Welcome to SMCGS

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond. We have monthly meetings with speakers, twice-yearly seminarsworkshopsspecial interest groups, a genealogy library, online databases, and research services. We produce a newsletter, a blog, and a Facebook page, and we send occasional email notices about SMCGS events to anyone who is interested.

Our monthly meetings are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Our special interest groups are open only to members, but non-members may email the moderator of a group to ask for a one-time invitation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, most SMCGS meetings will be held via the Zoom web conferencing system -- for details, click here.

Zoom links to future meetings, recordings of past Zoom presentations, and meeting handouts will be available in the Members Only section of the website, under Handouts/Recordings/Zoom (as allowed by presenters). Non-members can get a Zoom link to future meetings by subscribing to our eNews.

A recording of the February 20 presentation by David Brunzel, entitled DNA: Finding My Grandfather, will be available until March 22, 2021.

For a flyer of SMCGS upcoming events, click here.

Our Last In-Person Monthly Meeting

Photo by Elvie Rice

This is a photo taken at our last in-person monthly meeting, which was held on February 23, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Mateo. Sheryl Rinkol gave an interesting presentation on the history of the Titanic, along with the genealogy of Titanic descendants. We hope to hold in-person meetings again some day! In the meantime, be sure to join our monthly meetings via Zoom.

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March 2021 Meeting: Angel Island

Angel Island
Presenter: Grant Din
Saturday, March 27, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom

While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers.

April 2021 Meeting: Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage

Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Saturday, April 24, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom

The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920.  The amendment was a culmination of over 70 years of agitating for women's rights that begun in 1848 at Seneca Falls. Lisa will present a brief history of the suffrage movement in the United States.

May 2021 Meeting: The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World

Craig Siulinski

The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World
Presenter: Craig Siulinski
Saturday, May 22, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm

Computers and technology provide today’s genealogists with many resources for basic research and for communicating/collaborating with family members and other genealogists, but sometimes research on location provides family history information that you just can’t find online.


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