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Dear Members

San Diego Genealogical Society is an all-volunteer organization. Currently, we have several opportunities available and hope all members will consider them, as they are able.  We currently are in need of:

San Diego City Library Docent SDGS offers an excellent opportunity to help patrons in the genealogical collection of thousands of books and magazines, some formerly from our SDGS collection.  Also, available are back issues of the San Diego Tribune on microfilm and fire maps plotting the building structures of San Diego in 1920 through updates in the 1950's.  The room has computers available for internet and library research. There are Special collections not yet public including donated family genealogical research and texts awaiting release along with an indexed history collection about California that can be accessed with library help.  There are resources for Black, Hispanic and Native American research as well.  Whether a visitor is looking for the latest article about DNA genealogy from NGS magazine or an 1832 marriage index from Muskingum County, Ohio, the Downtown Central Library may be the research place.

The Library is open every day (except holidays) many convenient times for a new docent!

Volunteers are issued passes for free day parking. Volunteers receive non- discrimination and emergency training. There is security is on the premises as the e3 Civic High School is also in the building. Finger printing is required.

Other opportunities are also available, click here  SDGS is an all-volunteer group, and we invite you to share your talents with us.

Potential volunteers and those wanting more information should contact Pat Francisco, Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you for your support!

Monthly Meeting 

 August 10, 2024.

Join us for a presentation by

Colin Whitney along with some members.

To learn more click below. 

The San Diego Genealogical Society's Research Trip to Salt Lake City is fully booked. You may add your name to the Waitlist, however, by emailing your contact information and type of room (one person or two people in one room) to

Thank you for your interest!

Programs are held Pacific Time.

Upcoming events

The purpose of the Society is to promote interest in the fields of genealogy and family history research through individual and group effort and in cooperation with other like-minded organizations. The Society supports the genealogical collection at the San Diego Public Library, the presentation of lectures and classes of genealogical interest, the advancement of digital technology including genetic genealogy and social media and writing and publishing of books, blogs and papers in the subject field. 

Balboa Park 1915
Discover Your Family History
Plaque received from San Diego Public Library after SDGS donated their library collection in 2013.
Alicia Pearl Mayer, the founder and first president of the San Diego Genealogical Society.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Otay Railroad near Sweetwater Dam 1888 Courtesy of National City Public Library
SD Electric Railway Company




 Bonnie Fishman


 Pamela Meeds


 Barbara Perez CA

 Sara Pike


 Emilio Reyes CA 
 Judy Ross CA

 Michele Walz


California Pioneer Certificate Program

The San Diego Genealogical Society is honoring pioneers of the State of California who helped shape its future by offering ancestral recognition certificates.

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