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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

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, Mar. 14th
Strategies for Researching Ancestors: A Salem Witchcraft Trials Case Study with Melinda Kashuba
If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor's story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques ...
Thursday, Mar. 21st
Daytime Workshop
Join us on Thursday, March 21 for our Genealogy Workshop. Doug Saathoff will lead a discussion about what's free at We look forward to seeing you there!   Our daytime workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (except December) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Discover your family ...
Thursday, Apr. 11th
Finding Ancestors in American Revolutionary War Records
Class members will learn, through case studies, how to use online data to find 1776-era patriots. Service records, DAR/SAR data, and pension records are emphasized. Numerous examples are provided to show the advantages of different record types.   Registration will open in late March.
Thursday, Apr. 18th
Daytime Workshop
Our daytime workshop meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (except December) 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 -- from beginners to more experienced genealogists.   ...
Saturday, Apr. 27th
Root Cellar's Spring 2024 Seminar featuring Michael L. Strauss, AG
Our Spring Seminar will be held on April 27, 2024 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm -- doors open at 9:15 am. We will have four amazing sessions onsite at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, California. Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy Secret Societies: Finding Your Ancestors ...