Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 7 No 5 ...Editor: Gail Gilbert ...May 2000

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

 P. O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690

Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Mission Viejo Family History Center Institute Building, 27978 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year for individuals, $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.

SOCCGS EVENTS

20 May 2000 Linda Merle will be our speaker and will inform us about Local Research Facilities.

17 June 2000 Nancy Huebotter will cover the topic "Bringing Order Out of Chaos" - How to choose what records to keep and what to throw away.

OTHER SOUTHERN CA EVENTS

28-29 April 2000 The California State Genealogical Alliance will host its annual series of workshops in conjunction with the California Genealogy Society's annual Family History Fair to be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. For further information, contact David Abrahams-CGSA, 737 El Caminito, Livermore, CA 94550, e-mail: <dmabraha@ncal.verio.com>.

29 April 2000 "A New Millenium of Family History - 2000 Family History Fair" will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Orange Stake Center, 674 Yorba St., Orange, CA. The keynote speaker will be Delores Semon, to be followed by five class sessions throughout the day. There are seven choices of topics in each session, covering a wide variety of subjects for the beginner through advanced researcher. A box lunch and syllabus can be preordered. Call the Orange Family History Center at (714) 997-7710 for more information.

6-7 May 2000 The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library present the 31st Annual Jamboree 2000 at the Pasadena Center, Pasadena, California, Sat. 8:30 am-6:00 pm and Sun. 8:30 am-4:00 pm. In addition to lectures, there will be exhibits and beginner classes. Lunch is available. Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for two, payable at the door. For more information, please call (818) 843-7247, or e-mail <scgs@keyconnect.com>. For a roster of the 10 speakers and 18 topics, look up their web site at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com. (or see pg. 93)

7-12 May 2000 The Sesquicentennial Quilt, specially made to commemorate the State's Anniversary, will be at the Mission Viejo Library for viewing.

MEMBERSHIP

Just a reminder to those who failed to pay their dues for year 2000: It is never too late to pay and be reinstated. We really don't want to lose you. Sadly, we have lost six of our members due to death this past year, Glenn Henderson, Lowell Smith, Norma Hennesy, Hartley Oddous, Clarence Steinbeck and Clarence Murphy. We extend our sincere sympathy to their families.

As of April 13th, our membership count is 215. We are happy to welcome new members Dorothy J. Albin, Les & Ann Davis, Bertha O'Gara, and Charles & Virginia Pillsbury.

If you are moving, please notify our membership chairman, Iris Graham, at (949) 770-5685. For membership renewals, use the form at the end of the newsletter, and send with payment to SOCCGS at P. O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.

PROPOSED SAFARI SCHEDULE FOR 2000

APRIL 26 Carlsbad Library (It just reopened this month.)

MAY 24 Santa Monica LDS Library

JUNE 28 Huntington Beach Library

JULY 26 Long Beach Genealogical Library

AUG 23 Los Angeles Public Library

SEPT 27 Sons of the Revolution & So. CA Genealogical Society Libraries

(Prior sign up necessary as we leave at 9:00 a.m.)

OCT 25 Riverside and San Bernardino Libraries

NOV 22 Carlsbad Library

DEC 27 Will go somewhere if there's enough interest

Note: This schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Any questions, please contact Janet Franks at (949) 496-8428.

APRIL LIBRARY NEWS

It is with regret that the Board has accepted the resignation of Betty McKenzie as Librarian for our Genealogy Library. Just how we will get along without her, I cannot imagine. She has served in this position for more than three years and, understandably, feels she needs more time for personal commitments. We thank you, Betty, for a job well done. You are going to be hard to replace.

In addition to finding a replacement for Betty, we desperately need to add substitute volunteers to our docent list. Betty makes this plea upon departing:

HELP!! HELP!! HELP!!

"We are in desperate need of subs for our docents at the library. Please consider putting your name on our Sub List. You don't have to sub every time someone calls you, but if you can help out occasionally, that would be great. Don't know anything about it? No problem. Come down to the library (call first to make sure someone is on duty) and any of our docents will welcome you and be more than happy to show you what to do. It isn't difficult and it will give you a chance to work on your own research. We have a nice collection of books, periodicals, CDS and microfische. It is also fun to meet and chat with other people who are interested in genealogy; most of them have never done any research before and want to know how to get started. Please consider this and call or just drop in and chat with the docent on duty."

APRIL 2000 LIBRARY ADDITIONS

1. Heritage Books Archives, Rhode Island Vol. 1, purchased by Book Fund

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SPANISH RESEARCH

We want to thank Edward Grijalva for a very entertaining talk on his experiences researching his Spanish heritage. His ancestor was one of the first landholders in Orange County, having been given a concession to 63,000 acres of land running from the mountains to the ocean. Mr. Grijalva himself grew up in El Toro, and was able to give us new insight into the history of the territory we live in.

