Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 6
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.
– 20 June 2009
“Researching Cemetery & Mortuary
a cemetery in search of an ancestor’s tombstone can be an exhilarating
experience. Things to know that will help make a search successful
include: what cemetery or mortuary records are available, types
of cemeteries that exist, and significant characteristics of monuments
and grave markers. If an onsite visit is not possible, there are
other ways the average researcher can find information. These will
be some of the nuggets shared by Ms. Huebotter in this presentation.
Nancy is one of our favorite speakers. You will not want to miss
Nancy Huebotter began her family history research in the fall of
1980. She has a Master’s Degree in History and English, and is a
much sought after speaker for genealogy classes and seminars. By
profession, Nancy has been with the Raytheon Company for 33 years
and is currently a senior technical writer and instructor.
- 17 October 2009
|Bill Bluett and his committee
are planning an “enjoyable and informative” seminar. The guest lecturer,
Paula Stuart-Warren, will present four topics. Another beautiful
quilt will be up for raffle this year. Our seminars are always an
interesting and fun learning experience. So, don’t miss it! Please
see the registration form included in the newsletter. The seminar
registration form can also be found on the SOCCGS website @
Invite your genealogy friends!
Safari News –
Huntington Beach In June
|Plans are in the works for a safari
on June 24 to the Huntington Beach Library. This is a great place
to research your genealogy research. The SOCCGS group will leave
the LDS parking lot at promptly at 9:30 a.m. Plan to bring lunch
and $$ for your driver. This will not be an extended day so no plans
are being made for dinner. Contact Bill Bluett (949-492-9408) to
make a reservation.
SOCCGS 15th Anniversary
|Program Chairman, Bill Bluett,
set up a great party! He introduced founding members who were present,
They were: Goldie Gay, Ruth Sheean, Barbara Smith, Beverly Long,
Gail DeShane, Shirley Fraser, Mel Kinnee, Kathy Mauzey, Eleanor
McInnis, Pat Weeks. Ruby White, Georgiana Emery, Arlene Schreder,
Bea Norred. Barbara Wilgus, our ever-diligent photographer, took
their picture. Hostesses were Barbara Heebner and Eunice Murai.
There was a decorated cake…..delicious!
Our own Herb Abrams gave a great presentation on Internet research.
Thank you, Herb, for sharing some of your vast knowledge!
We welcomed new member, Jim Hill, San Juan Capistrano,
is searching for Hill in Texas and Alabama, Shull
in Kansas & Missouri and Rudder in Kentucky, Indiana and
Pennsylvania. Bert R. Norred, Dana Point,
firstname.lastname@example.org has also
recently joined the society.
Guests at the meeting: Karen Jachetta, Ted Keyser, Richard and Pat
Merritt and Margot Taylor.
|May has to be one of my favorite
months at SOCCGS. Our own Herb Abrams had a great presentation on
Internet research, and we had a wonderful SOCCGS 15th birthday!
How nice to see a number of our founding members at our meeting.
Thanks to Bill Bluett and Mary Jo McQueen for planning the event
and to all who helped make it a good day.
The following is a continuation of letters written by my Tannahill
ancestors, brothers Robert and John who came from Scotland via Cornwall
via Liverpool, England in 1841/1842 to be with their sister Janet
and other family members in Fulton, MS.
These brother’s parents William and Helen Burns Tannahill and other
siblings had already come from Scotland in 1840 to Fulton and were
awaiting brothers Robert & John’s arrival.
“After landing in the town of Eastport, (containing 4 log cabins)
we started through the Forest Track for Fulton, Mary mounted on
horseback and Robert and I on foot. It was a most awful night at
Eastport. By the help of poles to steady us, Mary and I got up the
bank and got lodging that night in a cabin. The people said they
had never seen such a thunderstorm. There was in the same room 3
men and 2 females. This is the universal practice here – no separate
When we got to Mr. T’s (Toomer’s) we found our people all well except
mother, who had fretted herself into a fever almost on our account.
The Black People came round us grinning and the head cook yelled
and danced with delight to see how nimbly my Mother jumped down
the stairs, which she had not been able to do for weeks before.
