Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 4
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!
Birthday Party May 16, 2009
- 18 April 2009
“Researching Civil War Ancestors”
|Ms. Moretti will
instruct as to the procedures of researching Civil War ancestors,
whether they served under Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis. She
will show facts that may be found in pension files about both male
and female ancestors. She will also discuss Internet and printed
resources as well as Heritage Organizations, as a means of furthering
research into Civil War participants.
Connie is a Torrance native, a third generation Californian, and
is retired from 30 years as an educator. She is a member of the
Association of Professional Genealogists, National Society Daughters
of the American Revolution, and the United States Daughters of 1812.
She formerly was the editor of the South Bay Cities Genealogical
Society Newsletter. Ms. Moretti specializes in American lineage
and has traveled extensively in Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and California.
“Ancestors who were colorful characters.”
Members are encouraged to share a picture, story or memento of such
17 October 2009
|The results are in for the topics
to be presented by Paula Stuart-Warren at the October seminar. Members
have selected the following: "Genealogy on the Internet: Make it
Work For You," "Organizing Your Genealogical Materials," "The U.S.
Federal Government: 13 Underutilized Resources" and "Untrodden Ground:
Sources You May Not Have Encountered."
Paula has lectured for genealogical societies and organizations
across the U.S. and Canada. Her presentations are lively, professional
and educational. Information about her may be found by entering
her name in GOOGLE. Click on the GENEALOGICAL SPEAKERS GUILD and
it will open to her page.
Be sure to set that day aside to attend what is sure to be another
|Join the group for a day of “ancestor
searching,” when we travel to the Orange Family History Center.
If you have never taken a SOCCGS Safari, now is the time. Haven’t
been for a while? Again, now is the time! The car(s) will leave
the LDS parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch and $$
for your driver. Since this a shorter distance, there are no plans
for dinner. Please contact Bill Bluett for further information,
or to reserve a spot.
|The month of March has brought
us spring; another great speaker (Caroline Rober) who has left us
with suggestions on how to forge ahead on our research; and the
continuing support of our fellow members. I’m amazed at the wealth
of information we members have and are willing to share amongst
ourselves. I’m thankful to be a member of SOCCGS.
The following is a continuation of letters left by my Scottish ancestors
detailing their voyage to America and their trip across the country
in 1842 to be with their sister who had come to the country in 1832.
My ancestor Robert Tannahill’s brother, John wrote this letter to
their brother, James who remained in Truro, Cornwall, England,
Written from their destination in Fulton County, Mississippi, Jan.
After having been tossed
about the world for about 4 months, I have at last found a home
in the wilderness. Robert wrote you from New York, so I will not
enter into any detail of our passage which was on the whole favorable.
I had rather a severe fit of sickness at New York which lasted for
several days. I dare say it was owing to change of diet on coming
ashore. The ‘La Belle Poole (Poule?)’ the frigate that carried Napoleon’s
remains to France, was lying in the bay. She is here with the Prince
de Joinville (?) who I understand is making the tour of the American
States at present.
The Bay of New York
is one of the most pleasing pieces of scenery that I have seen.
Large ships are continually leaving and entering the harbour and
they have got a beautifully built and swift class of schooner flying
about the bay like sea birds, and steamers to different points:
New Jersey, Long Island, Staten Island, and up the North and East
Rivers, which give an air of animation to the whole. The margin
of the bay is thickly wooded in most parts, and the houses are built
(like some of the representations you will have seen of Asiatic
villages) and gaudily painted. It only wanted the rich green turf
to make it complete. Instead of this the ground was quite brown,
when it could be seen for the trees.
We remained a week
in New York. The customs charged us 9 lbs for our goods. This I
assure you I did not expect. We had a pleasant sail up the Hudson
– got to the Highlands about nightfall. They are exceedingly romantic.
When we got to the narrowest place, the river widened to something
like a lake, and once through the narrows there was no visible outlet.
The hills on each side are nearly perpendicular. I think it is the
very place for one who wishes to indulge a gloomy love of solitude.
All was still but the sharp hissing of the boat through the water.
