Orange County California Genealogical Society
17 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.
September 18, 2010
"GETTING THE MOST OUT OF
Joan E. Rambo
|In this presentation,
Ms. Rambo will be covering Public, University, and State libraries
and archives. She will also discuss the differences in cataloging,
such as, the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress systems. Other
important items to be covered: how to find and obtain information
from these sources and methods of asking for assistance. Some of
the library staff may not be big fans of genealogy. So, handle them
gently! Are you planning a trip? Tips on what you want to do before
leaving home will be discussed.
Joan is President of the Orange County California Genealogical Society.
She has researched her own family lines for several decades and
does research for companies looking for missing heirs. She is in
charge of genealogy volunteers at the Huntington Beach Library,
and co-chair for the annual one-week trip to Salt lake City each
Dr. George Schweitzer will be here in just six weeks!
|SOCCGS members last had the pleasure
of hearing Dr. Schweitzer in 2006. It is an extraordinary genealogical
experience to attend one of his lectures. The scope of his historical
knowledge is incredible. Just one presentation is worth the $20.00,
let alone three, with the added opportunity to ask questions. This
is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day for genealogists.
There is a Reservation Form below. A flyer and registration
form can be found on the SOCCGS Website.
Prizes, Books and Jewelry!"
|Please bring items to the library
or to the September meeting.
Do you know of a business that might be willing to contribute a
door prize? Or, do you have a new item that someone might feel lucky
The Jewelry Table will be up and running again this year. Donations
of costume jewelry in good repair will be appreciated.
Genealogy related books and materials are being sought for the Book
Sale Table. You may also donate hardback fiction books. No paperbacks.
|The August meeting was a well
attended despite it being the month of many vacations. Liz Stookesberry
Myers gave great suggestions in her presentation, entitled “Places
You May Not Have Thought To Look.” Along these same lines, Joan
Rambo will speak to us at September’s meeting about “Getting The
Most Out Of Non-genealogical Libraries.” Thanks to the following
who donated snacks for the break: Kathy Mauzey, Mary Lou Brascia,
Mary Jo McQueen, Mary Jo Nuttall, and Joy Allen. We welcomed the
following guests: Marjory Cumberworth, Jim and Marlene Kazen, Sandy
Matheny and Brad Stem. Also, we are glad to have new member. Bonnie
I’m looking forward to the October Seminar with speaker, Dr. Schweitzer.
Hope to see you there!
I am appreciative that so many of our members participate in making
our club so enjoyable. This makes it possible for our group to have
many activities, such as the annual Seminar, research Safaris, the
Genealogy section at the Mission Viejo Library, monthly speakers,
snacks at break time, the sharing of research tips, and help breaking
through brick walls.
SOCCGS members, you are a great bunch of fellow genealogists!
Brick Walls &
Genealogy Research Suggestions
|As usual, SOCCGS members were
willing to share: so that we all might learn:
Myrna Hamid asked for suggestions in how to persuade reluctant
people to share their data.
Sandy Crowley mentioned that former member, Rich Faber, now
deceased, tried to get past this reluctance was to stay in contact
by sending a short, pleasant note every few months. He enclosed
an item of interest, i.e., a copy of a picture. Rich ended by reminding
the person that he would enjoy receiving data they may have on this
family line. He had slow but good results.
Joyce Van Schaack found an ancestor/cousin in the “Alaska
Men” magazine. This person had appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Joyce will share data.
Eunice Murai has joined the local Historical Societies in
the counties where she does research. She then receives newsletters.
She received helpful correspondence from the Polk County Historical
Melbournea Pittman has communicated with the granddaughter
of her mother’s brother with good results.
Tom Corning’s great-great grandmother went from Scotland
to Quebec in 1842. He has kept up ongoing correspondence with descendants
in this family tree. Tom was in Salem, Oregon recently, and while
visiting cousin Angus Graham, he was given the Bible belonging to
Jacob Albright, dated 1848.
Barbara Wilgus read an L.A. Times article in the 6/12/10
issue titled “Baby Books Find A Home At UCLA.” Baby books may be
donated to the collection if there is no one in the family who can
Dean Duet found a 1954 police lineup photo of an ancestor
when looking through old New Orleans Times Picayune newspaper issues.
|We are pleased to welcome new
member, Bonnie Benton. Lake Forest She is researching
Hanson (emigrated from Sweden in 1863) and Okery (England
& Delaware). Bonne may be reached at
Shiryl Boerlin, Lake Forest has reinstated her membership.
