Thursday, July 12, 2007

Orange County Research Site

Last Saturday I had a great time presenting my talk on finding female ancestors to the Orange County California Genealogy Society ( They are a great group with a ton of members. There must have been over 100 people there and I was told that they have approximately 600 members total. I loved their meeting format that includes special interest groups and various workshops that happen on the day of their general meeting.

They meet at the Huntington Beach Public Library, In the library is the genealogy research room that is staffed by the OCCGS volunteers and includes their collections. They have lots of great books and I would highly recommend it as a place to research. According to the library's website there are over 16,000 books and periodicals in the genealogy collection. You could definitely make a day out of it. This library includes a small cafe, gift shop and a large collection of used books that are for sale. Check out the library's card catalog to see if they have books that will help in your research. From what I saw they had general genealogical books like DAR compilations, quite a few map books, family history books and a collection of locality books.

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