San Diego Genealogical Society Collection MS 284

Finding aid prepared by Samantha Mills
San Diego History Center Document Collection
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
October 29, 2015

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
Box-folder 1:1

Indexes 1973-1985

Scope and Content

These indexes are arranged by year, and correspond to many of the following subject files.
Box-folder 1:2

Agriculture 1860

Box-folder 1:3

Births 1860-1910

Box-folder 1:4

Cemeteries 1856-1965

Box-folder 1:5

Census (1 of 2) 1850-1860

Box-folder 1:6

Census (2 of 2) 1870-1880

Box-folder 1:7

Churches 1870-1973

Box-folder 1:8

Coroner’s Inquest 1871-1896

Box-folder 1:9

Deeds (1 of 2) 1850-1871

Box-folder 1:10

Deeds (2 of 2) 1872-1876

Box-folder 1:11

Great Register (1 of 2) 1866-1873

Box-folder 1:12

Great Register (2 of 2) 1866-1873

Box-folder 2:1

Index to Suits / Industry / Land Grants / Marriage / Mortality / National City 1850-1911

Scope and Content

These indexes do not correspond to subject files in this collection, but may be a possible match to issues of Leaves and Saplings.
Box-folder 2:2

Mortuary 1869-1909

Box-folder 2:3

Newspapers 1854-1885

Box-folder 2:4

Preemption / Probate Index / Queries / Twigs and Chips 1850-1922

Box-folder 2:5

Schools 1795-1910

Box-folder 2:6

Tax Payers 1850-1863

Box-folder 2:7

Wills 1880-1927

Box-folder 2:8

Newsletters 1996

Box-folder 2:9

Newsletters 1997

Box-folder 2:10

Newsletters 1998

Box-folder 2:11

Newsletters 1999

Box-folder 2:12

Newsletters 2000

Box-folder 2:13

Newsletters 2001

Box-folder 2:14

Newsletters 2002

Box-folder 2:15

Newsletters 2003

Box-folder 2:16

Newsletters 2004

Box-folder 3:1

"Leaves and Saplings, Family Records Vol. 1" 1639-1971

Scope and Content

This book includes the genealogy of the Clark, Cook, and Weld families.