Orange County California Genealogical Society
17 No. 7
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.
July 17, 2010
"Special Census Schedules"
Connie Walton Moretti
|In this presentation
Ms. Moretti will explain how special Census Schedules may provide
information about your family and their community, which might not
be found elsewhere. Mortality, Agriculture and Manufacturing schedules
give detailed information that can be very valuable for your research.
Social Statistics provide helpful information about the ancestor’s
county and township. The 1880 Defective, Dependent, Delinquent schedules
offer further insight into ancestral lives. Examples of all these
will be shown, along with information about where to find these
Connie is a Torrance native, a third generation Californian, and
is retired from 30 years as an educator. She is a member of the
Association of Professional Genealogists, National Society Daughters
of the American Revolution, and the United States Daughters of 1812.
She formerly was the editor of the South Bay Cities Genealogical
Society Newsletter. Ms. Moretti specializes in American lineage
and has traveled extensively in Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and California.
Dr. George Schweitzer is coming October 16!
|We are already receiving reservations
for the 7th Annual Seminar. So, it is not too early to send yours
in. We expect a full house for Dr. Schweitzer’s third visit to Mission
Viejo. Members, please note that reservations are processed on a
first come basis, and the capacity of our venue is 125 Persons.
You will find a Flyer with a Reservation Form on the last page
of this newsletter. Tell your friends! Information is also on the
Coming To The Library"
|By the time you read this newsletter
the changes will be nearly complete. As you all know the San Diego
Genealogical Society has agreed to accept our book donations. All
of the family histories and other genealogy related books will be
accessible during their library open hours. Please check out their
website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casdgs/.
Thank you for your work and support
during this time of change.
|I am truly enjoying the great
speakers we have had so far this year. Bill has been doing a wonderful
job of finding a variety of interesting folks to come speak to our
group. This is no small task year after year. Thanks to Linda Serna
for her presentation, “Researching Maternal & Sibling Lines.” I
have made a “to do” list for myself of some items Linda suggested.
It always pays to go back yet one more time to things you think
you’ve already nailed.
Guests at the June meeting were: Chuck & Donna Gall, Irvine;
Jim & Pam Langford, Anaheim; Mary Moorhead, Mission
Viejo; Gary L. Van Zandt, Mission Viejo; Alice Volkert,
Thanks to Tricia Leard, Barbara Heebner and David
Flint for the snacks we enjoyed.
We have found a new library home for the books we must move from
our library! Thanks to the SOCCGS board for their work in tracking
down the North San Diego Genealogy group’s library, which has room
and has agreed to take the bulk of the books, which we must move
out of our Mission Viejo Library.
The board still has much sorting, packing and moving to do, but
it looks like we will make our end-of-July deadline to clear the
stacks our books have been occupying, and move our remaining books
across the room to our new section. Soon, we will be making up new
lists of the books we have on CDs, those available online and those
in our new bookcase stacks to help with your research.
Brick Walls &
Genealogy Research Suggestions
|At the June meeting Tom Corning
shared that he has been using pilot.familysearch.org with success.
After diligent searching he discovered on his grandparents’ wedding
Trish Leard has found much info using familysearchpilot,
but warns that translations are not always clear.
Jim Hill has been using Google Docs where family can share
data. However, be prepared, the Google Docs format can change on
you while you are working. Boxes, lines, etc. can move.
Pat Christiansen is having some trouble tracking down death
and burial data for Frank Albert Dean. He was married 4 times. His
fourth wife couldn’t afford to bury him, so she sent her ill husband
to a cousin’s home in another state to die and be buried.
|Two members joined at the June
meeting. Please welcome Sharon Newman, Mission Viejo who
is looking for Newman (New York & Ireland), Hall (New Jersey, Ireland),
Johnson (New York, Poland) & Lough (New Jersey, Ireland). Sharon’s
Donna Osterhues, Lake Forest
|There are no safaris scheduled
during July and August. The regular schedule will resume in September.
~Bunny Smith, Librarian
|We would like to thank Shirley
Fraser, Nellie Domenick and Jeanne Barrett for their many years
of dedicated service at the docent desk. We will miss them!
There is a need for others to step up and fill the vacancies: Mondays
10-12:30 and Tuesdays 10-1. Jim Thordahl has agreed to take Nellie’s
Saturday shifts. Thank you Jim.
Vacation season is upon us, thus we need substitute docents. Please
sign up. Say yes, if at all possible, if you are called.
