Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 8
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.
– 15 August 2009
“Crossing A Continent:
Migration Between The Revolution And The Civil War.”
Kathleen Roe Trevena
this time in the history of the United States was key to the growth
of our great nation. America was settled by waves of adventuresome
folks from nearly all states, counties, and foreign lands who brought
with them diverse cultures and skills. In this presentation, Ms
Trevena will help us trace our ancestor’s paths and enable us to
celebrate the contributions and impact they made on the development
of our country.
Kathleen has been active in genealogy for over thirty years. She
has lectured on migration patterns, ancestor occupations, surnames,
Colonial research, and other historical topics of interest to genealogists.
In her spare time, she is a technical writer for a large computer
company. We are delighted to have Kathleen back once again!
- 17 October 2009
Bill Bluett - Seminar Chairman
|Sign up now for the Eighth Annual
Seminar! Don’t miss Paula Stuart-Warren. She will present four topics
of special interest to genealogy researchers. This is your opportunity
to hear one of the premier genealogy lecturers. There will also
be time allotted to browse the vendor tables, check out book sale
opportunities, and find a great deal on some fine costume jewelry.
The box lunches are being purchased from Corner Bakery Café. The
drawing for the handmade quilt will take place at the close of the
Be sure to tell your “genealogy buddies” that registration forms
are located in the Genealogy section of the Mission Viejo Library,
and on the SOCCGS
at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/. A form may also be
found on page 7 this newsletter.
|David Flint, ways and means chairman,
began offering raffle tickets for sale at the July meeting. Thirty-two
dollars was collected. Monies from the Quilt Raffle will be used
to help support the SOCCGS Library, therefore, all members will
benefit! Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.
Safari in August.
to man makes countless thousands mourn!”
“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying,
~Robert Burns, 1759-1796
|I hope you all enjoyed the July
meeting with speaker Barbara Renick sharing the five C’s for Success
in Genealogy Today. Today’s genealogists can often solve problems
by combining Classic and Computer resources, Collaborating with
cousins, Citing sources consistently, and doing Comprehensive searching.
Barbara’s depth of knowledge is fabulous. We are lucky to have her
speak to our group. I also must say that we certainly have the grandest
snack-time setup among genealogy groups. Thanks to hospitality chairpersons,
Barbara Heebner and Eunice Murai, the food/drinks volunteers, and
the new large Easy-Up tent we have our breaks in style. Joyce Van
Schaack, Ann Hagerty and Barbara Calabrese provided this month’s
treats and drinks. Last month the tent protected us from drizzle
and this month it protected us from strong sun. I have noticed that
this makes for a nice gathering place for us all to share data,
ask questions and meet other members.
My thought for the month: Go back and look over data you already
have! In going back over data I have gathered on the Scottish Tannahill
brothers I have been writing about, I discovered that I already
had information on the parents of the brother’s mom, Helen Burns
Tannahill. I have had it since 2005! I’ve been frustrated these
last years having been unable to pin them down, In 2005 one of the
Tannahill cousins in New Zealand, with whom I’ve been corresponding,
sent me the information and sources for Helen Burns Tannahill’s
parents. Helen was the daughter of James Burns and Marrion Pollock,
and I am now updating my records to reflect all their info.
Being part of the Burns family seemed to be very important to this
family, as well as honoring Helen, who was well liked among the
families. For a number of generations there has always been a girl
named Helen Burns (surname) somewhere in the families.
I hope you are each enjoying your summer in your own way.
|About ninety persons were in attendance
to hear Barbara Renick’s presentation. Jack Naylor introduced four
new members and two guests. The guests were Gale Gonzales and Dancy
Several members shared their brick walls and research suggestions.
