Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society
Vol. 18 No. 5
P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690
Editor: Gary Schwarz
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.
General Meeting 21 May 2011
“Preserving Your Heirlooms”
This program will provide an overview of how to preserve those heirlooms
that have been passed down through your family. All forms of treasures
will be examined, including photographs, furniture, clothing and
About the Speaker: Hal Horrocks has been doing family research for 12
years, and is a genealogist, teacher, and lecturer. He is a member of
the Southern California Chapter-Association of Professional
Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Orange County California
Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of North Orange County
California, Guild for One-Name-Studies, Manchester & Lancashire Family
History Society (UK), and Cheshire Family History Society (UK). Hal is
currently Vice President of OCCGS in charge of Programs and teaches most
of the Intermediate/Advanced classes. He also created and maintains a
website for Horrocks surname genealogy researchers from around the
Our destination on May 25th will be the Orange Family History Center
located on South Yorba Street in the City of Orange. You can check out
their website for information regarding their collection holdings,
We’ll be leaving the LDS Church
parking lot at 9:30 A.M. Keep in mind that it is a couple of miles
distance for eating out if you do not bring a lunch. Don't forget $$ for
your driver. Contact Bill Bluett at (949) 492-9408 to reserve a spot.
May Meeting Location
The Mission Viejo Family History Center Institute Building is to be torn
down to make way for the construction of a larger building. The project
is scheduled to start in May, so during the construction project, the
meeting will be held in the main Family History Center Building.
***** Surname List *****
Our surname list has 951 surname list entries submitted by 63 members.
New and long time members are encouraged to add information by sending
an email to Herb listing surnames, locations and years being researched.
Herb at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (949) 581-6292.
“Facts are stubborn things.”
A fact well known to genealogists.
Last month, I spoke about the extensive collection of periodicals that
are on the shelves at the Cole Library in Carlsbad. There is always the
possibility of finding new information about your ancestors in
periodicals that are printed monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. You will
find many different newsletters, bulletins, or journals produced by
historical and genealogical societies. I believe that Carlsbad may have
at least a few periodicals for nearly every state in the Union. I had a
fantastic find a few years ago for my wife’s Amish-Mennonite ancestors
that were featured in the Mennonite Family History magazine. I’ll
briefly share that experience with you in a moment.
I would first like to bring your attention to the Heritage Quest website
that we have available at our research center in the Mission Viejo
Library, but also remind you this website can be accessed on your home
computer, if you have a Carlsbad Library card. Carlsbad Library
currently has Heritage Quest and Footnote on their website and the
library card is free. You do not have to be a resident of San Diego
County. The Heritage Quest site can be utilized for researching
periodical articles that may be of interest to you. When you open the
website, click on “SearchPERSI”. You can search for people, places, or
periodical titles. Then, browse the titles of periodicals by using the
alphabetical listing that is available. Once you find a newsletter of
interest, click on the title and a listing of volumes and issues will
come up. A listing of known repositories will also be indicated. All
periodicals listed are at the Allen County Library in Indiana. Many may
be found locally at the Los Angeles Public Library. Clicking on any
issue will give you a listing of the article titles from that particular
publication. If you would like to have a copy of a particular article,
it can be ordered through the Allen County Public Library by using the
“request form” option provided on the “article detail” page. This
library has more than 5100 current subscriptions including tens of
thousands of article titles. Just as a reminder, our October 15th
seminar guest speaker, Curt B. Witcher, is the Manager of the Historical
Genealogy Department at the Allen County Public Library located in
Indiana. It will be an honor to have him speak to our group. Curt is a
very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.
