Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson
Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson
When Wallis (1896 - 1986) was married to her first husband, career Navy officer Earl Winfield “Win” Spencer Jr., they had a brief stay of approximately six weeks in Vallejo during the summer of 1920. Spencer’s ship was docked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard at the time. Wallis and Win stayed in the Collins Apartments, now called the Duchess of Windsor Apartments, at 524 Georgia Street. The apartment building was given this name because of Wallis' title after marrying her third husband, the Duke of Windsor. "David" (as he was called by friends and family) ruled the United Kingdom very briefly as King Edward VIII before giving up the crown for the woman he loved. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Our Library

The Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Venicia Reference Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum located at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo, California.
Our small but well-stocked library is open to members and to the public. 
The catalog may be found at: 
The library hours are: 
Every Tuesday:  1:00 -- 3:30 pm
2nd Thursday of the month: noon -- 3:30 pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays: noon -- 3:30 pm 
Other times may be arranged by appointment.
Our librarian will welcome your questions and be available to help with your family research.
To contact our librarian directly, please e-mail,, and Fold3 are available, in addition to numerous genealogical publications.
We also have use of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum's reference library.