Myrna Hamrick McGuigan told about the website,
those researching Michigan families. Joyce Van Schaack shared that
Family Tree Maker 16 is available at Sam’s Club and comes with a
free three-month’s subscription to Ancestry.com. Pat McCoy brought
a number of decorated cookie tins, free to those interested. Karen
Miller asked for suggestions as to where WWI draft registration
records might be located, other than on Ancestry. Barbara Renick
suggested that she try a test search using another name that should
be there. It is possible there are still registrations yet to be
listed. Nellie Domenick suggested leaving out the state when searching,
as those young men moved around. Jackie Hanson announced that her
latest book has just been published. She will have them at our October
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman
We have received a check in the
amount of $135.32 for the quarter ending May 31. This includes transactions
for twenty-three members. Instructions for signing on to this program
are posted on the SOCCGS website. You may also receive them via
email or USPS by contacting David Flint. Please consider signing
up for this project. Need help? Call or email David.
This is my country, the land that begat me,
These windy spaces are surely my own.
And those who toil here in the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone.
~Sir Alexander Gray, 1882-1968
~Patricia Ann (Dean)
|When I was 11, my mother and two
sisters and I moved from Columbus, Ohio, to Phoenix, Arizona, leaving
our dad behind. This initiated a marital separation between our
parents (even though they attempted a brief reconciliation in 1945),
eventually; however, they did divorce on 11 March 1947.
Prior to 1945, my sisters and I hadn’t seen our father for almost
two years; then after the divorce in Phoenix our dad moved to Yuma,
Arizona, to start his new life. These multiple separations had not
allowed us to really get to know John William Roy Dean and his accomplishments.
A trip to Ohio in 2006 to meet with some of my father’s surviving
relatives provided a large measure of information about his high
school and college years and some detail about his professional
life and marriage to our mother, Rebecca Irene Shultz Dean. Not
only was the information extremely beneficial, it also succeeded
in igniting a spark that started a quest to know more.
Recently while scanning some of the new databases on Ancestry.com,
a category called “Historical Newspapers” jumped out and revealed
a list containing The Yuma Daily Sun newspaper published in Yuma,
Knowing that my father, John Dean, had been in the insurance business
in Yuma and married his second wife there, I decided to type in
his name and browse what the newspaper had, if anything. There were
a couple of other John Dean’s referenced; (John Dean, White House
counsel; John Dean, football player; and John Wayne/Dean Martin
appearing in a movie ad), however, it wasn’t long before I not only
found multiple items about my father, but also his wife Lois Irene
PoffenbergerCarpenter Dean. (I thought it ironic that both of dad’s
wives had the same middle name, “Irene.”)
Lois Dean was called “Mrs. John Dean” in most of the articles related
to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pilot Club International (a service
organization), and the GOP Women’s Club of Yuma. Lois served in
a variety of volunteer positions often as a corresponding secretary
or treasurer and headed committees in each organization, as well.
When Lois became licensed to sell insurance she joined the Business
and Professional Women’s Club and was then called by her full name,
Although many of the articles are about Lois, it is heartwarming
to know that this wonderful woman belies the image that many stepmothers’
have. When I knew her, my impressions of Lois were that she was
a caring individual and that was reinforced by her warm treatment
of my sisters and me. Lois never had children of her own; but she
always made us feel welcome and treated us well in the home she
had made for our father.
During the research in the archives of the newspaper that covered
the years 1954 through 1969, I found nearly 100 references to my
father and his wife Lois (some of the 100 were duplicates). These
included a trip they had taken, in 1952, to visit her sister and
brother-in-law in Rialto, California; advertising of their business;
service in the community; help wanted classified advertising for
sales people; donations to charitable funds; need for a commercial
property to buy; pictures of each of them; and lastly, John Dean’s
obituary in 1966. In all, 62 separate items related to my father
and his second wife Lois were copied from the archives of the various
issues of the Yuma Daily Sun newspaper that covered a time span
of 15 years. This was truly a bonanza of insights into a time of
my father’s life that warms the heart.
Not all jackpots are found at a slot machine; this one was found
in a database by way of my computer. This is the best kind of winning!
Docents & Substitutes
|Please be aware of the patrons
using Genealogy computers. It is permissible for you to check the
computer screen to be sure it is on a genealogy related website.
If not, ask them to vacate the computer. Problems? You may alert
the security guard, who is on duty Monday through Thursday from
1 - 6 pm. Anytime you feel uncomfortable around someone in the department
notify the Reference Librarians right away. Inter library phone
numbers are posted behind the docent computer.
“In the time
we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can
To all the people we can in all the ways we can.”
