Researching The World
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
Interested in exploring your family’s history?
Want to discover and meet cousins in your extended family?
Would you like to join a like-minded group that helps you advance and share your research?
Join us and enjoy membership benefits including:
Access to Sahyun Genealogical Library Computers & Subscription Sites
Library computers and network are free for use by Society members. You have access to subscription sites including:
- American Ancestors (formerly New England Historical Genealogical Society)
- Ancestry.com Library Edition – world’s largest collection of online family records
- FindMyPast – US and UK records
- Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) – military records
- GenealogyBank – newspapers
- Newspapers.com – Publisher’s Edition
- PRDH – University of Montreal – The Research Program in Historical Demography
Society Publication Subscriptions
Receive Tree Tips, our monthly newsletter, and Ancestors West, our quarterly publication with articles about genealogy and family history.
Access to Members-Only Website Content
Includes Webinar Archive to see past webinars on fascinating genealogical topics, archive of our Ancestors West publication, and Member Resource Packet of useful information, and much more.
Library volunteers are available to assist members whenever the Sahyun Library is open.
Access to Coaches
Need help with your research? We have coaches to help you. A list of our coaches is available online and at the front desk. The Coach Coordinator can help if you’re not sure which coach to contact.
Reduced rates for research documents and special events. Members pay half-price for copies from our local Santa Barbara County records database, and receive reduced rates for special events.
Book Nook Purchases
Purchase special supplies and genealogical books, both at the Sahyun Library and at meetings.
Admission to Membership Meetings
Join us each month (except August) for guest speakers, panels, demonstrations, and reports on recent activities. Special Interest Groups meet before each meeting, and refreshments are provided when we can meet in person.
We are a group that shares your interest in family history research and look forward to welcoming you as a member.
What Our Members Say
“During one of our Jewish Genealogy SIG meetings, we were able to interpret a gravestone for a member and help her confirm the identity of her ancestor.”
“Following one of the meetings of our Family History Writing SIG, one of our members was inspired to begin writing an article that she had long experienced writer’s block about and even to complete it that very day.”
Special Interest Group
“At a meeting of the Jewish Genealogy SIG, I was introduced to the Find a Grave website and discovered the image of my grandparents’ gravestone.”
How many people are included in the Family Membership?
Family memberships are for two individuals living in the same household. Membership renews on your anniversary date.
Is the Society a non-profit organization?
Yes! The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable California corporation. Our federal tax identification number is 95-3080681.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Dues and donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted and are deductible for personal or corporate tax purposes to the fullest extent of the law. Our federal tax identification number is 95-3080681.
What if I have more questions?
We’re here to help! Please contact us here.