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June Program

Join us on June 10, 2023 for a presentation  by Christine Cohen.

Registration is now open!    

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Reserve your spot on our Research Trip to

Salt Lake City FamilySearch Library

Oct 15 - Oct 22  2023

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.

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

Programs are held Pacific Time.

Upcoming events

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Attention members

Volunteers Needed ASAP for our Society

Not only is It OK to self-nominate; in fact, it is required in today’s hybrid world. If you are interested in any position or task at all, please email a board member right now!!

You all know what your interests and talents are!!

1.       Nominating Committee members – this is an important job required to keep the society functioning. We need a member to Chair this committee and work with 2 or 3 other members. Goal: prepare a slate of officer candidates to present to BOD Oct 7th meeting.

Board terms that expire this December are President, Secretary, and 1st VP Programs. Time required: a few meetings, some emails, a few phone calls between now and October. Email Dianne Arnold

2.       Board positions need a commitment to spend two years helping to guide the society. The board meets approx. 10 times/year via Zoom. Board members each have a specific portfolio that requires time spent each month to fulfill the needs. A big benefit to serving on the board is getting to know a group of enthusiastic genealogy buffs and work as a team to further our mission. I encourage members who attend our meetings and classes regularly and benefit from our programming to look into your hearts and seriously consider giving back by stepping up for a board position. Email any board member with questions or email Dianne Arnold to put your name in the hat (
       Publicity Committee – contact one neighborhood publication (more if you wish) and work with Don Williams to spread the good word about our programs and classes. Most of these tasks require only a few hours a year. Email Don Williams
      Volunteer Coordinator – We are back to contemplating more in-person events; we need 1 or 2 members to organize informal gatherings and to help the BOD recruit members for specific tasks. Email Dianne Arnold or Christy Dolan or Regina Gigl .



Eric Jay Aldington

George Bradley

Richard Conklin

Harold Cota

Deborah Gold

Marion Holtz

The Carol Komor Family

Suzanne Landa

Joan M. Maher

Doug Plowman

Jane Springer

Renee Toomey


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