Membership in CGS offers the following member-only benefits

  • Free subscription to The California Nugget, the twice-yearly research journal of the California Genealogical Society (CGS).
  • Free or discounted fees to genealogy related classes.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with others to advance your research
  • Free access to several “subscription only” genealogy websites while at the CGS Library. Note: members cannot access these sites from home. You need to come to the library. Non-members must pay a daily use fee to use our computers. Our subscriptions include:
    • Ancestry.com Library Edition
    • Fold3
    • Americanancestors.org
    • NewspaperArchive.com
    • Vitalsearch-Worldwide.com
    • HistoryGeo
  • Convenient links to free genealogy related websites e.g., Family Search, Historic American Newspapers, Digital Public Library of America, Library of Congress Catalog.
  • Opportunities to participate in one or more Special Interest Groups
  • Access to our CGS Members-Only Online Resources
  • Free access to more than 38,000 books at the CGS Library, City Directories, maps, manuscripts and our pedigree chart collection.
  • Discounts on CGS publications.
  • Discounted rates for research services by the members of our Research Committee.
  • Members only field trips e.g., California State Archives, Sutro Library, Bancroft Library, Haas Lilienthal House.
  • Member only Research Trips e.g. Family History Center in Salt Lake City; New England Historical & Genealogical Society, Boston; National Archives, Washington D.C.
  • Annual Membership Meetings to learn about CGS updates and meet other members.