Happy Birthday to Us! – 113 years

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On Saturday, February 12, 1898, at 2:00 p.m., the California Genealogical Society was founded in San Francisco.

A half dozen or so San Franciscans interested in genealogy gathered at Dr. Edward Stephen Clark’s office at 16 Geary. They pooled their knowledge of family history research and shared the materials they’d separately gathered. In fact, they held the first meeting of what would become the California Genealogical Society, the state’s first organization of family history researchers.

Well over a century after the events described by the late Dorothy Fowler in A Brief History of CGS, more than 1000 members continue to share a common zeal for all things genealogical.

Congratulations to our members and volunteers as we celebrate 113 years of helping people find their roots!

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library



  1. Barbara Poole  February 12, 2011

    Happy Birthday to the Society. I'm impressed to learn there are 1,000 members. Cheers to you all.

  2. Dorene from Ohio  February 12, 2011

    Congratulation! What an accomplishment!

  3. California Lemon Law  February 18, 2011

    Great News