Monthly Programs

Meetings: Held monthly except for August and December typically on the 4th 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 talks 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


December 2018 Meeting - No meeting in December


January 2019 Meeting

Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories
Speaker: Craig Siulinski
Saturday, January 26, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Blogging, or writing a regular online letter/column, is an easy and fun way to share your compelling family history stories. Learn about genealogy blogs in general, the inner workings of blogs, and how to start your own genealogy blog. The effort will be well worth the legacy you leave behind as every life story is a treasure to preserve for generations to come.

Craig Siulinski teaches genealogy and life story writing classes, has a business called Sharing Legacies, and does presentations on blogging, location research, and other family history topics. Craig has been researching and writing his family history for over 10 years and is passionate about helping people research, write and share their life stories.

This event is free and all are welcome.


February 2019 Meeting

City Directories
Speaker: Pamela Brigham
Saturday, February 23, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

City directories sometimes are referred to as census substitutes, yet they are much more. They are a source to an inside view of your ancestor’s life. You can track cities that your ancestors lived in over the years, develop a history of the town, and view social meetings that your ancestor may have attended.  The pictures in city directories can provide a rich window into what your ancestors may have seen as well.  

Pamela Brigham is the President of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group and a devotee of using technology in genealogy.  She teaches classes in genealogy including using online research programs. Pamela received a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University.

This event is free and all are welcome.


March 2019 Meeting

Lies, Lies & More Lies: Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage
Speaker: Jeff Vaillant
Saturday, March 23, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

In this case study, a family secret is unveiled through newly discovered documents, the use of genealogical research methodologies, and DNA. Jeff unraveled a story that was taken to the grave behind a paternal surname change. The talk includes a focus on the process of searching for a willing Y-DNA donor.

Jeff Vaillant is the President of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, a member of many other genealogical societies, has a BA in history, and is working towards certification as a professional genealogist.

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