MORE TIPS FROM ABBEY

In another Dear Abbey column in the Orange County Register on April 1st, readers offered advice on storage of our family photos. One reader pointed out that "color prints, even properly stored, have a life expectancy far less than that of one human generation", ...whereas "black-and-white images, when printed on high-quality black-and-white paper and developed properly, should last about 200 years." However, you must make sure that processors do not develop black and white prints using color photographic paper, as many are apt to do, or you may find your precious family photos fading rapidly, just as if they had been printed from a color negative. Color slides last longer, but a final word of advice is to always take some pictures in black and white.

VALUABLE WEB SITES

From member, Sheryl Fisher, we learn that the following site is helpful for ordering death certificates online: http://www.vitalchek.com/.

Another useful site is the one for Heritage Books, Inc. which has opened an "online library". Look at http://www.heritagebooks.com/library where you can browse the card file or, for a small annual fee, you can view the actual books as a subscriber. The Genealogical Periodical Annual Index (GPAI) is also available on-line now at this same site.

If you are interested in British Isles research, be sure to check the web site for the British Isles Family History Society, USA at http://www.rootsweb.com/~bifhsusa. This society holds regular monthly meetings as well as on-going classes at 2531 Sawtelle Blvd., PMB #134, Los Angeles, CA 90064. In addition, they will be holding a Family History Seminar aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, on Thursday - Saturday, August 24-26.. Information on their meetings, classes and seminar (all of which are free) is given on their web site, or contact Annie Lloyd at (310) 398-3924.

Iris Graham has given us a web site for the Linn (OR) Genealogical Society which includes a series of articles on "Computers & Genealogy" by Byron Bray: http://www.rootsweb.com/~orlinngs/.

The Orange Family History Center Mini Class Schedule

April 12, Wed. 10-noon Windows 98 for Genealogists Barbara Renick

13, Thurs. 10-11 am Reading German Vital Records Doug Ayer

21, Fri. 10-11 am Italian Research Christine Polen

28, Fri. 10-11 am Tips&Tricks for using US Census Records Linda Newsom

May 5, Fri. 10-11 am Where There's a Will There's a Way Celia Christensen

17, Wed. 10-noon Notes and Sources in PAF Barbara Renick

19, Fri. 10-11 am Collecting County Courthouse Records Celia Christensen

25, Thurs. 11-noon Using English Census Beth McCarty

June 7, Wed. 10-11 am Danish Research Norma Keating

8, Thurs. 10-11 am Reading German Vital Records Doug Ayer

14, Wed. 10-noon Searching for Names on the Internet Barbara Renick

15, Thurs. 11 -noon England - Civil Registration Beth McCarty

16, Fri. 10-11 am Writing Your Family History Celia Christensen

July 5, Wed. 10-noon Internet Search for Names, Dates, Places Barbara Renick

14, Fri. 10-11 am Italian Research Christine Polen

19, Wed. 10-11 am New Jersey Research Norma Keating

20, Thurs. 10-11 am Reading German Vital Records Doug Ayer

All classes are held at the FHC at 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, CA. Also, anyone wishing to bring a group to the FHC must call Beth McCarty (714) 998-3408 to schedule the visit.

SURNAME SEARCHING!

Pat Weeks, pweeks@apc.net, (949)493-4777.

1. HENNESSY: Ire > Can > MO

2. RUSH: Ire > KY > MO

3. KIDD: VA > TN > MO

4. WILLIAMS: VA > MO

5. RANGER: France > CAN > IN > MO

6. MARIN: France > Can > MO

7. TRUDEAU: France > Can > MO

8. BOYER: France > Can > MO

9. OLIVIER: France > Can > MO

10. MEFFORD: Ger > PA > KY

I'm happy to report that I have had a response to my surname list, posted last month, and find that member, Bernard Keen, is researching several of the same families as I am. Do submit your own list of families you are currently researching. You may be surprised to learn others are researching the same ones.

