Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society
Vol. 14 No. 6 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen June 2007
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 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 – JUNE 16, 2007
Many SOCCGS members have met Alan Jones while taking genealogy computer classes at the Mission Viejo Family History Center. He is also a favorite SOCCGS presenter. At this meeting Alan will present information regarding thirteen websites we should know and use. Much research in the United States can be accomplished with a fair knowledge of how these websites work. During this presentation he will walk us through, using these staples of genealogy research.
Alan has more than thirty years of genealogy experience. He holds degrees in the areas of computer science and business.
Please be there to welcome Alan Jones on June 16, and bring a guest!
July 21 – Ivan C. Johnson, “British Naming Patterns.”
August 18 – Penny Feike, “Court Records.”
September 15 – Joan Rambo, “Land & Tax Records.”
October 20 – John Colletta, Family History Seminar
November 17 - Nancy Carlberg
December 15 – Holiday Party
The Cole Genealogy Library in Carlsbad is the planned destination for the Safari on June 27. Please call Mary Jo McQueen, 581-0690, if you would like to be included. We will leave the LDS parking lot at 9:30 a. m. It is a good idea to bring your lunch, however, there are restaurants within driving distance of the library. Some members prefer to drive and meet at the library. Please let us know if you plan to do this. The library prefers to have notice as to approximately how many people plan to be researching that day.
SOCCGS ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR
Saturday October 20, 2007
Featuring John Colletta
“Searching for ancestors is a journey of self-discovery. — As you learn who they were, you discover more about who you are. The journey is not only enlightening, but great fun, too! My teaching focuses on seeing every ancestor as an individual living in a particular place at a particular time. My goal is to help family historians optimize their efforts to uncover and write the stories of their forebears, and to enjoy all along the way the pleasure and humor of the journey.” With his words I introduce you to John Colletta. Please mark the date on your calendar so you don’t miss what should prove to be another great SOCCGS seminar.
Members voted, and chose the following Seminar topics: “State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them” - “Using Newspapers for Family History Research” - “Erie Canal Genealogy: The Peopling of Upstate New York and the Midwest” - “How to Assemble and Write a Genealogical Work that Is Both a Reliable Document and a Readable Story.” I believe you will find Mr. Colletta to be a knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer.
Mary Jo McQueen, Seminar Chairman
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for the tremendous support given to the Society this year. We have enjoyed excellent participation at our monthly programs and Safari trips. Also, usage at our library has increased in recent months especially since the addition of ANCESTRY.COM. Let me give you a few examples of just how active our Society is at this time.
Attendance at our monthly programs has increased significantly. We have had as many as 75 individuals attending our meetings! A year ago, our average was roughly 60 people. And, new members or visitors are showing up each month. If our attendance continues to grow and the weather warms up, we may have to move our refreshments outside. Just kidding (or, maybe not); but, don’t worry we will make sure there is sufficient space for every person in attendance.
Having an active Genealogical Society makes research more fun and exciting for each of us. We learn new research techniques from the guest speakers on the 3rd Saturday of each month. And, each of us has an opportunity to discuss and share with fellow members during our refreshment break. Don’t forget the Lunch Bunch gathering at “Carrows Restaurant” following each meeting. The conversations can continue into mid-afternoon.
Our monthly Safari’s have been well attended this year. In January, my van was full for the trip to the LDS Family History Center in Los Angeles. In February, approximately a dozen folks met at the Carlsbad Library for a full day of research. The van was full again for the March trip to the Southern California Genealogy Society’s Library in Burbank. Mid-afternoon we made a quick trip over to the Sons of the Revolution Library in Glendale. Afterwards, we always have a scrumptious chicken dinner at “Conrads” before heading home. In April, several members attended the Genealogy Fair at the Orange FHC. On May 23, nine researchers traveled in two vehicles to the Los Angeles Public Library. We ended our day of research with dinner at the infamous “Pantry” in downtown L.A.
