**Gena's Note: A new genealogy conference is being sponsored by the Orange County California Genealogical Society in March. Join me for a day of genealogy in Huntington Beach.
The Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS), celebrating their 50th Anniversary, will be hosting the inaugural “Genealogy BASH and Book Faire” on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the
Huntington Beach Central Library.
Ten of Southern California’s best family history speakers will give talks on subjects ranging from how
the Internet is changing genealogical research to DNA testing for genealogy. Speakers include Barbara Renick, Randy Seaver, Jean Wilcox Hibben, CeCe Moore, Norma Storrs Keating, Dawn Thurston, Linda Serna, Brian Speckart, Richard S. McFarlane, and Gena Philibert-Ortega. There will be 20 lectures in four sessions from which to choose. There is a wide range of subjects that will be of
interest to anyone who is researching their family roots. Seating is guaranteed if pre-registered on
their website, www.occgs.com. There is a fee to attend the lectures. Parking is free in the large
Those just beginning their quest for their family’s history will have the opportunity to learn from professionals in free classes also held throughout the day. Free sign-ups are on the organization’s
There are two title sponsors for the event, Findmypast and FamilySearch. Both will have company
representatives available to discuss their products. There will also be additional exhibitors in attendance and the exhibit hall is open to the public.
OCCGS manages the 20,000 volume Genealogy collection at the Huntington Beach Central Library.
The public is invited to visit the collection and have a guided tour.
There will be a Book Faire for people who want to add to their personal genealogical library. Prices
for the books and other genealogical materials at the Book Faire are at bargain basement prices. The
Book Faire is free and open to the public.
The Huntington Beach Central Library is located at 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
Doors open at 8:00 AM and the first session starts at 9:15 AM. See the OCCGS website,
www.occgs.com, and click on the BASH button for full details and registration information.