I think my Mother is looking better than when I left the Port (Portpatrick,
Wigtonshire, Scotland) but my Father is beginning to have the appearance
of an old man. All the siblings enjoyed visiting. Father William
is putting the floor in their new dwelling house with the help of
son Alexander. It is about 2 miles from Mr. Toomer’s store where
they all live at present but they will move in a fortnight. Robert
for the most part is helping Mr. Toomer to gin the seeds out of
the cotton and put it in bales for export. As for myself (John)
I have come over here to take the management of Mr. Toomer’s store,
his late partners having let the concern run into confusion and
a considerable quantity of property has been made away with, of
which the books say nothing.
There is very little money current here. Mr. T is glad to have the
yearly accounts of the farmers settled by the cotton, which can
be turned into specie at Mobile. I think that property in land and
stock can be acquired here, but as for money there is little of
it that I don’t know well how to come by it. I could have made more
in Cornwall. “
To The Library
|Donated by the Mission Viejo
Books: “Index of Gravestones for the People of Putnam
County, New York” and ”Forgotten Allies, Oneida Indians and
the American Revolution” by Glatthaar and Martin
CD’s: “Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s.”
This CD includes fourteen books including family and local histories,
marriage records, military records, and court records on 200,000
“History of Western Maryland; Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll,
Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties.” Vol. 1 & 2. The first
volume covers the French and Indian War to the War of 1812, giving
lists of early soldiers, settlers, voters, patents, marriages and
churches. The second volume is devoted to historical and biographical
“History of Northwestern New York; Erie, Niagara, Wyoming,
Genesee, & Orleans Counties, by Lewis Historical Pub. Co., Horton,
John Theodore. This is a digital copy of the book. .
“Genealogy and History of Tioga County, New York.” Three
complete searchable publications. Historical Gazetteer of Tioga
County, New York, 1785-1888, Our County and its People: A Memorial
History of Tioga County and Gazetteer and Business Directory of
Broome and Tioga Counties, New York.
Donated by Jennifer Chiaverini: ”A Step by Step Handbook,
Your Swedish Roots”
Purchased by SOCCGS: ”The Shaping of America: A Geographical
Perspective on 500 Years of History, Vol. 2: Continental America,
1800-1867” by D. W. Meinig This is the book Norma Keating used in
her February presentation. ”The Shaping of America: Vol. 3: Transcontinental
America, 1850-1915” by D.W. Meinig. Lots of good maps in both books.
A “Little Gem”
~ Bill Bluett
|While searching my grandmother's
name on the NEWSPAPERARCHIVE.COM website, I ran across a most amazing
headline. On November 24th, 1903, a Syracuse newspaper stated in
bold type KIDNAPPED GIRL AT HIGH SCHOOL - Woman Took Mildred
Paddock Away During Session. For the better part of a day, the
community of Pulaski, New York, thought that 11-year old Mildred
had been kidnapped. Fortunately, this isn't exactly what happened.
A little explanation regarding the circumstances is needed at this
point. My great grandparents, Charles and Mabel Paddock had been
having marital problems for a number of years. Mildred had been
living with Charles parents for nearly 4 years and her younger brother,
Louie, had been living with Mabel's parents for about the same length
of time. Charles and Mabel had been separated from one another for
several years. Unfortunately, Charles took his life in May of 1903
at the age of 31. As a widow, Mabel was probably trying to support
herself after Charles died.
On that November day, Mabel made the decision to take Mildred away
to live with her in Syracuse. After removing her from school, they
immediately boarded the train in Pulaski and traveled to her residence
in Syracuse. Mabel had not notified the grandparents about her intensions.
And, when Mildred did not come home, concern for her well being
created an investigation. People who saw Mildred being taken away
furnished a description of a "mysterious" woman wearing a veil.
Upon hearing the woman’s description, my great-great grandfather
(William Paddock) then said he was able to identify the woman as
Mrs. C.D. Paddock, his daughter-in-law and mother of the child.
