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    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?

    The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society welcomes anyone interested in genealogy.
    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)
    • Library Edition – world’s largest collection of online family records
    • FindMyPast – US and UK records
    • Fold3 (formerly – military records
    • GenealogyBank – newspapers
    • – 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.

    Research Assistance

    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.

    Members-Only Discounts

    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.

    Membership Levels


    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.”

    -Milt Hess

    “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.”

    -Sharon Summer
    Family History Writing
    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.”

    -Barbara Simonds


    Family memberships are for two individuals living in the same household. Membership renews on your anniversary date.

    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.

    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.

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