Now, I will share my “genealogy moment” regarding periodicals. A few
years ago, I was looking through the Mennonite Family History magazines
at the Carlsbad Library and I came across a series of articles about my
wife’s ancestors – the Eymann family. Two contributors to the magazine,
Neil Ann Stuckey Levine and Lorraine Roth, embarked on a project to
profile 10 Anabaptist families from the area around Strasbourg in
Bis-Rhin, Alsace, France. The Eymann family (which has been spelled
Eimann and is currently spelled Eimen) was selected because of a bible
brought to America by the Eymann and Roth families. The bible is now on
display at the Mennonite Historical Society of Iowa Museum in Kalona (20
miles south of Iowa City). The Bible was published in Zurich,
Switzerland, in 1554. Buried on some original pages is handwritten
documentation that gives a remarkable chronicle of private ownership of
the bible by various individuals from the Eymann and Roth families. A
series of three articles were written for the magazine. The first
documented the history and ownership of the bible. The second article
documented the Eimen (Eymann) genealogy including a full-page copy of
Helen’s (my wife) great-great grandparent’s marriage certificate from
1826 in Ste. Croix en Plaine, Alsace, France. The third article
documented the Roth genealogy. In all, the three articles added up to a
total of 37 pages of history and documentation. How could I have ever
researched this information on my own? These families came through New
York in the 1850’s and ultimately settled in Ontario, Canada.
Eventually, many of the family members immigrated to the United States
and settled in Central Illinois. By the 1870’s, Helen’s ancestors (and
others) came to Southeastern Iowa and settled south of Iowa City. My
father-in-law was raised in a Mennonite home, but as a young man, he and
most of his brothers broke away from the church and joined more
mainstream denominations. I believe all of their sisters remained with
the Mennonite Church. My wife still has many Mennonite cousins that we
visit with when we travel to Iowa.
Helen and I are indeed forever grateful for the research and the
articles that were put together by Neil Ann Stuckey Levine and Lorraine
Roth. They provided us with the link we needed “across the pond”. So,
don’t forget to look through those periodical magazines. You just never
know what information you may find that will enhance your genealogy
New Members: Barbara Perez of Temecula, California -
– is researching: Lite, Bennett, Pearson, Nelson, Olson, Sibbitt,
McClure, Noble and Morton.
"Coming October 15th"
Curt B. Witcher, Manager of the Historical Genealogy Department at the
Allen County Public Library in Indiana, will be our featured seminar
speaker. He will give four interesting and informative presentations
during this event. A brief description of each topic is as follows:
“Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery” – This presentation will be
an explanation and demonstration of how researching all the details of
each ancestral family as well as the history surrounding the area can
pay significant research dividends. Histories of geographic areas,
ethnic and religious groups, migration patterns, and occupations can
provide the genealogist with important data as well as pointers to other
“Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Research Key”
– The concept of “America, the Great Melting Pot” may really be a flawed
concept, and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s
ancestor can pay significant research dividends. Topics covered include
population clusters, various patterns (naming, migration, settlement
etc.) as well as locating repositories for various ethnic groups.
“An Ancestor’s Death - A Time for Reaping” – Typically, no other time in
our ancestor’s lives is the record creation potentially as high as it is
at their death. This talk, complemented with many record examples,
spotlights numerous “happenings” surrounding an individual’s death that
can generate records.
“The Road Not Taken: Mega Internet Sites, Off the Beaten Path” – The
number of genealogy Internet sites continues to grow at an exponential
rate. This lecture looks at some large online bibliographic databases
genealogists should be using to further their research. Many are
important sites for doing more than “surname surfing”. Additionally,
this talk also incorporates and demonstrates some successful search
Chapman Family Association Convention
The Chapman Family Association will hold its 11th annual convention and
reunion on June 10 & 11, 2011 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 West
South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The program will consist of a variety of presentations and there will be
a photo contest, a silent auction, some sessions at the Family History
Library, and a fantastic photo display. Sessions will include sharing
information about Chapman Rogues, whether they are ancestors or not, and
other historical and genealogical topics.
You need not be a CFA member to attend the convention, but registration
is required. Registration can be made onsite and advance registration is
recommended. Hotel reservations must be received by May 10, 2011 to get
the special rates by mentioning the Chapman Family Association.