Welcome back Shiryl, TaxiTaxi@aol.com
Please note there was an error in last month’s newsletter. Herb
Abrams email still remains: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Bill McCoy has passed away. We
send our sympathy and best wishes to his wife, Pat, who is a founding
member of SOCCGS. Pat, we look forward having you back, hopefully,
at the September meeting.
|Do you have a query, research
tip, website, or a special ancestor, who’s story you would be willing
to share? Please submit to the newsletter editor by the fourth Wednesday
of the month for inclusion in the next newsletter. Mary Jo McQueen
The next safari
will be September 22!
|The genealogy safari is a great
“perk’ received with a membership in SOCCGS. Ten months of the year
a group of members journey to a different research facility. Bill
Bluett, safari chairman drives one car and, if needed, another member
volunteers his/her car. This is a great opportunity to begin, or
jump-start, your research in the company of fellow researchers.
Their eyes won’t “glaze over” when you talk about “dead people!”
The Huntington Beach Library is the destination for the September
safari. The Library houses a collection of over 18,000 genealogical
We will leave the LDS parking at 9:30 a.m. You may bring a lunch
or buy at the library. Since this is a short trip, there are no
plans for dinner on the way home. Please remember $$ for your driver.
Contact Bill by phone or email to reserve your spot. He will also
take signups at the September meeting.
Please consider joining a safari trip – you won’t be disappointed!
~David Flint - Ways
& Means Chairman
|PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FOR
THE NEW TERM BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2010.
There is no pre-registration! This means that you cannot register
for the new term until September 1, 2010 or after.
All of your members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community
Contribution Program will remain active until August 31, 2010.
Participants will be required to register or re-register for the
new term at www.Ralphs.com or
by using the scanbar letter at the register starting September 1,
2010. The scanbar letter you received last year applies to this
year as well.
Even if your participants registered as recently as June or July
2010, they will be required to register again, on or after September
New “AmericanAncestors.org” Website
|“We are pleased to announce the
launch of www.AmericanAncestors.org, the new home of NEHGS’ growing
online regional and national genealogical resources. This new site
provides access to some of the most important research tools and
The site features a new image viewer, faster navigation and search
results time, and more unique content. The expanded scope allows
greater opportunity for NEHGS to bring unique content to its members
and the public while establishing new and beneficial collaborations
with likeminded non-profit organizations and important commercial
entities. It brings together our well-established New England and
New York content, along with new resources that are national in
This site is available to you,
free of charge, at the SOCCGS Research Center, Mission Viejo Library.
Click the NEHGS tab on the computer home page.
This subscription is paid by SOCCGS.
~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.
|Lately I’ve been hard-pressed
to squeeze in time for my family history. Seems like every weekend
is taken up by some event, and those that aren’t booked are filled
home improvement tasks that have been begging my attention. Are
you in the same boat? Here are ten projects that can be knocked
out quickly and give us a quick family history fix.
- Create a Military Page - You can create a page in less than
ten minutes through your Ancestry.com online tree. Here’s
- Go to that person in your online tree.
- Click on the link for that person to “View Profile.”
(If you hover over that person, you should see a box pop
up with that link.)
- Click on the link for “More Options.” That will open
a menu that includes a link to “Create military page.”
- Add photos, stories, audio, and edit details you’ve
learned about their military service. Share the page with
your family easily using the links to Facebook, Twitter,
- Back Up Your Data
- When was the last time you backed up your family history
files? If it's been a while, take a few minutes to do it
now. If something happens to your computer files down the
road, it may well be the best-spent ten minutes of your
- Record Heirloom Origins
- As the family historian, you may have been fortunate
enough to have inherited heirlooms from all branches of
your family. Will your family members know where all those
precious items came from and the stories behind them? Not
if you don't record the history of the items now. Take a
digital photograph of the item and insert it into an electronic
document and record the history that way. Once you get started,
it's really kind of fun and can lead to memories that can
help you in your research.
