San Joaquin Genealogical Society
About SJGS
Mission and Purpose
The mission and purpose of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society is:
  • To promote interest in genealogy
  • To encourage the preservation of records and documents that have genealogical and/or historical value
  • To teach and promote accuracy in research
  • To provide community services related to genealogy

Operating Year: January - December 2023

Elected Officers
President: Jacqi Stevens
Vice President: Cheryl Bolles
Treasurer: Chuck Wegner
Secretary: Tracy Pearse
Director of Communications: Bob Arlo Craner
Director of Member Services: Marilyn Reineman
Director of Programming: Sherry Wegner
Immediate Past President: Sheri Louise Fenley
Appointed Officers
Historian: Sylvia Perez
Newsletter Editor: Bob Arlo Craner
Webmaster: Sheri Louise Fenley
Committee Chairs
Hospitality: Alice Malde
Library Volunteer Coordinator: Connie Saculla
Publications: Betty Mathis
Research Requests: Sheri Louise Fenley
Special Projects: Betty Mathis
History of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society 1
On 10 January 1952, Mary Curtis, with the help of Naomi Carey, planned an organizational meeting to form a genealogy society in Stockton, California. There were twenty four charter members when the San Joaquin Genealogical Society was established in 1952. Sue Denuit served as our society's first president. From 1952 to 1956, all meetings were held in the homes of various SJGS members.
In early 1956, Reginald R. Stuart, Director of the California History Foundation at the College of the Pacific (now the University of the Pacific), offered the SJGS space for its membership meetings in the California Western Americana Room on campus. Three shelves in that room were cleared to make space for SJGS's collection of genealogy reference books, many of which were donated or loaned to the society by SJGS members.
In 1963, the SJGS moved its genealogical book collection to the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, Cesar Chavez Central Library, where it remains today. General membership meetings are now held at the Margaret J. Troke Branch Library.
Our society doesn't yet have a physical location of its own, but we're hoping to acquire office space very soon. Please consider making a donation to our society to help us reach this goal.
1 Research on SJGS history done by SJGS member Charlie Lambaren