William Barclay 1907-1978
Six Common Missteps
– And How To Avoid Them
|1. Overlooking Resources in
Your Own Backyard - Just because you don’t live in the same
area, in which your ancestors lived, don’t assume that your local
library doesn’t have information that can help you in your family
history research. Larger libraries with genealogical collections
may largely focus on local materials, but also include materials
from other states from which large groups emigrated.
WorldCat is a great tool for locating relevant materials
in libraries near your home. Search WorldCat for surnames, geographic
location, and other topics of interest, and when you find something
of interest, click on the title to locate it in the nearest library.
This database is a real time-saver because it searches so many facilities
at once, including not only your local public library, but university
and other libraries as well.
2. “I’ll Remember Where I Got This.” - When you make a new
family history discovery, between the “happy dances” and telling
everyone within earshot about the new find, it is easy to overlook
the more tedious step of recording exactly where and how you found
a record. At the time you may even think to yourself, “This is so
fantastic, I’ll remember this moment and exactly how I came across
this record forever.” But time and new discoveries tend to fade
that glorious memory and soon you’ll be looking at that miraculous
find, scratching your head in bewilderment.
Take the time to make sure you record all the information you need
to recreate your search years from now. With records from Ancestry.com,
if you choose the “Custom Print” option, you’ll not only get the
image of the record, but also the index entry, source information,
and title automatically, and you can easily add more text if necessary.
3. Heading Straight for the Index - When we find an interesting
publication or database, it’s easy to head straight for the index
and truth be told, that’s not necessarily a bad thing—provided you
don’t stop there. Also take a minute to read any introductory materials
in the publication. This will tell you the scope of the information
included, and other important details. You may find that there is
relevant material to your family, even when their name is not included.
4. Avoiding Certain Records - Some records seem to get a
bad rap and we may be tempted to put off searching them. For example,
the pre-1850 census records. It’s easy to stay on that familiar
path and work with later census, immigration, and vital records,
but doing so limits your success. There are so many record types
off the beaten track that can break down brick walls and really
add depth to your family story. Family history is a constant learning
process, so don’t be afraid to tackle something new, whether it
is land records, or perhaps records from a different country.
5. If All Else Fails, Follow Directions - Yes, that old adage
recited by fathers everywhere still applies. It’s really tempting
to dive right in and start using the new genealogical “toys” we
get, tossing that user’s guide on a shelf to collect dust, but although
software providers and other technology creators try to make their
products as intuitive as possible, you’ll get much more from them
if you take some time and read about the tools you use in your family
history. In some cases it may mean reading a manual or online help
files, but most products come with easy to follow tutorials that
can teach you the basics and make sure you get off to a good start.
6. “I’ll File This Later.” - After a long night of surfing
for ancestors, when the wee hours roll around, filing your finds
might not be top on your list of priorities. And let’s be realistic
here, it won’t always be possible to file everything after a research
session. Life happens. But rather than beginning piles that can
quickly overrun your desk, designate an easy spot to put things
until you can get them filed. A tray with folders for the surnames
you’re researching is a great place to temporarily put your discoveries
until you have time to enter them in your database and file them
properly. Keep a pack of sticky notes handy to make notes reminding
yourself where you left off. That way when you come back, the records
are already sorted by surname and you can easily pick up your research
One last word of advice from someone with first-hand experience:
When the tray begins to buckle under the weight of the temporary
folders, it’s time to file.
(Copyright 2009, The Generations
Network, The Weekly Discovery)
|Members, please check your information
on the SOCCGS Surname Website. If corrections and/or additions are
necessary notify Herb at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (949) 581-6292). New members may add their information by
sending an email to Herb listing surnames, locations and years being
Websites of Interest
|Louisiana - The New Orleans
Public Library's Louisiana Division is pleased to announce that
its "Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index" is now available online.
The original Index, which references obituaries appearing in New
Orleans newspapers, 1805-1972, and selected biographical references
in a variety of published sources, is a massive card file of some
650,000 cards. The online version, a searchable database of the
card index, is the result of a nearly 10-year collaboration between
NOPL and The Historic New Orleans Collection (http://www.hnoc.org),
which funded the project and produced the database and the web interface.
