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An overview of the California Genealogical Society and Library

An overview of the California Genealogical Society and Library



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  • Who Do You Think We Are?
  • We are the
    California Genealogical Society and Library.
  •  We are a non-profit organization.
  • We were founded February 12, 1898 in San Francisco.
  • Our mission is to assist, educate, and encourage research in family history.
  • We have over 900 members.Members live in 37 of the 50 states.
  • Our research interests extend all over the world.
  • Whether a beginning or advanced genealogist, we have something for you.
  • Explore our extensive family history research library.
  • Browse directories for cities throughout the United States.
  • At our library, enjoy free access to,, and other superb websites.
  • We provide research services.
  • We write books, a bi-annual journal, a monthly newsletter, and genealogy blogs.
  • We create indexes for hard-to-find records, and we publish the results.
  • A number of special projects are constantly in motion.
  • From peasants or royalty, we continue the quest.
  • We are constantly seeking to learn more.
  • Special interest groups can meet at the library. This group shares an interest in French Canadians.
  • Join our week-long research marathon in Salt Lake City.
  • Discover the allure of the Allen County Public Library in Indiana.
  • Many of our members love to share their knowledge.
  • Come and get expert advice from top notch genealogy bloggers.
  • Hear about the genealogy tools other people are using.
  • Enjoy a workshop on repairing books.
  • You may even receive a consultation from a specialist in researching families who lived across the pond.
  • Take advantage of our classes in beginning and intermediate genealogy.
  • Come and teach or come and learn.
  • If you don’t want to come alone, bring your support group.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization.
  • The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers.
  • Volunteers are researching and writing the history of a prominent California family.
  •  Volunteers run the library.
  •  A volunteer will show you around.
  •  Volunteers repair our books.
  •  Volunteers handle the front desk.
  • Volunteers manage our moniesand our membership.
  • Our computers and network are managed and maintained by volunteers.
  • Volunteers manage our website.
  • Our manuscript collection was recently organized and indexed.
  • Family Charts are being carefully cataloged and preserved.
  • You can find us at our library:2201 Broadway, Oakand, California.
  • You can find us at major genealogy conferences.
  • You can find us on the web.
  • Come and join us in the quest.
    California Genealogical Society and Library
  • Come and join us in the quest.
    California Genealogical Society and Library
    Slide Show by Cathy H Paris
    Photos from Kathryn Doyle, Tim Cox, Stephen Danko, and other members