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Founded in 1946, San Diego Genealogical Society exists to promote interest in genealogy and family history research through individual and group effort and in cooperation with other like-minded organizations. 

SDGS is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 

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, social media and writing and publishing of books, blogs and papers in the subject field. 

It supports the collection and preservation of genealogical and historical records of San Diego County.

The Society has published numerous books of San Diego County Historical and genealogical records. It also published a quarterly journal, San Diego Leaves and Saplings, 1972–2019.

The San Diego Genealogical Society is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties. The SDGS is also a partner in the International German Genealogy Partnership.


The San Diego Genealogical Society of today is the product of the diligent efforts of innumerable dedicated Society volunteers, officers and directors, and the vision, leadership and commitment of these past presidents: 

Presidents 1946 to present

Diane Lott

2018-Current


Anita Cheek Milner

1975-1976

David Tooley

2016-2017


Roy D. Smith

Mar 1974-Dec 1974  

Diane Lott

2012-2015


Edward G. Wickes

Jan 1974-Feb 1974

Marna L. Clemons

2008-2011


Edra Keeran

1971-1973

Peter H. Steelquist

Apr 2002-2007


Eugene D. Shapley

1969-1970

Harvey E. Keating

Jan 2002-Mar 2002  


John H. Sneed

1967-1968

Gloria Broadhurst Osborn

2000-2001


Wayne C. Butt

1965-1966

Phyllis Boozell Quarg

1996-1999


Fred Radcliffe

1964

Frank Cirincioni

1993-1996


William M. Kerr

1962-1963

Harvey E. Keating

1991-1992


Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout 

1960-1961

George R. Spidell

1989-1990


Willis A. Perry

1958-1959

Mary Rice Harris

1987-1988


Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout

1956-1957

Meg Glerum Thompson

1985-1986


C. Lynn Willardson

1954-1955

Bette Atkinson

1983-1984


Joseph E. Rowland

1952-1953

Edra Keeran

1981-1982


Benjamin F. Dixon

Oct 1949-Dec 1951

Eunice Cook Konold

1979-1980


Lt. Colonel Rolin W. Shaw

Oct 1947-Oct 1949

Colonel Edgar L. Tidwell

1977-1978


Alicia Pearl Mayer

Oct 1946-Oct 1947

Elizabeth McShane Bumpus  

Jan 1977-Feb 1977






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