Our History and Logo

ROOT CELLAR Sacramento Genealogical Society, was formed in 1978 when our members found a common interest in the gathering and sharing of genealogical information. Since that time, our goal has been to help our members with genealogical research through education, the publication of information, and the preservation of records. Everyone sharing an interest in genealogy is welcome.
Our meetings also help to meet the needs of those researchers and genealogists who were unable to attend daytime meetings. The first meeting was held in June at the Fair Oaks Library.
Stan Gilliam of The Sacramento Bee newspaper coined the name ROOT CELLAR in his column, and with his permission, it became the official name of the organization. The name and insignia were registered with the California Office of the Secretary of State on August 6, 1979.

ROOT CELLAR has continued to grow from those humble beginnings and thrive into a wonderful society, active and giving back to the community.  Listed are some of the benefits and activities enjoyed by its membership.
* PRESERVES, the society's journal, is published digitally three times a year. This periodical can be found in the holdings of more than 100 libraries throughout the United States and Canada, including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Members receive the issues as part of their membership benefits and may submit queries to be printed in the PRESERVES free of charge and as often as desired, space permitting.
*EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS include outstanding speakers on subjects such as Land, Cemetery, Military, Courthouse, Church, and Census records, and the preservation of photographs and other genealogical records and materials.
*LIBRARY - collection contains over 6,000 books plus periodicals from genealgoical societies in the United States and Canada. The Root Cellar Library is located on the fourth floor in the California State Archives Building at 1020 'O' Street in downtown Sacramento. Hours are 9:30am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
*SEMINAR - Root Cellar usually holds at one seminar per year. Additional seminars are planned as speakers become avaialable. Members receive a discount to all ROOT CELLAR sponsored seminars.
*RESEARCH TRIPS- Root Cellar sponsors trips to places such as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Allen County Public Library and other genealgocial research libraries when interest occurs.
*MEMBERS RESOURCES include a Surname File, a Locality File and a Pedigree File. These files are located in the Root Cellar's Library and are in the process of being placed on the society's website. Members may find connections to others reseaching the same lociality, family or families.
*OTHER ACTIVITIES include extractions projects, Geni-Digs (a gathering to share resources), awarding California Pioneer Certificates, and meetings of Special Interest Groups.
*INTERACTION with other who share your interests in genealogy may help you in your search for your ancestors.
*Join us for our MONTHLY GENERAL MEETINGS which are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Relief Society Room at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento, CA. Enter through the Sacramento Family Search Library entrance at the rear of the building. Meeting time is 7pm unless announced otherwise.
* WORKSHOP - meets from 2 pm to 4 pm the third Thursday of the month except for December at Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights, CA. See our Meetings page for map and directions.
* And, of course, feel free to wander all through our WEBSITE, and join us on Facebook.
The logo was made ROUND because our ancestors come from around the world. The TREE SHAPE easily identifies a genealogical society, as it suggests research on family lineage, commonly known as family tree. We meet here in the VALLEY. The OPEN DOOR and STEPS strongly hint at stepping through history into a ROOT CELLAR to discover those genealogical finds of yesteryear. OUR ROOTS are important to us; thus the organization serves as a forum to exchange information and aid in tracing our own roots, plus opening doors so others can pursue the ancestral search.

Operating Year: October 2023 - September 2024