Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society
Hemet - San Jacinto
Genealogical Society
Photo: Lake Hemet Water & Land Offices circa 1896
We Preserve the Past for the Future
Image: Bank of Hemet circa 1905
Bank of Hemet circa 1905
March Genealogy Seminar
"Put The Puzzle Together"
Saturday March 18, 2017
City of Hemet Library 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Linda Serna and Gena Philibert-Ortega 
Click HERE for details and to print a registration form
Welcome to the Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society (HSJGS) web site. If you are interested in climbing your family tree you landed at the right place. We are here to help, from the beginner to the advanced genealogist, we encourage everyone to share their knowledge and help one another in this journey. If you are new, take a minute to look at the Facts and Tips page on the left, in these pages you will find lots of useful information for both beginners as well as reminders for more experienced users.
Please take the time to look around our website, check out our Calendar to see what is coming up, take a look at the surnames our members are researching you might find a cousin or two. If you arrived seeking records, be sure to look at our obituary and cemetery listings.
Our monthly meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham, Hemet, CA in the upstairs conference room, please feel free to attend a complimentary meeting and if you like us we'd love to have you join our society. Click HERE for  a membership application. 
San Jacinto Valley - Past and Present History Book Sale! $60
On sale, was originally $85 on sale for $60. This amazing book of over 900 pages is packed full of Family Histories, photos, census records, stories of the founding of San Jacinto, Hemet, Winchester, Anza and Idyllwild. There are entries about local Churches, business and schools. This edition includes both Volume 1 (1989) and Volume 2 (2011). Over 800 valley residents, both past and present are listed, many with photographs. This book makes a wonderful Christmas gift. Don't wait, copies are limited, get yours today. To read more and print out an order form click HERE.  
Volunteers Wanted!
Can you be a HSJGS Volunteer? Yes you can if you can work a mere 3 hours per week on a regular basis we need you! Our schedule is based on a 4 day work week, Wednesday thru Saturday. Shifts available are 9-12, 12-3 and 3-6. Two volunteers work per shift. While in training, learn what books we have and how to locate them. Learn the fundamentals of the Dewey Decimal System. Learn all about the many obituary and death indexes we have. Learn how to get new patrons started on their research. Learn how to locate and shelve books, quarterlies and newsletters. How to fill out genealogy forms. Locating and viewing newspapers we have on microfilm. When patrons are in the library, of course we must assist them first. On the slower days there may be many free hours when you can work on your own research. Just being a volunteer is a learning experience. Every day we learn something new from other volunteers and patrons.
Research in the Duffin Heritage Room at the Hemet Public Library
At the Duffin Heritage Room we have 3 computers available for patron use, all with the following free subscription websites: Ancestry, NEHGS "American Ancestors", Fold3, GenealogyBank and Newspapers.com, In addition we have a microfilm reader/printer, not to mention over 6,000 books, periodicals, maps and other resources. Stop in and let one our friendly volunteers show you around, you never know what you will find.
Search 50 plus years of Obituaries
The HSJGS has undertaken a project to list all Obituaries in our local newspapers. We have uploaded 61,000 names to our area death database, we have another 60,000 plus to be added in the upcoming months. These names were taken from the Press Enterprise, Hemet News and Valley Chronicle. Use the convenient search box under area deaths to search and if you find an obituary you would like to request a copy of, click research request on the left side of the screen, print the request form and send it to us, we will do the rest.
In the upcoming months we will also be adding names from our local History Book Past and Present and the San Jacinto Cemetery Book, so watch this site for announcements as those changes happen.
50/50 Book Program
Share the cost of a book for our library. You pick out the title, pay 50% of the cost of the book, the library pays the other 50%. What a super way to help build our permanent library collection. No family histories please. Ask the Librarian in the Duffin Heritage Room for information and the form to fill out.

March 2
Sara Cochran - From A Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Album
Sara Cochran will present  the Basics of dating pictures, Organizing and Digitizing Photos  
March 9
Court Records-Land, Probate-How they are Found
  Want to know where you came from? Those curious about their families' histories can expand their knowledge about their family tree, and learn basic family history research. Professional genealogist, Larry Bowles, will teach free classes on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from January 12th through May 11th ...
March 18
Put The Puzzle Together Featuring Linda Serna and Gena Philibert-Ortega
4 Sessions with 2 awesome speakers, in the morning Gena Philibert-Ortega with present: 1. Social Media Tools for Genealogy: Using Social Media with Facebook, Twitter (Tweeting) Pinterest (Pinning) and other sites.  2. That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy: Core websites crucial to your family history.  After lunch ...
March 23
Immigration and Naturalization Records- What they Contain
  Want to know where you came from? Those curious about their families' histories can expand their knowledge about their family tree, and learn basic family history research. Professional genealogist, Larry Bowles, will teach free classes on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from January 12th through May 11th ...
April 6
Finding your Family on Newspapers.com
This wonderful video presentation by Peter Drinkwater will walk you through the ins and outs of using Newspapers.com and teach you some great insider tricks. 

Your immigrant ancestor is the first person of an ancestral line to settle in a given country.

Early German church records date to 1524. Requirements for record keeping were begun by the Lutherans in 1540 and Roman Catholics in 1563, but it is typical to find church record books that start around 1650.
[German Research]

To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
[Vital Records]

Take advantage of genealogy classes, workshops, seminars and conferences.
[Basic Information ]

f you find your ancestor as the last person on the census page, make sure you check the next page for more information.