Auburn, California

Placer County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 7385
Auburn, California 95604

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Evening General Meetings

Beecher Room
Auburn-Placer County Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Fourth Thursday)

Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

October Evening Meeting
Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Beginner's Guide to DNA and Genetic Genealog
Deborah Sweeney

An entry level lecture on the different types of DNA tests, companies, and how to use the data to find and trace genetic matches.

Deborah Sweeney is a genealogist, author and blogger. Since 2012, she has transcribed and shared over 1,300 letters written by her grandparents during World War II on her website. In addition to this project, she has written many articles about genealogy, DNA research, and historical fashion. She is the author of three books: Alfred M. Dicks of Crawford County, Illinois; Dear Mother, Love Daddy; and Lots of Love, Daddy. She appears on the webbased show Discovering Your Past as a consulting genealogist. Deborah is a graduate of Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate Program and the ProGen Genealogy Study Group. She lives in Northern California with her family.


Day Study Group Meetings

Beecher Room
Auburn-Placer County Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
(Second Monday)

The Day Study Group is a 2-hour workshop in which we will discuss a specific topic, with hands-on exercises, and discussion. After the discussion, we can provide one-on-one mentoring should you have a "brick wall" situation in which you need help. 

Barbara Leak leads the study group. Visitors are welcome.


November Day Study Group Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016

Family Search


Family Tree Maker User's Group

LDS Church
1255 Bell Road, Auburn
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
(Second Thursday)

Bring any questions you have concerning the program

Special in-depth topics can be scheduled. Please e-mail our group leader Jerry Unruh  with any requests.


November FTM Meeting
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Family Tree Maker 2014

The FTM User Group meeting will continue to look at Family Tree Maker 2014. We will also take time for questions and answers on any version of the program.

Special in-depth topics can be scheduled. Please e-mail our group leader with any requests.


October Placer Trails Newsletter

October Placer Trails Newsletter (Large)

Member highlight page: This month we feature pictures from John Knox.
Email addresses, Web Sites, and Names and Locations being Researched.

PCGS Has Voice Mail (866) 894-2076


Don Cortez of Three Ring Service have graciously donated a voicemail phone number for Placer County Genealogical Society. We will be listing this number in our publicity notices in the newspapers and other publications. The society will then have a permanent number regardless of the annual change of board members. The answering message will announce basic information and the upcoming PCGS meetings. Callers can leave messages for the board members, chair persons and the research committee. Thank You, Don Cortez


New Member Packet:Information for new members of Placer County Genealogical Society (Also useful information for current members.)


2016 Dues

Annual dues are $10.00 electronic rate and $15.00 mail rate. Your 2016 membership is due on January 1 and must be received by April 1 to avoid being dropped from our membership list.

If you are a new member or if you paid your dues twice last year, you may already be paid-up. Check with our Registrar.

Electronic Rate: This rate shall entitle members to receive electronic only access to and/or delivery of the corporation's newsletter and meeting notices.

Mail rate: This rate shall entitle members to receive by postal mail delivery printed copies of the corporation's newsletter and meeting notices.

    Note: At this time a family membership is defined as two or more persons residing at a single mailing address. You are encouraged to register a family membership. Family memberships are entitled to one vote per family member in attendance at meetings, not to exceed two votes per family.

Membership Form in Adobe PDF format


Mailing List: CA-PCGS

We have a mailing list at RootsWeb for PCGS. Announcements of meetings and other information of interest to PCGS members will be made available through this mailing list. It is also a place to gloat about your recent finds and general discussion among our members. If you have trouble subscribing please e-mail at the address below.

CA-PCGS. A mailing list for the members of the Placer County (California)Genealogical Society (PCGS) to discuss the activities of the Society. If you are a member of the Society you can subscribe by sending "subscribe" to ca-pcgs-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or ca-pcgs-d-request@rootsweb.com(digest mode).To switch from one mode to the other, you should unsubscribe from one and then subscribe to the other. There is no "no mail" mode -- if you want messages to stop, you should simply unsubscribe. You may also search or browse the archives or subscribe at CA-PCGS.  If you have trouble subscribing or un-subscribing please e-mail maillist@pcgs.pcgenes.com

PCGS Databases

INDEX TO BIRTHS 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
INDEX TO MARRIAGES 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
INDEX TO MARRIAGES 1851-1905 from three films at the LDS Family History Library on Bell
INDEX TO DEATHS 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
NAMES OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN PLACER COUNTY IN 1890 From the Placer County Great Registers
WORLD WAR I SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN OF PLACER COUNTYFrom the History of Placer and Nevada Counties, California
NEW AUBURN CEMETERY RECORDS - Placer County Genealogical Society Cemetery Project
OLD AUBURN CEMETERY RECORDS - Placer County Genealogical Society Cemetery Project
Placer Trails Newsletter Archives

Placer County Archives Holdings

INDEX TO PLACER HERALD NEWSPAPER 1852-1887 from the Placer County Archives
Indexed by Placer County Volunteers including PCGS Members. (Currently 12206 records)
INDEX TO PLACER COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES from the Placer County Archives.
Placer County Archives has files of biographies, genealogical information and newspaper articles of people who lived in Placer County at one time in their lives. PCGS members Joyce House, Carmel Barry-Schweyer, Anne Thompson, Beverly Russell and Jacqui Marcella have been indexing these files which will be updated periodically. (Currently 23,727 Records.)
INDEX TO MILITARY DISCHARGE RECORDS from the Placer County Archives. (Currently 7971 Records.)
INDEX TO BILL OF SALE RECORDS from the Placer County Archives. (Currently 1666 Records.)

Additional Placer County research is available by PCGS. Please see our Research Policy.



General Information about PCGS
PCGS Research Policy


PCGS FHC Favorites
Several PCGS members volunteer at the Auburn FHC and use these research links.

Local Genealogical Society Links

Genealogical and Historical Council of the Sacramento Valley
Genealogical and Historical Council of the Sacramento Valley Events Calendar
Grass Roots Genealogy Group
Nevada County Genealogical Society
Genealogical Association of Sacramento (G.A.S.)
San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogy Society
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Roseville Genealogical Society
Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Sloughhouse Area Genealogical Society (SAGS)
Solano County Genealogical Society
Sacramento California Family History Center
Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) 
Sun City Roseville Computer Club's Genealogy
Sun City Lincoln Hills Genealogy Group
Mission Oaks Genealogy Club
Roots & Gold Dust Genealogical Society

Other Links including Genealogical Links

Placer County GenWeb Site
Placer County Pre-1905 Death Index
AHSGR - American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
The Genealogy Home Page
RAND Genealogy Club Home Page
National Genealogical Society - Home Page
Everton's Guide to Genealogy on the World Wide Web  
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records


How to Begin Book - revised Fall 2013 edition available

PCGSs handbook, Tracing Your Family Tree: How to Begin, contains chapters on genealogical forms, setting up a filing system, original record sources, the Internet, research by mail, using the Auburn Family History Center and the Auburn-Placer County Library, and evaluating your evidence. Also included are lists of local area genealogical organizations and research facilities.