 

WAR CASUALTY LIST

From the HI-DESERT Genealogical Society April newsletter, we found two web sites for locating war casualties. For WWII Honor List of Dead & Missing Army & Army Air Force Personnel, 1946, arranged by state and county, alphabetically:
http://www.nara.gov/nara/searchnail.html [do a NAIL Standard Search on "NWCTM-407"; when you pull up the state you want click on "links to digital copies"]

For Pearl Harbor Casualty List, go to:
http://www.mit.edu:8001/afs/athena/activity/a/afrotc/www/names
[If that doesn't work try http://members.aol.com/azmemph/phclist.htm#cabay]

BYLAW CHANGES TO APPROVE

The Bylaws have been reviewed and revised by John Smith and his committee. The changes are presented on the next page for our membership to read. Since the Board is required to give you 30 days to review these changes prior to approval, we will probably vote on them at the June general meeting.

 

PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES FOR

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

At the Executive Board meeting of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society on April 13, 2000, the following changes to the Society's Bylaws were approved and are proposed for membership approval:

ARTICLE I - NAME (CURRENTLY READS)

The name of this Society shall be the South Orange County California Genealogical Society, a family history and nonprofit organization, which at all times will operate as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a nonprofit organization no dividends or pecuniary profits shall be declared or paid to the members thereof.

(PROPOSED TO READ)

The name of this Society shall be the South Orange County California Genealogical Society, hereafter, in this document, referred to as the "Society ", a family history and nonprofit organization, which at all times will operated as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a nonprofit organization no dividends or pecuniary profits shall be declared or paid to the members thereof.

 

ARTICLE V - STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION 2. Standing Committees

We proposed to add a point "C". The current point "C" will become point "D". Point "D" will become point "E", and Point "E" will become point "F", etc. until the end of Section 2. Standing Committees.

POINT C - TO BE ADDED TO BYLAWS

C. Book Selection Committee shall meet as needed to assist the Librarian in selecting new books for the Society library collection.

POINT D - (CURRENTLY READS AS POINT C)

C. Librarian shall process and manage all acquisitions for the library and is the chief of the library staff.

(PROPOSED TO READ)

D. Librarian shall process and manage all Society acquisitions and current possessions of the library. The Librarian is the Chief of the Society library staff, and the Chair of the Book Selection Committee. Librarian shall manage money donated at the library for Society materials (copies, duplicate sales, etc.) and use it as needed to buy library supplies, maintain computers/printers and bind books. Funds needed in excess of this are processed through the Society Treasurer. The Librarian is the Society contact with the Library staff.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR SCGS JAMBOREE 2000

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2000
CONFERENCE BLDG. ROOM 101

9 - 10 am Beth Wilson Documenting (Beg)

10:45-11:45 am Arlene Eakle
Tracing a Southern Pedigree: Tracing Ancestors Back through Arkansas to Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia & Maryland Origins (Int to Adv)

12:30-1:30 pm Nancy Kepley
Arnchair Research (Beg to Adv)

2:15-3:15 Pat Gooldy
What Do You Do When You Can't Find Vital Records Where They Ought to Be? (Int to Adv)

4-5 pm Nancy Carlberg
Dealing with Scandals and Family Secrets (Beg to Adv)

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2000
CONFERENCE BLDG. ROOM 101

9-10 AM Nancy Kepley
Armchair Research (Beg to Adv)

10:45-11:45 Pat Gooldy
What Do You Do When You Can't Find Vital Records Where They Ought to Be? (Int to Adv)

12:30-1:30 pm Arlene Eakle
Tracing a Southern Pedigree: Tracing Ancestors Back through Arkansas to Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia & Maryland Origins (Int to Adv)

2:15-3:15 Beth Wilson
Documenting (Beg)

BEGINNER CLASSES
CONFERENCE BLDG. ROOM 105
SAT, MAY 6 9:30-11 AM & 1:30 TO 3 PM
SUN, MAY 7 1:30-3 PM

CONFERENCE BLDG. ROOM 103

9-10 AM John Humphrey
Early Church Records: Identifying Problems and Exploring Solutions (Int to Adv)

10:45-11:45 Richard Wilson
Internet for Genealogists (Beg to Int)

12:30-1:30 pm Rick Crume
What Yahoo! Missed: Online Library Catalogs are the Key to Vast Family History Resources (Int)

2:15-3:15 pm John Movius
Germany and Eastern Europe: New Stuff On/Off the Web and In/Out of the FHL (Beg to Int)

4-5 pm Richard Wilson
Comparing Genealogy Software (Beg to Int)

CONFERENCE BLDG. ROOM 103

9-10 AM Rick Crume
What Yahoo! Missed: Online Library Catalogs are the Key to Vast Family History Resources (Int)

10:45-11:45 am Richard Wilson
Internet for Genealogy (Beg to Int)

12:30-1:30 pm Nancy Carlberg
Dealing with Scandals and Family Secrets (Beg to Adv)

2:15-3:15 pm John Humphrey
Researching 18th Century Germans (Int)

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