CGS Books for sale

There are many ways to support CGS by making donations

California Genealogical Society is a 501 (c)(3) organization (Federal Tax ID 94-6130842). All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.


Graphic text from the 2019 Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal

Contributing during our Annual Appeal is a great way to support the society. Your donations enable us to continue to provide a high-quality resource for genealogical information in California.

Support – Books


CGS welcomes book donations. Your contribution will either be added to our permanent collection or if we already have a copy we will sell the book and add the profit to our General Fund. To donate one or more books please drop them off at the library or call or email the library committee to arrange a pick up. You can reach the library committee at: [email protected]

An image from a blog post about our manuscripts collection


CGS has an extensive manuscripts collection. These items are often one-of-a-kind materials. We catalogue this material and list it in WorldCat so researchers will know what is available at the library. If you have questions about donating to a manuscript please contact: [email protected]

The CGS Logo with Leave A Legacy text

Name CGS in your trust or 401k

Do you have a trust, 401k, life insurance policy, retirement plan or other investment vehicle? If so, please consider naming CGS as a beneficiary. Setting this up is very simple and can be handled through your investment company. You will need to provide the CGS tax identification number (Tax ID 94-6130842), our address, official name (California Genealogical Society Inc.). If you are considering naming CGS as a beneficiary contact our Treasurer at: [email protected]
Everyone who supports CGS in this way becomes a member of our Legacy Society, so please let us know if you have already named CGS as a beneficiary. There are no dues or fees associated with being a Legacy Society Member. Legacy Society members are recoginized as donors (with your permission) and receive special invitations.

Support – Time

Time – Volunteer

CGS is an all-volunteer organization. We welcome new volunteers and have a diverse number of jobs that need doing. Some are one-persons tasks while others involve committee work. Please check the Members/Volunteer Opportunities for more information or contact: CGS Volunteer Chair.

Cash Donations

Cash donations are always welcome. You can mail in a check or donate through your PayPal account. You can stipulate if you prefer that your donation go into our General Fund or the Sherman-Haughton Fund. To make a cash donation please fill out the form below.

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