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Sacramento County Fair
Root Cellar, in cooperation with the Sacramento Regional Genealogy Council (SRGC), has applied to the Sacramento County Fair to be able to host a booth at the 2018 Sacramento County Fair.  Participation at this booth will be open to representatives from all members of SRGC.  Root Cellar members are encouraged to volunteer for open shifts at the Fair which will run from May 24th to the 28th.  For more information please contact Mike Dickey.
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We are now accepting registrations
for our 2018 Spring Seminar!
Download a seminar flyer/registration form here.
(For additional details, click the "Spring Seminar" option in the menu at left)
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2018 Genealogy Classes
Beginning January 22, 2018 Root Cellar's Glenda Lloyd will be teaching beginning
and intermediate genealogy classes through San Juan School for Adults.
Classes are each 10 weeks in duration and are held at the
Sunrise Tech Center
7322 Sunrise Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA
The fee for each class is $55.
For complete class descriptions and registration materials, visit the school's web site at
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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 February 2018 issue of Root Cellar PRESERVES (Vol. 41, No.1) has been posted to our Members-Only section. Members have received copies by email. posted 2feb2018 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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Become part of the volunteer team that runs Root Cellar! 
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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

Thursday, Mar. 1st
Board Meeting
  Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Dr., Citrus Heights Members are welcome.
Thursday, Mar. 8th
Root Cellar General Meeting
  Meetings are held on 2nd Thursdays,  6:15-8:30PM Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael   Our meeting for March will be our annual "Show and Tell" event.  Bring your family treasures and share their stories with our Members and guests.   Guests are welcome. For information go to ...
Thursday, Mar. 15th
Family Tree Maker SIG
Meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Drive Citrus Heights   This SIG meets to discuss use of the popular "Family Tree Make" genealogy software.   Open to all.  
Saturday, Mar. 17th
2018 Spring Seminar
The guest speakers for Root Cellar's 2018 Spring Seminar will be the Ulster Historical Foundation.  Click on the Seminar menu option at left for complete details.
Wednesday, Mar. 21st
Workshops are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3 PM Come to share your brick walls or research successes with members and guests.   Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Drive. Citrus Heights   Open to all.