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Root Cellar's exhibit at the 2017 Archives Crawl was a big success! Dozens of persons attending the event stopped at our exhibit in the Research Room of the State Archives and shared their family stories. Better yet, some were able to find references to their families in our library. Our thanks to our Members who volunteered to support the event, and we look forward to doing this again next year.

The October 2017 issue of Root Cellar PRESERVES (Vol. 40, No. 3) has been posted to our Members-Only section. Members have received copies by email. posted 1oct2017 ls
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Do you have research techniques that have helped you in the past?
Have you acquired some special subject knowledge
that has assisted you in your research?
Are your preparation and/or organizational skills unique?
Would you be willing to share your techniques, subject knowledge, special skills or any other experiences with other Members and guests at our monthly General Meetings?
If so, please consider volunteering to host one of our 30-minute Evening Workshop presentations. (You may have that valuable information that someone else is seeking!)
If you have suggestions for topics for our Evening Workshops, please take a moment to let us know.
Help us insure that Root Cellar meets the needs of our Members and guests.
To volunteer, or to offer suggestions or comments for future workshops, please contact our Vice President,
Patricia Smith, at

It's never too early to plan for a special event!
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Although Root Cellar's Spring Seminar is still months away, we are excited to announce that our featured speakers will be from the Ulster Historical Foundation!  World-renowned for their genealogical and historical resources regarding Irish and Scots-Irish ancestry, they will be Root Cellar's guests on March 17, 2018.  For more details, click on the "Spring Seminar" menu item on the left and check back often for updates. (And, be sure to visit their website at

Root Cellar is now conducting General Member Meetings in July and August!
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To take advantage of Summer daylight hours, Root Cellar's Board of Directors has decided to conduct regular monthly meetings in July and August.  Instead, the "dark months" (when no meetings are held) will be moved to December and January when darkness and the weather combine to pose a possible hazard to our Members when attending meetings.  For now, this will only be a trial and may be amended in the future.  So, plan to attend our scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 13.  Hope to see you all there!

Root Cellar's library now includes a new, online searchable catalog!
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Thanks to the special efforts of Root Cellar Board Member Lois Shumaker, our library now has a completely searchable online catalog. Users may access the search function from their home computers, their smart devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) or from the PC available in the Root Cellar library. To view the new catalog, select the "Root Cellar's Library" link in the menu list on the left of this page.   posted 27 January 2017 md

The California State Archives Research Room now offers free access to©
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Two select computers in the Archives Reading Room allow the public to access all search features of© free of charge. Search results, including documents, may not be printed or downloaded during the online session but may be emailed to the users' home or mobile devices. From there, download and/or print functions can be utilized.  Users may obtain further details from Archive Reading Room staff.       posted 27 January 2017 md

Latest book releases: Coroner's Inquest Files Book.  More details to follow.​   posted 27 January 2017 md

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All the services enjoyed by both members and the public depend on the time and effort of volunteers. We have critical positions becoming vacant that, if not filled, will adversely impact essential services. Click here to see a list. This list is permanently posted in the Forms category on the Society Business page in this website's members-only section. posted 24 Nov 2015 rh

Each year, during the months of September and October, a dedicated committee of Root Cellar volunteers sets up a promotional display at three local libraries – Arden-Dimick, Fair Oaks and North Highlands-Antelope. This year, thanks go to Diane Maltase, Carolee Jones, Charlene Eberwine, Jaci Marchi and Denise Miller. Click on the images below for a larger view. posted 19 Oct 2015 rh
Fair Oaks Library North Highlands-Antelope Library

Root Cellar Ramblings Blog is now celebrating its 4th year of existence. YAHOOOOO!! YIPPPEY!! It is our 4th Blogiversary and we are thrilled and continuing to get stronger and better. A very big thank you to Geneablogger and Thomas McEntee, where we have thrived and grown under this relationship. Check out the Blog, see what we have been doing, leave a message or send a message to Let us know how we are doing. Sign on with your email and receive the posts directly in your own email box. Don't miss out. posted 29Apr2015slb 

Docents needed!
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We are looking for volunteers to serve as docents in Root Cellar's library. For more information, click here to go to the Library page.  posted 14Dec2014 rh​ 

The Root Cellar Preserves digitalization project is complete!
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Downloadable fully searchable copies of the Preserves from January 1979 to the present are posted in the Members-Only section. Thanks go to John Jay for the scanning and Ron Setzer for file preparation and posting.  posted March 2014

Wednesday, Dec. 20th
Root Cellar Workshop
  Meets 3rd Wednesdays Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Dr., Citrus Heights   Learn research tips, share your successful finds and brickwalls, meet other members in an informal setting.   Guests are welcome. For information go to
Thursday, Dec. 21st
Family Tree Maker Users
  Meets 3rd Thursdays Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights   For more information, contact Ron Setzer
Wednesday, Dec. 27th
MAC Reunion Users
  Meets 4th Wednesdays Sacramento Family Search Library, 2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento   ALWAYS CHECK FIRST. For more information, contact Rick Hanson
Thursday, Jan. 4th
Board Meeting
  Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Dr., Citrus Heights Members are welcome.
Thursday, Jan. 11th
Root Cellar General Meeting
  Meetings are held on 2nd Thursdays,  6:15-8:30PM Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael   No meeting in January.   Guests are welcome. For information go to