Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 6 No 5 Editor: Pat Weeks May 1999

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

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

This is a very unusual newsletter. As you know, this editor, Madame Pat Weeks, has resigned and no longer in charge of the Trails. But the show must go on, meaning, now that we have bulk mailing privileges, we must show up every month or loose such privileges. Using this bulk mailing means a nice decrease in costs, so it is important to continue this service.

Now, may I introduce you to our new editor, Gail Gilbert, who will have the whole headache beginning with the June newsletter. Gail sounds like she knows a lot and is very cognizant of word processor workings, and hopefully pounding out this newsletter will be a whiz to her.

Nonetheless, this newsletter should reflect our organization which can only be represented thus if you, the members, contribute, no matter how small, to the editor. The Trails is your publication; help your editor out by contributing articles or items of interests.

SOCCGS Events

15 May 1999 Janet Franks, past SOCCGS President, will speak on Heritage Societies. Janet is well qualified: she is a member of the Colonial Dames, DAR, and Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America and New England Women. She has held state and national positions and is currently a National Vice Chairman of the DAR

19 June 1999 Several SOCCGS members will give short 5 to 10 minute discussions on their particular area of expertise.

17 July 1999 "The 5 Ws for Citing sources: Who, What, When, Where and Why" will be the title of Barbara Renick's talk at this meeting. Barbara will also address the issue of primary, secondary and tertiary evidence in research

25 September 1999 Our second SOCCGS all-day seminar, "Your Family in History" will feature guest speakers, classes, prizes and fun, to be held at the Mission Viejo City Library.

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM

On 31 May 1999, El Toro Memorial Park, at 25752 Trabuco Rd. will hold Memorial Day Services. This year's service will host the speaker Thurman Pirtle. Thurman is a member of the Tuskeegee Airmen Inc Association and belongs to the Lt Gen B.O. .Davis Jr. Chapter of San Diego. The program begins at 11:00, Monday, the 31st of May. The public is invited.

LIBRARY NEWS

At last - the telephone has been hooked up to the docent's desk at the Mission Viejo Library. You may call there on the number 470-8498. In addition, the Mission Viejo City has presented us with three computers. These have been installed ,hooked up, and fully operational to our working system by Herb Abrams. Thank you Herb!

WEB SITES

The LDS website is now available, and is being tested on line. It can be accessed, but will not be fully operational until later this spring. If you would like to give it a try, use http://www.familysearch.org

One website that this editor is particularly partial to is http://www.USGenWeb.com which holds lots of grass-roots help, including cemetery information, historical state maps, photos, census reports, etc.

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