While names from about the first third of the alphabet have been
searchable online for a number of years, the database is now complete.
To search the index (and find out more about the project), please
Kentucky -The Secretary of State has digitized early land
records online in an effort to preserve them. The access is:
Included are: The Virginia Patent Series and Old Kentucky Patent
Series; Non-military register & land records; some wills (under
the non-military records); Patent series. There will be more added
in the future.
Arkansas – Here you will find over 200,000 gravestone photographs
located in 75 counties of Arkansas. Our Veteran gravestone database
is among the largest in Arkansas and we have been diligently working
on getting all stones in the Little Rock National Cemetery included.
Come take a look at our website, and upload any photographs you
may have. It is free to all, to upload, and browse. You can search
by county, surname, or cemetery. Stop by and take a look!
Newspapers – This is an interesting site for family history
researchers. Put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and
the newspaper headlines will pop up. Double click and for an enlarged
page. "Click and drag" on the map to move to another section of
the world, or just click at the top of page. When you find the newspaper
you want, click on "website" at top of page to obtain more pages
of the newspaper.
Civil War Widows’ Pensions – Now available online are approved
pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War
veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. This database is searchable
on footnote.com at the SOCCGS
|The following new members were
welcomed at the July meeting: Joan Petrime, Laguna Woods,
for John Rimar.); Ted Keyser, Mission Viejo
for Johannes Keyser.); Sharon Keener, Mission Viejo
for Heebner.); Allan & Della Frankel, San Clemente
for Plaza.); Brian & Janet Shannon, San Clemente,
(Searching for Shannon, DeNavarro, Durand, Bienvenue, Frickberg,
Morgan, Ortman & Johannson).
Email address changes: Barbara Heebner,
email@example.com; Terri Lancey,
Kathy Kane has moved to Michigan: 9870 Creighton Road, Fife Lake,
MI 49633, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|We are sorry to report the passing
of Bill Minnig, husband of member, JoAnn Welmon Minnig.
William Harold Minnig was born April 21, 1932 in Nounan, Idaho to
Mae Vivian Stock and John Henry Minnig. His mother died when he
was three years old. Since he didn't want to go to the city and
live with his father he was raised by his sister, Ruth.
After graduating from high school in 1950 he served in the United
States Air Force. Bill and JoAnn were residents of Covina area for
45 years where he was an electrical contractor. For many years he
was an active member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club. He enjoyed
amateur radio, Scouts, camping and hunting. The Minnigs have lived
in Mission Viejo for the past ten years and during that time Bill
became a member of the local Elks Lodge.
JoAnn is an avid genealogy researcher and for about 12 years Bill
was right there helping her; going to libraries, government buildings
and walking many East Coast graveyards.
Bill passed away at their home on July 8, 2009. Besides his wife
of 55 years, one son Doug and his wife Leslie, a grandson, Sam and
his sister, Ruth Alleman, survive him. A son, Ronald and a brother,
Howard, precede Bill in death. Services were held on Friday, July
17 at Forest Lawn in Covina. There was a memorial service at the
Elks Lodge on the July 23.
Tribune Newspaper 23 May 1873
I found this article in the East
Germantown News in the Cambridge City Tribune. East Germantown (formally
Germantown) is a small town in Wayne County, Indiana.
"Mrs. Cora Snyder, daughter of William Gipe, Esq., who was married
and moved to Kansas a few weeks ago, has returned thoroughly disgusted
with the great West. She thinks those who wish to avail themselves
of Horace Greeley's advice to "go West and grow up with the country",
can do so, but she is content to remain in Germantown. Her husband,
Mr. William Snyder, will return in a few months, just as soon as
he can sell his farm and settle up his business."
Cora is my husband, Dave's, gggrandfather's daughter. She was the
third of five daughters, one of 12 or 13 children. She was born
Christmas day 1854, and married 16 Feb 1873.
