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.   

1950 US Census

In 1950, the Census was taken across the United States and its territories, enumerating over 150 million people. Have you found your family members in the census yet?
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Visit the NARA website at to view the digital images of the 1950 U.S. Census. You can explore the records by State, County/City, Name, Reservation, and Enumeration District. Want to volunteer? Use the built-in transcription feature to correct and add names to the name index. You can help make the 1950 Census population schedules more discoverable for everyone.

Join the Community Project at FamilySearch and review the computer-generated indexes and make changes.  Click here to visit the 1950 US Census Community Project. 

If you have an Ancestry tree, you've no doubt seen 1950 Census hints pop up. You can explore those hints linked to your family. And, you can explore the interactive Enumeration District (ED) maps. By entering an address (or City/State), you will find the maps for a designated ED. Visit the ED maps on Ancestry here.  

Root Cellar Library is Open

The Root Cellar Library is open to all researchers. The Library is housed on the 4th floor of the California State Archives, 1020 O Street in Sacramento. We have a collection of over 6,000 genealogical books plus periodicals. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

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 Workshop - 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 & 4th Thursdays from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
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 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 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. 

Join Our Fabulous Society


Wednesday, Jul. 13th
Genealogical Book Club
Hosted by Ron Setzer and John Jay ~ The book to be discussed is "Understanding and Using Baptismal Records" by John T. Humphrey. Contact Ron Setzer at for Zoom login instructions and future book selections.  The Book Club meets in January, March, May, July, September, and November. ...
Thursday, Jul. 14th
Sacramento Archives with Chris Garmire
    Registration will open one month prior to the event.
Wednesday, Jul. 20th
Family History Library Catalog with Mary Sayles
Not all records on FamilySearch are indexed. Many of the non-indexed records are available to view while waiting to be indexed. Learn how to use the FamilySearch catalog so you can read those non-indexed records for yourself.   Our free workshop meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - ...
Thursday, Jul. 28th
Hosted by Ron Setzer and John Jay ~ 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.  Contact Ron Setzer at for Zoom login instructions.  
Thursday, Aug. 11th
Ciao to Your Ancestors in Italian Civil Records with Karen Bowdren LaDuca
An introduction to genealogy research in Italy using available online civil records.   Karen took her first genealogy classes in the early 1980's. After a 16-year break to raise two children, she resumed her research in 2006. She began researching her husband's Italian ancestry, learning how to navigate Italian ...