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Holiday Gift Certificate

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?
Give that special someone the gift of family with a Root Cellar Membership!
For a discounted rate of just $20, you can give a ROOT CELLAR membership to either an individual or a couple (new members only, please).
This membership is for our current membership year that ends 30 Sep 2022. Your gift recipient will receive the same benefits you now enjoy as a Root Cellar member, as outlined on our website.
Take a look around our website to review all our activities and learn more about our Society.
The purchaser will receive a specially designed gift certificate to be given to the recipient as a present. We will automatically activate the new membership on 26 Dec 2021.
Purchasing a gift membership is simple and easy. Select Purchase Gift Membership on the left-hand panel. You will have the option of paying by check or with a credit card; just follow the instructions.
The offer ends December 31 and is valid for new members only.

PRESERVE your story!

Root Cellar PRESERVES is the journal published three times a year by Root Cellar.  It comes out in digital form February 1, June 1, and October 1 and is sent by email to all members of the Society as well as to other genealogical societies that subscribe or that send their journals in exchange.

Publication of PRESERVES began in 1979, a year after Root Cellar was formed, and has continued on schedule since then. Early issues concentrated on announcing news and programs of the Society and of other nearby Societies, as well as offering research tips and vital statistics of the Sacramento area. With the ever-increasing availability of online resources, more articles now are devoted to the adventures of ancestral research, to descriptions of families and their histories, and to articles written by Root Cellar members.

Producing a digital publication allows the Society to offer its journal more widely. An archive of all PRESERVES issues is available to members on the website. All Internet links in PRESERVES are live, and the Table of Contents on the front page is linked to the articles. In addition to each issue's Index of Names, all issues are indexed by Periodical Source Index (PERSI)  which is found at Findmypast.com.

Articles of any length and about any genealogical topic are welcome and may be submitted at any time. Pictures are especially welcome, in .jpg format. Those interested in writing articles may submit them in text or Word file formats without the formatting of columns, boxes, or text styles. People who think about writing but who need encouragement may get in touch by email with preserveseditor@rootcellar.org.  We always want more stories.

Everyone has a story.

We are URGENTLY SEEKING WEBMASTER. Teams are welcome – share the load – update and maintain your Society website. Training and assistance are available. Also... knowing HTML is NOT necessary since our program is easy to learn and maintain.  If interested or you wish to comment, please respond to info@rootcellar.org.

Sacramento Archives Crawl

The Sacramento Archives Crawl wrapped up on October 9th.  You can catch all the videos and recorded online events from this year's Crawl (and last year's) on their YouTube channel.  

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

Now offered through Zoom
Are you new to genealogy?
Are you a "seasoned" genealogist but are plagued by pesky "brick walls"?
Our daytime 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:
  • Daytime workshops - 3rd Wednesdays from 1-3PM
  • 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
  • Family Tree Maker SIG - 3rd Thursdays from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  • Legacy and Flip Pal Support Group - 4th Thursdays from 10:00AM - 1:00PM  No meetings June-July-August.
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.

Thursday, Dec. 9th
Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past by Marian B. Wood
Ancestors' photos, stories, documents, and heirlooms are part of your family's past, and they deserve to be protected to share with future generations. Even if you have no obvious heirs for your genealogy collection, this presentation will offer ideas for paths forward. Learn about the PASS process for organizing and ...
Thursday, Dec. 16th
Family Tree Maker SIG (3rd Thursday)
Informal presentations, problem solving, hands-on demonstrations, question and answer sessions. This SIG (special interest group) will address both Macintosh and Windows versions of the software. Meets 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of each month on the Zoom platform until the pandemic is over.
Friday, Jan. 14th
Genealogy Lecture presented by Glenda Lloyd
TOPIC:  Timelines   Speaker Glenda Lloyd will present a one hour lecture on a popular genealogical research topic followed by a question and answer session.  This is a free members-only event.  All Root Cellar members will be emailed a registration link.     A registration link was sent to all members, ...
Wednesday, Jan. 19th
Bust Through Your Brick Wall - Part 2
All of us encounter that dreaded brick wall.  Don't give up!  The Root Cellar community is coming together to help you bust through that brick wall. ​We will present our research on brick walls that were submitted by participants.   The attendees will also join in the discussion with guidance and information.  Also, ...
Friday, Jan. 21st
Genealogy Lecture presented by Glenda Lloyd
TOPIC:  Alphabet Soup of Probate   Speaker Glenda Lloyd will present a one hour lecture on a popular genealogical research topic followed by a question and answer session.  This is a free members-only event.  All Root Cellar members will be emailed a registration link.     A registration link was sent ...