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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...

Saturday July 11, 2020

REGISTER TODAY at BillBeigelWebinar Join us for a two-part presentation on Researching the Silent Generation: Researching and Interpreting World
War II Veterans' Military Records

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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!



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"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

07/09/2020: Bgn Genealogy

07/11/2020: General Meeting/ Speaker: Bill Beigel

08/01/2020: General Meeting/ Speaker: TBA

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Saturday October 3, 2020
DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger

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

Recent Updates

06/29/20 - Calendar

06/02/20 - Speaker Handouts: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FUGA

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

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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