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


November 2018 Meeting

Prohibition
Speaker: Ray Cosyn
Saturday, November 17, 2018   10:30am - 12:00 pm
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

From 1920-43, the United States prohibited the manufacturing and sale of alcohol. How and why did this happen and what was its impact? Did this period have an effect on your family? The National Prohibition Act was enacted to carry out the 19th Amendment which formally established the prohibition of the manufacturing, transportation, and sale of alcohol in the United States. Prohibition lasted for 13 years until the election of FDR at the height of the depression.

Ray Cosyn is a resident of Saratoga and is a native Chicagoan. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in History from San Jose State University. Ray has a passionate interest in the American experience from the Civil War through World War II and has developed a set of lectures which speak to topics that give insight into this period including Prohibition, Lincoln Funeral Train, Peninsular Railroad (rise and fall of local mass transit), “Saratoga a Lumber Town”, and the Flying Tigers. He is a board member of the Saratoga Historical Foundation and has been a docent at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

No Handout.

This event is free and all are welcome.


January 2019 Meeting

Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories
Speaker: Craig Siulinski
Saturday, January 26, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm
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.


Find us:

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