Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 9
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.
– 19 September 2009
"DNA and Genealogy"
|In this presentation,
Ms. Mello will break down the basics of DNA and explain how it can
be used to further genealogical research. A case study illustrating
one application of DNA will be presented. Cheri lectures on DNA
throughout Southern California and nationally on Portuguese genealogy.
She is the founder of the Azores Genealogy group on Google Groups.
The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri with a fifth grade history
project. She began active adult research 17 years ago, after the
death of her remaining grandparents. Cheri has hosted online chat
rooms and taught many classes related to Portuguese genealogy. She
is an active member of the Southern California Genealogical Society.
Professionally, Cheri is a math teacher with degrees in psychology,
sociology, human and child development. She holds a master’s degree
in education. In her spare time, she plays the piccolo in a band!
- 17 October 2009
Bill Bluett - Seminar Chairman
|Register Now! The Seminar
will afford a great opportunity to hone your genealogy research
skills. Paula Stuart-Warren topics: "Untrodden Ground,
Sources You May Not Have Encountered;" "The U. S. Federal Government,
13 Underutilized Resources;" "Genealogy On The Internet, Make It
Work For You" and "Organizing Your Genealogical Materials."
Registration forms are located in the Genealogy section of the Mission
Viejo Library, and on the SOCCGS website at
A form is also in this newsletter.
We Need Books - Eileen Merchant (949-831-1441) and Barbara
Calabrese (949-855-6953) are collecting items for the Book Sale
Table. Please bring any genealogy related books and magazines, fiction,
non-fiction & cookbooks you wish to donate to the September 19 meeting,
or call to arrange pick up or drop off. Books may be either soft
or hardback and paperbacks are welcome. Please do not bring items
to the seminar.
We Need Jewelry - Barbara Wilgus is once again the "Jewelry
Lady!" The Jewelry Table is another of SOCCGS ways and means projects.
Please bring your unused costume jewelry to the September meeting.
We Need Door Prizes - Cindie Reilly is accepting donations
for the Door Prize Table. These may be new or very gently used items;
or perhaps you know of a business in the area that will donate a
gift certificate. Contact Cindie at 949-830-9488 or
|On September 23rd, we will visit,
for the first time, the Whittier Area Genealogical Society Library
Collection that is housed in the Whittier College Wardman Library.
The collection is listed on their web page, which can be found at:
We will leave the church parking lot promptly at 9:30 AM. Be sure
to bring a lunch and a few $$ for your driver. We may stop for dinner
on the way home if our venture is successful, and if our research
continues into the early evening.
|We enjoyed another great speaker
at our August meeting with Kathleen Trevena sharing with us information
on "Crossing a Continent: Migration between the Revolution and the
Civil War." Thank you, Kathleen, for speaking, despite inconvenient
circumstances. You are a trooper! Thanks to our hospitality chairmen
and this month’s snack volunteers Kathy Mauzey, Pat Weeks and
Diane Sanborn. I’m sure we all enjoy our break with all the
Do consider sending in articles or queries about your ancestors
to Mary Jo for the newsletter. I was so pleased to hear from a researcher
who had been reading our newsletter and following my articles about
my Scottish Tannahill ancestors. She provided data and pictures
for a nephew of my ancestor, Robert Watt Tannahill. I was able to
share with her information on that nephew’s mother going back to
the mid-1600s. Did you know that Google picks up surnames from our
newsletters? The newsletters are online so those searching the web
can read our Saddleback Valley Trails. Ah, the miracle of Google.
I hope to see you all at the September meeting where we will be
learning all about DNA.
"A Day At The
|Barbara Calabrese and Eileen
Merchant will greet you at the Book Sale Table, which is a ways
& means project for the Society. Genealogy related books and magazines,
fiction, non-fiction & cookbooks will be offered for sale.
Nancy Kingston is a local "Creative Memories" Consultant.
With their products and software, you can create a traditional or
digital scrapbook with your treasured photos, documents, and memories
expressed in your own words. You can check out the website at:
Nancy will be happy to answer questions at her table.