We got to Albany in
10 hours – 164 miles. It is common I am told to go in 8 hrs. This
will convince you that the Americans know how to make fast river
boats. I will give you a sketch of the American steamer. The hull
is long, narrow and sharp, and the deck extends over it about its
own breath, on each side so that they are very commodious. On the
lower deck is raised another story as it may be called, containing
a saloon with sleeping apartments on each side. The chief cabin
is on the hull of the Hudson and Lake Erie boats, but the Ohio boats
have these cabins on the upper story, with good roomy berths on
each side. They are neatly decorated, some of them richly, and no
better table is spread here, than that on board a steam boat. On
the Ohio, but not on the Hudson, when cabin passages are taken board
The journey by canal
was not so comfortable as by steam. The passengers are crammed at
the rate of 22 to a room 16 by 8. Through the day we could amuse
ourselves pretty well. The table on board of them is abundant and
well supplied. The Erie Canal was parallel to the Mohawk for a great
distance. This is a very rich district. It is that which Sir A.
Johnson had from the crown by grant, and which was forfeited by
his adherence to England at the Revolution. A great portion of event
the most cultivated part is in a state of nature. The improvements
are confined to the merest patches. Ages must elapse ere this country
assumes anything like the appearance of England.”
I Could Be Wrong
About Some Things
"You ain't going
nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck."
~ ~Jim Denny, manager
of the Grand Ole Opry,
In firing Elvis Presley after a performance, 1954
I Wish I Had Known"
|My great uncle, Louis Paddock,
married Lillian Addison in 1916. They lived in the San Gabriel area
east of Los Angeles. I knew them as “Aunt Lillian” and “Uncle Louie”.
One of my Great-Aunt Lillian’s brothers, Chuck Addison, had a rather
interesting and unusual occupation. In the 1920’s and 1930’s the
gambling syndicate was going strong in the L.A. area, and Chuck
was a part of that organized network. He associated with many of
the big names of that era, such as, Bugsy Siegal, Tony Conero, Guy
McAfee, Farmer Page, Bill Curland, and Tutor Scherer. A host of
well-known gambling dens had flourished for years around Spring
Street in Los Angeles. A corrupt atmosphere enveloped the “City
of Angels” because of its 600 brothels, 200 gambling dens and 1800
bookie joints. Los Angeles was known nationally as a notorious city.
There were even gambling ships owned by Tony Cornero situated just
beyond the three-mile international limit off the shorelines of
Long Beach and Los Angeles. As a young woman, my mother (Betty)
remembers traveling out to one of the gambling ships in a fancy
speedboat that was used as a shuttle from the Santa Monica Pier.
The underworld was flourishing very well in the Southern California
area - until the late 1930’s.
Then, the City began a strong movement to shut down the under world
syndicate and drive that element out of Los Angeles. So, many of
the “big time” operators started shifting their attention to a little
spot in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas. In 1942, Chuck Addison
opened the “Pioneer Club” in what is now downtown Las Vegas along
with Farmer Page, Bill Curland, and Tudor Scherer. I’m sure you’ve
seen the big neon cowboy (Las Vegas Vic) waving his arm to all the
passers-by. This group of investors developed an interest in a few
other clubs in this desert oasis during the 1940’s and 1950’s. In
1958 the group sold their interest in the “Pioneer Club” and Chuck
Addison, more or less, retired. I assume he ran some fairly clean
operations during his lifetime. He did find it necessary to testify
in court on a number of occasions, however, no charges were ever
brought against him. He passed away in 1968.
Mom remembers going to the Addison home in West Los Angeles for
family get-togethers when she was a young girl. They had a beautiful
Spanish style home a half block from the Hillcrest County Club.
This is located near present day Century City. One visit was during
the Christmas holiday season. Mom says they had a big beautiful
Christmas tree surrounded with dozens of presents for family and
friends. As would happen during many of their visits, there would
be a knock on the door and several tough-looking men dressed in
suits would come in and walk through the house to a room in the
back, and close the door. "I suppose a friendly game of poker was
about to take place.” Mom remembers seeing Tony Cornero and a man
named “Tuts” (probably Tudor Scherer) come through the house. She
even remembers the name Bugsy being mentioned in conversation. Mrs.
Addison liked my mom and once made the comment that she would love
to adopt her. Mom went crying to her mother and said, “Please, mommy!
Don’t let them adopt me. I want to stay with you.” My grandmother
never really considered the offer seriously. I think the Addison’s
thought they were just trying to help out. My grand parents were
in the process of getting a divorce and times were difficult in
the Depression years.