Finally, don’t neglect the great resources we have at the Mission Viejo Library. SOCCGS docents are available to assist all genealogy researchers. It is amazing to me that we have enough docents to cover nearly all of the hours the library is open. Plus, there is a list of substitutes to fill in when necessary. All in all, our Society is a wonderful group of people willing to get involved, participate and volunteer their time. I want to thank you all for being such an enthusiastic group. Keep up the good work. And, please invite a friend or family member to our next meeting. I’m sure they would enjoy our warm and friendly group.
How many of us have found family treasures on Ebay, or in other unlikely places? Could we possibly be as lucky as our May speaker, Michael Kratzer? He told wonderful stories of genealogical discovery to an audience of over fifty-five members and one guest, Jane Lehman Shafron from Mission Viejo. During “Genealogy Moments” Dean Duet gave us an update on his “serendipitous” genealogical journey on the Burgau family in New Orleans. (See April newsletter.) He has discovered a confederate soldier great-great grandfather and several ancestor tombstones in New Orleans. Also, lest we think only the French settled New Orleans, Karen Miller told about the Italians from the Island of Ustica, off the coast of Sicily, who began immigrating to New Orleans in the 1850’s. Google “Italians from Ustica” and you will find lots of interesting stuff, including their role in the Civil War.
Kudos to Diane Hearne and Marilyn Kowalski for providing the delicious treats. And, a special Thank You to Vice President Nellie Domenick. She is doing a wonderful job lining up great programs.
We extend a special welcome to two new members: Jeanne Bayer, Laguna Hills and David Marino, Lake Forest. We encourage them to list their surnames on the SOCCGS website (see below).
Herb Abrams will update your information on the SOCCGS Surname Website Listing as needed. Please check your information, and if corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb (email@example.com or (949) 581-6292). New members are especially encouraged to add their Surnames to this list. Send an email to Herb listing your surnames, locations and years you are researching.
"Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“JUMPING THE POND”
(Don't Ever Give Up! Rest If You Must, But Never Give Up!)
~ Marcia R. Roy
It is a fact that research of the Irish usually takes a miracle or two. All Irish family historians long to "jump the pond," but many never do because, unlike other countries, Irish research requires a locality - preferably a town land, or at least a county. I want to share my miracle with those who are enduring the “Dead in the Water Syndrome." Take heart, perhaps your miracle awaits.
I am in a unique season of my life allowing the luxury of a dedicated focus on my great, great grandparents, Robert LOWRY (b. 6 Jun 1819 in "North part of Ire." – d. 23 May 1889 in Humboldt, Humboldt, IA), and Sarah Ann GREENFIELD (ca 1823 "Ire." - 15 May 1867, Powhatan, Pocahontas, IA). I have been researching their U.S. records, plus extracting possible collateral data in the Ulster Providence of Northern Ireland. I have not traveled this road alone, as my father and my second cousin have provided foundational data, and continual encouragement. I have learned valuable research techniques at the SOCCGS monthly meetings, which always seemed so timely. I was able locate all possible birth, marriage, death, court, probate, church and land documents, including those that should have had rich information, such as Robert’s Declaration of Intention, Naturalization Record and even his cancelled Homestead Land Application, all to no avail. Though grateful, it was disappointing the documents only contained the dreaded dead-end location of "Ireland." It has been discouraging, having extracted at least 1500 Irish Lowry’s and 600 Irish Greenfield’s with no definitive connection.
