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Orangevale Library Genealogy Program
The Orangevale Public Library (located at 8820 Greenback Lane) offers free genealogy programs the first Saturday of every month starting at 1:30 pm in the Jane Wise Community Room. Did you know, ROOT CELLAR volunteers, led by Paula Parmalett, are the experts providing this community service? If you need help researching your family history or want to learn more about effective ways to gather information on your family, this is an awesome resource. 

Do you need more individual help with your family history? Not sure how to begin? Want to know where to look next? Root Cellar volunteers are ready to help you discover your roots! Free individual 30-minute help sessions are also available every month. Reserve your session online at
First Saturday of the Month
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Getting to Know You/Presentation
3:00 & 3:30, Book a Genealogist
Orangevale Library, 8820 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA


Volunteers Needed

We are searching for the next editor of ROOT CELLAR PRESERVES. 
To find out more about this amazing volunteer opportunity, contact Lois Shumaker at


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. 
And there’s more…The library has a special sharing program called “50/50”. Let’s say there is a book you would like to use in your research. You have checked our online catalog and we do not have the book. You can purchase the book, do your research, and then donate the book to the Root Cellar Library. In turn, the library reimburses you 50% of your purchase cost. Just think, you accomplish your research goal and in return for donating the book you receive money back! Great deal for you and your library. Just donate the book and show proof of purchase with a receipt and receive a check from the library. It is a WIN-WIN for all! Need more information? Contact Carolee Jones at

Publications for Sale

Check out the updated list of ROOT CELLAR Publications for sale. 
Click HERE to go to the Publication List.

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

Are you new to genealogy?
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
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 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.   

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Thursday, Jul. 18th
Daytime Workshop
Join us for our July Workshop when Tina Ruse will lead the discussion, "How do YOU use Find A Grave?"  Let's share our tips for using Find A Grave!   Our daytime workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (except December) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Discover your ...
Thursday, Aug. 8th
Goldie May: Your Genealogy Research Assistant wtih Lisa Christine Walker
Speaker Christine Walker will present Goldie May, Your Genealogy Research Assistant.
Thursday, Sep. 12th
Genealogical Resources at the Center for Sacramento History with Kim Hayden
Join us on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm for a presentation by Kim Hayden on Genealogical Resources at the Center for Sacramento History.
Thursday, Oct. 10th
Researching War of 1812-Era Ancestors with Kathryn Marshall, PhD
Sandwiched between two wars that were fought with the Barbary pirates off "the shores of Tripoli," over 450,000 Americans fought in the War of 1812. Hundreds of thousands more served in state militias which, in theory, included all free adult males of military age. On the opposing side were Canadians, ...
Thursday, Nov. 14th
Are You the Rest of Someone Else's Story? with Jacqi Stevens
While we may see genealogical research as a solitary pursuit, it is actually better played as a team sport. Just as that other cousin became the one who got to keep grandma’s treasured keepsakes and photos, there are people out there who hold the key to fill in the blanks ...