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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The California Genealogical Society sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and provides a venue, free of charge, for members to pursue the study of a particular geographical research area or genealogy discipline. These groups are a benefit of society membership. SIGs meet on specific days every month at the society library.

The San Francisco SIG welcomes all who have an interest in San Francisco genealogy research. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of level of research experience. The group focuses on both pre-1906 and post-1906 San Francisco city and county and uses Nancy Peterson’s book, Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research as the core research guide. On occasion there will be speaker presentations from professional researchers, librarians and archivists. Download the SF-SIG information flier. The SF SIG is coordinated by Sandra Britt-Huber and Nancy Servin. Email RSVP and questions to

The RootsMagic SIG welcomes all users and would-be users of this popular genealogy software. The SIG serves as a forum to share knowledge of the robust features of RootsMagic and to answer questions. SIG members are encouraged to bring their laptops or their RootsMagic databases on a flash drive to meetings. The group projects a copy of a live database on a screen for easy viewing. Tim Cox is the facilitator for the RootsMagic SIG. Email RSVP and questions to