Bling! The Jewelry Table is back again this year. Karen
Schumaker and Pat McCoy will offer a selection of mostly vintage
costume jewelry. Great bargains await! This is a SOCCGS ways & means
Genealogy - Marilyn Kowalski & Shirley Fraser will be at
the Genealogy Table offering a "Genealogy Handbook" and "Ancestral
Tablet" for sale. Herb Abrams has made a CD with instructions
for making your own "Ancestral Tablet." Herb will be available to
answer questions. Proceeds will benefit the SOCCGS Library.
Jacquelyn Hanson – Author Jackie is a member of SOCCGS. Her
newest title is "Gardner Randolph of Illinois" and is the
prequel to "Matilda's Story." "Betsy Ann (my great-great grandmother)
is telling the story. Her father, John Stringfield was at the Battle
of King's Mountain in the Revolution and her father and three of
her brothers were in the War of 1812, as was Gardner. One brother
was with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. They migrated
from Alabama in 1820 and finally settled in McLean County in January
of 1822." Surnames include: Randolph, Stringfield, Burleson and
Mel Kinnee – is the owner of Graphic Associates specializing
in memory DVDs, which can be produced to memorialize an event, a
holiday, a family affair or to honor someone special. Please visit
the website at www.GraphicAssociates.net and plan to visit Mel’s
table. She will hold a drawing for a free DVD.
David Flint – will conduct demonstration of Legacy Family
Tree Software. He will have a limited supply of free trial CDs.
He will also have informational handouts. This is a well-rounded
and easy-to-use genealogy program for both beginners and experienced
genealogists. Stop by the Legacy table and see for yourself.
The Quilt - Barbara Wilgus & Ann Hagerty will conduct the
drawing for the beautiful hand made quilt at the closing of the
Seminar. During the day, tickets will be offered @ $1.00 each, or
6 for $5.00. All proceeds go to support the SOCCGS Genealogy Library,
which is located within the Mission Viejo Library.
DAR–SAR - Bunny & Leon Smith are the local registrars for
"Daughters of the American Revolution" and "Sons of the American
Revolution." Persons interested in either organization may stop
by their table for information.
Door Prizes - Cindie Reilly will display the many door prizes,
which will be given during the day. Chuck and Pat Nostrome will
assist in passing out prizes. Be sure to stop by her table and take
a look. Every attendee will be a given a door prize ticket. Good
As you can see,
a "Day At The Seminar" will be well spent!
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman
In order to help raise funds for
SOCCGS, it is time to renew your registration in the Ralphs
Community Contribution Program. Under this program Ralphs will donate
to SOCCGS a portion of the cash register receipt total for shoppers
who have a Ralphs Rewards Card. The amount donated to SOCCGS varies
from 1% to 4% of the total amount you spend each time you shop at
This annual program runs from September 1 through August 31. So
we must renew our participation in the program and re-designate
SOCCGS to receive your donations, or to join in if you are not yet
involved. Beginning September 1, please go to Ralphs website and
follow the instructions below to renew your registration or to register
for the first time.
First, you need to have a Ralphs Rewards Card. You obtain one the
next time you visit your Ralphs market. Once you have your card,
you need to register online. Go to
www.Ralphs.com and click on
the "Sign In/Register" link in the upper right corner of
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 step.
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.
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. 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.
You must swipe your registered Ralphs REWARDS card (or use the phone
number that is connected to the card) when shopping for each purchase
to count. Remember that purchases will not count to provide funds
for SOCCGS until after you re-register your Ralphs card.
Please re-register on or after September 1. Please consider participating
in this valuable program if you are not already doing so. If you
have any difficulty or need help with the instructions, feel free
to contact David Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Guests among the nearly ninety
persons in attendance were: Christine Murtha and Lorraine
Kobett, Mission Viejo and Mary LaVenture, Laguna Hills.
Also visiting was Carol Haynes from Stuthers, Ohio who is
in the area to be with her mother, member, Elma Massie. Elma
has been ill and we wish her well.
