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 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
Social hour 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.


April 2019 Meeting

The Power of Digital Photography and Family History
Speaker: Ron Madson
Saturday, April 27, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Social hour 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Most everyone has a shoebox of photos and documents plus a growing list of digital photos. But, how do we collect, organize, enhance, and archive this family history? Learn a method for image editing, labeling, and organization to preserve and easily find your photos again.

Ron Madson is a photographer and IT/image processing/technical education professional. He teaches classes and facilitates the Family Tree Maker SIG for the California Genealogical Society.

This event is free and all are welcome.


May 2019 Meeting

Finding Mayflower Families
Speaker: Bob Trapp
Saturday, May 18, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Social hour 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Is it possible that you are descended from a family who came to America on the ship Mayflower in 1620? Follow the story of discovering Bob’s Mayflower family roots, plus learn what is needed to join the Mayflower Society.

Bob Trapp is the Deputy Governor of the Mayflower California Alameda County Colony, works at the California Society of Mayflower Descendants library,  has been on the staff of the Oakland Family History Library since 1990, and speaks regularly in the Bay Area.

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