California Genealogical Society
The California Genealogical Society, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country. The Society offers research services, online one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world.
The Society's Mission
The mission of CGS is to help people trace and compile their family histories. To accomplish this, the Society maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, disseminates information through its publications and internet access, and teaches genealogical research methods through meetings, seminars and workshops.
Become a Member
If you are looking at this Web site, chances are good that you would benefit from membership in the California Genealogical Society.
Are you researching Northern California ancestors?
Are you researching ancestors from elsewhere and do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Are you seeking help, resources or kindred spirits involved in family history research?
Then CGS membership is for you!
Learn more about genealogy and its techniques at our programs and activities.
Use the wealth of resources available in our library.
Experience the friendly atmosphere.
Read our Bylaws.
Read the CGS Blog for more examples of CGS activities.
Go to the Membership Page for more details and member application.
In 2016 we are hosting a research trip to Washington D.C., in addition to our annual trip to Salt Lake City and our biennial trip to Boston. Other near-term goals include hosting nationally and internationally recognized speakers, and giving back to the genealogy community by participating in indexing projects.
Please visit our blog for more information about speakers, classes and trips.