Following is information regarding Cora’s father from the Biographical
and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties,
Indiana: Dr. William Gipe, was one of the pioneer settlers of
East Germantown, Wayne, Indiana, where he located in 1843. He had
come to this state from Berks (or York, says Donna) County, Pennsylvania,
and in his early life had learned the trade of wagon making, which
he followed for some time. Later, however, he became a veterinary
surgeon and to that profession devoted his energies throughout the
remainder of his days. He married Sibylla Geotle (sic Goettel),
and of their thirteen children the following are living nearby:
William, a railroad man of Indianapolis; Charles, a prominent business
man of Alexandria, Indiana, who is now serving as township trustee;
Frank, a traveling salesman who represents an Indianapolis house;
Warren, who is an engineer in the employ of the Pan Handle Railroad
Company; Lincoln A; Sophia, wife of Chris Murray of Indianapolis;
Cora, wife of William Snyder, a carpenter of Indianapolis;
Alice, wife of T.W. Bennett an engineer on the Atchison, Topeka
and Santa Fe Railroad, living at Fort Madison, Iowa; and Gertrude,
who married William Mulno, of Rushville, Indiana.”
Tribune, Cambridge City, Indiana, Thursday, January 23, 1902, Germantown
|“William Gipe, one of the oldest
citizens of this locality, died late Sunday morning at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Will. Mulno, in Rushville. Mr. William Gipe
was born in York County, Pa., November 10, 1817, and came here a
young man 65 years ago. He was the youngest son of a family of eight
children who came west in 1787. The surviving member of this family
is Mrs. Eliza Zerby, aged 87 years. Of Mr. Gipe's immediate family
he leaves his wife, who was Syvilla (sic) Goettlet (sic) who he
married 60 years ago, and eight children: Warren Gipe and Frank
Gipe, of Indianapolis, Link Gipe, of Loganport, Charles Gipe of
Alexandria, Mrs. Thomas Bennett, of Fort Madison, Iowa, Mrs. Chris.
Murray and Mrs. Wm. Snyder, of Indianapolis. Mrs. Will Mulno of
Mr. Gipe spent a long life in the horse business. He was one of
the first to recognize the importance of light harness horses and
in that time owned the famous pacing horse Tom Crowder for many
years. In fact we believe that the horse died his property. He owned
many other good trotting and pacing horses, and in this way, as
almost every other way, was a useful man in the community. He was
a good, honest citizen who lived a long even life and died respected
by everybody who knew him. His remains were brought here on Tuesday
and taken to his old home, which he built before he married, and
where his children were born and raised. At noon the funeral services
were conducted at the Evangelical church by Revs. Hansing and Weyrick,
in the presence of a large congregation of friends and neighbors.
Burial was in the family plot at the Lutheran cemetery.
Relatives from a distance attending the funeral of William Gipe
Tuesday were: Mr. and Mrs. Link Gipe, of Logansport; Charles Gipe
and daughter Maude, Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bennett, Fort
Madison, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Will. Mulno, Rushville; Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Jones, Richmond; Mrs. David Templeton, Kennard; Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Gipe, Mrs. Chris, Murray, Mrs. Wm. Snyder and son Frank, Mrs.
Ernie Beck, Mrs. Flora Gipe and daughter Gertrude, Warren Gipe and
Frank Bell, of Indianapolis.”
Notes from Donna: “From these articles I get the impression that
dear little Cora was used to drawing rooms, not drawing water from
the stream. As noted in the articles she finally made it to Indianapolis,
the BIG city! What I thought funny was, I wonder how many other
women got stuck out in Kansas wishing like mad that they could return
home. Thank goodness her Daddy had the money to send so she could
make the trip home. She sounds very spoiled, but she did have spirit,
(Donna found these newspaper articles
using Historical Newspapers on Ancestry.com.)
the Form below to register for the October Seminar.
|September 26 - North San
Diego county Genealogy Society plans a Fall Seminar, “Unexpected
Journeys”. More information will be forthcoming.
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar. This year featuring
Paula Stewart Warren. For information contact Bill Bluett (949)
492-9408 or email@example.com.
|Would you like a badge holder
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next meeting. Bring your current badge and make the change. Don’t
have one? Sign up and Herb will make you one. New members may contact
Herb at firstname.lastname@example.org and
he will have one ready at the next meeting. Up to six surnames may
be included on the badge.
|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.
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