William T. Stanford
William T. Stanford
William Stanford was named Vallejo's first Chief of Police on April 4th, 1900. He was a Mare Island Naval Shipyard mechanic with no prior law enforcement experience. He continued to serve as Chief of Police until his retirement in 1936. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Our History

THE GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF VALLEJO-BENICIA
 
Genealogy Society of Vallejo was established in October 1997. In 2001 the name was changed to Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia. GSVB is a nonprofit California Association and our monthly newsletter Taproot is sent to our members and exchanged with other societies. We maintain contact and exchange schedules with other societies via e-mail as well.
If your research takes you to Vallejo, Benicia, or anywhere nearby, we can help.  Our well-stocked reference library is located in the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Second Floor, Room 9 (see: "Our Library" for days and hours). The library is open to both members and the public. Also available is the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum's reference library.