• Using Newspapers as a Resource
    August 12, 2024, 2:00 pm | General Meetings | Location: Tuolumne County Library
    Newspapers can be one of the most important resources in genealogy research, and provide dimension, color, texture, and character to the names and dates on a family tree. Join us as we learn some tips and ideas from Sascha Corcoran of how to search newspapers to maximize your success rate!

Welcome!

Welcome to our new Website! Learn about the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society and what we have to offer.  Whether you are a local resident interested in your family’s genealogy, or you live afar but have ancestors who may have lived and worked in Tuolumne County, we can help you discover and connect with your past.

Our Mission

To foster, encourage, and promote an interest in genealogy by providing information, education, and inspiration to our Society members and the general public.

MUSEUM/GENEALOGY LIBRARY
158 Bradford Street, PO Box 3956, Sonora, CA 95370 • 209.532.1317
Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 3:30 pm
Email:  info@tcgen.org

Here we have thousands of books, newspapers, and records for Tuolumne County and beyond. We have a great staff of seasoned genealogists ready to help you either get started on your research, or do look-ups for you.  Stop by and find fascinating resources covering the Gold Rush era of the Mother Lode.

Upcoming Events

  • Irish Group Meeting
    August 12, 2024, 10:00 am | Irish Group Meeting | Location: FamilySearch Center
    Host: Kathy "Cookie" Boone ~ Email: cookie48@mlode.com or call 209-770-3379
  • Writers' Group Meeting
    August 12, 2024, 12:00 pm | Writers' Group Meeting | Location: Tuolumne County Library
    Contacts: Pat Perry 209-586-3214 or Marilyn Fullam 209-588-9873  
  • Using Newspapers as a Resource
    August 12, 2024, 2:00 pm | General Meetings | Location: Tuolumne County Library
    Newspapers can be one of the most important resources in genealogy research, and provide dimension, color, texture, and character to the names and dates on a family tree. Join us as we learn some tips and ideas from Sascha Corcoran of how to search newspapers to maximize your success rate!
  • Board of Directors Meeting
    August 19, 2024, 9:30 am | Board of Directors Meeting | Location: My Garden Cafe
    Host: Judi Lewis, President ~ All TCGS Members Welcome

Upcoming General Meetings

General Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each Month 
At 2pm in the Sonora Main Library Community Room

August – Using Newspapers as a Genealogical Resource ~ Sascha Corcoran

September – Using Land Records to Further Your Research ~ Sandy Turner

October – Using the Activities Tab in FamilySearch ~ Monica Yuskaitis

Everyone is Welcome – Please join us!

Join or Renew Your Membership

Keep Current – Renew Your Membership Annually!
Click the button below to Join or Renew On-Line or by Mail.

Get The Latest Golddiggers Issue

Golddiggers Newsletter for Tuolumne Genealogical SocietyHot off the press! Another Golddiggers Newsletter chock full of research ideas! Check it out today! To see current and past issues,  click the button below to go to the newsletter page. You’ll be able to read the newsletter on the page, or download it in a PDF format.

Special Interest Groups

We offer several Special Interest Groups for members.  Do you have Irish ancestry?  Are you interested in documenting the story of an ancestor or family group?  Would you like to help document some of Tuolumne County’s historic cemeteries to a world-wide database?  Join a Special Interest Group (SIG), guests are welcome to attend one meeting before becoming members of our Society.

Sonora LDS FamilySearch Center

The LDS FamilySearch Center has many subscription research sites that the church provides free to patrons at the center.

Tuolumne County Genealogical Workshops

19481 Hillsdale Drive, Sonora ~ 209-536-9206
Tuesday – 1 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday – 10 am to 4 pm & 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Thursday – 10 am to 1 pm

Donate in Honor of a Friend or Loved One

Did you know you can honor your family and friends with a donation to the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society Scholarship Fund?  There are many special occasions when a donation to the TCGS Scholarship Fund makes a perfect gift:

    • Memorials
    • Birthdays
    • Holidays
    • Celebrations
    • Milestones and Achievements
    • Anytime, in honor of someone special

Genealogy for Kids!

Genealogy for Kids image - Family treeDo you have a child or grandchild who has expressed an interest in building a family tree? Here’s a website with information on how to get started, tips for creating a family tree, how to trace your ancestors, using census records, organizing photos, reading old handwriting, family tree relationships, along with many other ideas. This site may also be helpful for some of us “older” kids!

Genealogy For Kids – Building a Family Tree