SPOTLIGHT: California Genealogical Society and Library

Founded more than 100 years ago on February 12, 1898 in San Francisco, the California Genealogical Society and Library is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that assists, educates and encourages research in family history. Today CGS is located in Oakland, California and maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records and disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops, its website, blog and online catalog.

BAYNET speaks with Jane Knowles Lindsey, the president of CGS, about their services.

Genealogical Society and Library

Genealogical Society and Library

When is a good time to start thinking about using CGS? People become interested in genealogy for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s because of an elementary school project, a question about family medical history or just plain curiosity – we think any reason at anytime is the right time to get started! Unfortunately, many people start exploring their family roots after the the death of a parent or grandparent. Our oldest family members are a wonderful source of information so it’s best to ask family questions while we still can.

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