The Central Library, located at 828 I Street in downtown Sacramento, is the main branch of the Sacramento Public Library system. Central library offers a variety of free programs for the public, including many that are of interest to genealogists. In addition, the various branches of the library system periodically offer genealogy programs.
Central Library offers these services to the public:
- Presentations by Genealogy Specialists: Three series of presentations are offered annually, during the months of January, May and September. Each series includes three lectures. Special classes on beginning genealogy are also offered throughout the year. All lectures are held at the Central Library in the West Meeting Room. The September 2012 presentations, on Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm, include:
“Genealogy on the Go with the iPad or Tablet” presented by Lisa Louise Cooke on Sep 9th
“Build Your Own Genealogy Blog” presented by Craig Suilinski on Sep 16th
“The WPA: Resources for your Genealogy” presented by Gena Philibert Ortega on Sep 23rd
The class “Beginning Genealogy - How to Trace Your Family History” will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, 1:00-2:30 pm.
These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of Central Library.
- The Book a Genealogist program: Central Library is fortunate to have the assistance of two volunteer genealogists who meet individually with people needing help with their research. The volunteers are available at the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Registration is required for these 45-minute appointments by calling 916-264-2920, or by visiting the library's website.
- Genealogy Reference Books: A large collection of non-circulating genealogy books and periodicals is available for use by the public during library open hours. The majority of these items belong to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento (GAS). The collection is located on the 2nd floor of Central Library.
- Genealogical Databases: The library offers two genealogical databases for the public’s use: Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors.org. Ancestry Library Edition can be used at any branch of the Sacramento Public Library system. Access to the American Ancestors database is available only at the Central Library. The library’s subscription to American Ancestors.org is sponsored by GAS.
- Genealogy computer classes: These free classes are taught in the 3rd floor Technology Lab at Central Library by library staff. Currently, classes being taught include Introduction to Online Genealogy, Social Networking for Genealogists and Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition.
We hope that you’ll take advantage of all the genealogy services offered by the library!
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond