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Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, fraternal, family name, and ethnic societies often collect, transcribe, and publish records useful to family historians. Local genealogical societies often help family history researchers contact local record searchers or copy records that mention the researcher's ancestors. A current list of archives and libraries can be found in the California Archives and Libraries Wiki article. Some of these organizations have their own Internet sites. You can also find local society addresses by using directories cited in the United States Societies Wiki article.

To learn of California genealogical and historical societies that have records and services that may help you, contact:

Statewide Genealogical Societies

California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway Street, Suite LL 2
Oakland, CA 94612-3031
Telephone: (510) 663-1358
E-mail: president@californiaancestors.org
Facebook: California Genealogical Society and Library

California State Genealogical Alliance
P.O. Box 9905
Brea, CA 92822-1905
Telephone: (323) 728-6857
E-mail: opzoeker@gmail.com
Facebook: California State Genealogical Alliance

San Diego Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 33725
San Diego, CA 92163
Telephone: (858) 672-2593
E-mail: sdgs2012pres@gmail.com

Regional Genealogical Societies

South Bay Cities Genealogical Society
4733 Torrance Blvd #814
Torrance, California 90503
Facebook: South Bay Cities Genealogical Society

Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Telephone: (818) 843-7247 or (818) THE-SCGS
E-mail: naomital@sbcglobal.net
Facebook: Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library

Lineage and Hereditary Societies

The California Commandery
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
600 South Central Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States - Parent organization

California Mayflower Society
Historians and the Mayflower Library
405 Fourteenth Street, Basement Level
Oakland, CA 94612-2704
Telephone: (510) 451-9599
Facebook: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California

The California Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America - Parent organization
E-mail: info@founderspatriots.org
Facebook: Founders and Patriots of America

Sons of Confederate Veterans California Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans - Parent organization
SCV
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, TN 38402
Telephone: (800) MY-DIXIE
Facebook: Sons of Confederate Veterans

Society of California Pioneers
101 Montgomery, Suite 150
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
Call 415.957.1849 to schedule a research appointment or a tour of Pioneer Hall at The Presidio
Membership is open to direct descendants of pioneers who arrived in California prior to January 1st, 1850

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of California and Pacific
5017 Alan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124-5744
E-mail: commander@suvpac.org

United Daughters of the Confederacy, California Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy - Parent organization
328 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220-4009
Telephone: (804) 355-1636
E-mail: udc@hqudc.org

Ethnic and Religious Societies

African American

African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
AAGSNC
P.O. Box 27485
Oakland, CA 94602-0985
Telephone: (877) 884-2843

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society of Central California
AAHGSCC
P.O. box 9161
Fresno, CA 93790
Telephone: (559) 213-7602
E-mail: aahgscc@gmail.com

California African American Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 8442
Los Angeles, CA 90008-0442
Telephone: (323) 806-5634
E-mail: info@caags.org
Facebook: California African American Genealogical Society (CAAGS)

British Isles

British Isles Family History Society - USA (Los Angeles)
British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. - Parent organization
BIFHS–USA
9854 National Blvd #304
Los Angeles, CA 90034-2713
Telephone: (626) 359-1729
E-mail: president@bifhsusa.org
Facebook: British Isles Family History Society - USA

California Cornish Cousins
Kitty Quayle, Membership
6041 Foxtail Road
Somerset, CA 95684
Facebook: California Cornish Cousins

Chinese

Chinese Historical Society of America
CHSA Museum
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (415) 391-1188 Ext 101
E-mail: info@chsa.org
Facebook: Chinese Historical Society of America

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
411 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (323) 222-0856
E-mail: chssc@hotmail.com
Facebook: Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

German

Sacramento German Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 660061
Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
Telephone: (916) 361-2956
E-mail: sggs@sggs.us
Facebook: Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS)

Southern California Chapter of Germans from Russia
David Karber
4350 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807-2725
Telephone: (562) 424-3747
E-mail: dekarber@verizon.net

Hispanic

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California
P.O. Box 2472
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Facebook: Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America GSHA - Parent organization

Hispanic Genealogical Society
Databases include California
P.O. Box 231271
Houston, Texas 77223-1271
E-mail: joguerra@hispanicgs.com

Huguenot

The Huguenot Society of California
The National Huguenot Society - Parent organization
7340 Blanco Road
Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78216-4970
Telephone: (210) 366-9995

Japanese

National Japanese American Historical Society
1684 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: (415) 921-5007
E-mail: njahs@njahs.org
Facebook: National Japanese American Historical Society

Jewish

Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles
P.O. Box 55443
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
Telephone: (818) 433-6599
E-mail: president@jgsla.org

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS)
SFBAJGS
P.O. Box 318214
San Francisco CA 94131
E-mail: membership@sfbajgs.org
Facebook: San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

Polish

Polish Genealogical Society of California
P.O. Box 307
Buena Park, CA 90621-0307
E-mail: president@pgsca.org
Facebook: PGS-CA Polish Genealogical Society - California

Historical Societies

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 357-1848
E-mail: info@calhist.org
Facebook: California Historical Society

Additional California Societies (Local or Special Interest)

  • For a comprehensive list of Historical & Genealogical Societies in California, see the
  • Additional California genealogical and historical societies may be listed in the following directories:
Federation of Genealogical Societies
Society Hill Click the link under Alphabetical Listings
US GenNet
Roots-L Go to Societies
Linkpendium Click on location and go to Societies
Cyndi's List