In April I was scheduled to attend the classes at the Orange Family History Fair, and for the first time ever, none of the classes appealed to me. I kept trying to go into a class, but kept feeling compelled to go into the Family History Center. I was drawn to spending my day winding Irish microfilm reels. This day, I felt different as I walked to the film drawers and prayed extra hard to know which ones to search. My instinct was to keep focusing on Joseph, the oldest son who was married in Ireland 1866, after civil registration had began. I had at least 15 films stacked up, and after I finished, I had one film left, "Ireland-Marriage, License-Indexes-Diocese of Down, Connor & Dromore, 1721-1845." I knew I had to hurry because my carpool was leaving immediately after the conference ended. I began the reel and found, to my delight, that it was in exquisitely clear handwriting, and was even alphabetized! Wahoo! I cranked through to the G…s because I always search first for the infamous, almost non-existent Irish Greenfield’s. So, here came the Ge…s, and then the Greens. My heart always skips a beat whenever I get to that part of the alphabet - with that prayer in my heart that this one could be the ONE to get me over the POND. I continued to crank when halfway down, my eyes found the name "Greenfield." Looking at the column on the right, I saw the name "Sarah." At that point, my heart seemed to stop beating in the nanosecond it took to read across from Sarah's name to see, "and Robert Lowry". I burst into tears. I couldn’t breathe. I felt paralyzed. I read the line again, and yes, there they were. I do not know how long I sat, quietly sobbing in shock. I don't ever recall names being more precious and dear to me than this impossible combination - a record I had given up on years ago (they were married before civil registration began and most of the Irish church records were destroyed in 1922.
What does this one document mean to me? 1) I now know conclusively that Sarah Ann Greenfield was Robert Lowry’s only wife in Ireland, 2) This diocese is hers as the bride, 3) Because it was a marriage bond, and not a bann, the family had money, 4) She was, indeed, the mother of all ten plus children, 5) Her immigration window would have been between 8 May 1847 and March 1851, 6) They might have belonged to the Church of Ireland, 7) I can now rule out any town land not in that diocese, 8) I can begin searching ships embarking from the port of Belfast, 9) I know the diocese where their Irish-born children, Joseph (1843), Eliza Jane (1844), James (1844), and possibly a William (1845) were born, and from where they emigrated, and 10) Their area around Belfast was not as severely stricken in the Potato Famine than other areas, so my family who stayed may have not suffered as much as those living in other regions of the Emerald Isle.
My file of new information continues to mount - gained from just one document, in the darkness of the microfilm room, in the back of the family history center on the 28th day of April 2007. I believe that serendipity can also be the Lord's desire to remain anonymous -- what are the odds of my choosing to search this particular film?
This experience has taught me:
"That everything cometh to she who waiteth, if while she waiteth, she worketh very hard,"
And that we need to
"Have patience: In time, grass becomes milk.“
More Brick Walls from A to Z
~ Michael John Neill
Last year we looked at Brick Walls from A to Z. (See Saddleback Trails, December 2006.) Unfortunately most of us still have brick walls. In recognition of the many attempts we make to break them down, this week we include an additional list.
A is for Assumptions - While it is necessary to make assumptions in order to begin work on some problems, there often comes a time when the assumption must be put aside. The search for a marriage record may begin in the location where the first child was born, but if records are available and no marriage can be located, then it may be time to let go of that assumption. Always state assumptions as such. Once an assumption becomes confused with fact, it is difficult for it to return to the land of assumptions.
B is for Boundaries - An incorrect knowledge of the county boundary, the state boundary, or the national boundary can cause a researcher to search in the wrong location. Political boundaries may be precise, but they may also be in constant flux. Linguistic boundaries are much more fluid and rarely clearly defined.
C is for Culture - What do you know of your ancestor's culture? Is your ancestor's ethnic heritage impacting his actions and the kinds of records she leaves? Don't assume you act like your ancestor or vice versa.
D is for Descendants - Your great great grandparents may have many descendants outside of your immediate family. Any of these descendants may have family information or memorabilia that could be crucial to your research. Seek them out.
E is for Estrangements - Is the reason you cannot find your ancestor's parents because the family had a falling out at some point in time and there was no reconciliation? It could easily have happened.
F is for Friends - Are your ancestor's friends what caused him to emigrate from point A to point B? And because these friends have no blood ties to your ancestor, you have overlooked them or perhaps even had difficulty determining who they are?
