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Genealogy, family trees and family history records online. Trace your family history or uncover your ethnicity with AncestryDNA.
Last Updated: 30 November 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities and plays a leading role in the development of the University's research collections.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
The Berkeley Historical Society (BHS) is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that serves as a primary resource for the collection and preservation of local history. The Berkeley Historical Society was established during the 1978 Berkeley Centennial Celebration.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Adoption Search and Reunion locates and reunites adoptees, birth mothers, birth fathers, siblings, and all birth family members who have been separated by the adoption process or other types of family separation.
Last Updated: 24 December 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS).
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
We invite you to visit the California Historical Society and explore our vibrant neighborhood. The Society is nestled within the Yerba Buena District, a dynamic downtown hub comprising more than two dozen museums; performing arts facilities, and other cultural institutions; a 5.5-acre park; restaurants; hotels; movie theaters; shopping; and one of the most heavily used convention centers in the world. It is a destination for locals as well as tourists and has been hailed as a major cultural hot spot of San Francisco.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
The California State Library houses a treasure trove of genealogical information including biographies, census data, obituaries and even portraits! Their vast collections of rare genealogy publications, city directories and unique indexes make this library a must-stop for any genealogist.
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
Whether you're just starting to create your family tree, or you're a dedicated family researcher, this guide will point you to helpful resources so you can learn more about who you are and where you came from.
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
For those who have Scottish ancestry.
Last Updated: 30 November 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
The Clayton Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1974 to "research, collect, record, preserve, display, borrow, share, and interpret local history information and memorabilia, and to promote understanding of Clayton origins and development."
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
The Concord California Family History Center serves Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and surrounding communities. Many genealogical events, classes, SIGs and more.
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
The Concord Historical Societyinvites you to visit their organizational website. Learn about efforts to preserve and present the history of Concord, California, and discover exciting opportunities to participate.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Part of the U.S. GenWeb Project and the California GenWeb Project. The signature features of a GenWeb site are those which provide a place for people to seek and exchange genealogical information.
Last Updated: 3 January 2018   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The mission of the Contra Costa County Historical Society is to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the records and heritage of Contra Costa County. The Society is located in Martinez, CA
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Established in 1978 for the purpose of promoting interest in genealogy, biography, and related history. Meetings are at 10:00 am on the second Wednesday of each month. Usually meetings are held in the conference room of the FamilySearch Library of the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (the Mormon Temple) at 4766 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland, California. Occasionally meetings are "field trips" to research sites.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
THE CITY'S CENTENNIAL - 2017 marks the 100th year since incorporation of El Cerrito as a city. What came before? What has happened since? For what is El Cerrito noteworthy? Who were the "movers & shakers" and what are some of the interesting stories to tell? Visit their website for the complete list of the El Cerrito Historical Society's 2017 Centennials Talks and Tours.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Contra Costa County Genealogical Society of California USA
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Social Media Links]
Free Family History and Genealogy Records — Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
Last Updated: 30 November 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
The Society's purpose is to bring together people with a mutual interest in genealogical research; to inform, instruct and educate members in the techniques of research and to increase the genealogical holdings of the Special Collections Room at the Stanislaus County Free Public Library and acquire other materials for community use in the form of reference books, microfiche and microfilms.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The purpose of the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia, California, is to promote interest in genealogical and historical study and research and to conduct such projects as shall contribute to that end which includes the acquisition and maintenance of a genealogical library.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The mission of the Historical Society of Southern California is to interpret and promote the diverse history of Southern California and the West through education and publications. Founded in 1883, the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) is the oldest historical society in California. HSSC programs reach out to a diverse cultural community through a conference, lectures, and tours.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
All Counties of California Genealogy & Family History Resources.
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
In November 2009, the Lafayette Historical Society proudly opened its doors in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Golden Gate Way. View their collection of artifacts, ranging from indigenous people’s arrowheads to Elam Brown’s lantern to Old Betsy, their restored 1920s Model TT fire truck and many other items. Browse their archive of nearly 2,000 photographs; and peruse news clippings and historic documents including oral histories of long time Lafayette residents. They offer desk space for studying maps, documents and books of their local history library, and comfortable workstations for laptop users, with power outlets and wireless connectivity.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
The society serves the Tri-Valley cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin in the southeastern portion of Alameda County, in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Helps people of all skill levels to improve their knowledge and understanding of their ancestors and their connections to historical events. Members provide expertise in nearly all aspects of family history exploration from 17th-century colonization through research of twentieth-century immigration from all ancestral continents.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Their mission is to promote interest in family history through education and sound research methods; to encourage stewardship of genealogical holdings; and to provide a forum to share genealogical information.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
"The Martinez Historical Society was created in 1973 to save this 1890 cottage and its site from becoming another parking lot in downtown Martinez. Convinced that our city's history deserved a repository where papers, documents, photographs and artifacts could be housed, we prevailed upon the City of Martinez to join with us in acquiring use of the "Borland House" for our purpose. A lease was obtained from the Contra Costa College District, and we took possession in February, 1974. Working with volunteers and with some funding from Community Development sources, we opened two rooms in June of 1976. From that date, we managed to open another room each four months until finally, in June of 1979, the entire house was accessible to visitors. Our present library room was left much as it had been simply to show what had been done in the other rooms to restore the structure to an approximation of its original appearance."
