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SMCGS Indexing Work Day

Saturday, August 26, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm;
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo         

Continued indexing of San Mateo County records. RSVPs taken in June/July to publications@smcgs.org. Join us for a morning of CUT and PASTE. It is an easy, one-time way to contribute to the growing online genealogical collections. We are close and hope to be finished with the project before the end of the year. The Colma Historical Society has given us fifty years of obituary pages (1906-1959) from the San Francisco Examiner that we are cutting out the San Mateo County obituaries and pasting them on pages that will then be scanned and indexed.

Focused Research - Using Research Plans

Saturday, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm;
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo 

Do you feel like your research just goes in circles, that you keep finding the same information, or you have brick walls you can't solve? Being focused in your research will bring better results. This can be done by using research plans. I will explain how to create and use a research plan to help keep you on focus in your research and get better results.

For more information please see our Programs page.

Using Maps in Genealogical Research with Melinda Kashuba

Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo      

Maps point genealogists to places we can seek records by showing the locations of schools, churches, cemeteries, migration routes, and many other cultural features. This lecture is an introduction to the wide variety of maps and the ways they are used by genealogists with an interactive exercise of how to read and interpret Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

Fall Seminar - Federal Records plus Mapping the West


Federal Records plus Mapping the West
Saturday,  4 November 2017,  9 am – 3 pm

Pamela Boyer Sayre,CG, CGL, FUGA
& Richard G. (Rick) Sayre,CG, CGL, FUGA

      • Mapping the West: Lewis & Clark to railroad surveys
      • Rivers & Canals: Finding federal records


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