Catalog

ALL ITEMS IN THE MCGS LIBRARY COLLECTION ARE NON-CIRCULATING. They must be used on-site. 

The Marin County Genealogical Society (MCGS) Research Library, housed at the San Rafael (Marin) Family History Center (FHC),
has its contents catalogued on a database.

Reports from the database are in printed form in a blue binder at the MCGS Library. These reports* are also available below:

  1. Titles: a long continuous list of all titles in alphabetical order.
  2. FHL/MCGS Cross Referene: Family History Library (FHL) / MCGS Call Number Cross Reference
  3. Authors: a list of authors which will link to the publication(s) MCGS has by that author.
    NOTE: there are many items in the library’s holdings without an author, such as periodicals and microfilms.
  4. Subject: a list of all Titles grouped by subject.  Subject identifies items by locality – e.g. California – or by
    certain subjects – e.g. emigration.
  5. Periodicals/Quarterlies: an alphabetic list of holdings at the MCGS Library. 
  6. Compact Discs (CD-ROMS): a list of CDs at the MCGS Library. A number of CDs contain other books or publications.
    The contents of these CDs are included.
  7. Microfilms and Fiche: a list of holdings at the MCGS Library. Microfilm listed in the catalog are those which are on “extended” or “permanent” loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Some reports list the contents of the publication itself, when multiple topics included.

Select one of the above to display the library’s holdings.

*Note:  These reports are an Adobe Reader file (PDF).  You will need Adobe Reader to open and read any of these files. 
If you do not have Adobe Reader, go to
www.Adobe.com to download a free copy of the program.

Suggestions to help you find items:

  • Many of the MCGS books and microfilms can be found by searching the Family History Library (FHL) Catalog or the WorldCat catalog.
  • To find items on the Library Holdings pages (in the PDF displayed), use CTL+F; this brings up a small window to fill
    with search word(s). Click on Find/Next to locate item.

How to find an item at the MCGS Library in the Marin Family History Center.

The Type/Location field from the catalog identifies the item as a book, periodical, or other media. Books are mostly in the Office/Library Room, periodicals in the Reader Room, and microfilm and fiche are in the Reader Room. CDs can be used by appointment.

Next, use the MCGS Call# to locate where that item’s filed. The MCGS Call # is numerical beginning with 100s;
the subset, after the period in the Call #, can contain alphabetic characters.

Using WorldCat and Family History Library Catalogs

Many items listed in the catalog are also on the Family History Library (FHL) Catalog and/or on WorldCat.
See MCGS article on using these 3 catalogs in conjunction.

ALL ITEMS IN THE MCGS LIBRARY COLLECTION ARE NON-CIRCULATING. They must be used on-site.


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