Thursday, September 9, 2010


Looking for great-grandma Ada
at the Root Cellar Library 
It is a pleasure to introduce the Root Cellar-Sacramento Genealogical Society Library and Sammie Hudgens, Root Cellar Librarian. The Library will be open for browsing and research at Family History Day at the California State Archives. Sammie and library docents will be on-hand to orient and assist visitors.

Sammie Hudgens has devoted many years to the growth and development of the Root Cellar Library (click on membership benefits). Her efforts speak for themselves – the Library is a treasure trove for family history researchers, for Root Cellar members and visitors alike. The Library contains over 5,000 volumes from nearly every state and many countries. There are more than 150 books on California alone, including the 1890 Great Registers for the whole state. The CD collection is well-over 150 and counting. Our online Catalog is a helpful tool for locating the title or topic of interest to you.

Sammie is currently overseeing the inventory of an extensive genealogical collection recently donated to Root Cellar by the Dorothy Williams estate. The collection portends to be a wonderful addition to the Library.

Below is a sampling of the research materials available to you at the Library:
  • Revolutionary War Books
  • Lists of Passengers, Emigration and Immigration for Germany, Ireland, Italy and Russia
  • Periodicals from over 100 genealogical societies across the United States
  • Root Cellar member-submitted materials such as Surname Cards, Pedigree Charts and Pioneer Certificates
  • Publications containing data that Root Cellar volunteers have extracted from local records on subjects including state militia, coroner’s office, divorces, state prison convicts, and cemeteries. These extractions are also available for sale by Root Cellar.
The Library is maintained by Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society and is housed at the California State Archives on the 4th floor, the same location where Family History Day will be held. Be sure to come into the Library and browse awhile!

Root Cellar Library
1020 “N” Street, 4th Floor
Inside the California State Archives Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Open 9:30am – 4pm Monday - Friday
and the first Saturday of each month
(except holidays)
and, currently, State employee furlough days
on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month.


It is a pleasure to introduce Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at and a co-sponsor of Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society was formed in 1978 when its members found a common interest in the gathering and sharing of genealogical information. Since that time, the goal has been to help our members with genealogical research through education, the publication of information, and the preservation of records. Everyone sharing an interest in genealogy is welcome.

Stan Gilliam of the Sacramento Bee coined the name ROOT CELLAR in his column, and with his permission, it became the official name of the organization. The name and insignia were registered with the California Office of the Secretary of State on August 6, 1979.

The logo was made round because our ancestors come from around the world. The tree shape easily identifies a genealogical society, as it suggests research on family lineage, commonly known as a family tree. We meet here in the valley. The open door and steps strongly hints at stepping through history into a root cellar to discover those genealogical finds of yesteryear. Our roots are important to us; thus the organization serves as a forum to exchange information and aid in tracing our own roots, plus opening doors so others can pursue the ancestral search.

Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society is an active organization. Here is a peek at what we’re up to:
  • Membership meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month except July and August with a formal program/speaker; visitors welcome; 7pm-8:30pm, Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse, 6921 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights
  • Year-round genealogical workshop every 3rd Wednesday of the month, a hosted yet informal opportunity to get help with your brickwalls; visitors welcome; 1pm-3pm; Merrill Gardens (Garden Square Room), 7418 Stock Ranch Road, Citrus Heights
  • Preserves, a quarterly publication and Geni-Gram, an online monthly newsletter
  • Genealogy Library housed on the 4th floor, California State Archives
  • Extraction Group transcribing local records held at the Center for Sacramento History
  • Annual Spring Seminar, save the date for April 9, 2011 featuring Geoff Rasmussen speaking on Legacy genealogical software
  • Geni-Dig for members in October, a time to share resources and research with other members looking in the same region
  • Look-up volunteers
The welcome mat is always out so check us out by attending a meeting or workshop. Of course, be sure to stop by our exhibit at Family History Day and tell us about your research -- maybe we can help.

Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 265
Citrus Heights, CA 95611-0265