2024 Spring Seminar

Volunteer 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 info@rootcellar.org.

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. 

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 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.   

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Thursday, Dec. 14th
Every Home has a Story: Researching Your and Your Ancestor's Homes with Kathy Nielsen
Ever wondered about the history of the houses where your ancestors lived? Curious about the history of your own home? Each one has a story to tell. Every family has left their mark on their homes, just as these homes have left their mark on those who lived there. ...
Thursday, Dec. 21st
The Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group will meet online via Zoom on the 3rd Thursday in December. Facilitated by Ron Setzer and John Jay, the SIG’s aim is to help members learn how to use their Family Tree Maker software for their genealogical research. Contact Ron Setzer at papasetzer@comcast.net for Zoom ...
Thursday, Dec. 21st
Daytime Workshop
NO MEETING IN DECEMBER -- JOIN US AGAIN IN JANUARY Our daytime workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Discover your family story; learn tips and tricks; share your findings; and get help from other researchers.  All are welcome to our free workshop ...
Thursday, Jan. 11th
Join ROOT CELLAR for a fun and interactive Show & Tell.  Glenda Lloyd serves as Master of Ceremony for this annual tradition. Bring an ancestor's journal, lamp from the "old country", wedding dress from the 1920's, or something that resonates as a special family heirloom. Then tell the story behind the ...
Thursday, Jan. 18th
Daytime Workshop
Join us in-person for our January Workshop. Rick Hanson will lead a discussion about creating your own family history publications. He will address all your options including the simple (a photo montage in the form of a pedigree chart), a good first-start project (a speciality book), and the ambitious (a ...