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President Needed ASAP for our Society to continue .....

Not only is It OK to self-nominate; in fact, it is required in today’s hybrid world. 

Email Jessica Taylor (Chair, Nominating Committee) with questions or to volunteer.
Jessica can be reached at   

You all know what your interests and talents are!

We have a great set of programs planned for 2024 (see the list on the right). It would be a damn shame for it all to go away! We have candidates for 1st Vice President-Programs and Secretary.

Board positions need a commitment to spend two years helping to guide SDGS. As President, you would have the opportunity to lead a team of 6 other board members and many volunteers to further our mission. You and the board can put your own stamp on SDGS. Currently, the board meets approx. 9 times/year via Zoom. Board members each have a specific portfolio. See the bylaws for specifics (links below) . A big benefit to serving on the board is getting to know a group of enthusiastic genealogy buffs. We work together, not in silos, and enjoy our interactions. 

If you attend SDGS meetings and classes and benefit from our programming, please look into your hearts and seriously consider giving back by stepping up to lead SDGS for the next two years.

Email Jessica Taylor (Chair, Nominating Committee) with questions or to volunteer.
Jessica can be reached at   

Dianne Arnold , Christy Dolan , Len secretary@, Carolyn Bruce, Brook Logan , Colin Whitney,  Regina Gigl or our main email

SDGS Volunteer Position Overview 

SDGS President and Secretary Description

SDGS Bylaws

2024 Scheduled Speakers


Annual Meeting and Seminar : Maureen Taylor , The Photo Detective

Clues in Pictures and Strategies for tackling Family photographs

Photo Detective Roadshow


Rhonda McClure and David Allen Lambert from American Ancestors    NARA records


Teresa McMillin

German Research


Sara Cochran

Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors and  Shaky Leaf Syndrome


Lisa Medina

Mexican Genealogy Research and Records for Alta California Ancestors research


Nicka Sewell-Smith

Finding John Lee

Older Than Us: The Elders of the Trask 250


Thomas McEntee

The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
and AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?


Colin Whitney

NA California Pioneer stories from our California Certificate  Program


Fall Seminar: Judy Russell , The Legal Genealogist



Brian Rhinehart

About the Civil War and War of 1812

SDGS Monthly Program

Learn about NARA and Land records with

Ann Lawthers from 

American Ancestors/NEHGS

October 14 2023.

Starting with the August Program, the handouts will only be available on the Members Only section of our website.

This is just one of the perks we reserve for members so consider joining if you are not a member yet!


Programs are held Pacific Time.

Upcoming events

To see schedule for Special Interest Groups and classes

view the full SDGS Event Calendar

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



Rosa Avolio

Lisa Bartlow

Roxanne Bennett

Beverly Blaylock

Diane Brown

Shirley Case

Susan Fabian

Anne Candi Gershuni

Lydia Goularte

Barbara Hansen

 Peg Kenaga

Caroly Nahrwold

James Pierik

David Rios

Linda Roberts

Cherry Roegner

Conn Rusche

Aaron Sathrum

Diane Scholfield

Louise Strawhun


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