Our Vision:        ALL families connected  

Our Mission:   The purpose of this Society is to educate the general public and members of the Society in genealogical research, and, to preserve, collect, compile, publish and disseminate genealogical data and family history.

Participating organizations: Drake Navigators Guild - Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association - Sonoma County Library/Special Collections - Western Sonoma County Historical Society - Cotati Historical Society - Frank Baumgardner, author and historian - County of Sonoma Historical Records Commission - Advocates for the Sonoma County Archives - Sonoma County Historical Society - Glen Ellen Historical Society - Historical Society of Santa Rosa - The Sea Ranch Archives Committee - Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway - North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation - Rancho Bodega Historical Society - Windsor Historical Society - Russian River Historical Society - Japanese American Citizens League - German Language School of the North Bay - Sonoma County Genealogy Society - Redwood Empire Chinese Association - Fort Ross Conservancy - Luther Burbank Home & Gardens - Mark West Family Cemetery - Sonoma State University Cultural Resources Management & Anthropological Studies Center - Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library - Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery - Sonoma Valley Historical Society - Filipino American National Historical Society - California Land Surveyors Association - Sonoma County LGBTQI timeline - LGBTQI+ LEGACY Sonoma County - The Guild of St. George.


SCGS Members Only - Social Hour and Help Meeting

   A chance for us to gather and discuss recent genealogical discoveries

and get help on those tough brick wall problems.

Bring your lunch and join in the discussion.

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The next meeting will be announced soon. 

If you missed one of our recent meetings, the handouts may be available. Check out the ones on the public Handouts Page and also the Members Only page. We may also have received permission to allow our members to view a recording of the presentation - check the Members Only page.

The Southern California Genealogical Society is presenting the 2022 Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conferences in August this year, and registration will open in March. For more information, click HERE.

More New Books

Check out the updated list of books on SALE 

Click HERE to go to the Book List 

Follow the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library on their Facebook page

There are frequent posts of interest to local historians, and links to their Location page, Research Page and their Newsletters and Blog posts - all good stuff!

There is also a link to a video about the new book Revised and Expanded Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. Which also leads to the many other videos available, including how to access and navigate the Top Five - Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Newspapers.com, the San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922 and Fire Insurance maps online (FIMo) in this tutorial.

There are so many opportunities to attend meetings and webinars now, with most on ZOOM.

Take a look at the North Bay Events page to see if there is something that interests you

One of our "sibling" Societies, Southern California Genealogical Society, is offering a webinar series for free, with interesting subjects twice a month - check out their website.

You can find many other opportunities to learn new methods of research and right now many of them are free. So go exploring! Here are a few more to get you started …

California Genealogical Society is offering on-line versions of some of their Special Interest Groups and Classes. Check out their listing on our North Bay Events page. They also have a BLOG that keeps up with the news, and offers links to other societies' events.

Legacy Family Tree offers many of their webinars for free. Check out their full listing of amazing webinars, and consider starting your membership to take advantage of all your "free" time. Don't forget that SCGS members get a 50 % discount on membership - see the Members Only page.

The National Genealogical Society’s Free Genealogy Resources

And don’t forget Facebook. SCGS has a page that Jeffrey Vaillant and Trisha Bomar keep populated with interesting links and announcements. If you use the Find feature you can probably see a Facebook page for any possible subject related to your genealogical interests.

Stay connected with SCGS through our Facebook group.

A new benefit to becoming a member of SCGS!

The software Vivid-Pix RESTORE – now save 20% with a special code available in the Members Only section of this website. Vivid-Pix RESTORE works on both Mac and Windows computers – an easy way to work with photographs or documents to restore, crop, add metadata or tags. Try a Free Trial.

Now you can see all the great articles from past issues of our award-winning newsletter. The list is open to the public, and the newsletters are available in the Members Only section Newsletter Archives.

Members of Sonoma County Genealogical Society

receive 50 % off annual subscription for Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  Over 700 classes of genealogy education and almost 1000 hours of genealogy based education

   Check out this Special Offer in the Members Only section

We have put together some great publications about the history, people and records of Sonoma County.

      Click to view our publications for purchase on       Lulu or Heritage Books

We have indexes to many of our publications, and are working to make them available here. We have moved some of our indexes from RootsWeb, so check out our 

Indexes of Records in Sonoma County

Monthly Newsletter

This is an example of our Award Winning monthly newsletter. As a member, you will receive the new edition by email each month. You will also have access to all of our past issues in the Members  Only section of our website.

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