Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Genealogy Databases
The Sacramento Public Library subscribes to the following genealogy database:Ancestry Library EditionThe Ancestry Library Edition database is available for in-library use only at any Sacramento Public Library location. You can access it by clicking on the "Research Tools" link on the library's online catalog page, and going to the "Do It Yourself" section.  It is free to access and the first 5 pages are free to print at ALL county libraries.

At the heart of Central Library’s genealogy programming is an extensive collection of non-circulating genealogy books and periodicals, covering a wide range of family history subjects. The materials in this collection, mostly belonging to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento, are available for use during library open hours on the 2nd floor in the Genealogy Center.

In support of this collection, Central Library offers the following services:

Upcoming Genealogy Events
Book a Genealogist
Beginning Genealogy Classes Genealogy Computer Classes
Spring Genealogy Lecture Programs
Lectures Given by Genealogy Specialists.
Central Library is pleased to offer ten free genealogy lectures throughout the year, given by genealogy specialists from Northern California. These 1 ½ hour programs are held on Sundays during the months of January, May and September, with a beginning genealogy program held in February. Registration for these programs is preferred, by calling the library at 916-264-2920 or visiting the “Events” section of the library’s website at www.saclibrary.org

The Book a Genealogist Program
Central Library’s volunteer genealogist is available to
meet with you individually at the library to help you get started on or resolve problems with your family history research. Registration is required for these 45-minute appointments. To reserve your appointment time, please call the library at 916-264-2920, visit any branch of the Sacramento Public Library, or go the “Events” section at www.saclibrary.org.

Genealogy Computer ClassesThese classes are offered periodically by library staff in the 3rd floor Technology Lab at Central Library. Current topics for these classes include “Introduction to Online Genealogy,” “Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition Database,” and “Social Networking for Genealogists.” For more information or to register for these classes, please call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit the “Events” section at www.saclibrary.org.

Online Genealogy Research Guide
The Online Genealogy Research Guide lists websites and contact information for archives, societies and other resources that will help you in your genealogy research.
Sacramento Newspapers on MicrofilmThe Central Library is also the home of a collection of archived newspapers that are relevant to the Sacramento area, including the Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Union. Issues of these two newspapers dating back to the 1850s are available on microfilm at the 3rd floor Periodicals desk at the Central Library.

The Sacramento Room
The Sacramento Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, offers resources to genealogists doing Sacramento and California research. Sacramento Room collection highlights include Sacramento city and county histories, city directories, school yearbooks, maps, photographs and books by local authors.

If you have questions about Central Library's genealogy programs, please contact the library by calling 916-264-2920, or send an e-mail message to

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