- Build up Some Genealogical Karma
- We have all accumulated records that may be helpful
to other researchers who are working on the same or similar
family lines. Why not throw out a couple of posts on the
message boards and mailing lists with some of these records.
You may make some other researcher(s) very happy, and as
a reward, you may inspire them to post some of the records
for your ancestor that you've been seeking.
(Copyright 2010, Ancestry.com,
The Weekly Discovery, 27 May 2010)
of the Day
(Decatur, Illinois), 31 January 1879
“Starvation in England”
|“A wail of dire distress comes
over the broad Atlantic from the shores of England, and it is said
that if relief is not soon afforded that English statesmen and English
soldiers will find plenty of employment at home.
The dullest mind can understand the meaning of such stories as these:
A short time since a woman dropped dead in Birdcage walk, a fashionable
promenade in St. James Park, and within pistol shot distance of
the royal palace--starved to death. Her son had been out of work
for five months, and there were cold and hungry children at home
to receive the corpse.
In Wolverhampton a mechanic, 35 years old, tried to cut his throat.
His wife had just brought him a baby. He had no work, no money,
no food. In another town a man was arrested for stealing a bit of
cheese. He told the judge who tried him that he had been idle for
six weeks, had applied for aid at the work house and been refused;
and even asked a policeman to lock him up that he might get a night's
lodging. He was sent to prison for fourteen days.
In the Berwick country the people attack butchers' wagons and bread
carts and rob them because they cannot buy. In Burnley the workhouse
is full to overflowing and the applications for relief have increased
50 percent. In another place the applications are two-thirds in
excess of ordinary times over 1,500 of an increase in a single week.
In London, close to the Langham Hotel and the splendid mansions
of the aristocracy, a boy died suddenly. The doctor at the inquest
said it was starvation. The father testified that he could not earn
bread for his son.”
|For the family history addict
(present company included) there is never enough time for chasing
ancestors. So, we created a list of ten-minute projects that allow
us to sneak in a family history fix on even the busiest of days.
Done with those? Here are five more.
- Read a Newspaper
- Imagine your ancestor kicking back on a Sunday afternoon,
perusing the pages of his newspaper, reading about the events
of the day—events that may have had a profound impact on
his family. We can peek into newspapers from his day through
the Historical Newspaper Collection on Ancestry.com. Not
sure where to start? Select a date that is significant to
your family. What was in the papers on the day your ancestor
was born? What was the weather like on his wedding date?
Even if the newspaper isn’t yet available for your ancestor’s
hometown, look at papers from nearby communities or even
from other states. You may even find that news from his
community was picked up in papers across the country. You
may find an article about a weather event or epidemic in
your ancestor’s city in a paper from an entirely different
state. Rather than searching for surnames, try entering
a town or county name in the keyword field.
- Read a Record
- Technology has given us the ability to quickly locate
many records featuring our ancestors and with the click
of a mouse attach them to our tree. With the Hints (shaky
green leafs) that appear on your Ancestry.com Tree, it’s
possibly to locate multiple records on your ancestors in
just minutes. Within those records lie the clues to our
next steps, as well as the stories that allow us to know
our ancestors as more than just names and dates on a chart.
Take a step back and print out a record you’ve found. Look
at each and every piece of information on that record and
think about the implications to your family. Did your ancestor’s 1930
Census entry reveal that he was unemployed that year as
the U.S. was just beginning to feel the effects of the Great
Depression? Did your ancestor arriving at Ellis Island (or
some other port during that era) list the name of a relative
in the U.S. that he or she was going to join on the passenger
list? Were there other familiar names listed on that same manifest—perhaps
relatives or neighbors that traveled with them? Is there
a naturalization date listed on your ancestor’s 1920 Census entry?
Does your great-grandparents' marriage record include addresses
that reveal that they lived only a block away from each
other before they were married? You may find that the records
you’ve already found include more details than you saw at
- Create a Cheat Sheet of Family Names and Variations
- Our ancestors--and the folks who created the records
they appear in--weren’t always careful about spelling. In
some cases your ancestor’s name may have evolved over time
to the spelling you’re familiar with. If your ancestors
are like mine, you may even have a long list of variants
for your ancestor’s surname. Create a kind of “cheat sheet”
that lists all the surnames you’ve found for your ancestors,
so that when you’re searching for them you don’t miss a
spelling – or misspelling.