G is for Geography - Is your lack of geographical knowledge impacting your research? Was it easier for your ancestor to travel to the next county to get married? If your ancestor left home looking for work, what was the route to take? Where was the largest nearby city?
H is for History - If your knowledge of history is weak, you may be making incorrect interpretations or about your ancestor's actions and records. The genealogist needs to have an understanding of national, regional, and local history applicable to the time period being researched. One level of history is no more important than any of the others.
I is for Ignorance - Is it our ancestor's ignorance that is causing the problem? Did your ancestor make bad mistakes that sent their lives into a tailspin? Maybe the reason our ancestor's decisions do not make any sense is that our ancestor was not making good decisions to begin with.
J is for Job - Do not forget that your ancestor's job was crucial to his existence and the lack of one might have been the reason for his sudden migration from one point to another. Your unawareness of that job might be causing your brick wall.
K is for Knocking - Are you knocking when you should be ringing the doorbell? Perhaps there is a different tool you should be using to solve your research problem. Are there other records you are not even aware of? Make certain you are using the right tool and that you have all the available tools at your disposal.
L is for Language - Do you understand how your ancestor pronounced the name of his place of birth? If your Swedish-born ancestor indicated he was born in "Cheesa" on a marriage record, he actually might have been referring to “Kisa.” The way it sounded to an American clerk might not have been the way it was spelled on a Swedish map.
M is for Maternal - Are you too focused on the paternal line? Just because that was the last name that got passed down from one generation to another does not mean it necessarily exerted any more influence on your ancestor than his maternal relatives. It might have been maternal uncles that brought your relative to Nebraska instead of his father's family.
N is for Nicknames - Is a nickname causing you to overlook your ancestor in a record? Lizzy, Beth, Betsy are all diminutives for Elizabeth, Sally is one for Sarah. Keep these in mind when researching. Your ancestor who was married to Lucinda in one census and Cindy in the next might have only had one wife.
O is for Out-of-Date - Are you using an out-of-date finding aid or resource? Make certain you are using a corrected or updated versions if necessary. Keep in mind that in some cases, there may be multiple indexes to the same set of records. Use all indexes in case the desired entry is rendered differently in each index.
P is for Patronymics - If patronymics are being used in an area where you are researching, keep in mind that no one will have the same last name as their mother or father and that some families may choose non-patronymic surnames for their children. This is done solely to confuse the researcher.
Q is for Quirky - Maybe the reasons your ancestor and his records do not make sense is simply that your ancestor was just "a little different." Sometimes we have an ancestor who was slightly flaky.
R is for Recorded - Have you considered looking at the miscellaneous items that are recorded in many county recorders' offices? There are more than just deeds and vital records. I have found out-of-state divorce decrees, military discharges, medical licenses, etc., recorded in the books of miscellaneous records. Give them a try. You never know what your relative thought he should have recorded.
S is for Stepparent - Is the reason you cannot find your ancestor in the 1860 census because the mother remarried and you do not know the new husband's name? If the child is enumerated with the last name of the step- father and that name is unknown to you, locating the family may be difficult and determining the name of the second husband should be high on your priority list.
T is for Transcription - Are you using an incorrect transcription, which you have never compared to the original document from which the transcription was made? A slip of the keyboard may have created your brick wall.
U is for Unrelated - Are you assuming two individuals with the same last name have to be related? It may be that those two with the same surname are completely unrelated and moved near each other just to confuse their descendants.
V is for Vital Records - Have you made your own brick wall by not obtaining vital records on all of your ancestor's children--not just the direct line? Answers to your problem may be resting in records of aunts and uncles instead of those on your ancestor.
W is for Why? - The good genealogist should be like a toddler, constantly asking "why?" If you are not asking yourself why a record was created when it was, why a name was spelled the way it was, why your ancestor lived where he did, why your ancestor waited until he was forty to get married the first time, you may be missing out on important clues.