Several members shared brick walls and research suggestions at the
August 2009 meeting. Karyn Schumaker reported that Footnote.com
is free for two weeks until the end of August. (Too late as of now,
however they make this offer several times a year. We will try to
keep you posted) Footnote.com is always free in the genealogy section
of the Mission Viejo Library! Cost to print is ten cents per page.
The National Archives also has Footnote.com and printing is free.
Joyce Van Schaack talked to us about Constitution Day, which
falls on Thursday, September 17. People are urged to rings bells
at 1:00 PM in celebration. Mission San Juan Capistrano will be participating.
A docent tour of the Mission is available for $7.00. You may join
the DAR for lunch that day at the Cedar Creek Inn near the Mission.
Paul Horning is having good luck finding old books through
Google Books. Annabelle Farago has found success using books
from the BYU website. Diane Hearn had a question about using
genealogy software on a Mac. Melbournia Pittman shared the
sadness of many small towns seeing the demise of small stores as
their town grew and larger chain stores arrived. The small shop
owner’s knowledge of his/her customers and the personal interactions
I Wish I Had Known"
|My paternal grandfather came from
"the Iberian World although not the Iberian Peninsula." He came
with his parents and three of his younger brothers. They migrated
from the "volcanic archipelago known in mythology as the remnants
of the lost continent Atlantis, the Azores."
Manuel Vieira Anselmo was born on 15 June 1866 on the Island
of San Miguel in the Portuguese controlled Azores Islands. He was
the son of Jacinto Vieira Anselmo, a small farmer and
Maria Jose a native cloth weaver. They lived in the district
of Ribeira Seca in the city of Ribeira Grande in the diocese of
Angra on the street of Valeas. By the time he died on 16 October
1948 he had traveled far and endured much but never complained.
When, in 1877, the Hawaiian government needed sugar cane workers
they offered to pay transportation costs for anyone wanting to immigrate
from the Madeira Islands and the Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.
From 1878 to 1899, 12,780 people emigrated from those islands to
Hawaii. Another 1,652 came from the mainland of Portugal. They had
to work in the sugar cane fields for 36 months for which the men
earned $10 a month and the women, $6.50. The also were given lodging,
rations and medical care. The young children were received schooling.
When the British Bark "Highflyer" arrived in Honolulu April 30,
1881 after leaving from London from Downs on November 19, 1880 (131
days) my grandfather would be on it. Twenty-six days out of England
the Highflyer took on passengers in St. Michaels and sailed for
Honolulu 19 December. At St. Michaels, 242 men and women, 86 children,
22 under six months joined the passengers. There were 13 deaths
on the voyage.
Manuel Vieira Anselmo, the oldest child at 12 years of age, traveled
with his father, mother and the next two oldest brothers as well
as the three year old brother. Two younger brothers were left behind
to take later trips.
Why did they leave their ancestral homes for Hawaii? Most were uneducated
peasants who farmed the land of another. Their lives and those of
their ancestors were unchanged for generations. Poverty was widespread
throughout the Azores and Madeira Islands. They had little chance
of improving their station in life. Contract labor on the plantation
gave them something they never had—hope.
Shown in the 1890 Hawaiian Census, Big Island of Hawaii, Hamakua
district, my grandfather labored with the rest of his family. As
the oldest child, Manuel had no chance for the little schooling
which was given the youngest children. He was twelve on arrival
and was put to work with the men. Advancement was based on race.
Since the Portuguese were of the white race they could end up in
higher positions but only American born men held positions at the
top of the ladder.
Times became more and more uncertain in Hawaii. In 1893 a revolution
deposed Queen Liliuokalani. The Anselmo family finally left that
year for San Francisco where they heard there were jobs. However,
even after working for approximately twelve years in the Sandwich
Islands they didn’t have enough money saved to all go at once. The
parents and younger children went first. The older men came later
when they could save enough money. By October 15 of 1893 the parents,
nine brothers and one sister were all living, working or going to
school in Pleasanton, California. The youngest had a chance for
The Hawaiian Islands became a United States Territory in 1898 thus
ending the Hawaiian penal contract labor system under which most
immigrants had arrived. Would they have a better life in California?
