Orange County California Genealogical Society
16 No. 11
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.
your newsletter label.
If it reads 2010, your dues are payable in January.
– 21 November 2009
|In November we anticipate
another great presentation from our own, Bill Bluett. In past presentations
he has proven to be an interesting and extremely informative speaker.
His topic this time will be of interest to every family history
researcher, since digital archives are being added to the Internet
at a phenomenal rate. Nearly every state in the union has at least
one site available, which offers access to documents of genealogical,
historical, or cultural significance. Many can be accessed at no
cost. Bill will give examples of some free sites and what each has
available for researchers. Finding major listings of websites with
digitized documents will also be discussed.
Bill is a native Southern Californian and has lived in San Clemente
for over 32 years. His interest in genealogy began just prior to
his retirement in 2001. He has been a member of SOCCGS since 1999,
and has served as President, Vice President, Safari Chairman, library
docent, and Seminar Coordinator. He serves on the board of the San
Clemente Historical Society and on the board of deacons at San Clemente
~Bill Bluett - Seminar Chairman
|The 2009 Genealogical Seminar
was a rousing success! We had 115 folks tuned-in to four most interesting
and informative presentations. Paula Stuart-Warren’s topic choices
were excellent and the syllabus is packed with pages of valuable
information and resources. Paula’s subject matter was presented
a thorough and easy-to-understand manner. All those in attendance
went away with a long list of helpful resources and ideas for refining
their own research techniques. To the delight of those present,
numbers were drawn for thirty-one door prizes. The food and refreshments
were excellent and very nicely displayed. There was a buzz of activity
around the vendor tables during breaks and lunch. Finally, I must
say that all volunteers did a superb job in setting up and hosting
our event. “Thank You” to everyone who assisted in putting our seminar
together. Good job!
Let’s do it again next year!
|I hope all the attendees at our
October Seminar, featuring Paula Stuart-Warren, had as much fun
as I did and learned a lot to help with their research. We do have
fun at these Seminars, all the while learning. Paula covered some
great topics and had extensive source lists for us to work with.
“Thank You” to vice President, Bill Bluett, who was instrumental
in planning and directing this huge event. I received many comments
from guests, who said our SOCCGS group was very involved; with many
members pitching in to make this event possible.. I think that’s
why we have such a great day. Many folks roll up their sleeves to
help in lots of ways, have fun and make friends.
A lot of genealogists within driving distance of SOCCGS are able
to enjoy being able to hear some top-notch genealogy speakers each
October at reasonable prices, as well as having an enjoyable day
among like-minded friends. Since the seminars were first thought
of and begun by Mary Jo McQueen several years ago, we have been
able to provide this community event for the enjoyment of the many
Hope to see you at our November SOCCGS meeting. If you can,
please bring an unwrapped toy to this meeting to benefit the children
of the Camp Pendleton, 1/11th Marines. Gifts may be for ages “tiny
baby” to teens. Gift Cards are welcome. Member Karyn Schumaker volunteers
fund-raising for the Marines, and will see that the toys are delivered
in time for them to be assigned to individual families; wrapped
and delivered before Christmas. Questions? Karyn may be reached
at (949) 248-0662.
Ways & Means
|The SOCCGS tables at the Seminar
were very successful. Following are the amounts raised at each table:
book sales, $181.05; ancestral tablets and genealogy handbooks,
$144; jewelry table, $90.50.
Bill Bluett won
|Helen Bluett was thrilled with
the beautiful quilt Bill brought home from the seminar. Perhaps
he should have bought a lottery ticket on his way home! This year
the quilt project raised $402 for the SOCCGS Genealogy Library.
Thank you to all who donated by buying tickets!
|The Paula Stuart-Warren Seminar
Syllabus is being reprinted. This booklet is an extremely thorough
genealogy guide. There are sixteen pages of notes, references and
resources encompassing the four topics she covered at the seminar.
They will be available for purchase at the November meeting. The
cost is $2.50 each. Such a bargain!
|Our newest members are Marianne
Prible and Barbara Ganter. Marianne is searching for
information regarding PRIBLE (Lithuania), HOSCHEK and DVORSCHAK
(Austria), DANUS (possibly Lithuania). Her email is:
Websites of Interest
This is a free website. Click on the
state to search the available death indexes. Some states have gaps
in years. Good for searching pre-1940 death records.
Prison records for Leavenworth, Kansas
Penitentiary, 1895–1931. Note: Your editor found her uncle!
Records are on the way.
Search here. Use the search box for
specific terms and also check the holdings of the regional locations
for US Federal Government Research Resources
There are no
Genealogy Safaris during November & December.