I’m not sure if I ever met Chuck Addison. I may have at a family
picnic when I was a boy, but I don’t recall. It would have been
interesting to have a chat with him about his particular occupation
and get a little insight about some of the people he knew and associated
with during his underworld career. I did find the Addison home on
Google Maps, with a 360 degree video clip showing the outside of
the house and the neighborhood. The home was probably constructed
in the 1920’s. I think of the phrase “if walls could talk”. Who
knows the conversations that those walls have heard over the years
when the Addison’s lived in the house. Currently, there is a movie
producer living in the old home.
|The guest speaker, Caroline Rober,
presented a very interesting program relating to "Brick Walls."
Three of her key points were: recheck your records for any information
that may have been overlooked; join a local Historical Society where
ancestors resided and, if possible, personally visit the location
where the records are held. Members who shared their "favorite pet"
pictures were: Eunice Murai - a pet pig; Myrna Hamid McGuigan -
a statue of a "bronze dog" who saved people from a house fire in
Santa Barbara and Pat Christiansen - her grandfather's pigs, horses,
and mules on his farm. Judy Heck, Laguna Woods was welcomed as a
guest. We encouraged her to join at a future date. Thank you to
Nellie Domenick and Pat McCoy who provided the treats.
|Welcome to our newest member,
Patti Jo Liebenow, Laguna Woods,
Jo is researching Zerboni, Mason, Hosack, Ebinger, Lovle & Zurney.
the California State Genealogical Alliance
|At the California State Genealogical
Alliance annual meeting on 21 Feb 2009, those in attendance unanimously
voted to become a sponsor in the Ancestry World Archives Project.
The set of records we are sponsoring is “Northern California Naturalization
Indexes.” You can find information at
I would like to encourage each and every member, and all members
of member societies to help out on the project. You can give as
little as five minutes.
What is in it for CSGA?
1. Permanent recognition on the Ancestry web
site whenever anyone accesses this index
2. The digital images to put on our members
only web page.
3. Satisfaction that we are in fact helping
make California records accessible to researchers.
What is in it for project participants?
1. CSGA members will have access to the images
2. Active participants - those that key 900
records [they can be any project if you like a little variety] in
90 days get access to ALL World Archive
3. Active participants with Ancestry subscriptions
get a 15% discount of their World subscription or 10% on a US subscription.
4. Satisfaction in helping make California
records more accessible to researchers
Keying 5 records takes me about 3 minutes of time so becoming an
active participant really would require less than 10 minutes a day
or an hour a week and it can be on your time. Go to:
http://www.csga.com/ Click on
“Projects” and choose “Naturalization.”
Cath Madden Trindle, CG, CSGA Projects
|Here is an exciting announcement
for Michigan researchers. The Library of Michigan has launched a
free Web site that will feature nearly 1 million Michigan death
certificates never before available electronically. These certificates
for the years 1897 to 1920 hold tremendous research opportunities
for genealogists, historians and students.
These records are online at
the brand-new, one-stop shop for Michigan historical records. (Or,
Google Seeking Michigan.) “Seeking Michigan” is a partnership between
the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan, which also
has digitized state records for this Web site.
The Library of Michigan’s Abrams Foundation Historical Collection
is one of the top 10 genealogy collections in the United States.
The Abrams Foundation, which has given the library more than $2
million since the 1980s, funded the death records digitization.
In addition to having the records digitized, the Library had them
indexed for easy searching by name, death date, location, age and
more. As of today, about 25 percent of the nearly 1 million death
records have been added. The remaining death records should be online
within the next month.
|The Wyoming State Library is making
available to Web researchers full-text access to the first set of
historical Wyoming newspapers. This project involves digitizing
a 70-year comprehensive statewide collection of Wyoming newspapers
from 1849 to 1922. The first release will cover selected years,
ranging from 1867 to 1922, of over 200 titles such as The Cheyenne
Daily Leader, The Laramie Sentinel (weekly and daily), The Natrona
County Tribune, The South Pass News, The Torrington Telegram and
The Inter-Mountain Globe. These issues are now available at
Researchers can access the individual issues through keyword searching
or browsing through the collection.
"Show me first
the graveyards of a country
And I will tell you the true character of the people."
“A Couple of
19th Century Searching Tips.”
