In January of 1998 Toni Perrone founded the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society
with the help of Jo Peck, Barbara Russell and Terrie Scheele.
The society's mission was to provide a genealogical society for the community, to encourage and stimulate interest in genealogical research, and to provide a forum for the exchange of genealogical information and help. Since our first meetings in 1998 with 42 members, Temecula Valley Genealogical Society (TVGS) has continued to grow in terms of the variety of events and activities and the size of the membership. In addition to the regular meetings, we have offered classes and seminars. We have one or two social events each year. Our book collection has grown considerably, especially with the opening of the new Temecula Public Library in December 2006. We offer genealogy help to patrons of the library. We have computers, along with a digital film viewer and scanner system in the library.
We continue to have outstanding speakers, including Toni Perrone, Jean Hibbins, Gena Ortega, Laurice Johnson, Michelle Norris, and many others. Other events include an annual trip to the Salt Lake City Family History Library for genealogy research. In past years, we also traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Archives and the DAR Library. Over the years we have also made field trips to libraries in southern California. Our annual Open House with professional genealogists, computer experts, and specialists in various other areas of genealogy is open to the public and has been well attended. TVGS now has approximately 150 members.