The following night, an interview took place at Mabel’s residence
by a newspaper reporter. She stated: "I wish to impress upon the
public that I did not kidnap my child. I wrote her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Paddock, that I had taken Mildred and they
need not worry, as she would be content with me. I purpose keeping
Mildred with me and will send her to one of the public schools so
that she will not lose any of her studies. I fear no trouble from
her grandparents, as it was understood when I consented to leave
Mildred with them that she was to remain only temporarily. The idea
that I was a strange woman, heavily veiled, is preposterous! Why,
I lived in Pulaski for eight years and the veil I wore was only
a light flimsy one". The article went on to say that: “she will
shortly have her son, Louie, with her. He is younger than Mildred
and has been living with Mrs. Paddock's parents”.
So, the "mystery" of the kidnapping was over. Mildred and Louie
would now be living with their mother. But, it is interesting to
note that several years later, Mabel left the children again. This
time, she traveled to Los Angeles with two of her sister-in–laws
to seek work. Nellie (recently widowed-no children) and Georgina
(recently divorced with at least one child) made the move with Mabel.
I do not know what drew them out to California. There were no family
members left in L.A. of which I am aware. There may have been friends.
For whatever reason, they came to L.A without their children. But,
within the year, Mabel sent for 16-year old Mildred and 14-year
old Louie to join her in California. They traveled all the way from
Syracuse to Los Angeles by themselves on the train in 1909! Unfortunately,
Georgina’s child never came to L.A. until later as an adult. On
a positive note, my mother (Betty) has an album filled with postcards
that Mabel and the kids sent back to an “Aunt Blanche” in New York
as they were traveling on the train. They continued sending postcards
over the next several years. They are dated from 1909 to 1913. Evidently,
“Aunt Blanche” must have mailed them back to the family in California
at some point in time so they could have them as a keepsake.
One final note: My mother had never heard the story about the so-called
“kidnapping”. So, she was rather surprised when she read the newspaper
articles. This tells me that I should continue searching those old
newspapers for other “Little Gems”. Who knows what else I may run
across at the NEWSPAPERARCHIVES.COM website. I encourage our members
to do the same. It can be fun, revealing and rewarding.
News From The
|We extend a big THANK YOU to Kevin
Gross, Barbara Harley and Jo Taylor for stepping up and volunteering
to fill the vacant docent positions. However, we are still in need
of volunteers to become substitute docents in order to fill in as
vacation relief. If you are interested in helping out please contact
Bunny Smith, 949-472-8046.
Have you had
a kindness shown? Pass it on.
'Twas not given for thee alone. Pass it on.
Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears,
'Till in Heaven the deed appears. Pass it on.
~ Rev. Henry Burton
“A Bit of SOCCGS
|The first SOCCGS meeting was held
in February 1994. By June there were 124 Founding Members. Ed Gill
submitted the logo. At Pat McCoy’s suggestion the newsletter was
titled “Saddleback Valley Trails.” John Smith set up the SOCCGS
website. Until January 1997 the monthly meetings were at the Norman
P. Murray Center. The group moved to the LDA Church in February.
Organized by Janet Franks, the first safari with eleven in attendance
traveled to the Carlsbad Library in June 1995. In July seventeen
went to the Sons of the Revolution Library in Glendale.
SOCCGS opened the Genealogy Department in the new Mission Viejo
Library in October 1997. We moved into the new expansion in April
We had Garage Sales! In September 2001 a sale was held at the home
of Mary Jo and Bob McQueen. For the next three years Leon and Bunny
Smith were the “Garage Sale Hosts.”
The first and second seminars were held at the Library’s Community
Room in November 1998 and September 1999.
2002–2009 Seminars: Chairman Mary Jo McQueen - Hank Jones, Dr. George
Schweitzer (2), Bill Dollarhide & Leland Meitzler, Lloyd Bockstruck
and John Colletta. Chairman Bill Bluett - George G. Morgan and,
upcoming, Paula Stuart Warren.
Newsletter Editors: Pat Weeks, July 1994-June 1999; Gail Gilbert,
July 1999-June 2003; Mary Jo McQueen, July 2003 to present.
Presidents: 1994, Mary Ellen Lytle; 1995-96, John Smith; 1997-98,
Janet Franks; 1999-2000, Judy Deeter; 2001-02 Mary Jo McQueen; 2003-04
Joe Barney; 2004; 2005-06, Mary Jo McQueen 2007-08, Bill Bluett;
2009, Sandy Crowley. ollowing is what Herb reports: I recently upgraded
my 12-marker DNA test to a 67 marker test and now have the results.
