Monthly Programs

Meetings: Held monthly except for August and December typically on the 4th Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Check dates as some meetings are moved to the 3rd Saturday.

Note: While the coronavirus social distancing guidelines are in place, SMCGS will not hold in-person monthly meetings. Instead, when possible we will hold the meetings via the Zoom web conferencing system. We will provide instructions for joining the Zoom meetings -- watch here or in other SMCGS communications for details. The Zoom meetings will be open for a social mixer for half an hour before the formal meeting begins.

Time:  10:00-10:30 am Social mixer with cookies, bring your own coffee/tea; 10:30 am - 12 noon Announcements followed by talks on subjects of interest to all levels of genealogists.

Location (once social distancing is no longer necessary): 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


Saturday, May 30, 2020   10:30am-12:00 pm - via Zoom

10 Reasons Why You Can't Find Your Ancestor
Presenter: Gena. Philibert-Ortega

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

Click here for details.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Saturday, June 27, 2020   10:30am-12:00 pm -  via Zoom

Northern California Genealogy
Presenter: Sean Conley

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.

Click here for details.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Saturday, July 25, 2020, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

The Orphan Train and Home Children
Presenter: Chris Green

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

The Mystery Aussie
Presenter: Pam Wong

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls
Presenter: Jan Joyce

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Preserving Family Photos, Stories, and Documents
Presenter: Carolyn Williams

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Find us:

During the Spring and Summer of 2020, we will hold virtual meetings via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume (most likely in the Fall of 2020), we will meet at the following location:
 
SMCGS Meetings c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA