Saddleback Valley Trails
Vol 4 No. 11 Editor: Pat Weeks
South Orange County California Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 4513 Mission Viejo, CA 92690
Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and are
held from 10:00 AM to Noon at 27978 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo,
situated between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Visitors are always
Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Membership fees are $20 per
year, January 1 through December 31.
15 November 1997 "A View From Beyond the Beltway" is this month's titled
presentation to be given by Everett Ireland. Everett will discuss tips on
researching in Washington D.C. We will also be holding our annual election of
officers for the year 1998.
20 December 1997 Our annual holiday party and installation of officers
for the upcoming year will take place at this December meeting. In the past
this meeting has always been a great success as a mixer and chance to meet and
talk with other members.
17 January 1998 Speaker to be announced
Other Local Events
1 November 1997 The British Isles Gen. Research Association announces
its 15th anniversary seminar with Paul Smart who has been associated with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for 26 years. Mr Smart will discuss: Special collections in England and Wales; Finding ancestors in Ireland; Reference Tools; What to do after the usual sources have been consulted. Sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the speaker will talk from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (Mission Valley area). Members will be charged $40 and non-members $45, which also includes lunch.
9 November 1997 Jewish Genealogical Society of South Orange Co meeting,
2:00 to 4:00, Rec. Room, 2370 Mariposa (cul-de-sac 221) Leisure World, contact
Dorothy Kohanski at (714)855-4692
30 November 1997 Southern California Genealogical Society, All day Irish
workshop, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank. For further
information you can contact (818)843-7247
Guests at our October meeting were Margi Bonney, Maurice D. Dahn, Toni and
George Burns, and Liz Allen. Please return and visit with us again.
MISSION VIEJO LIBRARY
By the time you receive this newsletter the new city library will have been
opened for business. It is gorgeous, and so very exciting that we have been a
part of the opening of this establishment. This has been quite an experience
for our society.
There has been lots of hard work and many hours devoted to trying to establish
a center to do research that will hopefully grow and grow and grow.
As this editor writes out this edition, she admits to sore muscles from today's
labors for today those books and periodicals we have been storing were
transported over to the library and put on shelves. Those in the workforce,
which need a super large show of gratitude are:
Kathleen Horton; Ruth Loustaunau; Joe Fischer; Paula Roberts; Herb Abrams;
Ellen LaLonde; Iris Graham; Patrick and Mike McShane. And, the greatest
applause should go to Betty McKenzie, the co-ordinator of the library
collection, VP Judy Deeter and Pres Janet Franks.
Then if you want to do a little side "hand-claps" you can direct them to Pat
Weeks who talked Betty into taking over this monstrous job!
And have patience, members, for there will be lots and lots of news about this
new library facility because it is an important establishment to our community.
Think about it: how many people live in this Saddleback Valley Area?; how far
must you travel to a genie library on our swollen freeways? This is an exciting
endeavor for SOCCGS and Mission Viejo.
We wish to acknowledge the contribution of 102 books donated to our collection
by Beverly Flynne in honor of her deceased husband Robert Flynne. This is a
military collection, which I am certain not only the genealogy-interested, but
the military-interested will be drawn to and make good use of. SOCCGS is proud
of that collection now housed at the new MV Library.
(as it stands at this moment when we go to press. Subject to great revisions.
We print this for your information, and hopefully your intent to commit to
help this organization out).
9:00-11:00a.m. Jeanne Barrett
11:00-1:00 p.m. _______________________
1:00-3:00 p.m. Eugenia Gannon & Beverly Long
3:00-5:00 p.m. Ruth Loustaunau
5:00-7:00 p.m. Maxine Mason
7:00-9:00 p.m. JoAnn Nothhelfer
9:00-11:00 a.m. Ruth Sheean
11:00-1:00 p.m. Irish Graham
1:00-3:00 p.m. Warren Bruns
3:00-5:00 p.m. Paula Roberts
5:00-7:00 p.m. Paula Roberts
7:00-9:00 p.m. _________________________
9:00-11:00 a.m. Tom & Pat Hruska
11:00-1:00 p.m. __________________________
1:00-3:00 p.m. Helen Swanson
3:00-5:00 p.m. Mel Kinnee
5:00-7:00 p.m. Kathie Mauzey
7:00-9:00 p.m. Elaine Hernandez
9:00-11:00 a.m. Pat Weeks
11:00-1:00 p.m. Pat McCoy
1:00-3:00 p.m. Sandy O'Conner
3:00-6:00 p.m. Liz Allen
9:00-11:00 a.m. _________________________
11:00-1:00 p.m. Lupe Sheen
1:00-3:00 p.m. Diane Miller
3:00-5:00 p.m. ________________________
10:00-12:00 p.m. Herb Abrams
12:00-2:00 p.m. Herb Abrams
2:00-4:00 p.m. _________________________
1:00-3:00 p.m. _________________________
3:00-5:00 p.m. _________________________
And we have the following persons signed up who agree to be substitutes:
Ruth L. Potter
MY WEB PAGE
by Herb Abrams
For those of you who would like to create your own genealogy webpage, check out
the Spectrum Learning Network for classes, which is free of charges. Their URL
I have just completed a class and with
their help was able to create my own webpage
The location for my webpage is a place called "Geocities". There is no cost
for this either. Their URL is
When browsing their
neighborhoods, choose Heartland, and look for a vacancy. When you click on a
vacant site, it brings up a registration page. After signing up, the website
is yours and with the use of their tools you can upload your webpage to your
There is a shareware program called GedPage that I used to convert my gedcom
file into a surname and persons list which I was then able to link to my
webpage. The cost of registration is only $10.00. Before using GedPage, I
used a program called GedClean to remove vital data of all living individuals.
