Chris Jepsen

November 7, 2015

11:00 AM - "BACKSTAGE" at the Orange County Archives

Come learn what's in the Orange County Archives when Assistant Archivist and historian Chris Jepsen speaks at our Nov. 7th meeting at 11:00 AM. Even if you don't have kin in the area, this program may help you better understand archives generally and give you an idea of the kinds of research materials you may find there.

In a democracy, access to public records - both past and present - is critical. Moreover, knowing our history is crucial to understanding our communities, where we've come from, and how best to plan for the future. And of course, preserving important information and images of the past is simply the right thing to do. The Orange County Archives helps meet all these needs. It is a research center for the preservation and study of local history and is charged with promoting knowledge and understanding of the origins and history of Orange County.

Located in the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, the Archives welcomes you to visit and use their unique collections of government records and other material documenting the rich history of our county.

The majority of the Archives' records come from county government, beginning with Orange County's separation from Los Angeles in 1889. However, the resolution that created the Archives also provides for the collection of "historical materials which are not official County records but which document the history of Orange County." This has allowed the Archives to build a collection that is not only extensive but diverse.

Although its mission is partly to identify, collect, preserve and make available all these records, the Orange County Archives is more than its name might imply. It's not a place where historical materials are simply boxed, numbered, and seldom seen again. These collections belong to the people of Orange County, and staff is on hand to help anyone and everyone find their way through over 120 years of records in order to solve various historical, genealogical, and legal mysteries.

Archives staff members also organize historical exhibits, speak in public on subjects relating to county history, and sometimes help provide guidance for historical projects undertaken by county agencies or commissions. It is, in many ways, the central hub for Orange County history.

The Archives is a division of the O.C. Clerk-Recorder Dept., and is open to the public on weekdays (except holidays), 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. For more information about the Archives, visit, call Chris at (714) 834-4771, or just stop by for a visit.

There are no handouts for this presentation.




General Meetings

Visitors are welcome at our General Membership Meetings! Join us and learn more about OCCGS!

Contact OCCGS:

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

(714) 536-5549