Being the oldest child my grandfather had to help support the younger
children and the family when his father became more unreliable.
On April 28, 1901, in spite of always being the responsible one,
he was finally able to marry Mary Dutra, an eighteen year
old immigrant from the Azores Island of Pico. These were happy years
for him. A hard worker, he bought a lot and built a little house.
They had a daughter Julia, sons Manuel and Joseph.
Unfortunately Julia and Manuel died at age 6 and 5 when an epidemic
struck. Manuel and Mary lost several babies but finally had another
son Louis, my father, and daughter Elizabeth and baby George. Mary
developed Diabetes and little could be done. She died in 1925. Louis
was eleven and stayed with his father. Babies, Elizabeth and George,
were taken to live with Mary’s sisters, Catherine and Mariana, who
had both married Anselmo brothers. Catherine and William took George
and Mariana and Joseph took Elizabeth, So Manuel lost not only his
wife but the two babies as well.
The oldest boy Joseph went in the Navy. No one ever heard Grandpa
never complain. He worked almost his whole life and died when he
went to repair his leaking roof after a rain and fell off.
|One of the more challenging aspects
of family history is keeping everything organized. Records, computer
prints from online collections, and notes can quickly add up and
turn into piles that threaten to take over your workspace. Nothing
will bring your research to a screeching halt like not being able
to locate that one piece of information you need. Let’s take a look
at a few steps we can take that will lead to more productive research.
- Devise a filing scheme. Whether you use file folders or
binders, the most important step you can take is to have a consistent
filing scheme. You may choose to keep the files for each person
separate, filed alphabetically. Color-coded folders or paper
can help make certain branches easy to pick out.
- Perhaps your system is more family-oriented, with each family
in a separate binder. When an ancestor moves out of their parents’
home, they get their own binder. Siblings and other collateral
relatives get their own divided section at the back of the family’s
binder. Arranging records chronologically within each section
allows you to see events unfold as you page through the records.
- Choose a system that will be easy for you to keep up. With
folders or binders that are easily accessible, you’ll be more
likely stay organized as you go along.
- Start sorting. If you’ve got a huge stack of papers waiting
to be filed, don’t try to put everything in its place all at
once. You can make your project more manageable by doing a quick
pre-sort. Sort all of the papers by surname first, and then
once they’re all separated, you can pick one pile and start
incorporating them into your file system. You’ll only need to
work with a small set of folders or binders and staying focused
on one family allows you to do a little reviewing as you go
along. Keep your to-do list handy because you’re sure to run
across some new leads.
- Update your electronic files. Once we find a record, we’ll
do that little happy dance, and then put it in its proper place.
But don’t overlook your electronic files. Make sure you update
your electronic files at the same time that you file the physical
pages. Keeping your online tree current allows you to check
details quickly without having to pull out your files. Online
trees have the added benefit of being an offsite back-up of
your family history in case of disaster.
- Find a home for the "maybes." As you research, you’re going
to stumble across other people in the areas in which your ancestors
lived who may be related. Of course you don’t want to discard
these "maybes," but saving them means extra papers lying around.
Find a home for them until you can prove or disprove a relationship.
Start a "Maybe" or "Misc." section at the back of a binder.
Or perhaps give them a binder of their own, with dividers that
separate each surname. Giving them their own place will make
it easier to lay your hands on their records when you run across
that detail that finally connects them to your tree.
|Now that you’ve organized your
files, it’s time for some fun. You probably have a list of items
you want to investigate, and if not, just give your newly organized
files a quick review. New content continues to be added to online
collections, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to dig in and
start searching for those ancestors.
