MS 284 San Diego Genealogical Society Collection

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
San Diego Genealogical Society.
San Diego Genealogical Society Collection
MS 284
Date [inclusive]
1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes)
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection October 29, 2015

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Obtained from the San Diego Genealogical Society.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Mills in January 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • First Presbyterian Church (San Diego, Calif.).
  • First Unitarian Church (San Diego, Calif.).
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (San Diego, Calif.).
  • Johnson, Saum & Noble Mortuary.

Family Name(s)

  • Clark family
  • Cook family
  • Weld family


  • Land grants

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

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Collection Inventory

Indexes 1973-1985

Scope and Content:

These indexes are arranged by year, and correspond to many of the following subject files.

Agriculture 1860 1:2
Births 1860-1910 1:3
Cemeteries 1856-1965 1:4
Census (1 of 2) 1850-1860 1:5
Census (2 of 2) 1870-1880 1:6
Churches 1870-1973 1:7
Coroner’s Inquest 1871-1896 1:8
Deeds (1 of 2) 1850-1871 1:9
Deeds (2 of 2) 1872-1876 1:10
Great Register (1 of 2) 1866-1873 1:11
Great Register (2 of 2) 1866-1873 1:12
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.

Mortuary 1869-1909 2:2
Newspapers 1854-1885 2:3
Preemption / Probate Index / Queries / Twigs and Chips 1850-1922 2:4
Schools 1795-1910 2:5
Tax Payers 1850-1863 2:6
Wills 1880-1927 2:7
Newsletters 1996 2:8
Newsletters 1997 2:9
Newsletters 1998 2:10
Newsletters 1999 2:11
Newsletters 2000 2:12
Newsletters 2001 2:13
Newsletters 2002 2:14
Newsletters 2003 2:15
Newsletters 2004 2:16
“Leaves and Saplings, Family Records Vol. 1” 1639-1971

Scope and Content:

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

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