Join us on January 27 for the annual trip to the LA Public Library.
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman
|The SOCCGS Board of Directors recently approved the Society’s
participation in the Ancestry World Archives Project. This is a
collaborative effort with Ancestry.com and local genealogy societies
across the United States to index and preserve millions of records
that might otherwise not be available to the public. This will be
a service project for our Society, and an opportunity for all of
us to give back something to a larger community of people, like
ourselves, who are interested in genealogy, and seeking records
for our own family history.
The project we are sponsoring is the California, U.S. Naturalization
Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (San Diego and Los Angeles).
Other genealogy societies are also working on this project, which,
at the time of this writing, was about 23% complete. Our participation
will help move the project along and get more of these records indexed
and available online for everyone to use.
All members are invited to participate in this project, which you
can do at home on your own computer. All you need to do is register
for the project and download the special software from Ancestry.com
to do the indexing entries. “Ancestry” will provide the records
to be indexed. This is all done online. Ancestry.com provides tutorials
and video training sessions on it’s website.
For more general information about the World Archives Project you
may go to
www.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject. At this website you can
also watch a video tutorial on how the project works, and you may
register for the project and get started by downloading the free,
easy-to use keying program from Ancestry.com. When you register
you will be asked, “What made you decide to participate in the World
Archives Project?” When you reply, please select “I learned about
it from a genealogical society” and in the free text area type “South
Orange County California Genealogical Society” or “SOCCGS” so that
Ancestry knows you are associated with our group on this project.
To see more information about this specific project go to
The Ancestry World Archives Project is a collaborative effort that
has allowed thousands of people around the world to help preserve
history that would otherwise be lost. Would you like to give back
to the genealogy community? Help families discover more of their
stories and share them with future generations?
The Ancestry World Archives Project will help to bring free historical
record collections to the public. Contributors become the first
to see new collections as you type in information that creates searchable
record indexes. Anyone can participate by accessing record images
in the project and entering relevant names, dates and other facts
to make the information searchable online.
As part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project all indexes
will remain free to the public on Ancestry.com. In addition,
Ancestry.com will donate copies of record indexes, and the record
images, to our society. Images and indexes from the project will
be available for free to patrons at thousands of subscribing libraries
across the U.S. SOCCGS name and website will also be linked to the
project on Ancestry.com.
Please consider joining in this project, and invite any of your
genealogy friends to participate. This will provide a valuable service
to the larger genealogy community, and will preserve important records
for use in family history research.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact David
Flint. You will also find more information on our website at
Remember, an easy way to access the website is to type SOCCGS into
A Research Tip
from Paula Stuart-Warren
|Using the keyword search in the
Family History Library’s online catalog (www.familysearch.org) you
can search for many types of records. Also, under the general category
of the United States or your state, county, or city name you can
find these categories:
- For Occupations, check the category of “Business records
- For Religious Resources, check the categories of “Church
history” and “ Church records.”
- For Diaries and Journals check under your locality and the
category of “history.” Using printed or online lists of diaries
you may find an author’s name to use in an author search of
- For Coroners Records, check the categories of “Vital records”
and Court record.”
“WORKING ON THE
John George Schrader (1848-1927)
Charles Christopher Rosenberg (1855-1918)
Paternal Great Grandfather
(Rosey/Rosie) Maternal Great Grandfather
Dear Great Greats,
May I call you Rosey and John? I’ve already written about another
of my four great grandfathers, Charles Colley, who came to this
country in 1905 from Wales. No offense, but the fourth, Levi Franklin
Walters, he of the battle of Gettysburg, supposed inventor of pink
lemonade, circus worker and director of an opera house, will have
his very own letter. The two of you had so much in common, I want
to write and tell you about it.
Both of your parents emigrated from Germany. Rosey, your parents,
George and Rosina Rosenberger left Frankfurt and arrived in the
US aboard the ship New York, August 1, 1854 settling in West
Portal, New Jersey. Your birth on February 5, 1855 followed shortly
thereafter which makes me feel so sorry for your mother, Rosina
Rolle Rosenberger, who was probably pregnant on the high seas. The
census lists your father as a farm or occupational laborer in the
1860s through the 1880s. By 1880 you had dropped the final “er”
from your name, much easier to say, I imagine. Your wife, Louisa
Garrison Welch, was, I believe of English origin. One of my great
genealogical goals is to discover where the Welch’s and the Garrisons
came from. I’m dying to know the story of your meeting and courting
John, your father, Louis Henry Schrader (1800-1875) arrived in New
York as Ludwig Heinrich in 1837 from Hanover and settled first in
Cincinnati and then Lawrenceburg, Indiana on the Ohio River where
he was a cabinet maker. Near Cincinnati, he married Judith Myers,
from Germany also, probably Württemberg. Your wife, Mary Elizabeth
Steele, comes from another of my “brick wall” families. I think
her father was of English origin and her mother, Irish. Sometimes
I get really frustrated not knowing the answers to these questions.