X is for Extraneous Information - Official records rarely include extraneous details just to alleviate the boredom of the clerk. There is usually a reason for the apparently "extra" information. A 1850s-era marriage license indicates the bride had "no lawful husband living." In this case, reference was not to the bride's deceased husband, but rather to a subsequent "husband" with whom the bride had a relationship, but not one with whom she had a "valid" marriage.
Y is for Yo-Yo - Was your ancestor a "yo-yo?" Did he immigrate to the United States more than once? Two of my wife's ancestors did. My own ancestors were not that indecisive, but it does happen. Sometimes people went back to the homeland and never did re-emigrate.
Z is for There Is No Z - Are you looking for a record that was never created? Are you looking for a reason that really is not there? Remember that not every question has an answer and not every action has a reason. And remember that there are genealogical questions that will never be answered. (Ancestry Weekly Journal May 13, 2007, Ancestry.com)
FamilySearch's Program to Increase Access
FamilySearch has announced its Records Access program to increase public access to vast genealogy collections worldwide. For the first time ever, FamilySearch will join with others to provide free services to archives and other records custodians who wish to digitize, index, publish, and preserve their collections. The program expands FamilySearch’s previously announced decision to digitize and provide online access to copyrighted microfilm preserved in the Granite Mountain Records Vault. The combined efforts will ensure a flood of new record indexes and images online at www.FamilySearch.org and affiliated websites.
Footnote.com Teams with Family Search to Release Revolutionary War Pension Files
Footnote.com has announced an agreement with FamilySearch, the world's largest repository of genealogical information. This new partnership brings together two organizations that will utilize their combined resources to digitize and make available many large historical collections. The first project will be the three million U.S. Revolutionary War Pension files, which will be published for the first time online in their entirety.
THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
This column will appear each month to note happenings in the lives of SOCCGS members. Please notify the president or Trails editor if you have an item of interest, or know of someone who needs a special card or phone call.
Pat and Bill McCoy recently celebrated their Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary. Among many others in attendance were four generations of their immediate family. Congratulations!
Bill and Helen Bluett are off to Grass Valley for a weekend conference of the California Cornish Cousins Society. We will expect a complete report at the June meeting!
The Year Was 1890
The year was 1890 and the world found itself largely in the grip of "La Grippe," an influenza outbreak that would continue through the early years of the decade. The "Decatur Daily Dispatch" (Decatur, Illinois) notes that members of royal families across Europe had fallen victims to the disease and in France; deaths from influenza the previous week were 2,334. It also discusses outbreaks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cincinnati, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Goshen, Indiana; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Greensburg, Kansas (The location of the recent devastating tornado.) Another article from "The Atlanta Constitution" reports the epidemics effects in New York, Boston, Paris, and Berlin on 5 January 1890.
New Yorkers cheered the return of famed reporter, Nellie Bly, who raced around the world to best the hero of Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days." She made it in seventy-two days, six hours and eleven minutes. Nellie Bly, the pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochran had previously gained fame by having herself committed to a New York insane asylum and reporting on the cruel conditions and treatment of the inmates.
The western U.S. was becoming more populous and in 1890, Idaho and Washington were admitted as the 43rd and 44th states. However, the western division of the U.S. still had the lowest population of all areas of the country with only 3,027,613 people enumerated in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California. The majority of the population was centered in the midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Nearly 65 percent of the population still lived in rural areas, while only a bit more than 35 percent lived in urban areas. (Please, let’s all observe a moment of silence for that ill-fated 1890 Census that would later perish in a fire.)
In a boon to genealogists, in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded. There are currently 168,000 members in 3,000 chapters, encompassing all fifty states and several international chapters. The group's headquarters in Washington, D.C. also houses one of the finest genealogical collections in the country.
The year 1890 ended in tragedy as an estimated 300 Lakota Sioux and some twenty-five American soldiers were killed in the massacre at Wounded Knee as soldiers tried to disarm the Native Americans.
