SOCCGS Announcements for September 2020

Important Announcement: The Annual 2020 Seminar in October has been Cancelled

The 2020 Annual Fall Seminar, scheduled for October, has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It will return next year, October 2021, in all of its glory.

We will have our October General Meeting on that day with a guest speaker, who will be announced shortly.

Take a Genealogy Vacation This Summer

Were your summer travel plans cancelled this year? How about taking a virtual trip to another state for an online genealogy conference? Most genealogical societies are hosting online events this year, so it’s a great opportunity to attend a conference while staying safe. Many of the conferences are charging less than their in-person events, and you save on hotel and meal expenses! The website, does a fantastic job of compiling genealogy events across the nation. Click on the link below to view upcoming virtual events, and make your travel plans today.


You don’t want to miss out on any events and our fabulous newsletter, so be sure to stay current with your dues. Membership renewal notices are emailed to you 2-3 weeks before your membership expires. The email includes a renewal form for you to print out, complete, and return with your payment. Our new Membership Chair, Lynn Souers reports, “It has been very rewarding meeting so many of you and putting names and faces together. It feels like one big family, minus the really crazy relatives! Thank you for all the encouraging support and thank you for your renewals.”

Monthly Meetings and SIG Meetings are Back….. Virtually!!

Many of our meetings are resuming their regular schedules using videoconferencing technology to replace in-person meetings. Please check our calendar for the latest updates.

Please check each event entry on the calendar for contact information.


No date has been set for reopening the SOCCGS Generalogy Research Center located in the Mission Viejo Library. We will update information regarding the operation of the Research Center as it becomes available. Until further notice, we have discontinued providing assistance, or access to our materials or online resources.

Please continue to enjoy your genealogical research from home! You can find some of our favorite websites here (scroll down the page for the list of free sites accessible from home) Favorite Websites.


SOCCGS was founded in 1994 in Mission Viejo, California with the purpose to preserve and disseminate knowledge about, and to stimulate interest and provide instruction in genealogical research.

The Mission Viejo Library opened October 25, 1997 and generously provided a space for our genealogical collection of books and CDs. In May of 2002 the new south wing was opened and the Genealogy Research Center was moved into the new area.

Library Location and Hours

Meeting Location

With the continuing closure of our physical meeting facilities, all meetings have been moved online. Please see the calendar for more information.

Monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from 10am to noon.

In October we meet for an all day Seminar featuring renowned genealogy speakers.