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.

Registration is open for the
OCCGS 30th Annual Salt Lake City Research Seminar!

OCCGS invites you to attend our 30th Annual Research Seminar at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, April 17 - April 24, 2016. 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 2016 Reservation Form.

Beginning Genealogy

Our FREE Beginning Genealogy Class is held the first Monday 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: October 5th

    OCCGS Calendar

    10/03/15 - OCCGS General Meeting! Speaker: Francie Kennedy

    10/05/15 - Beginning Genealogy

    11/02/15 - Beginning Genealogy

    11/07/15 - OCCGS General Meeting! Speakers: Chris Jepson and Linda Serna

    03/05/16 - OCCGS Bash, with Keynote Speaker Lisa Louise Cook

    04/17/16 - OCCGS 30th Annual Salt Lake Research Seminar

    See the entire Calendar

    Recent Updates

    10/01/15 - Calendar

    09/12/15 - The October Newsletter is now available!

    09/12/15 - October Meeting Speaker Handouts are available for Members Only.

    09/07/15 - Civil War Project: last of the veterans added!

    OC Area Events

    10/07/15 - OCJGS is hosting a Special Program with Zack Wilske at the HB Central Library

    10/17/15 - 9:00-3:30 - SOCCGS Family History Seminar featuring Dick Eastman.

    Visit the OCCGS Affiliates page to learn more about supporting OCCGS!

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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