Club news: Grass Roots Genealogical Society |

Club news: Grass Roots Genealogical Society

Jan Hinton has a real success story. She recently became interested in tracing her heritage. She said, “I think it is important to talk to your children about their ancestors. On my very first day of research in the Family History Center, with the help of Cynthia Johnson, a volunteer, I found 11 generations and made a pedigree chart with records dating back to the year 1013. It is very exciting; like doing detective work and Cynthia is very helpful.”

If you’re interested in looking for your ancestors you are in luck. Locally, we have The Family History Center located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. This center is the largest genealogical research library in Nevada County. In addition to providing free genealogical information on computers, microfilm, microfiche and printed materials, the nonprofit library facilitates access to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ files in Salt Lake City.

Robert Reed is the director of The Family History Center. The Center is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The director and a staff of 19 are all volunteers from the local community.

In addition, the Grass Roots Genealogical Society meet in a room next to the Family History Center on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Society has donated over 200 books to the library, and also paid for a subscription to the New England Genealogical Society Web site. Donna Young, director of the Society indexed all of the books in The Family History Center.

Everyone is welcome to use the Family History Center free of charge. Users of the facility state that it has been an extremely valuable resource for Nevada County genealogists. Approximately 1,700 people use the center each year.

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