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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of Covid-19 concerns, most SMCGS general meetings, workshops, and interest groups are being held remotely, using the Zoom web conferencing technology. Please watch this website or SMCGS's Facebook page for details. The SMCGS Board is monitoring information from the San Mateo County Health Department (https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus) and will make decisions based on their recommendations. Stay well!

Everyone is welcome to attend SMCGS general meetings. A link to each Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the meeting. SMCGS members are automatically subscribed unless they choose to "unsubscribe."  Non-members can also subscribe; if you're not already a subscriber and wish to become one, click here.

SMCGS Board meetings will continue to held by Zoom. See the calendar for dates. If you would like to offer suggestions or attend, please email president@smcgs.org.

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A recording of Sean Conley's Zoom presentation on June 27, Northern California Genealogy, is now available until July 31 in the Members Only section of the website, under Handouts/Recordings/Zoom.

Craig Siulinski, who talked about Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories at our January 2019 general meeting, is giving a Life Story Writing Online Summer Course starting July 14. There is a free overview of the course on June 30. For more information, see Local Genealogy Classes in the Programs section of this website.

July 2020 Meeting - Orphan Train and Home Children - via Zoom

Chris Green

Orphan Train and Home Children
Presenter: Christine Bell Green
Saturday, July 25, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm - via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am - via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

The Orphan Train movement transported about 200,000 orphaned and homeless children from East Coast cities to foster homes primarily in the Midwest. Home Children was the child migration scheme under which more than 100,000 children were sent from the United Kingdom to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. In this talk we will focus on home children sent to Canada.

Christine Bell Green PLCGS is a professional genealogist and genealogy teacher at Palo Alto and Mountain View/Los Altos adult schools. She is a past president of SMCGs and the current seminar chair of the society.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. 

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information, click here.

September 2020 Meeting - The Mystery Aussie - via Zoom

The Mystery Aussie
Presenter: Pam Wong
Saturday, September 26, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

This book is much more than a typical immigrant story. Admiration, anger, fear, and amazement accompany the reader through this tale of rags to riches, whites-only politics, and assassination set in Australia and China.

Pamela Wong writes about Chinese immigrant experiences against the backdrop of historical events. Passionate about preserving oral stories about experiences of the elders, a UCB alumna, Pam writes about future generations in mind to help them understand that they stand on the shoulders of their predecessors.

The Mystery Aussie:  Jan See Chin is a self-published biography about a granduncle who left China as a poor farmer and made a fortune in Australia amid exclusion and bigotry in the time of the white Australia policy.  

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. 

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

October 2020 Meeting - Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls - via Zoom

Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls
Presenter: Jan Joyce
Saturday, October 24, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

We often develop one scenario, or hypothesis, that explains a difficult genealogical problem.  That working hypothesis often becomes the given explanation for us without exploration of further ideas.  In more complex genealogical challenges, it can be better to develop additional hypothesis early.  Expand your solution with creative hypothesis development.

This methodology will expose you to multiple techniques that will help you create new solutions that may break down your brick walls.  A case study is included.

Jan Joyce has researched her family since 1998.  Her research interests include methodology and family video sharing.  She enjoys writing and teaching genealogy, and has earned credentials as a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. 

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

2020 Fall Seminar - Gems for Genealogical Research - SAVE THE DATE!

Lisa Louise Cooke

Gems for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, November 7, 2020   9 am - 3 pm
Members $50, Non-members $60. Walk-ins, add $10. Registration opens in August or September -- watch for details.
LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

This seminar was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed. If you already registered for the Spring Seminar, your payment will automatically be applied toward the new date. 

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.

November 2020 Meeting - Preserving Family Photos, Stories and Documents - via Zoom

Preserving Family Photos, Stories and Documents
Presenter: Carolyn Williams
Saturday, November 21, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

This presentation provides organizational tips and procedures for capturing the story behind a photo or document, scanning the image, and then preserving both the physical and digital photos.

Carolyn Williams is a family genealogist and recent SMCGS board member. She holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program, is currently enrolled in the ProGen professional genealogy course, and is a former Silicon Valley technology marketing professional.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. 

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

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