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Genealogical Society


P.O. Box 1354, Diamond Springs, CA 95619


Serving Genealogical Needs in El Dorado County Since 1979



“A Family Tree Can Wither If Nobody Tends Its Roots.”




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Monthly Legacy 8 Users Group


Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society is proud to sponsor a users group for those who are using the Legacy family tree software.  We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 3275 Cedar Ravine in Placerville, CA.  If you are interested in learning more, contact .  We would love to have you join us.



Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society Meetings


Date:      The third Tuesday of every month (Except December)

Time:     1:00 p.m.

Where:   The LDS Church

               3275 Cedar Ravine

               Placerville, CA.

Visitors are always welcome and refreshments are served.


Upcoming Meeting Agendas:


September 20, 2016               What Do You Know About The History Your Family Lived Through?, Part B  - Follow-Up Discussion from Augusts Meeting.   Lead by Rodi Lee

In August, we began a question and answer history lesson based on events that happened during our ancestor’s lifetime.  If you missed our August meeting, please bring in a photo of your oldest ancestor.  Then, write one or two short paragraphs showing the time line of your ancestor, beginning with the earliest known name/date and continuing throughout their lifetime.  Where did they come from?  When and where did they go?



October 18, 2016                   “Legacy of Gold…The Story of James S. Russell, 1830-1930”  - Presented by Linda Van Gundy

Linda McBeath-Van Gundy is the great, great granddaughter of James S. Russell and has spent 40 years researching her family tree, including El Dorado County, California, Gold Rush days.  James S. Russell was just nineteen years of age when he began his travels from Nantucket, Massachusetts, via Cape Horn, to California in search of gold.  He spent 182 days at sea (6 months).  James settled in El Dorado County and lived here for 80 years.



November 15, 2016               Election of Officers for 2017 and Annual Finger Food Potluck

This is our Annual Finger Food sharing and the sharing of our R&GD members’ experiences of success and/or frustration of their genealogical research.   

November, is also the month that we vote for our Executive Board Officers for 2017.  It is a happy and sad occasion, because we know we will be seeing our dedicated Executive Officers stepping down and anxiously looking forward to our new Executive Board Officers in January 2017. 



December, 2016                    We will not have a meeting in December so that members have more time to spend with family and friends.  See you in January.




The 2017 schedule of programs is being developed.  We are looking forward to the opportunities coming our way next year.


Rev 09-08-2016