California Family History Societies (A-C)

This section lists the state-wide associations of California, and then the county associations from Antelope Valley to Contra Costa giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide Societies

County Societies

Statewide Societies

California Genealogical Society and Library

The society was established in 1898. There is an on-line catalogue of their resources accessible in their Library, 2201 Broadway Suite LL2, Oakland.

There are also many Searchable Databases including:

  • CGS Manuscript Collection
  • Memorial Records from First Congregational Church, San Francisco 1915-1917
  • Names Index, which includes San Francisco voters registered 1890
  • San Francisco IOOF Crematory and Cemetery Record
  • San Francisco Deaths 1865-1873, 1882-1889, 1894-1896 and 1901-1904
  • Probate: Registers of Actions 1906-1942

Southern California Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1964.  Their aims are to promote and encourage interest in genealogy and family history, and to help people conduct effective genealogical research.

They have a Family Research Library which houses over 35000 volumes, which include 6000 genealogies.

Collections include microfilms, manuscripts, maps and periodicals.  An on-line catalogue of their books is available on their site.

As the Research Library is classed as being a FamilySearch centre, people are also able to view microfilm and microfiche ordered through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.


County Societies

Antelope Valley Genealogical Society

The society was founded in 1976.  There are numerous resources accessible at their Research Centre, Winnell Industrial Park, 39450 North 3rd St. East, Suite 116, Palmdale.


Conejo Valley Genealogical Society

Many resources, some relating to England and Wales, are held by the society, and are accessible at Grant R. Brimhall (Thousand Oaks) Library.  A monthly newsletter, 'The Genealogist,' and a three-monthly publication, Rabbit Tracks, are published by the society.  These publications are available to members only.  

Many books are available for sale, which include:

  • Family Tree Source Book
  • Genealogist's Companion and Source Book
  • In Search of Confederate Ancestors
  • New England Court Records
  • Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor

These books are available at the society's monthly general meetings.


Contra Costa County Genealogical Society

Established in 1975, the association now has over 100 members.  There are several on-line databases, including

  • 1876 voters for Nortonville and Somersville
  • 1876 voters for Pint of Timber
  • 1884 voters of Contra Costa County
  • 1898 Voters Precincts of Costa County
  • Contra Costa County Vital Records

A Cemetery Transcripts database, which has details of transcriptions from Oak View Cemetery, Antioch, is also accessible.


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