Mark your calendars: A docent workshop is being planned for Friday,
The reason a
dog has so many friends is That he wags his tail instead of his
Mysteries and How They Are Related
|There are few Native American
genealogy records. The Indians themselves did not keep records and
if they did they used their Indian names. I am a member of the Kansas
Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. They were originally in Michigan
until they had their own “trail of tears” that moved them to Kansas.
My great grandmother, EMILY SHEPARD, had four husbands and many
children. My grandmother, ANNA was from Emily’s 2nd marriage to
PETER LATRAUNCH, who was from a Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe located
in Oklahoma. There were four girls from this union, born as follows:
MARY 25 March 1880, JOSEPHENE 11 February 1882, JULIA 30 October
1884 and, my grandmother, ANNA LATRAUNCH 8 March 1886.
In August 1883 Peter shot and killed a man on the Reservation. He
was jailed on August 29, with a $3,000 bail, which he could not
pay. I read that he was let out of jail for a few days in November
to earn some money. On 26 March 1884 he was convicted for manslaughter
in the first degree. In April 1884 he was granted a new trial because
one of the jurymen said he was guilty before being impaneled as
a juror. On June 19 the jury reached a new verdict of manslaughter
in the 4th degree. Peter was sentenced to 23 months, and was released
on 26 February 1886.
I visited the courthouse in Jackson, Kansas to look at his trial
papers. They were crammed in a tiny envelope, and I was the first
to look at them since the trial! The handwriting was difficult to
read so I know I am missing some information. To the best of my
knowledge, Peter was in jail/prison when his last two daughters
were conceived. This leads to a letter I found from my grandmother,
Anna, at the Indian Agency in Kansas. She wrote it in 1941, saying
her and Julia’s father was EDMOND MAYNES, and that she was born
in 1887. My previous information has both of the girls with Latraunch
as their surname. The Indian Censuses and Reservation Land granted
to them also have their last name as Latraunch. On 12 April 1886,
Emily married Edmond Maynes. Edmond was a widower, having been married
to SUSAN LATRAUNCH, Peter’s sister.
Part II of the mystery: who are the parents of Peter Latraunch?
I looked through some records at the Oklahoma Citizen Band Enrollment
Office. There I found some CD’s containing enrollment applications.
After looking through, what I thought was the entire collection;
I noticed that I had missed one. Here was the information for which
I was searching: Peter Latraunch and his sister Susan were children
of So-na-ne-qua, ELLEN NAVARRE, wife of ANTHONY NAVARRE. They had
moved from Michigan and helped found the town of Rossville, Kansas.
This put them close to the Prairie Band Tribe, which is probably
how Peter and Susan met their future spouses. It was also noted
that Ellen Navarre and FRANK LATRAUNCH had a common marriage performed
by a priest. This must have been after Ellen and Anthony were divorced.
So, was Frank, Peter and Susan’s father?
Part III of this story: Listed on the CD I found was the marriage
of MARRIANNE MAYNES on 5 April 1842 in Monroe, Michigan. Edmond
Maynes was born in Monroe, Michigan 19 July 1847, so this could
be a fit. I have yet to uncover information that Marianne and Edward
had a son. It is possible that Edmond went with Ellen and Anthony
Navarre to Rossville, which gave him access to Prairie Band and
to Susan Latraunch.
Is Peter Latraunch my great grandfather? Probably not as conjugal
visits to prisons back then were likely not possible. It is most
probable that Emily and Peter weren’t together when Julie and Anna
were conceived, and more than likely Edmond Maynes is the father.
I am considering them as Latraunch’s though because their land was
in Latraunch name and, likewise in the Indian Census.
Are Peter and Susan children of SO-NA-NE-QUA/ELLEN NAVARRE? I believe
they were, and perhaps Frank Latraunch was their father. Is Edmond
Maynes the son of Marianne and Edward Maynes? Very possible, but
don’t think I will be able to prove it unless I can go back to the
Michigan Historical Society. Kansas didn’t have birth or death records
this early and newspapers did not report on the Indians. The Indian
Reservation did not keep records. Thanks to a local man who compiled
all the local cemetery information he could find, I did find marriages
of Emily and Edmond Maynes, and other family.
"If there are
no dogs in Heaven, Then when I die I want to go where they went."