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
organized in 1983 by seven dedicated ladies and has now grown to more than 130 members. You are welcome you to use site resources in your research. Their genealogy collection is housed in the Doris Cochran Research Room in the Merced County Library. Please consider joining the MCGS. Members receive a monthly newsletter – The Family Snoop.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Founded in 1933, and incorporated in 1955, the Monterey County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing preservation of our own past. The Society is responsible for a massive collection of family, city and county archival materials. These rare and valuable documents are housed in our temperature and humidity controlled archival vault. Scholars, authors, students, attorneys and the public are using these historical documents for research purposes at an ever-increating rate.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
The Moraga Historical Society was estabished in 1965 to gather and preserve knowledge about the history of the Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados, what is now the Town of Moraga, plus portions of Orinda and Lafayette.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society attracts top speakers in our area, even some noted statewide speakers. Topics presented at our meetings have been quite varied including research methods, tips & tricks, libraries & resources, personal experiences, foreign research, patriotic societies and much more. Our General Meetings are held monthly at 10:00 A.M.on the Third Friday of every month in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. CA.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The Napa Valley Genealogical Society is dedicated to the promotion of genealogical, historical, and biographical research, and the preservation of family history. The Society serves as a medium to share knowledge through workshops and educational programs.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Last Updated: 30 November 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States), located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by: Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons; Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet; Offering free how-to classes (varies by location). NOTE: The large centers, previously called multi-stake or regional centers, are now called FamilySearch Libraries. As of September 2014, there are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or FamilySearch Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Last Updated: 5 December 2017   [Located in Category: Library Links]
Free Public Records Directory - Find public record resources and free search tools. Includes Property Records, Criminal and Court Records, Vital Records, Licensing and Permits and more.
Last Updated: 3 January 2018   [Located in Category: Research Links]
The Orange County California Genealogical Society (established in 1963) is a non-profit, educational organization in Huntington Beach with 400 members. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information in regards to genealogy and related historical, biographical and heraldic data. It strives to instill and promote interest and instruction in genealogical research. OCCGS provides full maintenance and development of the Genealogy Collection housed at the Huntington Beach Central Library (lower level), which now contains over 20,000 volumes. You can access the H.B. library system from their website.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Pittsburg Historical Society & Museum - The Pittsburg Historical Museum, formerly the Pittsburg Post Dispatch building, is located in "Old Town Pittsburg, in the heart of the redeveloped downtown. A non-profit organization whose mission is: to collect, preserve, exhibit and educate; to provide bases for online research; to invite public participation in programs; to represent the community cultural common wealth; to promote civic pride and tourism; and to advance knowledge and nourish the human spirit by preserving the past.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
Located in Auburn, evening meetings are held monthly.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Purpose: The Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGS-CA) is a non-profit organization established on July 17, 1989 for the purpose of assisting interested researchers in their quest to discover and preserve the details of their Polish family history.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Public Records Search Engine & Online Genealogy Resources
Last Updated: 30 November 2017   [Located in Category: Research Links]
The Richmond Museum Association is a charitable organization dedicated to preserving the diverse history of the greater Richmond, CA area. Educational programs, interpretive exhibits, a permanent collection of artifacts related to local history connect the past to the present and bring history top life. Local history is important in Richmond because it shows extraordinary feats have been accomplished here and inspires us to achieve the same in our own lives.
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
ROOT CELLAR Sacramento Genealogical Society, was formed in 1978 when members found a common interest in the gathering and sharing of genealogical information. Since that time, the goal has been to help members with genealogical research through education, the publication of information, and the preservation of records. Everyone sharing an interest in genealogy is welcome. 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
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be searching their Jewish roots. The SFBAJGS does not limit its scope to the San Francisco Bay area. While meetings take place in various locations in the Bay Area, research and pursuits include the entire world.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The San Joaquin Genealogical Society (SJGS) serves those interested in genealogical research in San Joaquin County, which is located in the northern part of California's Central Valley. We also seek to provide genealogical training and resources for our members and local residents who are researching their roots in other parts of California, the United States, and worldwide.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history on the San Francisco peninsula and beyond through educational programs with locally- and nationally-known speakers, a library with more than 60,000 books and 80 genealogical periodicals, online catalog, databases & records, the First Families program, and research services.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The San Pablo community dates back to the early 1800’s when the Castro Family received almost 20,000 acres in a Spanish land grant. It was the home of Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado, the first native-born governor of the State of California who had married one of the Castro daughters. The city was incorporated on April 27, 1948. San Pablo has two museums: the Alvarado Adobe, a replica of the home of Governor Alvarado; and the Blume House,
Last Updated: 13 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Historical Soc]
The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society (SRVGS) was formed in 1985 and now has over 100 members. Meetings are held in the facilities of the Danville Family History Center at Stone Valley and Smith Roads, Alamo, California from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the third Tuesday of every month. Guests are welcome. Each meeting includes a speaker who is expert in some aspect of family research, as well as a member who shares a significant breakthrough. SRVGS conducts educational classes for its members and has various Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society SCCHGS) was formed 29 May 1957 as a nonprofit educational organization to: promote the study of history and genealogy; collect documents and manuscripts; record and preserve family histories; provide research method instruction; encourage compilation and publication; assist other groups with common goals; and support and maintain the genealogical collection in the Santa Clara City Public Library.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
Located in Etna, CA, Scott Valley Genealogical Group (SVGG) began about 1988 with the common interest in preserving family history. They focus on finding and sharing research methods and new ideas. Scott Valley is a remote rural area located in Siskiyou County, the most northern county in California. The group is very supportive, welcoming beginners, vintage genealogists, and just anyone who is full of curiosity.
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]
The Shasta Genealogical Society (SGS) was founded in 1968 by local genealogists with a passion for discovering their ancestry. They help beginners get started and guide them in their work. They welcome experienced genealogists and encourage them to share their knowledge and discoveries with others. "Anyone with an interest in tracing their 'roots' will find a home with us."
Last Updated: 12 December 2017   [Located in Category: Bay Area & CA Genealogy Soc]