Dr. Charles Francis Griffin was the tenth president of the California Genealogical Society (CGS). He served from 1923 to 1931. Dr. Griffin was born 26 April 1869 in Lassen County, California, the son of Francis Marion Griffin and Margaret Malloy Griffin. Dr. Griffin attended school in Vallejo, California and Cooper Medical College in San Francisco. He received an MD degree from Stanford University in 1891 and practiced medicine in San Francisco.
In addition to being an active member of CGS, Dr. Griffin was a contributing member of the California Historical Society. In that capacity, he compiled an Index to the Annals of San Francisco which was published in 1935. He was also an officer in the Society of Mayflower Descendants for many years.
Dr. Griffin was killed in an auto accident in Guerneville, California on 23 December 1950. Upon his death, his estate donated his genealogical books to CGS.
Information gleaned from an article written by A.T. Leonard, Jr. for California Historical Society Quarterly, 1 March 1951, and from previous CGS blog articles.
In 2021 volunteer Stewart Blandón Traiman examined every item in the collection, scanning and describing each item that he found to be of genealogical interest that was also clearly free of copyright restrictions. The Griffin Archive Index listing 232 documents, mostly only a few pages but some quite large. Each entry includes a link for displaying the document image.