
Google books is working hard to get all the world’s books on Google.
They are working with publishers and authors to get at least snippets
of books on Google. Francie also mentioned via Google, through Worldcat,
you can learn where to find books in the closest library. You can
then attempt an inter-library loan.
Membership Chairman, Jack Naylor, introduced guests Richard & Patricia
Yocky, Lake Forest and Thomas & Jean Tullar, Mission Viejo. The
Tullars have since become members.
The USCIS Genealogy
|This is a fee-for-service program
providing family historians and other researchers with timely access
to historical immigration and naturalization records.
The USCIS Genealogy Program offers two services:
Index Search: Using biographical information provided by
the researcher, USCIS searches its historical immigration and naturalization
record indices for citations related to a specific immigrant. Search
results (record citations) are returned to the researcher, along
with instructions on how to request the file(s) from USCIS or the
National Archives. Fee: $20.00.
Record Copy Request: Researchers with valid record citations
(USCIS file numbers), gained through a USCIS Genealogy Program index
search or through independent research, may request copies of historical
immigration and naturalization records. Fee: $20.00/$35.00
(depending on the record type). Records available through the USCIS
- Naturalization Certificate Files (C-files) from September
27, 1906 to April 1, 1956
- Alien Registration Forms from August 1, 1940 to March 31,
- Visa files from July 1, 1924 to March 31, 1944
- Registry Files from March 2, 1929 to March 31, 1944
- Alien Files (A-files) numbered below 8 million (A8000000)
and documents therein dated prior to May 1, 1951
|They are currently answering requests
received in mid-November 2009. Note: Type “USCIS Genealogy Program”
into “Google” to reach this website.
“Baby Girl Becomes
|Baby girl found abandoned in subway
train. The tot, about a month old, was found on the train in Brooklyn.
Authorities believe the youngster's mother left her on train at
Coney Island. The blue-eyed, brown-haired baby girl was warmly clad
and equipped with a bottle of milk.
The train was bound for Manhattan, when passengers in the first
car heard the infant wailing. The motorman was notified, and he
turned the infant over to police. Authorities were told that a pretty
young woman of about 20, carrying a suitcase, had entered the train
a the Coney Island terminus and left at the next station. Presumably,
she had carried the child into the train in the suitcase. Fellow
passengers said the young woman was hatless, brown-haired and wore
a short red jacket over a blue dress.
The child was dressed in a pink wool sleeper and sweater, and was
wrapped in a pink, white-striped blanket covered by a red, white,
and blue-plaid outer blanket. She was in good health.
From the Parkville police station, the infant was taken to the Foundling
Hospital at 178 E. 68th St.
New at the Library
|Librarian, Bunny Smith, reports
that we have newly donated books, CD’s and maps, the majority of
which have been given by former members Donald & Darlene Dary. Several
of the CD’s are also from an anonymous donor. Following is the list
of donations; less the ones we already have in our library. These
will be held for sale at the October Seminar. Thank you for remembering
the SOCCGS library.
Heritage Books CD: Quaker Marriage Certificates - Gwen Boyer
Bjorkman. The three volumes included on this CD-ROM are: Quaker
Marriage Certificates: Concord Monthly Meeting, Delaware County,
PA, 1679-1808 (1991); Quaker Marriage Certificates: New Garden Monthly
Meeting, Chester County, PA 1704-1799 (1990); and Quaker Marriage
Certificates: Pasquotank, Perquimans, Piney Woods, and Suttons Creek
Monthly Meetings, North Carolina, 1677-1800 (1988). These records
are essential for those researching their Quaker roots as they contain
not only names of bride and groom, but also an extensive listing
of witnesses and attendees, providing a partial census of friends
and family of the bride and groom.
FTM CD #12 EVERTON'S COMPUTERIZED FAMILY FILE, VOL. 1. Contains
images of family group sheets submitted to Everton Publishers, Inc.
by readers of the magazine Everton's Genealogical Helper; data on
about 375,000 individuals on three CDs; gives name and address of
FTM CD #13. EVERTON'S COMPUTERIZED FAMILY FILE, VOLS. 2-3.
Contains images of family group sheets submitted to Everton Publishers,
Inc. by readers of the magazine Everton's Genealogical Helper; data
on about 495,000 individuals on four CDs; gives name and address
of the submitter.
FTM CD #14 EVERTON'S COMPUTERIZED FAMILY FILE, VOL. 4. Contains
images of family group sheets submitted to Everton Publishers, Inc.
by readers of the magazine Everton's Genealogical Helper; data on
about 375,000 individuals on three CDs; gives name and address of
FTM CD #134 Massachusetts’s soldiers, sailors, and marines in
the Civil War - 1861 to 1865:
By Massachusetts Adjutant-general's office, Norwood Press, 1931.
The compilation contains the names of all the men who served in
Massachusetts units during the Civil War. There is a short history
of the regiment followed by the names of the men. The details for
each man named in the record are: full name, rank, home, age, occupation,
date of service and discharge, and reason for discharge.
FTM CD#183 Early Settlers of New York State, 1760-1942, features
approximately 97,000 names of individuals with New York connections.
This data set contains page images from the following two-volume
set: Early Settlers of New York State — Their Ancestors and Descendants,
Volumes I and II. These books are comprised of articles that originally
appeared in the periodical Early Settlers of New York State.
CD Early American Gazetteers 1883 & 1853 Editions
CD’s can be found in Cases 29 and 30.
BOOKS: ”American Migration Patterns,” New York Genealogical
Research Tips.” “Searching American Military Records.”
