2023 SPRING SEMINAR

Featuring
D. Joshua Taylor
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Doors Open 8:15 am
Fair Oaks Church
11427 Fair Oaks Blvd. | Fair Oaks | California

D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Joshua has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and he can also be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Seminar Topics:
  • Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840
  • Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind County Histories
  • Essential Technology for Genealogists
  • When Dates Disagree: 8 Ways to Resolve Conflicting Details
Seminar Registration Opens February 2023


Genealogy Classes

 
The San Juan Unified School District's Community Based Education program will offer genealogy classes taught in person by Glenda Lloyd at the Sunrise Tech Center, 7322 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights.
 
Learn different sources of research and strategies for extending your family tree. You will discover ways to use information to help you solve all of your genealogical questions and discover your family's past in very exciting ways. Genealogy 1 will get you started learning the basics and Genealogy 2 will expand on the basics learned in level 1.

Genealogy 1
Instructor: Glenda Lloyd 
Dates: January 23 - April 17, 2023
Day: Mondays
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: In-person, Sunrise Tech Center
Fee: $75 (not including materials/supplies)
Click here to register for Genealogy 1 

Genealogy 2
Instructor: Glenda Lloyd 
Dates: January 23 - April 17, 2023
Day: Mondays
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: In-person, Sunrise Tech Center 
Fee: $75 (not including materials/supplies)
Click here to register for Genealogy 2 


Meet Our New Board Members

Kathryn John, Membership Chair
When you see Kathryn John around, be sure to say hello and thank her for taking on the Membership Chair position recently vacated by Elva Christian. Kathryn started researching her family tree in the early 1980's with census records on microfilm at the local library and court records on microfiche at the county courthouse. One very interesting and surprising thing she found early in her research was the fact that her father's grandparents were divorced. She joined Sacramento German Genealogical Society in 2018 and Root Cellar in 2020. She volunteered for the membership chair to become more involved in our society. In her free time, she reads, goes birdwatching with her husband, and goes out with her daughter to hear local musicians. 
 
 
 
 
Rebecca Corson, Recording Secretary
Rebecca Corson is our new Recording Secretary. She is filling the open position that was temporarily filled by Sandra Maier. She joined Root Cellar in 2018 and serves as our delegate to the National Genealogical Society. She is a dedicated genealogist and spends one or two hours a day on her research. Rebecca has been researching her family for nearly 50 years. She's actively upgrading her research skills, taking classes, watching videos, and completing her certificate in Methodology with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Be sure to thank Rebecca for volunteering to take on the role as Recording Secretary.

 

Visit the Root Cellar Library

The Library is located at the California State Archives, 1020 O Street, on the fourth floor. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have over 6,200 books on our shelves. These include all 50 states plus foreign countries, such as Ireland, England, and Germany. 
 

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

Are you new to genealogy?
or
Are you a "seasoned" genealogist plagued by pesky "brick walls"?
 
Our 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:
  • Root Cellar Genealogy Workshop - 3rd Thursdays from 2-4PM
  • Family Tree Maker SIG - 3rd & 4th Thursdays from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  • 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
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 10am to 12pm. Any member of our Society is welcome to attend. To receive a meeting invitation, please email our President at info@rootcellar.org at least three days before the meeting. 

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.   
 

Join Our Fabulous Society

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Renew Your Membership

Join us for another outstanding year of great programs.
If you have already renewed, thank you for your continued support. 
 
Click button to renew quickly and easily. After logging in, select "Your Profile" to complete your renewal.
Fill out the membership form and mail it with your check.



 

Thursday, Feb. 9th
The Geography of American Genealogy with Glen Holstein, PhD
Many of our ancestors were part of groups that left homelands at particular times and moved together to specific regions in America. For example, many people left Ireland during a blight that destroyed their potato crop and then moved to American places where they could make a living without ...
Thursday, Feb. 16th
Root Cellar's Workshop
DNA with Doug Saathoff Our free workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, except for December. All are welcome - our members and the public - from beginners to more experienced genealogists. Invite a friend!
Thursday, Mar. 9th
Wicked Sacramento with speaker William Burg
COME MEET THE AUTHOR! Wicked Sacramento, the latest book by historian William Burg, is a crime story. In the first half of the 20th century, Sacramento's civic leaders went to enormous lengths to eliminate wickedness from its waterfront neighborhood, known as "the lower part of town," "the tenderloin," and later ...
Thursday, Mar. 16th
Root Cellar's Workshop
DNA - Gedmatch with Lynne Roberts Our free workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, except for December. All are welcome - our members and the public - from beginners to more experienced genealogists. Invite a friend!
Saturday, Apr. 29th
Root Cellar's Spring 2023 Seminar featuring D. Joshua Taylor
We're back in person with our full day Spring Seminar with D. Joshua Taylor. The four sessions will be: Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840 Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind County Histories Essential Technology for Genealogists When Dates Disagree: 8 Ways to Resolve ...