Further information is available by contacting one of the following: the
CFA website at
Go to “Annual Convention”
choose “Salt Lake City, Utah,” or contact Liz Codding at
Ralph's Community Contribution Program
~Jim Thordahl – Ways & Means Chairman
Thanks to SOCCGS members involved in this program our treasury garnered
$200.55 for the last quarter. The 43 households who participated were:
Abrams, Barry, Cramer, Crayne, Crowley, D. (initial only), Dill,
Domenick, Elster, Flint, Frankel, Gahran, Harley, Irey, Keyser, Lancey,
Larsen, Laventure, Lobo, Luckman, Mauzey, Mc Queen, McGuigan, Merchant,
Merritt, Murtha, Nash, Naylor, Nolen, Penland, Poff, Reilly, Reinhold,
Roy, Ryu, Schwarz, Sheean, Smith, Thordahl, Weeks, White, Wilgus, Witte.
If you are a new SOCCGS member or have not yet enrolled, it’s
easy. Get a Ralphs Rewards Card, if you don’t have one. Present a
copy of the “Scanbar letter” which contains our code at checkout the
next time you shop at Ralphs. You may also enroll on-line at
www.ralphs.com. Please see me at the
next meeting for a “Scanbar letter.” A “Scanbar Letter” can also be
downloaded from our website. If you have a question call or e-mail:
ph: (949) 492-5334.
“Obsession is a young man’s game, and my only excuse
is that I never grew old.”
Does this mean genealogists never grow old?
Speaker: Wendy Bebout Elliot described different land survey methods and
where to search for records generated by property dealings: tax records,
land transfers, property disputes, slave sales, etc. She also noted what
genealogical information might be found on the different types
Guests: Yvonne Horton, Bunny Carpenter, Barbara Perez, Brenda Hardiman.
Refreshments: Tina Murtha, Joan Petrime, Pat Christiansen, Barbara
Brick Walls & Genealogy Research Suggestions
Myrna Hamid McGuigan – Searched on the MOCAVO website for her husband
(Jim’s) great grandfather. He was one of 15 children and they only knew
the names of three. On MOCAVO, they found one brother’s obituary and the
married name of one of the sisters.
Sheila Larson – Has received newspapers on microfilm through the
“library loan” system and was wondering where she can print out
articles. Some folks suggested the San Juan Capistrano and Aliso Viejo
Libraries for microfilm printing or the Orange Family History Center.
Terri Lancey – Found a program called “Just Cuz” (as per cousins). It’s
a “PowerPoint” type of program that might be a fun way to get young
people interested in their relatives. It could be used in preparing for
a family reunion. You can obtain a free copy of this program at:
Gary Schwarz – Will be attending a High School Reunion and is trying to
identify names of some of the classmates from grade school. He is not
having much luck trying to research school district records in the Los
Angeles County area.
Donna Hobbs – By searching on FOOTNOTE, she has found additional Civil
War documentation for an ancestor. It was not included in the packet she
received from the National Archives.
Diane Hearne – Her father was in the Navy during WWII. She has two
volumes of letters written by her parents during that time period. They
discuss the war, Roosevelt’s death, money, and the adventures of raising
Diane and her brother during the war in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Virginia Dunk – Had an ancestor from Kentucky who served as a Union
soldier with Kit Carson in New Mexico during the Civil War. The Navajo
were trying to take advantage of the military slack caused by the
outbreak of the Civil War.
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible
for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit
for a month.”
~Gary Schwarz - Editor
I wish to thank members who have submitted articles to be published in
the newsletter. Please continue to submit your articles of genealogical
interest. Short, one or two paragraphs, or long, two or more pages are
Submissions must be received by the Wednesday after the monthly meeting
to have a chance of making it into the next month’s newsletter. The
articles should be a text or MS Word attachment, emailed to the editor
and have a Subject line: SOCCGS Newsletter Article – article title or
description. I would prefer articles be kept under 800 words, but longer
ones can be accommodated. All articles may be edited by the editor, but
the preference is not to alter articles. If you wish to review your
edited article prior to publication, say that in your email. All
articles will be spell checked and grammar checked with MS Word.
News from the Mission Viejo Library
~Bunny Smith – SOCCGS Librarian
Please go to the SOCCGS Website and study the card catalogue. Is there a
book that you would like to access that is not on our list? Is there a
state or county that you are interested in that is not represented? Take
this opportunity to let us know. We would like to expand our books on
CD's. Please email Bunny Smith,
with the name of the CD's you would like to add to our collection.
“Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there
has been effort stored up in the past”
Our thanks to those genealogical ancestors who stored their effort for us!
Otis McKinley Abrams
Abrams, Otis McKinley (Mack), (1894-1980) was born in Gillises Mills,
Hardin Co., Tennessee, the son of George Dougal Abrams and Hettie Falls
Abrams. He attended school there and on finishing high school taught
briefly. At the onset of World War I, on 12 Nov 1917, he enlisted in the
army at Waynesboro, Tennessee and was sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia for
training. He was assigned to Company “A”, 1st Battalion, 307th Engineer
Regiment of the 82nd Army Division. The Regiment was sent to France on
19 May 1918. As far as I know, Mack was not involved in combat, but was
in the area where the Germans were shelling in the Toul Sector from 25
June to 10 Aug. 1918, Marbache Sector from 17 Aug. to 11 Sept. 1918, St.
Mihiel Operation Sept. 12-16 and the Meuse Argonne Offensive from 26
Sept. to 3 Oct. 1918. Company “A” spent most of the time repairing
roads, building bridges, concrete pill boxes and shelters and digging
foxholes and trenches. On 10 October 1918 the company took over a
captured German railroad north of Varennes and operated it in supply
service, delivering rations, forage and artillery ammunition to
Apremont, Chehery and Cornay for a period of about 2 weeks. Mack came
down with malaria while in France and spent time in a French hospital in
the village of Bar-le-duc near the town of Nancy. The French doctors
cured the malaria and he never had a recurrence. On 15 April 1919 the
regiment left France and returned home. Mack was discharged on 21 May
1919 and returned to Waynesboro, Tennessee where his parents lived.
In the fall of 1919 Mack went West - first to the wheat harvest in
Kansas and then to Oklahoma. In Shawnee, Oklahoma he got a job with the
Santa Fe Railroad as a locomotive fireman on the local switch engine. In
1927 he went back to Tennessee on vacation and while visiting relatives
in Lawrenceburg met Lerlie Lee Powell, daughter of Jacob Marion Powell
and Nancy Bassham. When Mack returned to Oklahoma, he and Lerlie
corresponded by mail for a period of 2 months writing almost daily
letters. In April 1927 he went back to Lawrenceburg and proposed
marriage. She accepted and they were married 11 April 1927 and spent
their honeymoon on the trip back to Oklahoma in Mack's Model A Ford.
Their first child, Mary Carolyn, was born in 1928 followed by Herbert
Victor in 1930. Mack and family moved to Cushing, Oklahoma sometime
between 1930 and 1935 when Mack got bumped from his job in Shawnee. A
second daughter, Anita Jean, arrived in 1935. Shortly thereafter the
family moved back to Shawnee where they stayed until 1939. Mack had been
promoted to Engineer and was low man in seniority in that position so he
got bumped again. This time the family moved to Purcell, Oklahoma in
1939. Purcell was not as large as Shawnee and at first they hated it,
but over the years they grew to love the little town and the many
friends that they made there. In 1941 a second son, Donald Mack, arrived
followed by Gary Wayne in 1943. Mack worked seven days a week to support
the family and put all three sons through college.
Mack retired in 1965 after 44 years of service with the Santa Fe
Railroad. He enjoyed his retirement years and stayed active well into
his 80's. He died on 5 August 1980 and was buried at the Purcell
Hillside Cemetery with full military honors.
“Because of the Italian preference for chain migration, most Italians
living in any American community came from a specific region or city in
One of the oldest and largest Italian immigrant aid societies was
the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. Their records are currently
housed in their lodges, at their national headquarters in Washington,
D.C., and at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research
Most genealogy software programs have a reporting function with a
variety of pre-defined reports. A “Place” or “Location” Report is
especially useful if you are planning a trip or visiting a genealogy
library. A place report is a sorted list of places with dates, events
and persons names listed at each place they have had an event occur.
