Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fresno County Genealogical Society, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Fresno County Genealogical Society (FCGS) as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2011.

Established in 1965, the FCGS is located in Fresno, Fresno County, California, in the center of the San Joaquin Valley.  The Society website provides general information plus details about our Annual Seminar titled "Ancestral Journey" featuring Beverly Rice, Certified Genealogist from Coos Bay, Oregon.  Our 2011 seminar will be on October 29th and everyone is welcome.  Please register in advance.

FCGS has the most extensive Genealogical Library between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and resources are not limited to Fresno County material.  We have so much more! 

Housed in the California History and Genealogy Room of the Fresno County Central Library at 2420 Mariposa Street, are more than 19,500 books and periodicals, including the entire California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Library which was donated in 2009.  The State DAR Library books number about 3,000 and are appropriately cataloged and shelved amongst the other genealogy books according to State, Military, and/or autobiographical/biographical Name.  One will find personal recollections and pictures of certain individuals, as well as geographical and historical information.  Some of the books have personal handwritten notes in them, and even old family recipes; some pertain to California, while others are based on other states.

Our FCGS Library also has DAR Lineage books and magazines.  We have "Mayflower Families" volumes 1-23, and plenty of other Mayflower information; and "The Mayflower Descendant" 1899-1924, 1931, 1934, plus incomplete years of 1935 and 1937 are there.   

Those interested in American Indian lineage will also find many useful resources in our California Room.  The Sherman Institute at Riverside, California published the "The Sherman Bulletin" which we have on microfilm.  This weekly newspaper is not only interesting to read, but of great value to anyone researching teachers, other employees, or students associated with the school.  Additional Sherman Institute records on microfilm which we have are Yearbooks, Registers of Students, the Employee Registers, and Sherman Graduates.  We also have special censuses of California Indians for 1907-1915, 1928, and 1933.

The Society is looking forward to meeting you at Family History Day at the California State Archives, so please stop by our table to get acquainted.  We hope you will consider attending our Genealogy Seminar in Fresno October 29th, and we invite you to visit our Genealogy Library anytime.  Phoning ahead (559) 600-6230 will help ensure a rewarding research experience.

Fresno County Genealogical Society
California History and Genealogy Room, 2nd floor
Fresno County Central Library
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA  93721
Phone: (559) 600-6230
M,T,W 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.

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