(Ancestry Weekly Journal, May 2007, MyFamily.com)
(Borrowed from the Celtic Courier, Southern California)
The Scots-Irish, a term used to describe inhabitants of the United States and with some in Canada to describe people of Ulster Scottish descent, arrived in America in the early eighteenth century in large numbers due to oppressive English policies in Northern Ireland. Roughly a quarter of a million arrived in the American Colonies between 1717 and 1776. From the first, the British colonial government treated them as they had been in Ulster, so they quickly left for the hill country where life was brutally hard. The character traits ascribed to the Scots-Irish such as loyalty to kin, mistrust of governmental authority, and a propensity to bear arms, helped shape the American identity and raise legendary figures like Daniel Boone.
The Celtic Nations - It is these 'Six Nations' that (alone) are considered Celtic by the Celtic League, Celtic Congress, and various other pan-Celtic groups. Each of the six can boast a Celtic language of its own – the key criterion of Celticity for the organizations named. Galicia (in Spain) was the heartland of the Celts before they migrated to the British Isles but is no longer considered a Celtic nation because the Gaelic language is no longer spoken there. Brittany, on the northwest coast of France; Cornwall in England; Ireland, comprised of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; Isle Of Man, part of the British Isles, but not part of the United Kingdom; Scotland; and Wales, the Celtic region which has most successfully retained its native language.
Gaelic Sayings -
Cead Mile Failte: "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" (pronounced Cade Meela Fawlch)
Slainte: "To Your Health"
Clanna: "Children" and origin of 'Clan" the basic unit of Celtic life.
Fad saol agat: "Long life to you."
Mac: son of
Go n-éirí leat! All the best!
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR GENEALOGY BOOTH
Questions? Or to volunteer now, please contact Norma Keating:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-319-5994
INTERNET RESEARCH AT THE SOCCGS LIBRARY
ANCESTRY.COM has launched the largest collection of U.S. military records available and searchable online, featuring more than 90 million names that span more than four centuries of American history from the 1600s through Vietnam. The volume of records features more than 700 databases and titles and 37 million images of original documents including: World War I and World War II draft registration cards, Prisoner of war records from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II, and Korea, Muster rolls (unit rosters) for the Marine Corps 1893-1958, WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster rolls, 1939-1949, U.S. Military burial registers 1768-1921, Service Records from Revolutionary War, Service Records from War of 1812, Service Records from Civil War, Civil War Pension Index, Casualty listings from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, WWI and WWII Stars and Stripes Newspapers.
The complete Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 is available online and fully indexed at Ancestry.com. Total Number of names: 5,709,688.
Indexers Needed To Help Digitize Granite Mountain Vault Records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in the process of digitizing 5 billion genealogical records stored in the Granite Mountain Vaults near Salt Lake City. These records will be connected to www.familysearch.org, the Church's website and one of the preeminent genealogy sites on the Web. Tens of thousands of volunteers are at work helping to index the collection and more are needed. To volunteer for the project, visit the following website: http://www.familysearchindexing.org/.
2007 GENEALOGICAL EVENT CALENDAR
June 8, 9 & 10 - Southern California Genealogical Society’s 38th Annual Genealogy Jamboree and Resource Expo. For more information and/or registration visit the website at www.scgsgenealogy.com
June 23-24, 2007 - San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans, at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For more information: www.sdhighlandgames.org.
June 23-24 - Southern California Irish Fair and Music Festival at Irvine Meadows. http://www.irishfair.org/
July 13–August 5 – Orange County Fair (Genealogy Booth)
October 21 - SOCCGS Family History Seminar, featuring John Colletta
ARLENE EAKLE AT THE BRITISH ISLES FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
“Chasing Your Ancestors ‘Round the U. K. & Ireland.”
Dr. Eakle will present four lectures at the seminar on August 25 at the Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Advance registration is required and none accepted after August 10. For information: Lydia Jeffrey (626) 359-1729; email Annie Lloyd email@example.com; www.rootsweb.com/~bifhsusa.
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