There were two 63/67 matches, one with a Gary McNeil and one with
a Rodney Richard Baird and two 62/67 matches, one with a Lamar Beard
and one with a Larry Beard.
“A Letter From
A Past President”
|To My Dear Friends at SOCCGS,
Just a quick note to
say, “hello” from Ohio on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of
SOCCGS. It is really hard to believe it has been 15 years since
I think I was at the
first meeting of SOCCGS. If I remember correctly, it was at the
Sizzler Restaurant on Lake Mission Viejo. Maryellen Lytle, our founder
and first President, was in charge. At the time, I thought I would
probably attend a few meetings, learn more about genealogy and just
go home at the end of the meetings. I had no idea that one day I
would serve as Program Chairman, President and work with the Mission
Viejo library to plan a section for genealogy in the library.
A few times, I presented
the programs at SOCCGS. Mostly, I presented Christmas programs prior
to our wonderful snack times--eating all the goodies brought by
I no longer do as much
genealogy as I used to do. Some of you may recall that I do not
really like doing computer genealogy. When genealogy became computerized,
my interest went away. Genealogy lost its “romance” for me. Give
me the back room of some small library or courthouse any day!!
I continue, however,
to use the skills that I learned through genealogy. I write historical
stories for the Wednesday section of a newspaper. Actually, my stories
are in the Wednesday edition of newspapers in Troy, Piqua and Sidney,
Ohio. It has been great fun. Nearly every time I write an article,
I remember that I must document, document, document my facts. If
I am writing a biographical piece, I try to include the names of
the parents or where the person lived while growing up.
I am still involved
in history. I was just re-elected as the President of the Troy (Ohio)
Historical Society. The public library in Troy bought a bank and
set up a local history library and genealogical center there a few
years ago. It is a wonderful little place.
at about the time you have your meeting) I will be attending the
dedication of an historical marker for Charley Furnas. Charley was
the world’s first airplane passenger. He worked as a mechanic for
the Wright Brothers. He took the place of a sandbag in their plane
on one of the flights at Kitty Hawk. Life is still good, still fun.
My sincere congratulations
on your achievements to all of you, who have worked so hard to make
SOCCGS a success,
Sincerely, Judy Deeter,
"Don't aim for
success if you want it;
Just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."
FOR RALPHS COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION PROGRAM
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman
Following is a list of revised
instructions to make it easier to sign up for the Ralphs Rewards
If you don’t have a Ralphs Rewards Card you can get one the next
time you visit your Ralphs Market. Once you have your card, you
will need to register online. Go to
www.Ralphs.com and click on
the “Sign In/Register” link in the upper right corner of the page.
If you are a customer who uses your phone number at the register,
you can call 800-660-9003 to get your REWARDS card number.
- Most participants are new
online customers, so you must click on “Sign up today!” in the
“New Customer?” box.
- Sign up for a Ralphs Account
by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store,
entering your e-mail address and creating a password, and agreeing
to the terms and conditions.
- You will then get a message
to check your e-mail inbox and click on the link within the
body of the e-mail message you received.
- Click on “My Account” and
use your e-mail address and password to proceed to the next
- Click on “Edit Community Contribution
Program Information” and input your Ralphs REWARDS card number.
(It is a 12-digit number.)
- Update or confirm your information.
- Enter the NPO number or name
of organization (South Orange County California Genealogical
Society), or select organization from list and click on confirm.
(The NPO number for SOCCGS is 91293). To verify you are
enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on
the right side of your information page.
You must swipe your registered Ralphs REWARDS card (or use the
phone number that is connected to your registered Ralphs card)
when shopping for each purchase to count. Remember that purchases
will not count to provide funds for SOCCGS until after you register
your Ralphs card.
If you are interested in the alternate SCANBAR method of member
registration, please call 800-443-4438 and a SCANBAR letter will
be mailed to you.
I hope you are successful in registering in this program to help
raise funds for our society. If you have any difficulty or need
help with the instructions, feel free to contact me.
