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.


OCCGS ON PBS SoCal - KOCE-TV

Hal Horrocks, President of OCCGS, was recently interviewed by the PBS television series "Finding Your Roots". His interview is great exposure for OCCGS. It is playing between "Finding Your Roots" shows and can also be seen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gfyVSCT1i4. Enjoy!


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.


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

01/03/14 - OCCGS General Meeting! Guest Speaker: Randy Seaver

1/05/14 - Beginning Genealogy

3/01/15 - Book Fair

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

See the entire Calendar

Recent Updates

12/18/14 - Calendar

12/18/14 - Civil War Project: Index updates; 25 "T" and 8 "V" veterans added!

11/19/14 - Special Edition: OCCGS Holiday 2014 Newsletter is now available!

Beginning Genealogy

Our FREE Beginning Genealogy Class is held the first Monday of each month beginning January 5, 2015. NOTE: New day!!
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: January 5th


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

    (714) 536-5549

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