Monthly Programs

​Vice President Programs - open

Society meetings are held monthly. The meetings are generally held on the 4th Saturday morning of the month.  Meetings begin at 10:30am. Please come 30 minutes before the start of the business meeting for a half-hour of coffee and friendship. A short business meeting will be held to be followed by a program on subjects of interest to all levels of genealogists.

The meetings are held at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403. (See map below)  For more information, contact us.

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The next meetings are:

April Meeting

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon

Topic: British Genealogy on the Internet
Speaker: Christine Bell Green PLCGS
This presentation will focus on discovering your British Ancestors on English and Welsh Internet research sites that complement, and, the three commercial websites for British and Welsh genealogy.  We will explore what records and information are available on free or pay-as-you-go sites.
Christine Bell Green, PLCGS, is a professional genealogist who teaches several genealogy classes on the peninsula and consults with clients on their family history projects. She has been researching her own family history for over 15 years and holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the University of Toronto with concentrations in methodology and English and American records. She also is a graduate of ProGen, and courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Stamford and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Chris is a former marketing researcher with a PhD in Biochemistry. 
Chris is past president of SMCGS, a volunteer at the Menlo Park Family History Center, and gives talks on genealogy throughout the Bay Area.

May Meeting

Sharing Stories Event
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:30am - 1:00pm
The May 20 monthly meeting is the celebration of our Sharing Stories event. Join the fun and write a family history or local San Mateo County story and submit it by April 30 to

The meeting will be full of excitement from reading aloud selected stories, to giving everyone who submitted a story a small gift, to the drawing for three $25 cash prizes from all stories submitted, and an extra drawing for three SMCGS tote bags from stories that mention San Mateo County. The meeting wraps up with a Pot Luck lunch for time to discuss our stories with fellow attendees. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you submitted a story, be sure to come so that you may receive your small thank you gift. 

See you there!

June Meeting

The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy - Anthony Ray
Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo                

The Berryessa family from the de Anza expedition to the twentieth century will be reviewed including military, ranchos, religious and social involvements, family murders in the 1850s, and settling into the American culture by the nineteenth century. Records to be discussed include manuscript collections, church records, newspapers, vital records, and others.

Anthony Ray is a descendant of the Berryessa family and an avid genealogist. He has done extensive research throughout California, Arizona, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. In 2011, he was the first student awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, which helped support his genealogical research.

July Meeting
                              SMCGS 35th Anniversary Celebration - speakers to be announced
    Saturday, July 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
      Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

     Join us for cake and other festivities to celebrate 35 years of our society. Please invite any past members to come.


August Meeting

Saturday, August, 26th
SMCGS Indexing Work Day


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