About the Calaveras Genealogical Society


The Calaveras Genealogical Society was organized in 1991 to assist researchers with their research needs.  The stated purpose of the society is:

  • To assist people interested in genealogy to research their roots by providing educational opportunities, research materials and tools. 

  • To compile and make available local information of interest to genealogical researchers.

The Calaveras Genealogical Society is a tax exempt non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.  We do accept donations, which are tax deductible. 
Tax ID#: 68-0251932

How Do You Join CGS?

  • Individual membership is $15.00 annually. 
  • Joint membership (two or more members in the same household) is $20.00 annually. 

  • Organization membership is $25.00 annually.

  • Lifetime membership is $150.00 

A membership form can be downloaded and printed by clicking HERE.

Upcoming Events​​

  • July 5:  Board Meeting, at the Calaveras County Library, San Andreas. Annual Planning Meeting 9:30 am -1:30 pm

  • August 2:  Board Meeting, at the Calaveras County Library, San Andreas.

  • August 8:"Writing Your Family History" by CGS Board Member Terry Stone.

  • August 8:  Technology for Genealogy and Brick Wall Buster Special Interest Groups (SIG's) 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Check out the 

CALENDAR PAGE for additional information and to see the upcoming schedule of monthly meetings, workshops and seminars. 

​Calaveras County took care of its own, with the first county hospital started as early as 1858, where indigents were cared for at county expense. That first county hospital was near Mokelumne Hill with its replacement opened in San Andreas in 1869, with that hospital serving the county until a larger one was opened in 1890. All three of the hospitals had cemeteries located next to them where the indigent patients were buried. Only one of those cemeteries is still visible, at the hospital opened in 1890, located where the county government center is now. The cemetery was behind the hospital and the rocks placed at the head of each grave site number in the hundreds. Medical care in the 1800s was very rudimentary and the use of narcotic drugs such as opium and cocaine was common. Even such simple things as cough medicine for babies was often loaded with alcohol or other dangerous substances.

What Does CGS Offer Members?

  • Emailed reminders of our monthly meetings that provide speakers and programs where members can learn new ways to do research and network with other genealogical researchers.

  • A quarterly newsletter “The Froghorn” that is either emailed or mailed to members, depending on their preference. 

  • Emailed tips, tricks, and information on genealogical websites, freebies for genealogy researchers, and other great information.

  • Discounted fees for most CGS seminars, workshops and research trips.

  • Mentoring sessions are available upon request after the monthly meetings, led by an experienced researcher. 

  • Opportunity to place their Surnames on the Surname Research List on the CGS website, where others that may be researching the same names are able to make contact to share information.  Check out the list of names on the SURNAME AND RESOURCES page. 

What Else Does CGS Offer?
CGS owns a large selection of genealogical research books, periodicals, and magazines in a dedicated genealogy section at the Calaveras County Library in San Andreas.  Items cannot be checked out, but are available to do research in the library.  A list of books and other resource materials is available on the Froghorn and Library Page.  

Monthly Meetings are Open to the Public
Held the second Tuesday of each month at the Calaveras County Library in San Andreas from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. June’s social meeting typically includes a tour of a local historical location and stories told during the tour of the pioneer families of that area.December’s social meeting includes the opportunity to network with other researchers and share stories of brick wall breakthroughs or new research methods.

Mentoring Sessions
To help you with your genealogical questions are available after the monthly meetings. Led by an experienced researcher.

Are you looking for Someone in Calaveras County?
Fill out the CONTACT REQUEST form with the information you are looking for and a CGS volunteer will help with researching and email the results to you. They cannot obtain birth, marriage or death certificates which are only available for a fee from the 

Calaveras County Recorder.
Calaveras Death Index and Cemetery Project
A comprehensive index utilizing old mortuary records and cemetery lists to make an index available to family researchers, including as much information as possible about the deceased. Check out the Finding Them page.

PO Box 1472, San Andreas, CA 95249

Angels Camp started their Frog Jump Celebration in 1928 and the tradition still goes on today. Many of the towns had bands and baseball teams. Horse races, wrestling, boxing and other sports were frequent and gambling on these events was common. Outdoor events were common and groups would pack up the wagons and head for the mountains for a camping trip that often lasted several weeks. Some ranchers put on annual picnics on their ranch with everyone invited and hundreds attended some of those picnics. Carrying a knife, gun or other weapon was normal in the earlier 1800's but there was a gun law passed in the later 1800s. George Cox, who shot his son in law and was the last person hung in Calaveras County on August 31, 1888, was called a martyr to the new gun law by some people. Sheriff Ben Thorne, sent out engraved invitations to the hanging. As the years passed, the big mines closed down and the towns became business centers. Some of the older citizens still mined by hand to make a living and some folks still look for gold, more as a hobby than as a way to make a living. Many of the old ranches were sold and split into smaller parcels and more families moved here from the cities but the spirit of the 49ers still lives on and there are still folks who remember what life used to be like in the sleepy foothill communities, where everyone knew everyone and were probably related to most of them. 

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Some history of Calaveras County

​This first courthouse building for Calaveras County was made in China and shipped to California where is was erected at Double Springs in 1850. The next county courthouse was located in Jackson, which was in Calaveras County at that time, then was in Mokelumne Hill and finally the county courthouse was in San Andreas where it remains today.

A Jump

Into the Past!

Assisting you in researching all the branches of your family tree
 Let the Adventure Begin!

Contact Us!

Calaveras Genealogical Society
PO Box 1472, San Andreas, CA 95249

  • For general questions to the Calaveras Genealogical Society email: info@calaverasgenealogy.com

  • To contact the Calaveras Genealogical Society President email:  president@calaverasgenealogy.com

  • Questions related to the quarterly Froghorn email:  froghorneditor@calaverasgenealogy.com

  • Questions related to the Surname List email: surname@calaverasgenealogy.com ​