From the Sullivan
Co. NY List.
|1. I was searching for an
ancestor in 19th century newspapers. One paper was a hit, but I
just couldn't find the woman's name in any of the stories. I was
about to chalk it up to another ancestry search flub when I noticed
her name after all - as one of the endorsers in an ad for a patent
2. I am transcribing a directory and see where sometimes a
person moves away or dies between the info being recorded and the
printing of the book. I'm guessing that in order to save re-designing
the whole page, they just add in the note that the person moved
to such a place or died. This can be helpful secondary info for
you if your relative has such a note attached to their listing.
~ Wayne Hand
Alas, my elusive kinsmen you've led me quite a chase
I thought I'd found your courthouse But the Yankees burned the place.
You always kept your bags packed although you had no fame, and
Just for the fun of it twice you changed your name.
You never owed any man, or at least I found no bills
In spite of eleven offspring you never left a will.
They say our name's from Europe came state side on a ship
Either they lost the passenger list or granddad gave them the slip.
I'm the only one that's looking another searcher I can't find
I play “maybe that's his fathers name” as I go out of my mind.
They said you had a headstone in a shady plot
I've been there twenty times, and can't even find the lot.
You never wrote a letter your Bible we can't find
It's probably in some attic out of sight and out of mind.
You first married a Smith and just to set the tone
The other four were Sarahs and everyone a Jones.
You cost me two fortunes one of which I did not have
My wife, my house and Fido; oh, how I miss that golden lab.
But, somewhere you slipped up ole Boy, somewhere you left a track
And If I don't find you this year well, next year I'll be back.
a genealogy meeting.
"My ancestry goes all the way back to Alexander the Great," said
She then turned to a second woman and asked, "How far does your
family go back?"
"I don't know," was the reply. "All of our records were lost in
From the Internet
"Games We Used
|Back in the late 1930s, when I
was age seven or eight, my Great Grandmother, Louise Grasser Klessig,
often served as my baby sitter. Even though she was born in this
country in 1860, she did not speak much English, but mostly German.
So, we didn’t spend a lot of time in conversation. But, she loved
to play board games with me, especially strategy games. We played
Checkers and Chinese Checkers and a game she called
Mill. In German
it would be Mühle. A player scored points by arranging their game
pieces in a row of three, which was called a Mill.
When my wife and I began writing our Family History Book in 1994
I was determined to write about all the games we used to play as
children. You know: Tag, Annie Annie Over, Work-Up-Baseball, Captain
May I, and remember, Spin-The Bottle!
Then there was Mill. But, I could not remember what the game board
looked like or the rules of play. I did remember that Great Gma
would bring out an old piece of brown butcher paper on which she
had sketched the game layout. She kept it rolled up in her closet.
We played using buttons as game pieces.
In October 2008, I attended a SOCCGS symposium held at the Mission
Viejo City Hall. There, I won a “door prize”. It was a book of
Six Oldest….Games On Earth.” Inside was the description of a game
called Nine Man Morris. It was popular in England during Shakespeare’s
time. He refers to it in A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The book’s game
instructions for Nine Man Morris pointedly refer to scoring
by arranging one’s game pieces in a row of three. It even had the
game board layout. The game’s roots evidently date to the time of
the ancient Roman Empire.
Now, I know the history of the game of Mill I once played with my
|We are looking for someone to
fill the second, fourth and, sometimes, fifth Saturdays from 1:00
to 4:00 pm., and on Wednesdays 1-3. If you are interested please
contact Bunny Smith, (949) 472-8046.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Have you searched the SOCCGS Surname
Website lately? http://www.rootsweb.com/~casoccgs/
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
"Live as if
you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
|April 18 – Orange Family
History Fair, 8 a.m.-5p.m. Free. Call (714) 997-7710 to register.
June 26-28 - Southern California Genealogy 40th Annual Jamboree at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Check the blog
www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com. Registrations may be made online at
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar. This year featuring Paula Stewart
Warren. For information contact Bill Bluett (949) 492-9408 or
National Holiday for all Scottish Americans
|Americans of Scottish descent
have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of
the United States. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence
to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed
mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and
more. Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish
roots -- making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United
States. These are the people and accomplishments that are honored
on National Tartan Day, April 6th. Go
for lots more information.
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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California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application
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