COME TO THE LIBRARY

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland CA
Tel. (510) 663-1358 FAX (510) 663-1596

Open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
  • Non-members are welcome for a $5 use fee.
  • The first Saturday of each month is free.
  • Library has computers, a copier and a scanner for patron use.
  • A wireless connection is available.
  CGS Library
Books and periodicals - Whether you have ancestors from the South, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Midwest, the West or California, you will find books, periodicals and resources to support your genealogy research. We also have holdings on Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
 
  Manuscript collection – Discover our unique manuscript collection which contains pedigree charts, letters and information that is available only at our library.
 
City directories – CGS has a variety of city directories with an emphasis on directories of the San Francisco Bay Area. The CGS holdings are strengthened with access to Stephen Harris’ extensive personal collection across the hall from CGS. Published in the mid 1800s until the mid 1900s, his collection covers places throughout the United States.
 
  Microfiche - View our microfiche index to see Our holdings which include: Australia, England, Ireland, and many states.
Internet access and subscription websites– Bring your laptop or use one of our computers. Access the Internet, free websites, and subscriptions including:
  • Ancestry.com,
  • Fold3.com (formerly footnote.com),
  • Americanancestors.org,
  • NewspaperArchive.com,
  • Vitalsearch-ca.com,
  • HistoryGeo
  • City Directories on Ancestry
  • FamilySearch
  • Family History Archives
  • Historic American Newspapers
  • Rootsweb
  • S.F. Genealogy
  • Library of Congress Catalog
  Microfilm – View index to see our records that include many states, Canada and France.