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks
~David Flint - Ways
& Means Chairman
|We have been notified that we
will soon receive a check from Ralphs in the amount of $247. This
is due to the supporters who shopped between 3/1/2010 and 5/31/2010.
Thank you to the following members: (last names only) Abrams, Cramer,
Crayne, Crowley, Dill, Domenick, Ellison, Flint, Frankel, Harley,
Keyser, Larsen LaVenture, Lobo, Luckman, Mauzey, McQueen, McCoy,
McGuigan, Merchant, Merritt, Murtha, Naylor, Nolen, Reilly, Roy,
Ray, Schwarz, Sheean, Weeks, White, Wilgus, Witte. Is your name
not listed? Two numbers did not list name: 2 48012 89849 3 and 2
49201 54192 9.
Don’t forget to shop at Ralphs! This is a reminder for you
to designate SOCCGS as the organization to receive funds from Ralphs.
Please see the detailed instructions on our website
New On Family
|Family Search has announced they
have added 300 million new records to their collection - available
online. The website is:
They are also on Record Search Pilot - go to familysearch.org, click
on search records on the tool bar, then Record Search Pilot. You
can browse to see what they have added - the ones with the red asterisks
are new. These are international - Norway, England, Iceland, Italy
The Virtual Wall
* Vietnam Veterans Memorial
|This link is a virtual wall of
all those lost during the Vietnam War with the names, bio's and
other information. Those who remember that time frame, or
perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.
First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the
city and the names will appear. Then click on their names.
It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio
and medals. There is also a link whereby you may search names from
an alphabetical list.
This really is an amazing web site. Thanks to Donna Hobbs
for passing this along.
~David Flint, Chairman
|Please visit our website at
(or type SOCCGS into Google) to learn about our society’s co-sponsorship
and participation in the World Archives Project with Ancestry.com.
There are links on our website to connect you with information about
the program and how to get started. Please consider helping with
this service project. It’s a great way to give something back to
the larger genealogy community.
Find An Obituary
ObitsArchive.com is the
largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries
and death notices in the United States. Each obituary or death notice
is indexed by the name of the deceased person to make searching
easier and more precise. No cost to search. There is a fee for copies.
New Irish Church
Records Online - FREE!
hosted by the Ireland Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport,
has added a large number of new church records of baptism, marriage
and death to their free Web site. This brings the total to over
2 million church records from Dublin City and counties Kerry and
Carlow, plus a subset from Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese
of Cork & Ross. These records include transcriptions and, in many
cases, digitized images of the original records (though these are
not yet available for all online records) taken from Roman Catholic
and Church of Ireland parishes, as well as a small number of Presbyterian
records relating to a congregation in Lucan. Best of all, these
Irish church records can be accessed online completely free of charge.
Index: Another Land Record
~Mary Clement Douglass,
|As genealogists, we are always
searching for another way to discover the relationships between
and among our ancestors and the communities in which they lived.
Land records, in my experience, are one of the best ways to find
these relationships and one of the most overlooked by the average
In a genealogy how-to book or workshop you may have been encouraged
to read the general or grantor-grantee indexes in whatever county
office records land transactions. And you may have learned to copy
every instance of your surname for years before and after your ancestor
lived in a given location. You may even have read and photocopied
some of the deeds, leases, contracts, mortgages, liens, affidavits,
and agreements referred to in the indexes. And that is a good start!
Every single source of information adds to the picture we try to
create of our ancestor. And each document often provides more clues
But do we always go the second step and follow the land itself?
Have you ever been told to check out the other land record index-the
numerical or tract index? That is where the genealogical gems are
hiding! Tracking a parcel of land through its owners will sometimes
reveal the names of married daughters, heirs-at-law, the in-laws,
the grandchildren, the wife’s parents and other ancestors of another
surname, the neighbors our ancestors married, and interaction with
local, state, and federal governments. It is in the numerical index
to lands, for federal-land states, that you find all the documents
related to the land. It is through the complete record that you
find the other locations your ancestors and their descendants lived
at a particular time.
There are 30 federal-land states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In federal
land states the land was surveyed into townships and ranges, which
contain 36 numbered one-mile sections of land. The township system
is based on a series of meridians running from pole to pole and
base lines, running east to west. The Kansas Base Line is the Kansas-Nebraska
border. The meridian for Kansas is the 6th Principal Meridian. The
6th Principal Meridian is the eastern boundary of Saline County
Kansas. I live in Section 12, Township 14 South [of the Base Line]
and Range 3 West [of the 6th Principal Meridian].