Who did your father know in Ohio? Did he have relatives or friends
who told him that Cincinnati was a booming area for furniture making?
The major difference in your lives is that you, John, served briefly
in the Civil War, joining at the age of 15. Levi Franklin Walters,
the great grandfather mentioned earlier had the same distinction.
Rosey, luckily you were too young at approximately six to ten years
old to enlist.
As you both remember, railroads began to take the place of horse
drawn carriages and canals in the 1830s and became the main means
of transportation by the 1860s.
Rosey, you left school at age 14 (1869) to learn a trade (legally
today, you would be too young to leave school).and became a carpenter’s
apprentice until you began work on the Lehigh Valley Railroad as
a carpenter in 1875. I picture you a young Oliver Twist or David
Copperfield slaving away in the home of a master carpenter. I’ve
been unable to find you listed in the 1870 Census, which might provide
more clues. The rest of your career is summarized in your obituary:
“Two years later he was made foreman and in 1880 he was appointed
supervisor of bridges and buildings. Railroad signaling was then
in its infancy the Lehigh Valley was one of the pioneers. Mr. Rosenberg
kept his eyes and ears open and as the first signals, primitive
in design, were put under his supervision he grew with the art,
and in 1896 was appointed signal engineer for the system. Prior
to this, however – 1890 – he had been superintendent of the creosoting
plant of the company at Perth Amboy where he stayed for two years.
From 1892-1896 he was again supervisor of bridges and buildings
in the territory between Jersey City, NJ and Mauch Chunk, PA, which
included important docks at New York harbor. He was one of the earliest
members of the Railway Signaling Club, now the Railway Signal Association
and his name is prominent in the proceedings throughout the life
of the association. He was its vice-president in 1900 and its president
in 1901 and 1902. He retired from railroad work in 1906, having
been in the service of the Lehigh Valley continuously for 31 years,
and in the same year he was appointed secretary of the Railway Signal
Association. His popularity and efficiency as a secretary are everywhere
Somehow, I never imagine my ancestors traveling far from their homes
except maybe to move across a county or state border. Interesting
then to read, Rosey that you participated in a meeting of your organization
in Detroit in 1903 and in 1906 you were elected Secretary-Treasurer
by unanimous vote at the Washington D.C. annual meeting. I read
that you were an honorary member of the Institution of Railway Signal
Engineers and they passed a vote of condolence at their meeting
in London on April 11, 1918. (You weren’t there, but they knew your
name!) In 1934, Uncle Ray says in his journal: “Grandma got out
post cards from her 1915 California trip which was amusing.” So
I guess you must have gone all the way to California courtesy of
the railroads, Great Grandfather. (This story will continue next
~Patricia Ann (Dean)
|Without exception, there has not
been an article I’ve read, a training session or seminar attended,
that I have not come away with at least one new idea that enhances
my genealogical research; to have found two in one sitting is a
real bonus. Then comes my part -- the follow through -- and most
hints have provided good if not great results.
Recently, while attending a South Orange County California Genealogical
Society meeting, I heard Kathleen Roe Trevena, speak on the topic,
“Crossing a Continent: Migration between the Revolution and the
Civil War.” Toward the end of her remarks, Ms. Trevena suggested
that we should “Google an ancestor’s name and see what comes up.”
Her suggestion was offered so that we might be able to better track
the migration of our ancestor(s). That simple proposition was put
into my helpful hint suggestion box.
The next day, I initiated a search for my great uncle, Hugh Daugherty
Potter. (He was born, 18 October 1860 in Lynnville, Morgan County,
Illinois; died, 15 July 1947 in Southland, Garza County, Texas).
The fact that Uncle Hugh was born in Illinois was the key for the
windfall of information that followed.
Near the top of the Google list of options was the Urbana Free Library
Historical and Genealogical Name Index. It appeared that every Potter
who ever touched Illinois soil (from 1813 forward), or breathed
Illinois air, or was born, died, married, divorced, served in the
military, involved with land purchases and sales, inheritances or
disinheritance, or was in a high school yearbook in Champaign County,
Illinois was included in this all-encompassing list. In many references,
other counties were also included.
