Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society
Hemet - San Jacinto
Genealogical Society
Photo: Bothin Bulding Corner Harvard and Florida circa 1912
We Preserve the Past for the Future
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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 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 meeting 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. 
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, 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 just uploaded 61,000 names to our area death database, we have another 60,000 plus to be added in the upcoming month. 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 Cemtery Book, so watch this site for announcements as those changes happen.
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 are available 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.
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.

December 3
Genealogy-Familysearch.org Part 2
New and Lesser known features on Familysearch.org Sign up in the Duffin Heritage Room at the West end of the Public Library, or sign up by contacting Larry Bowles at Fersken@verizon.net  
December 3
Christmas Potluck and Society Meeting
Our annual Christmas Potluck, bring a dish to share along with your own place setting. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Hemet High School Choral Singers.
December 10
Legacy Creating and Sharing Perfect Reports
Create reports for sharing and publishing, sending email and creating books, Legacy's Tagging and searching made easy Because of limited space, we are asking those interested to sign up in the Duffin Heritage Room in the Hemet Public LIbrary or contact Larry Bowles, the instructor, at fersken@verizon.net.
December 17
Genealogy-Military Records
How to get them and what they show Sign up in the Duffin Heritage Room at the West end of the Public Library, or sign up by contacting Larry Bowles at Fersken@verizon.net
December 24
No Legacy Class due to Christmas Holiday

Make photocopies and store original documents in a safe deposit or fireproof box.
[Basic Information ]

Information from Internet on-line services may be passed on in good faith, but does not mean it is correct. Look for sources and documentation, and then check them.

California conducted a state-wide census in 1852, but it is highly damaged.

Secondary evidence is copies or compiled from other sources written from memory long after the event has occurred.
[Evidence and Documentation]

Don't assume that all information in the census is correct. It's only as good as the knowledge of the person reporting it.