News & Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of Covid-19 concerns, most SMCGS general meetings, workshops, and interest groups during March and April have been postponed or canceled. The Spring Seminar in May has also been postponed until the fall.

Starting in late April or May, some general meetings and interest groups will be held virtually, using Zoom or a similar web conferencing technology. Please watch this website or SMCGS's Facebook page for details.

SMCGS Board meetings will continue to held by phone or Zoom at dates to be announced.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00am through 11:30am.

Please continue to check this website or our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. The SMCGS Board is monitoring information from the San Mateo County Health Department ( and will make decisions based on their recommendations. Stay well.

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May - June 2020 Newsletter Is Available

The May-June 2020 Issue of the SMCGS Newsletter is now available, with reports from the SMCG President, Treasurer, Library Manager, and "Virtual Genealogist"; memories of the 1918 flu pandemic; and other interesting articles. If you're a member, you can read it by logging into the Members Only section and clicking on the Newsletters link at the left. 

British/Irish, DNA, and German Interest Groups

The British/Irish Interest GroupDNA Interest Group and German Interest Group will resume meeting remotely via Zoom. (The first meeting of the British/Irish Interest Group will be on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.) If you're interested in joining any of the these groups, please contact the following, who will send you instructions about how to join the meetings:

May 2020 Meeting - via Zoom

Gena Philibert-Ortega

10 Reasons Why You Can't Find Your Ancestors
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, May 30, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

(Note that because May 23 falls during the Memorial Day weekend, the meeting will be held on the fifth Saturday of the month, May 30.)

We face brick walls in our research for a variety of reasons.  In this presentation we'll explore 10 of those reasons and how you can overcome them.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors, Tracing Your Ancestors: Hispanic Research and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads.

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.

June 2020 Meeting - via Zoom

Northern California Genealogy
Presenter: Sean Conley
Saturday, June 27, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

Learn about several records and resources available that can help you research your California ancestors. This presentation will cover repositories throughout California, important record types, migration routes, cemetery records, beneficial websites, and more.

Sean Conley is Vice President of the Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society.  He is a member of the Santa Cruz Old Timers, Native Sons of the Golden West, has an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Economics from SCU. Sean has worked on a variety of research projects over the years and specializes in California and Ireland research. He lives in Santa Cruz County.

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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