Most libraries have genealogy books shelved by country, state, county
and then city, so the benefit of a place report is increased if it is
sorted that way. Follow the descriptions below to generate a place
report using some of the more popular software programs:
Newer printers will print four pages on a side of an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of
paper at a reduced sized font. Consider using this printer setting to
reduce the bulk or number of sheets of paper for the report, after a
test to make sure your eyesight or “readers” allow you to read the
- PAF: File, “Print Reports”, “Lists” tab, “Places sorted alphabetically”,
Print or Preview.
- Ancestral Quest: File, “Print Reports and Charts”, “Lists” tab, “Sorted
place report”, Print or Preview.
- Roots Magic: Reports, Lists, Place List, choose (“Print events which
occurred in each place”, “reverse place names”, “print place details”),
Generate report, then choose the printer icon on the tool bar if a
printed copy is desired.
- Legacy: Choose the “Master” icon on the tool bar, Location, “Sort”
button, in “Pre-defined USA Sorts” box select – (Country, State, County,
City), OK, check “Sort” box, Close. Choose “Reports” icon on the Tool
bar, choose “Books/Other” tab, “Location Report” button, choose (
“Include” tab, choose (“All Locations”, “Master Locations and who uses
them”, “Include specific events”), choose (“Options” tab, choose (“Show
long location name”, “include RINs”, “Use the current sorted order of
the Master Location List”), Preview or Print.
- Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2005: Choose the “Reports” icon in the Tool bar,
“Custom”, choose the “Items to Include” button on the side bar, choose
(“birth location” on the left pane and move it to the right pane, choose
“birth date” and move it right, choose “name” and move it right ( a
panel will pop up (choose Format “Last, First Middle” and then OK) ),
press OK again, a report will be generated sorted by (city, county,
state, country), to print ( File, Print). Note: At this time a custom
method within FTM to sort by country, state, county, city is not
- Reunion: List, Places, choose (Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death, Burial),
check “Reverse Location”, click the “List” button, (Note: at this point
a list will appear on the screen sorted Country, State, County and City,
but for example, if the person actually only died there, what will
appear in the report on the screen for that location is the persons
name, their birth date, and their birth location. Double clicking on the
name on the report brings up the persons record where one can see the
death location matches the sorted location.), to print click on the
“Report” button (this will generate the report into a text or MS Word
document), send the document to the printer for a printed report.
Chain Migration - A migration process which depends on a small number of
pioneers, who make the first moves to set up a new home in a new place.
They send information back home, and this encourages further migration
from the originating area to the new place.
Preserving Bibles and Other Old Books
Never put a Bible in the basement, garage or attic.
Never put a Bible upright without lateral support.
Never leave a Bible opened for prolonged periods.
Never let sunlight or harsh lighting contact the Bible
Never keep a Bible in either a humid or extremely dry environment.
Never keep a Bible in an extremely warm environment.
Do keep a Bible at room temperature 68 to 72 degrees.
Do store a Bible flat but make sure it’s kept to its form not canted.
Do maintain humidity as close to 50% as possible.
Do contain the Bible in an archival box.
Do store the Bible near bottom of the closet. (Not the floor (flood) not
on top (fire))
Do keep the Bible Record updated with a note inside front cover with
Do choose a responsible guardian to transfer the Bible when you are
2011 Genealogy Events
May 28 & 29 - United Scottish Society Highland Gathering & Festival,
Costa Mesa, CA,
June 10-12 – 42nd Annual Genealogy Jamboree presented by Southern
California Genealogical Society at the Los Angeles Burbank Airport
Marriott Hotel and Convention Center,
Jun. 25 & 26 - San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans,
July 20-24 – The 41st Annual Germans from Russia Heritage Society
International Convention is being held in Spokane, Washington,
August 1-7 – 2011 AHSGR Convention presented by The American Historical
Society of Germans from Russia in Salt Lake City, Utah,
October 15 – South Orange County California Genealogical Society
presents its annual seminar in Mission Viejo, CA, this year featuring
Curt B. Wicher, Manager of the Allen County Library, Fort Wayne,
October 22 – Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society presents its CCNGS
Fall Family History Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Gardening Your Roots,
A Genealogy Series”,
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Historian______________________________ Barbara Wilgus_________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org
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