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The Orange County California Genealogical Society (established in 1963) is a non-profit, educational organization in Huntington Beach with 400 members. Read more...

Beginning Genealogy - TUESDAY JUNE 2nd, 2020 - LIVE WEBINAR!

While the library is closed, our FREE Beginning Genealogy Class will be presented via Webinar Tuesday, June 2nd at 3:00 pm PDT.

Hosted by Hal Horrocks
Registration information will be posted here soon.

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....
  • President's Message

    by Kristi Sexton

    Dear Fellow Genealogists,

    First and foremost: Wherever you are in this crazy world right now, I hope and pray you are safe and healthy with your loved ones!

    I'm working from home as usual, but now my husband has joined me working from home as well - surrounded by our #16paws and all that goes with them. I like to think that we have managed to create a pretty perfect routine in the past month! With conferences, seminars and speaking engagements cancelled and/or going virtual, focusing on teaching and finishing up my reorganization of photos are key chores that keep me busy and close to home. What are you up to? We would love to hear about it, via email or on our Facebook page!

    Let me share an update as to where OCCGS currently "stands" with COVID-19 limitations. According to our ongoing communications with the City of Huntington Beach and Huntington Beach Public Library, we are still unable to engage in any volunteer activities or be in the library building at all. Only paid library staffers are allowed into the facility to run the programs they are doing virtually. The City will be having a council meeting towards the end of May to re-evaluate the pandemic situation. Things are changing very swiftly in our society from day to day: You can keep abreast of what is happening in Huntington Beach by visiting their webpage dedicated to this matter: https://HBready.com

    With this closure in mind and keeping in mind the California state and Orange County mandates, we will continue to host virtual meetings until we are allowed to meet in person once again, hopefully in July (remember that June is a dark month for us already).

    This also means that any mail (membership dues/research requests) sent to our physical library address will sit for a while until we are able to get in to get mail and sort through it all. Your patience is truly appreciated in this matter!

    Please know that your OCCGS Board of Directors feels that our society members are our most valuable assets. Your health and wellbeing - and our protocols to keep you well - are of top priority to us.

    Thank you for your continued support and your patience during this Pandemonium. We will keep you posted on any new developments.

    Happy Searching!



    * * * C A N C E L L E D * * *

    "I appreciate the effort, time and work you put on this, and I really hope better times will come and we can schedule it again, but in the meantime, I would like to invite you and the members of your organization to any of the MyHeritage "Ask The Expert" sessions, I am holding Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 1 pm Eastern U.S. time.

    For titles and registration visit https://bit.ly/MyHAskTheExpert.

    The recording of previous sessions can be found at http://education.myheritage.com/

    Daniel Horowitz
    MyHeritage Chief Genealogist




    OCCGS Calendar

    06/02/2020: Special Date: Bgn Genealogy Webinar
    06/06/2020: Live Webinar! Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren
    07/06/2020: Bgn Genealogy
    07/11/2020: General Meeting/ Speaker: Bill Biegel

    See the entire Calendar


    Saturday October 3, 2020
    DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger

    Saturday March 6, 2021
    BASH 2021 with
    Michael L. Strauss, AG

    Recent Updates

    05/20/20 - Calendar

    05/20/20 - Speaker Bio: Paula Stuart-Warren

    05/20/20 - Member's Only Speaker Handouts/Webinars

    05/06/20 - July Speaker -
    Bill Beigel:
    - Bio
    - Presentation
    - Workshop

    05/06/20 - BASH 2020 Photos and BASH 2021 Save the Date

    05/06/20 - Home Page: President's Message; August Cancellation

    05/05/20 - The April/May Newsletter has been posted!

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    Contact OCCGS:

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

    General Information: info@occgs.com

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