Monthly Programs

Meetings: Held monthly except for December on the 4th (or 3rd) Saturday. Check dates as some meetings are moved to the 3rd Saturday.

Time:  10:00-10:30 am Social mixer with coffee/tea & cookies; 10:30 am - 12 noon Announcements followed by the program on subjects of interest to all levels of genealogists.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403. (See map below)  Entrance is at the back of the church off the parking lot. Look for the SMCGS sign.

For more information, contact us.  For a list of past programs, click here .

Sarah Coston, VP Programs

Upcoming Meetings

July 2018 Meeting

Round Table Discussions

Saturday, July 28, 2018   10:30am - 12:00 pm
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

The SMCGS Round Table meeting is an opportunity for genealogists to come together to share with others what research or projects they have done on a particular topic. Everyone is encouraged to share as well as ask questions. Attendees can “hop” from table to table in order to participate in more than one Round Table. 

The four Round Table topics for the July 28 meeting are Organizing Your Genealogical Research, Using Online Genealogical Software (e.g., Family Search, My Heritage), Using Maps in Genealogy, and Irish/British/Scottish/Welsh Research. You are invited to bring resources or other items to share for any of the Round Table topics.

Thank you to all SMCGS members who responded to our survey and helped to select these topics.

This event is free and all are welcome.

August 2018 Meeting

No Meeting in August this year. See you in September!

September 2018 Meeting

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors
Speaker: Mary Boyle
Saturday, September 22, 2018   10:30am - 12:00 pm
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo


From 1861 to 1865, this country was torn apart by an internal war.  Counting both the Confederate and Union armies, 3.3 million men were in the service. The U.S. population in 1860 was 31,443,321. Find out how you can discover whether or not your ancestor served and what happened in “his” war.

This presentation will cover resources both digital and printed that will help with Civil War research.  We will look at examples from both the Union and Confederate sides. Learn why the war lasted so long and produced so many casualties and get some insight into why it is still impacting us in 2018.

Mary Boyle has been a librarian at the Santa Clara City Library since 2004.  She is currently Local History/Genealogy Librarian and has assisted many people in furthering their genealogy research.  Mary has lectured in California on genealogical topics since 2014 and has been researching her family for more than thirty years.  In 2010, she proved her lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot, Prince Soper.  His grandson, her great grandfather, served on the Union side in the Civil War.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Find us:

SMCGS Meetings c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA