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Local History

About Mission Viejo and its History

Browse through the following selection of articles for an overview of the history and progress of Mission Viejo as a community.

bullet orangeMakers of the Promise: Rancho Mission Viejo
bullet orangeThe California Promise Fulfilled: Beautiful Mission Viejo
bullet orangeKeepers of the Promise: Mission Viejo Company
bullet orangeCommunity Identity: Preserving the Legacy
bullet orangeCommunity Pride: Enhancing the Quality of Life
bullet orangeCommunity Spirit: Creating That Home-Town Feeling
bullet orangeCommunity Recognition: Awards and Accolades
bullet orangeCommunity Distinction: Marketing the Mission Viejo Miracle
bullet orangeOlympic Memories in Mission Viejo

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Special Recognition of Hall of Fame golfer Mark O'Meara

Golfer Mark O'Meara, who grew up and trained in Mission Viejo, talks about his early experience and life on these videos.

bullet orangeMark O'Meara - Learning the Game of Golf 
bullet orangeMark O'Meara - Induction Speech

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Mission Viejo Historic Videos

On the City of Mission Viejo YouTube page, the videos are available at From the local history collection of the Mission Viejo Library and Mission Viejo Heritage Committee, they cover news stories, community events, sports highlights and other Mission Viejo milestones that have helped to shape this pristine South County city.    local history - martin advertising film

A Mission Viejo Timeline, 1963-2013

Take a look at this handy timeline of early Mission Viejo milestones.   local history - caboose

Oral History Interviews and Transcripts

Video recordings of interviews fromMission Viejo Company employees can be found on our Oral History Page.

The following history specials were produced by MVTV and the Mission Viejo Library.
bullet blueMission Viejo: A Living Legacy, Part 1
bullet blueMission Viejo: A Living Legacy, Part 2

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Images from the Early Days of Mission Viejo

Take a visual tour of the creation of Mission Viejo from its earliest days to the incorporation of the City of Mission Viejo! Over 400 images from community activities,Mission Viejo Company brochures, and more have been digitized from the original archival items.

Browse or search the Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection.

The digitization of these images was made possible by funding from a Library Service and Technology Act grant, administered through the California State Library.

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Online Index to Announcements in the Saddleback Valley News

Birth, death and marriage announcements in the Saddleback Valley News from 1969 – 1989 have been indexed by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. The indexes are searchable by year or surname.   Article - Saddleback Valley News

Contact Us With Your Local History Questions

Have a question about the history of Mission Viejo, or need help with some research? Contact us via email at or give us a call at (949) 830-7100, extension 5110.

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A special thanks to Judy Deeter, Robert D. Breton, Micky Schulte and all the members of the City of Mission Viejo Heritage Committee for their input, research, and cooperation.