Welcome to OCCGS!

The Orange County California Genealogical Society (established in 1963) is a non-profit, educational organization in Huntington Beach with 400 members. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information in regards to genealogy and related historical, biographical and heraldic data. It strives to instill and promote interest and instruction in genealogical research. OCCGS provides full maintenance and development of the Genealogy Collection housed at the Huntington Beach Central Library (lower level), which now contains over 20,000 volumes. You can access the H.B. library system by clicking on Huntington Beach Public Library.

29th Annual Research Seminar

April 19th - 26th, 2015

OCCGS invites you to attend our 29th Annual Research Seminar at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, April 19 - April 26, 2015. Spend 6 days and 7 nights with experienced researchers from OCCGS and staff genealogists at the Library. Tour includes accommodations at Salt Lake Plaza hotel (next to the FHL), workshops, speakers, Monday Night Banquet and Sunday Brunch, plus daily help while at the Family History Library.

Information and 2015 Reservation Form.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 28 - 30, 2015

The National Archives' Virtual Genealogy Fair is a free online series of live broadcasts via the Internet. Speakers include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. Lectures will highlight tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for your Genealogy Research.

For more information, visit www.archives.gov

Have you seen the OCCGS Facebook page lately? Browse through the posts and you'll be sure to find some exciting information and tips to help with your family history research! Thanks to Judy Huck for posting this information for us!

Saddleback Ancestors II, Rancho Families of Orange County California

Saddleback Ancestors is designed to acquaint the reader with the families of the Spanish, Mexican, and American immigrants who between 1769 and 1869 established themselves on the ranchos at the foot of the mountain "Old Saddleback" in the geographical area later to become Orange County.

Read more about it!

OCCGS Calendar

11/01/14 - OCCGS General Meeting! Guest Speakers: Francie Kennedy and Hal Horrocks

11/05/14 - Free Beginning Genealogy Class! Huntington Beach Central Library, 7:00 PM, Balboa Room.

4/19-26/15 - 19th Annual Research Seminar. Read more on this page --->

See the entire Calendar

Recent Updates

10/15/14 - The November Newsletter is now available!

10/11/14 - Civil War Project: 32 "P" veterans added!

10/05/14 - Time to register for the Ralph's Community Contribution Program

10/01/14 - The Member's Roster as of 9/25/2014 is now available for Members Only.

Beginning Genealogy

Our FREE Beginning Genealogy Class will now be held the first Wednesday of each month:
HB Central Library
7:00 PM ~ Balboa Room

Learn how to:

  • Properly research your family's history
  • Trace your ancestors using census records
  • Organize your research using genealogy software
  • Research the internet to find your ancestors
  • And much more....
  • Next class: November 5th!

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    Contact OCCGS:

    Orange County California Genealogical Society
    c/o Huntington Beach Central Library
    7111 Talbert Avenue
    Huntington Beach, California 92648

    (714) 536-5549