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Introduction to Genealogy


Monthly on the First Saturday, 10:15 am - 12:15 noon


Not sure how to get started with your family research? Interested in refreshing your skills? Join us for a FREE Introduction to Genealogy class the FIRST SATURDAY of every month from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Due to popular demand, we have expanded our first-Saturday "Intro to Genealogy" class in 2019 to a four-session series. The first class offers an overview of genealogy research. Each of the next three sessions offers a more in-depth focus on the following topics: Census, Vital Records, and Organization. The classes may be taken in any order, and participation in one class is not required to attend others in the series. The entire series will be offered three times in 2019. See below for dates and topics:

May 4, Sep. 7: Genealogy Basics Overview (presented by Pamela Miller)

June 1, Oct. 5: Using the Census (presented by Dick Rees)

July 6, Nov. 2:  Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death) (presenter TBD)

Aug. 3, Dec. 7: Organizing Your Family History Work (presented by Ron Madson)



Don't think you have to be a beginner to benefit from the classes! We tailor each session to the experience and needs of the participants so that everyone comes away with new knowledge.

Stay after the class and use our in-house computers with access to subscription websites like,,, and more. Explore our resources and tour of our extensive genealogy library with more than 38,000 volumes of hard-to-find materials that can further your family research.

We are located in the historic Breuner Building at 22nd Street & Broadway, one block north of the Paramount Theater, in Uptown Oakland. We are just three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station. Parking is free on Saturday in the lot behind our building. A parking permit is included with your registration confirmation.

Have questions about Intro to Genealogy - 1st Saturday Free! Genealogy Overview or Focused Topics? Contact California Genealogical Society & Library

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California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612


California Genealogical Society & Library

   Connecting people to their diverse family heritage

Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world. CGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The library is conveniently located in Uptown Oakland, one block north of the Paramount Theatre, at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2. We are three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station.

Phone: (510) 663-1358 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The goal of the California Genealogical Society is to connect people to their family heritage and to promote a spirit of diversity and inclusivity for our members and patrons. The California Genealogical Society does not tolerate discrimination in any form. 


Courtesy Request

In order to maintain a welcoming and healthy environment, please refrain from using scented products at CGS events or in the library.

Photography Notice

California Genealogical Society (CGS) may take photographs, audio recordings, and video footage in our library, classrooms or events for historical records or publicity purposes.  If you do not want to be photographed or filmed, it is the individual’s responsibility to 'opt out' by notifying the event leader or photographer at the event.

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