Each time I wanted to return to the list of Potters putting in Uncle
Hugh’s full name didn’t always work. Eventually, I learned that
the same Google options don’t come up in the same order so I dropped
the full name and used the Potter surname along with “Urbana Free
Library.” Then I was able to resume researching the list. Eventually,
I stopped all that and just put the site on my Favorites List. Sometimes
I’m a slow learner.
The hours sped by as one “find” after another popped up on the screen.
One day, I spent almost 18 hours in front of the computer; only
interrupting my research long enough to eat and freshen up.
Having been in this situation before, while researching an extensive
ancestral line found in Ohio, I created a filing and retention system
the hard way … after the fact. It is always wise to embrace or establish
a system for recalling, and later evaluation, before you are bombarded
with information. Relying solely on memory just does not work! My
earlier mistake with the Ohio research allowed me to put my system
After three weeks, garnering two hundred, plus, names, seventeen
family groups, and dozens of Census pages, the gleaning of my windfall
is still not complete. Life has gotten in the way with a multitude
of summer visitors; bill paying, watering new plantings, church
assignments, a small part in the musical, “Sound of Music,” housework
and the ever-mounting pile of laundry. All have taken their toll
on my research time.
Of course, not all the names I have found are from direct lines;
most are collateral individuals. However, the beauty about collaterals
is that they often lead you back to your direct lines with more
information. That was indeed the case here.
|Ralphs has provided updated instructions for registering to
participate in the Community Contribution Program. These instructions
are more complete than those previously given, and you might find
them easier to follow.
If you have a Ralphs Rewards Card you may register for this program.
Through their Community Contribution Program, Ralphs will donate
to SOCCGS a portion of the cash register receipt total for shoppers
with 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. If
you registered for the program before August 31 of this year, it
is now time to renew your participation and re-designate SOCCGS
to receive your donations. Please go to the SOCCGS website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs
and click on the Ralphs Project link to get the new instructions.
Then go to the Ralphs website and follow those instructions to renew
your registration or to register for the first time. We invite you
to participate in this program to help raise money for the SOCCGS.
David Flint – Ways & Means Chairman
at the SOCCGS Genealogy Library
~Bunny Smith, Librarian
|Purchased by SOCCGS: Trace
your Roots with DNA, Using Tests to Explore Your Family Tree,
by Smolenyak & Turner
Donations from Glenn & Maureen Witte, Rex Ketter and Eugene Cramer:
Two additions to the Family History section: The Van Matre Ancestry
by Vincent M Van Matre and
The Howard Family by The American Genealogical Research Institute
Texas: Fredericksburg, Texas; The First Fifty Years by Wisserman,
Pioneers in God's Hills, Vol II, by Gillesip County, Texas
Records of Der Friedhof Cemetery by Lindig (Historic German
Pioneer Cemetery located in Fredericksburg)
Kirchen-Bush Church Records of the Verins-Kirche 1849-1870
by Gillesip County, Texas Historical Society
More Texas: Coleman County Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. I
by Gates & Terry
County History Books:
Mason County, Georgia Communities by The Mason County Committee
Elbert County, Georgia Heritage 1790-1997 by Elbert Heritage
Frazee County, Minnesota Centennial 1891-1991 by The Frazee
New Section for Pomerania: Pomeranian Culture and Genealogy
by Freistadt and Pomerania, It’s People and It’s History by Boehile
German Research: Germanic Genealogy, A Guide To Worldwide Sources
and Migration Patterns by The Germanic Genealogy Society.
Germans to America 300 years of Immigration by The Max Kade
Early German Immigrants in Wisconsin by Levi & Faust
Civil War Records CD
|Program chairman, Bill Bluett,
is working on the calendar for 2010. He is requesting that members
email him if they have a particular area of interest, preferably
a topic not previously presented. Speaker suggestions are also welcome.
|A sign-up list for 2010 will be
available at the November 21st meeting. Three hostesses are needed
for each meeting. Two bring goodies and one provides the water and
lemonade. They also assist the Hospitality Chairman in setting up.
Please think about volunteering. We love our goodies!
Read about the
“Marines Christmas Gifts Project” in the President’s Message
Please try to participate!
|November 11 – Veterans
Day Program, El Toro Memorial Park, Lake Forest, 11 a.m. For information:
November 14 – San Diego Genealogical Society presents an
Ancestry.com seminar at the Handlery Hotel & Resort. Information
and registration form:
March 13 – Genealogy Society of North Orange County California
presents “Family History for Fun and Profit” featuring Arlene H.
Eakle, Ph.D. Brea United Methodist Church. Pre-register by March
6. Information: (714) 777-2379 or
|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
|Please send queries,
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. Send to:
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)
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to: SOCCGS, P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-4513
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