(Copyright 2009, The Generations
Network, The Weekly Discovery)
|New members who joined at the
August meeting are: Richard Merritt, Mission Viejo and
Mary Jo Vincent, San Clemente. Richard is looking for Merritt,
Westchester County, New York (1800's). He can be contacted at
email@example.com. Mary Jo is searching
Parker, Vincent, Koster, Blachly, Randall, Ellis, Gaiter, Evans
and Carrie (also spelled as Queret or Cary). Contact her at
"You might want
to check this out."
|"This website is an open network
that allows anyone to join and create social groups within the genealogy-focused
community. The innovative and easy-to-use platform opens the doors
of social networking to millions around the world who are interested
in sharing their passion for family history and in meeting new people
who share that passion."
Note: Herb Abrams & Mary Jo McQueen
have joined. Anyone else?
|In the August 2009 issue of this
newsletter Sandy Crowley wrote, "Helen Burns Tannahill’s parents.
Helen was the daughter of James Tannahill and Marrion Pollock,"
Please note that Helen was the daughter of James Burns and
I Could Be Wrong
About Some Things
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible,
commercially and financially
I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste
little time dreaming."
~Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum
~ Kathie Mauzey
|In her presentation at the August
meeting Kathleen Trevena talked about the territories created before
statehood. The early Territorial Records are on microfilm at the
National Archives at Laguna Niguel. You have to request them at
the desk as they are in the stacks. In the 1940's this was a project
to index the records and put them in book form. The names, places,
events are indexed in each volume. This is the microfilm of the
books. I don't know if they are available online. If you go to the
NARA site and query M721 it should give you a description of the
I was looking for information on a Britain Williams in Missouri
Territory and found him listed on a petition in 1806, that put him
in the area about 6 years earlier than I had for him.
What’s New At
|A two volume set "The History
of Woburn, Middlesex County, MA" by Samuel Sewall
A three volume set of books on Cambridge, Middlesex, MA
- "The Records of the Town of Cambridge (formerly Newtowne)
- "History of Cambridge, MA 1630-1877"
- "History of Cambridge, MA 1630-1877" with a Genealogical
Register, Supplement & Index
|"A History of Hertfordshire" by
"Historic Gleanings in Windham County, CT" by Ellen D. Larned
Three Family Histories:
- "Halsey Genealogy Since 1395 A.D." by David Halsey
- "Descendants of Edward Howell (1584-1655) of Westbury Manor,
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinshamshire and Southampton, Long Island,
New York" by Emma Howell Ross
- "The Autobiography of Henry Fowle of Boston (1766-1837)
Help ***** Need
Docents ***** Help
|There is a vacancy on Thursday
5:30 to 8:00 pm. Subs are needed to fill Nellie Domenick’s duties
on the following dates. Tuesday, 10 to 1 on September 15, 22, 29
and October 6, 13, 20, 27. Also Friday, 1 to 4 on September 18 &
20 and October 16, 23 & 30. Please call Bunny Smith (949-472-8046)
if you are available. Thank You!
|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
"Do not go where
the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
the Form below to register for the October Seminar.
|September 26 - North San
Diego county Genealogy Society plans a Fall Seminar, "Unexpected
Journeys". Presentations: "What’s in a Name?" "What We Learned on
the Way to Proving Something That Wasn’t True", What Did I Just
See?" and "Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind." Contact: Nina Anderson,
or (760) 599-9958.
October 10 - British Isles Family History Society-USA presents
the 2009 Seminar featuring Judith Eccles Wright at Noski Auditorium,
Cal State Northridge. Information and/or registration:
www.bifhsusa.org or Kay R.
Devonshire (310) 399-3188,
October 17 - SOCCGS 7th Annual Seminar featuring Paula Stewart
Warren. Contact Bill Bluett, (949) 492-9408 or
October 24 - Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society presents
classes featuring Susanne Russo Adams & Larry Bowles: "Personalizing
Google To Fit Your Genealogical Research," "What’s New On Ancestry."
"Searching Techniques on Ancestry" and "Google Gadgets for Genealogy."
|Would you like a badge holder
without a pin? You may pick one up at the check-in table at the
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 email@example.com 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.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCCGS ‘2009’ Seminar
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