I Could Be Wrong
About Some Things
won't last. It's a flash in the pan."
pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948
"I think there
is a world market for maybe five computers."
chairman of IBM, 1943
I Wish I Had Known"
~ Sandy Crowley
|During the Revolutionary War my
ancestor, Abraham Venable, served as an Assistant Commissary person.
When food for the troops was running low, he was ordered to impress
(take) 2 cows from locals wherever he could find them. The cows
he took were those of someone with allegiance to England, not to
the American cause.
Abraham asked the owner to fill out a public claim form requesting
reimbursement. The owner of the cows said no, and instead sued Abraham
Venable. As luck would have it, the great orator and lawyer, Patrick
Henry happened to be a neighbor of Abraham’s father, Abraham Venable
Sr. and knew the Venables well. In court, Patrick Henry represented
Abraham in what has come to be known as the “beef speech.” Volumes
of Patrick Henry’s speeches have survived and I have read this speech.
Henry apparently had the court visitors in stitches as he poked
fun at the owner of the cows. The owner was awarded two cents –
one for each cow – considerably less than the true value.
It would have been a treat for me to be sitting there with Abraham
Venable listening to Patrick Henry doing what he did best.
(Tell me, tell me.)
|Grandmother, tell me all. I am
fascinated with your life. I want to know all the details, so tell
me all. Were you surprised that you were chosen in 1724 to go with
explorer Etienne Veniard de Bourgemont to Paris? You, as a daughter
of one of the Missouri tribal chiefs, were taken to Paris with seven
male Indians. It has been suggested that you were chosen because
you were Bourgemont’s mistress. Well, were you?
None-the-less, that travel down the Mississippi from central Missouri
in 1724 must have been a big excursion. Then, after departing from
Mobile, your ship sank in the harbor and you all had to be rescued.
It must have been frightening to board another boat in order to
make the trip across the gulf and Atlantic.
We know from the local newspaper of that time while in Paris you
were entertained at court. You were given a yellow satin dress,
in the style of the latest Paris décor. You were also received a
repeater watch, of which your daughter, Marie Rose, spoke 25 years
later. It was also reported in the newspaper that the total Indian
entourage was on display at the Bois de Boulogne, showing off their
native skills of the hunt, etc. I must ask, were you there, a la
façon des Indiens? If so, were you bare breasted, in the Indian
How exciting to have been married at Notre Dame Cathedral to Bourgemont’s
Sergeant, François Dubois. You two then returned to the Missouri
Country where you resided for a few years. How did it feel to return
to those primitive dwellings? Chief Chicagou, one of your travel
companions to Paris, later remarked on the unbelievable smells and
clamoring sounds of Paris life. Were you, also, filled with such
What were the circumstances when the Indians attacked Fort Orleans
where you were living? Your husband, DuBois, was killed along with
seven other soldiers. However, you were mysteriously absent on that
occasion. Did you know of the plans to ambush the Frenchmen at the
Fort? Were you part of that ambush? Oh Grandmère, dites-moi!
After the massacre at Fort Orleans, you married the fur trader,
Louis Marin, and it appears you settled down to a humdrum life around
the Kaskaskia region on the Mississippi River. Your daughter, Marie
Rose, my ancestor, appeared to know all about your early life. She
told what she knew to Jean-Bernard Bossu when he came through the
Illinois region in 1752 and wrote his “Travels”
Thank you, Grandmère Marie Rose, you have left wonderful, wonderful
accounts about your mother, but it still leaves me thinking about
all the things I would like to ask Grandmère Francoise Missouri.
|June 20 & 21 - Irish Fair
& Music Festival, Irvine Meadows Fairgrounds. Follow the VerizonWireless
Amphitheater signs into the Park. 8800 Irvine Center Drive.
June 26-28 - Southern California Genealogy 40th Annual Jamboree
at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Check the blog
Registrations may be made online at
June 27 & 28 - San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering
of Clans in Vista. http://sdhighlandgames.org
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar. This year featuring
Paula Stewart Warren. For information contact Bill Bluett (949)
492-9408 or email@example.com.
|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.
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
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 ________________________
South Orange County
California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application
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