In Kansas, the Register of Deeds is the person responsible for the
recording and maintenance of land records. In other jurisdictions
it is the County Recorder. The Register keeps both an alphabetical
grantor [direct, seller] and grantee [indirect, reverse, buyer]
index and a numerical index to the land tracts in that county.
What You Can
Find In the Numerical or Tract Index:
|In Kansas the numerical index
is divided into townships of 36 sections. Using for an example the
page covering Republic County Section 36, Courtland Township 3 South
and Range 5 West (36-T3S-R5W), we find the following headings for
the columns on this page: kind of instrument, date of instrument,
grantor, grantee, recorded-book, page, northeast quarter, southeast
quarter, northwest quarter, southwest quarter, number of acres-irregular
or metes and bounds, date of release (remarks).
Listed under the kind of instrument, we find a variety of instruments,
including an executor’s deed, an incorporation petition, warranty
deeds, a contract and grant of easement, quitclaim deeds, an order,
probate judge’s certificate, mortgage, affidavit, release of mortgage,
contract of sale, assignment, tax certificate, and a probate case.
Most of the entries are for warranty deeds-the sale of a specific
piece of property by one person to another. Without the Numerical
Index, you would need to search in records kept by each county office
and court to find all of these kinds of instruments.
How to use the
|If you don’t already have the
legal description of the land, you will need to search the General
Index to Deeds under the surname for which you are searching. Note
all the tracts owned by that person and then proceed to the Numerical
Index to research each tract.
(Appeared originally in Everton's
Genealogical Helper magazine March/April 2007)
For Iowa Natives!!
|The 110th Annual Iowa State Picnic
is being held on Saturday, August 14th from 9:30 to 2:30 at the
Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club, 1109 Federation Drive, Long Beach,
CA 90804. At about 11:30 the potluck will start. Bring a dish to
share, your own beverage, and your own eating utensils. Let us know
if you are coming by calling 562/421-0726 or E-mailing:
The Lawn Bowling Club has several picnic tables, is handicapped
accessible with plenty of parking. However, extra chairs may be
needed. Take East Anaheim Street West, Left on Park Avenue, and
left on Federation Drive. Or the 22 Freeway-West turns into 7th
Street. Take 7th Street West, and Right on Federation Drive.
"You can’t live
a perfect day until you do something
for someone who will never be able to repay you."
Do you need a
|Wearing a name badge at the monthly
meetings is an excellent way to meet new friends and/or possibly
a “cousin.” These are provided to all members at no cost. Please
contact Herb Abrams at (949) 581-6292 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. He will
have one ready at the next meeting.
Seminar & Safari
Bill Bluett ________________________
||Cindie Reily _______________________
||Pat Weeks _______________________
|Treasurer & Newsletter
||Mary Jo McQueen
||Jack Naylor ______________________
||Herb Abrams _____________________
||Bunny Smith _____________________
||Charles & Patricia
Eunice Muari ______________________
|Ways & Means
||David Flint ________________________
South Orange County
California Genealogical Society Membership/Renewal Application
( ) New
( ) Renewal
( ) Individual, $20/yr.
( ) Joint Members, same address $25/yr.
State_____ Zip ____________ Phone _________________________
Make check payable
to: SOCCGS (South Orange County CA Genealogical Society)
Mail with application
to: SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-4513
South Orange County
California Genealogical Society
Mission Viejo, California
A Family History Seminar
Saturday, October 16,
2009 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Doors Open 8:00 a.m.)
City Hall, Saddleback Room, 100 Civic
Center Drive, Corner La Paz & Marguerite
(North end of the city hall directly across the library parking lot.)
“Our Patriotic & Adventurous
Dr. George K. Schweitzer
Renowned Genealogy Author & Lecturer
- in full costume!
“German Emigration, Immigration, and Migration Patterns”
“Rivers to Trails to Roads to Canals to Trains”
“Questions and Answers”
Refreshments - Door Prizes - Drawing
for Handmade Quilt
Sales Tables and Displays
Pre-registration must be received by
October 13 / Tickets at the door $25.00, no lunch.
(Seminar information & registration form are also available on SOCCGS website.)
***** Send your registration in as soon as possible. Seating is limited.
Refunds will be made when venue capacity is reached.
SOCCGS ‘2010’ Seminar
_______ @ $20.00
_________ @ $9.00
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