MAPS: Chicago 1973, Southern Ireland 1875, Ireland 1820,
First Families of Ireland, North Ireland 1875, Quebec 1800 and Ontario
1800. (The maps can be found in the map box.
|Please visit our website at
(or type SOCCGS into Google) to learn about our society’s co-sponsorship
and participation in the World Archives Project with Ancestry.com.
There are links on our website to connect you with information about
the program and how to get started.
The project SOCCGS is sponsoring is "California, U.S. Naturalization
Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972". If you decide to participate
in the World Archives Project, please be sure to work on that project.
Also, when registering, you will be asked, “What made you decide
to participate in the World Archives Project?” When you reply, please
select, “I learned about it from a genealogical society” and in
the free text area type “South Orange County California Genealogical
Society” or “SOCCGS” so that Ancestry knows you are associated with
our group on this project. Please consider helping with this service
project. It’s a great way to give something back to the larger genealogy
"If you want
to see the true measure of a man, Watch how he treats his inferiors,
not his equals."
~J. K. Rowling
“Just an Old
|“It belonged to
Aunt Ruth:” Bonnie spoke out.
“Oh, the horror of it; how could she so - speak out?
I’ve been places. I’ve seen things.
From where do you think come all my dings?
I’m not just an “IT.” I’m not just an old cabinet!
Ruth (Amann) was born in 1892,
In Collins, a Western New York town of some few.
She and her husband, George North, were fond of me,
From the year of their marriage, that would be.
I should remember the date. But, oh dear,
It’s been so long, I’ve even forgotten what year.
George died before his time; but when? That too I have forgot;
Sometime before 1930, then - maybe not.
Yet, I’m not just an old cabinet!
It was in the town of Gowanda that I did reside,
On Aldrich Street until 73 when dear Aunt Ruth died.
Up the hill, to Maltbie Heights, I was moved for a while,
To the home of Ruth’s niece, Elizabeth June, my brother’s first
Betty lived in Gowanda from 1921 to 1999; all of her life.
Libby as her husband, Howard Beaver, called his wife,
Set me in their basement, with a fireplace for good cheer.
There I stayed until Howard, at 81, died, in the millennial year.
Maybe I was just used, for storing old things.
Still, I am more than just an old cabinet!
|From mold and must,
I protected treasures aplenty;
Until their daughter, Bonnie, sent me, to San Clemente,
To the home of her daughter, Johanne and husband Jack.
I just knew; I would never go back.
I could see the Pacific and Catalina too
From the prominent place, I know I was due.
Three years together, they would keep me that way.
When the household was split, I was allowed to stay
My time in his place has come to an end.
To the trash heap Jack plans me to send.
How could he? I’m not just an old cabinet!
My coat of mahogany does still shine.
It’s bright and always been mine.
Handle with care my glass doors that glide;
Now brittle with age they’re not easy to slide.
My drawer may stick, but my hinges work fine.
They would make a handy place to hide your wine.
It’s not as I wish; but my family no longer has a place for me.
So, I hope that, as they once did, you’ll come to love me.
I have a story to tell and I hope you add to ‘it.’
I’m not just an ‘IT.’ I’m not just an old cabinet.
A fine vintage hutch, that’s it.”
(Written by member, Jim Thodahl)
~David Flint - Ways
& Means Chairman
|Don’t forget to shop at Ralphs!
This is a reminder for you to designate SOCCGS as the organization
to receive funds from Ralphs. Please see the detailed instructions
on our website
Note: There is also now a new and easier method to re-designate
for those who already have a Ralphs Rewards Card. Ralphs has provided
us a special “scanbar” letter to use when check out.. Simply show
this “scanbar” letter to the cashier who will scan the bar at the
bottom of the letter. This it will register SOCCGS as he designated
organization to receive the Ralphs donations for your purchases.
Instructions are provided in the letter. If you would like to receive
one of these letters, please contact David Flint at 949-551-6300
|Members, please check your information
on the SOCCGS Surname Website. 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 researched.
|Please send queries, 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. All submissions are subject to editorial approval,
and may be edited for content or space. Articles should be of genealogical
significance. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Thank you to everyone who has
sent in their membership renewals, and those who have indicated
that they intend to do so. To date, we have 172 names on the newsletter
mailing list. We need two hundred in order to continue receiving
our bulk mailing rate.
|March 6 – Family History
Fair 2010, Escondido, California, David E. Rencher, Keynote speaker.
For information: www.familyhistoryfair.org
March 13 – Genealogy Society of North Orange County California
presents “Family History for Fun and Profit” featuring Arlene H.
Eakle, Ph.D. Brea United Methodist Church. Pre-register by March
6. Information: (714) 777-2379 or
March 27 – North San Diego County Genealogical Society’s
Spring Seminar will be held at the Carlsbad Senior Center. “Family
Tree DNA & You” will be presented by Family Tree DNA. For registration
form go to
April 28–May 1. - Salt Lake City NGS Family History Conference
October 16 – SOCCGS Family History Seminar featuring Dr. George
Do you need a
|Wearing a name badge at the monthly
meetings is an excellent way to meet new friends and/or possibly
a “cousin.” These are provided to all members at no cost. Please
contact Herb Abrams at (949) 581-6292 or email@example.com. He will
have one ready at the next meeting.
Seminar & Safari
Bill Bluett ________________________
||Cindie Reily _______________________
||Pat Weeks _______________________
|Treasurer & Newsletter
||Mary Jo McQueen
||Jack Naylor ______________________
||Herb Abrams _____________________
||Bunny Smith _____________________
||Charles & Patricia
Eunice Muari ______________________
|Ways & Means
||David Flint ________________________
South Orange County
California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application
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( ) Renewal
( ) Individual, $20/yr.
( ) Joint Members, same address $25/yr.
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