- Write a Letter
- When's the last time you received a letter? Wasn't it
a great feeling? Why not make someone's day and send a letter.
Let a family member know what's going on in your life, and
possibly slip in a few family history questions. (You know
you will!) Then, don't just mail it off, make a copy first
and keep it for yourself. It's a snapshot of what’s going
on in your life and part of your family history. (OK, if
you really must cheat, you can send an email—but make sure
you include lots of details!)
- Search for a Place
- Knowing about the places where your ancestor lived is
a huge help. Instead of searching for family names, search
for the places where they lived. There is a ton of historical
information online that make your family story even more
interesting. Seek out historical photos, postcards, and
maps from the places and time in which your ancestors lived.
You can start with some of the rich image collections and maps on
Ancestry.com. Just enter a location in the keyword field.
(Copyright 2010, Ancestry.com,
The Weekly Discovery, 18 August 2010)
New Docents at
the SOCCGS Research Center (Library)
|Thank you to Gay Chisholm-Poff
who took the Thursday 10:00 to 12:00 shift, and to Marilyn Kowalski
who will sub on any day and any time. Bunny Smith, Librarian
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."
Milestone Reached at South County Clerk-Recorder Branch Office
More than 100,000 people have used the convenient south Orange County branch office of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department since it opened four years ago. The patron milestone was reached in April. The branch office is located in the Laguna Hills Civic Center at 24031 El Toro Road.
Previously, customers had to drive to downtown Santa Ana for copies of birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and to record property documents. The convenient Laguna Hills location has saved South County customers about 3.4 million driving miles by offering an alternative to the department’s main office in the Orange County Civic Center.
Providing services closer to home has proved popular. More than 5,000 couples have been married at the South County office, which has issued more than 15,000 marriage licenses and more than 111,000 copies of birth, death and marriage records.
Other services available at the South County office include recording and issuing copies of real property documents, filing environmental impact reports and filing fictitious business name statements.
The office is easy to find, just off the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway and El Toro Road, across the street from the Laguna Hills Mall. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is ample free parking.
The Orange County Clerk-Recorder provides a variety of public services, including recording documents related to real property transactions, maintaining and issuing copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, issuing marriage licenses and performing civil wedding ceremonies.
The department also files Fictitious Business Names and Notary Public oaths and bonds, and processes passport applications. The department oversees the Orange County Archives, a center for materials, research and education, preserving Orange County history for the public.
For more information, visit the Clerk-Recorder web site at
MyHeritage.com Family Pages lets you create your family's own meeting place on the Internet. Invite your family members to participate, share family photos, post your family tree online and share it with family members, keep track of important family events and more. Creating a family site takes only a few minutes, doesn't require any technical experience and
Basic plans are free.
You can create a family Website that is private and secure, or make it public and share it with the rest of the world. You are in complete control. Family photos uploaded to your family site can use our face recognition technology for genealogy. By sharing millions of facial templates among users, it helps you find photos of your ancestors in other users' photo albums, identify mystery people in your photos, and find relatives based on facial similarities.
August 14 - British Isles Family History Society – USA, “Come to Your Census” at Pasadena City College.
Contact Jessie Tait (310) 670-9611 or email@example.com
September 25 - NSDCGS Fall Seminar, “The Immigrant Experience” will be held at the Carlsbad City Council Chambers. Topics: Emigration to America: Journeys of Desperation, Hardship and Fragile Hope; The Trail West; Urban Immigrant Experience. Contact: Nina Anderson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 599-9958.
October 16 – SOCCGS’ Annual Seminar featuring Dr George Schweitzer.
October 23 - The Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society will host Kerry Bartels & Lisa Cooke, speaking on: “The National Archives at Perris, CA”, “What You Must Know to Save Your Research From Destruction”, “Solving Family Tree Mysteries With Google Earth”, “The Many Facets of the National Archives Website”. Information at
National Archives at Riverside
23123 Cajalco Road
Perris, California 92570-7298
Hours: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday
And the First Saturday of Each Month (Except Federal Holidays)
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
email@example.com. 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
SEND IN YOUR SEMINAR REGISTRATION NOW!
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