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Effective March 20, 2020, the Western Hotel Museum, including the AVGS Research Center, is closed to the public until further notice.

The Chimbole Cultural Center is also closed. We have successfully tested out an online service that we can use to conduct our general meetings until conditions change.

AVGS Research Center

We are located inside the Western Hotel Museum in rooms provided by the City of Lancaster. Stop by and see us and check out the museum while you're there. It's the oldest building in Lancaster that is still standing and there are lots of interesting historical artifacts. Click here for directions.

About AVGS

Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, Inc. (AVGS) was organized in 1976.

Our purpose is to encourage an interest in genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and assist researchers with their research techniques. AVGS is a non-profit organization. Donations are always welcome - cash, library materials, genealogy books and histories, or your time.

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors, who support AVGS by advertising in our directory. Please see the Sponsors page.

Research Center

AVGS has its own Genealogy Research Center housing a growing library collection of over 1,800 books, periodicals, and CD-ROMs. The library also offers computers with a high-speed Internet connection and free access to Ancestry.com. We welcome everyone and will help them with their research. We also offer genealogy workshops periodically.

Click here to learn more about the Research Center

Looking for High School Annuals and City Directories

AVGS is looking for old Antelope Valley area High School Annuals and City Directories to augment our library at the Research Center. Read more.


The date, time and location of our regular meetings is shown on our Calendar Page.

Lost and Found!
A group of old photographs were recently found in a dirt lot in Lancaster. Some of the names mentioned are Max, Helen, David and Kate Morgan. There is a postcard written from Max Morgan to his wife or girlfriend in Chicago. If you recognize this family, please contact us.
See the photos.

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