That way I did not have to worry about anyone complaining about invading their
My webpage has not been registered with any search engines, such as Yahoo. I
only give out the URL to my family and friends. If you have any other
questions about creating your own webpage, feel free to E-mail me at
SEMINAR ON THE INTERNET
The repeat seminar titled "The Internet for Genealogists" featuring Richard S.
Wilson and Barbara Renick will be given on Saturday, 31 January 1998. These
all-day events will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The cost is $25. If
interested, contact Compuology, 330 La Serna Dr., La Habra CA 90631 or call
(562)690-5588. Topics that will be covered include: What is the Internet?,
Surfing and Searching? Why Genealogists Love e-mail, Live Online Demonstration
of Hot Genealogy Web Sites, Language of the Internet, A world of Resources for
the Genealogists, and Getting Connected. If interested, sign up early, these
classes are very popular .
The Whittier College Library has a "Quaker Room" which is open by appointment
only. If you are looking for your Quaker ancestor, you might want to give
this a try. They have 175,107 books (genealogies, interfiled), 400 microfilm,
21,000 microfiche, a Society of Friends Depository Library, a Quaker Necrology,
and Quaker genealogies. The library is located at 7031 Founders Hill Rd.,
Whittier Ca. Call ahead to find out when the records are available.
(Yucaipa Valley Gen Soc, May 97 via LAWGS Newsletter, Vol 16, No. 8 p
THE BASQUE IN ORANGE COUNTY
The California Historian, Vol. 44 No. 1 (Fall 1997) includes an article
entitled, "The Basque from the Pyrenees of France and Spain to Orange County
California, 1860-1890" by Ethnic and National Origins Committee Chair, Mimi
It includes an overview and cameo sketches of the following: Domingo
Bastanchury, Bautista Duhart, Jean Pierre Daguerre, John Erramuspe, Miguel
Erreca, Francisco Errocarte, Juan and Antoinia Ordoquh, Jose Sansinena, Ysidoro
Eseverri, Martin Labat, Salvador Labat, Domingo Oyharzabal, E. "Steve"
Oyharzabal, Felix Yriarte, and Bernard Arroues. (CSGA Newsletter, Vol 15,
No. 10, October 1997)
Genealogical Publishing Co., the publisher of Genealogical & Local
History Books in Print, is now accepting free listings in the
forthcoming Family History Volume Supplement, to be published in the
fall of 1998. This supplement will include information on family histories,
pedigrees and compiled genealogies that have become available since the
publication of their Family History Volume in 1996. This multi-volume
bibliography contains thousands of listings of genealogical books in print.
The Family History Volume alone contains over 4,600 listings of
available family histories, organized alphabetically by surname for easy
To have your publication listed, send for a form from Marian Hoffman,
G&LHBIP, c/o Genealogical Publishing Co, 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD
21202. (Gen. Publishing Co. Via Whittier Area Gen Soc., Oct 1997)
SHIP PASSENGER LISTS
The Passenger List Database Project, undertake by the Volunteers of the
Massachusetts State archives, is indexing ship arrival lists created by the
state government. These lists were compiled from 1848 through 1891 and contain
names of some persons not included on the federal lists. The file now exists
on over a million cards. Searches for a specific individual will be conducted
by the archives at no charge. No extended search can be undertaken. Write to:
Massachusetts State Archives, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston MA. (FGS
Forum, Spring 1997, via Newsletter of Chicago Genealogical Society, Oct
(From L.M. Boyd's "Trivia" column, Orange Co Register, date unknown)
Q: Tracers of British family trees say they can't go back farther than A.D.
1066. Why not?
A: After the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror ordered every man in the
kingdom to select any surname. For a while there, a father named John Smith
might have three sons named Edward Farmer, Matthew Cook and Arthur Hunter.
To German friends still hoping to take over the world. As seen on Netscape.
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other
possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded
that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year
phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English". In the first year "s"
will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump
with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of the "k". This should klear
up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing
publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesom "ph" will be replased
with the "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. In the third
year publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be espected to reach
the stage where more komplikate changes are possible. Governments will
enkorage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to
akurate speling. Also al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" is
disgrasful and it should go away. By the 4th year, peopl wil be resptiv to
steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz yer ze
unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud
of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After ziz fifz yer ve vil hav
a rali sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or dificultis and evrivun
vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU!!! (Gen
Soc. North Orange Co CA newsletter, Sept 1997)
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