Seminar Co-Chairs Sandra Maier and Diane Maltase flank speaker, Josh Taylor
The 2023 Spring Seminar featured speaker D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Josh is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. He joined us from New York and presented four informative and engaging topics including Bridging the Gap, Vanity Sketches, Essential Technology for Genealogists, and When Dates Disagree. We want to thank Josh for an enjoyable day, everyone who attended because you make it possible to have seminars, and the volunteers who gave of their time and talents -- selling books, serving tasty snacks, assembling incredible raffle baskets, selling those raffle tickets, welcoming our guests, and much more. Plan to join us next year!
Registration check-in went smoothly with the helping hands of Glenda Lloyd, Denise Miller, and Mary Anne Smith
Raffle ticket sales were hopping: Billie Helms, Paula Parmelee, and Rebecca Corson

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The Library is located at the California State Archives, 1020 O Street, on the fourth floor. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have over 6,200 books on our shelves. These include all 50 states plus foreign countries, such as Ireland, England, and Germany. 

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

Are you new to genealogy?
Are you a "seasoned" genealogist plagued by pesky "brick walls"?
Our workshops and special interest groups ("SIGS") may be just what you need to further your research efforts.  If you haven't done so before now, consider participating with one or more of the following:
  • Root Cellar Genealogy Workshop - 3rd Thursdays from 2-4PM
  • Family Tree Maker SIG - 3rd & 4th Thursdays from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  • Genealogical Book Club meets every other month on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
For more information on these resources, click on the "Meetings" link of the "Home" menu option at left, or scroll down the list of meetings at right.

BOD Meetings

The monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm. Any member of our Society is welcome to attend. To receive a meeting invitation, please email our President at at least three days before the meeting. 

Geni-Gram is our monthly newsletter. It's chock-full of information about our Society and local meetings and events, as well as topics of genealogical interest.   

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Thursday, Jun. 8th
GAR: Researching your Union Civil War Veterans with Christine Cohen
Do you have a Union Civil War veteran? Did you know that in 1890 there were over 400,000 veterans who belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R)? This organization existed from 1866 to 1956. It generated records noting Civil War service, birth, marriage, death, residences, occupations, detailed biographies, ...
Thursday, Jun. 15th
Third Thursday of the month An in-person meeting at Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights. Facilitated by Ron Setzer ( and John Jay, (, the SIG’s aim is to help members learn how to use their Family Tree Maker software for their genealogical research. ...
Thursday, Jun. 15th
Root Cellar's Genealogy Workshop
Glenda Lloyd will present "Document Your Treasures". This is a great topic for discussion -- we will learn from each other what we are all doing to identify and document treasures we have held onto like great grandmother Emily's hat and cap or grandmother Vera's hope chest. How will our family know the ...
Thursday, Jun. 22nd
Fourth Thursday of the month Online via Zoom Facilitated by Ron Setzer ( and John Jay, (, the SIG’s aim is to help members learn how to use their Family Tree Maker software for their genealogical research. Contact them for Zoom login instructions.
Thursday, Jul. 13th
ThruLines: The Most Useful DNA Feature for All DNA Users with Jim Baker
This program will describe Ancestry's Thru Lines feature. Examples show how Thru Lines finds matches for ancestors in your posted trees and how that data helps us. Ancestry draws on a wide variety of sources and blends them together. Thru LInes is Ancestry's most useful feature.      Registration ...