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San Diego Genealogical Society Collection MS 284
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Comments
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: San Diego Genealogical Society Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 284
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1639-2004
    Abstract: This collection contains newsletters and research material from the San Diego Genealogical Society, as well as a book detailing the history of the Clark, Cook, and Weld families.
    creator: San Diego Genealogical Society.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The San Diego Genealogical Society was founded in 1946 by Mrs. Alicia P. Mayer and a small group of people interested in genealogy. Mrs. Mayer, the first President, stated the main purposes of the Society were "to promote general interest in the related fields of genealogy, history and heraldry," to assist members with their research, and to establish a genealogical library. Membership grew from the original 25 charter members to a total of 39 by the end of the first year. The San Diego Genealogical Society was incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3), California corporation and the official seal was developed.
    One of the original goals of the Society was to assist those people interested in genealogy, in addition to providing for the mutual exchange of information among members. For this reason, monthly Society meetings included programs for beginners as well as those with many years of research experience. A number of well-known experts have appeared at meetings and at special seminars.
    The Society has two publications. The Newsletter, started in 1963, contains information of general interest to the membership and program announcements and queries. The second publication, San Diego Leaves and Saplings, published since 1972, includes transcriptions of census, mortuary, cemetery, hospital, and many other early San Diego County records.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the San Diego Genealogical Society Newsletter from 1996-2004, genealogical research material arranged by subject, and indexes to some of those subjects. Additionally there is a volume of Family Records containing the detailed family histories of the Clark, Cook, and Weld families.


    This collection is arranged by subject and chronologically. The research subject files are in alphabetical order, followed by issues of the Newsletter by year.

    Preferred Citation

    San Diego Genealogical Society Collection, MS 284, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills in January 2015.


    The Society’s publication Leaves and Saplings is located in the SDHC Serials Collection.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Obtained from the San Diego Genealogical Society.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clark family
    Cook family
    First Presbyterian Church (San Diego, Calif.).
    First Unitarian Church (San Diego, Calif.).
    Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (San Diego, Calif.).
    Johnson, Saum & Noble Mortuary.
    Weld family
    Land grants
    San Diego Herald San Diego Union