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 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: 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


 

March 2020 Meeting - RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 21, 2020.

Preserving Family Photos, Photo Stories, Documents
Saturday, March 28, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Carolyn Williams

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 21, 2020.

This presentation provides organizational tips and procedures for capturing the story behind a photo or document, scanning the image, and then preserving both the physical and digital photos and documents for the next generation. 

Carolyn Williams is a family genealogist and recent SMCGS board member. She holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program and is a former Silicon Valley technology marketing professional.

This event is free and all are welcome.


April 2020 Meeting - CANCELED

Orphan Train and Home Children
Saturday, April 25, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Christine Bell Green

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

The Orphan Train movement, which operated between 1854 and 1929, transported about 200,000 orphaned and homeless children from East Coast cities to foster homes, primarily in the Midwest. These baby trains lasted until the 1920s, when organized foster care became available. Home Children was the child migration scheme founded by Annie MacPherson in 1869, under which more than 100,000 children were sent from the United Kingdom to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. In this talk we will focus on home children sent to Canada.

Christine Bell Green PLCGS is a professional genealogist and genealogy teacher at Palo Alto and Mountain View/Los Altos adult schools. She is a past president of SMCGs and the current seminar chair of the society.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


May 2020 Meeting - CANCELED

Step Away from the Computer
Saturday, May 30, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

Watch this space for details.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


June 2020 Meeting

Northern California Genealogy
Saturday, June 27, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Sean Conley

Watch this space for details.

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