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.

March Evening Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Using City Directories for Genealogical Research
Mary Sayles

Where can I find my ancestors' street address?
What businesses did the town have?
What type of transportation existed?
Directory Information may show:
Individual Occupations.
Death year of individuals listed in previous year's directory.
Forwarding addresses of post office for people who moved to another town.

Ms. Mary Sayles has been a part-time genealogist for 40 years. Recently retired from full-time work, she enjoys spending more time researching, writing about, and teaching genealogy and local history. Ms. Sayles has taught genealogy classes in the Sacramento area and Halifax; is a monthly genealogy docent at the LDS Family Search Library on Eastern Avenue; and has been a docent at the ROOT CELLAR Library and the Roseville Main Library, in the past. She also has published three genealogy articles, and had Sayles Family research published on a Michigan newspaper website. She began her genealogy journey in PCGS.


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.


April Day Study Group Meeting Monday, April 9, 2018

Finding Living People


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.


April FTM Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Family Tree Maker 2017

The FTM User Group meeting will be able to look at Family Tree Maker 2017 which was released July 2017. 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 Jerry Unruh with any requests.

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


March Placer Trails Newsletter

March 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.)



Annual dues are $20.00 which entitles members to electronically receive the Placer Trails Newsletter as well as any meeting notices.

Your membership payment is due on January 1 and must be received by April 1 to avoid being dropped from our membership list. If you are uncertain if you have paid or not, check with our Registrar.

You are encouraged to register as a family membership. The cost is the same; $20.00 per year. A family membership is defined as two or more persons residing at a single mailing address. 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

Loomis Library PCGS Books
Placer Archives PCGS Books

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.



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