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Attention Members!
Geni-Dig 2018 is coming soon!
Check out our Members-Only page for full details.
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Root Cellar's Guest Speaker for August, 2018

James Baker

Mr. Baker has been an active genealogist for the past 15 years. In 2011, he completed the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) requirements to become a Board-Certified Genealogist, with a specialty in German genealogy research. He also specializes in Midwest US, early American research, and DNA.

He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly publication, Der Biumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly.

For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento Regional Family History Library.  He has presented a total of 13 webinars: for Legacy Family Tree, for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and BCG communities, and for the Sacramento Family Search Center.  presented his first genealogy class in 2012, and since then has given over 300 presentations to over 40 genealogy societies at local, regional, and national genealogy events.

His topic for August:  "Finding Ancestors in Digitized Books"

This presentation covers each major eBook repository: Google, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, Family Search, and Examples are presented for the best finding strategies and sites:  Google Books, Mocavo, Linkpendium, World Cat, and US Gen Web. Emphasis is on the use of free sites.


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Become part of Root Cellar's volunteer team!
All the services enjoyed by both members and the public depend on the time and effort of volunteers. We have critical positions that have become vacant that - if not filled - will adversely impact essential services. Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities available to Members. (This list may also be accessed by selecting the "For Members Only" link in the menu on the left and then the "Forms" option on the "Society Business" page.) posted 24 Nov 2015 rh

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Woodland Celtic Games
Over the weekend of April 28-29, 2018, Root Cellar shared a booth with the Guest Services staff of the Woodland Celtic Games.  Despite cold, windy weather we had a very enjoyable outreach activity assisting attendees at the Games with their family research questions.  Our thanks to our Root Cellar members whose volunteer efforts made this event a success.

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The Irish Study Group Has Begun!
Yes!  Our long-awaited Irish Study Group will meet from 1-3 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning on Wednesday, May 9th.  Plan to join us at the Sylvan Community Center for this great new monthly activity!  See our Event Calendar for more details.

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The June 2018 issue of Root Cellar PRESERVES (Vol. 41, No.2) has been posted to our Members-Only section. Members have received copies by email. posted 4jun2018 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

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Root Cellar is now conducting General Member Meetings in July and August!
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!

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Root Cellar's library now includes a new, online searchable catalog!
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

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The California State Archives Research Room now offers free access to©
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

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Library Displays
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

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Root Cellar Ramblings Blog is now celebrating its 7th year of existence. YAHOOOOO!! YIPPPEY!! It is our 7th 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 12May2018mwd 

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Docents needed!
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, Aug. 16th
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 Maker" genealogy software.   Open to all.  
Thursday, Aug. 23rd
Legacy and Flip Pal Support Group
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 10:30am to 1:00pm Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Drive Citrus Heights   No meeting in August.   This support group will address the Legacy genealogy software, use of the Flip-Pal portable scanner and related topics. The Group's objectives are to ...
Wednesday, Sep. 12th
Irish Study Group
The Irish Study Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1 - 3 PM.   Bring your Irish questions, successes, books, maps or what have you to share with other members and guests.  Not sure if you have Irish ancestors?  Come to our meetings and let us ...
Thursday, Sep. 13th
Root Cellar General Meeting
  Meetings are held on 2nd Thursdays,  6:15-8:30PM Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael   There will be no workshop for our September meeting. 7:00-7:30 PM  General Membership Meeting followed by a guest speaker. 7:30-8:30 PM  Our speaker for September will be Thomas MacEntee who will host a live webinar entitled "Navigating the Seven ...
Wednesday, Sep. 19th
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.