Thursday, March 29, 2012

News from the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch

The following information was received from Beth Daugherty, Genealogy Services Librarian at the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch.

The Central Library has received a generous donation from the Genealogical Association of Sacramento – a subscription to the American database!  The subscription has already started and is available only on the computers at the Central Library (in-library use only).  You might remember that the library used to subscribe to American Ancestors – however, we were forced to discontinue the subscription at the end of 2011 due to budget constraints.  Needless to say, we really appreciate the generosity of the Genealogical Association of Sacramento. 

To access the database when you visit Central Library, please come to the 2nd or 3rd floor information desk first, and a staff member will log you in on one of the catalog computers.
We also have some programs coming up in April:

April 7th: Beginning Genealogy: How to Trace Your Family History, with Karen Burney.
This is a Saturday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, held in the West Meeting Room at Central Library.  Registration is preferred by calling 916-264-2920, but walk-ins are welcome!  The only free parking nearby is at the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot between 8th and 9th and F and G Streets.  The entry is off of 8th Street.

April 21st: Social Networking For Genealogists, a computer class taught by library staff.
This is another Saturday, 10:15 -11:45 am, held in the 3rd floor Technology Lab at Central Library.  Registration is preferred, by calling 916-264-2920 or visiting the library’s website:  The only free parking, again, is at the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot.

April 29th:  How Much Proof Is Enough? Using the Genealogical Proof Standard, with Cath Madden Trindle.
This is a Sunday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, held in the West Meeting Room.  There is no registration for this program – but you can get more information by calling the library at 916-264-2920.  Street parking near the library is free on Sundays, and you can also park free of charge in the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot.

We also have the Book a Genealogist service at Central Library on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Call the library at 916-264-2920 to set up a 45-minute appointment to have a genealogy volunteer help you with your research.

I hope that you will decide to visit Central Library soon to attend a program or use the American Ancestors database.  While you’re here, be sure to visit the Genealogy Center on the 2nd floor and use some of the wonderful genealogy books in the collection belonging to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento.

Thank you for your interest in the library’s genealogy programming!

Beth Daugherty
Genealogy Services Librarian
Sacramento Public Library – Central
828 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: (916) 264-2979

Editors Note:  The classes are a wonderful community service for genealogists sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  I hope you are able to take advantage by attending them and meet others who enjoy learning more about family history research.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

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