RGS began in 1938 when several people at a meeting of the Rochester Historical Society formed an informal group to preserve their family heritage. The Rochester Genealogical Society became an independent organization in 1977. Since that time, we have experienced steady growth and currently have over 300 members. Our members are researching families in all regions of the world.

We sponsor regular educational activities and encourage member-to-member support. Our membership is comprised of people from all walks of life, who freely offer help or guidance to other members whenever asked.

Whether you are a well-seasoned genealogist or family historian, or are just starting out, we are confident that you will find your membership in the Rochester Genealogical Society beneficial.