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 or 5th 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. Several days before the date of the meeting, a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers (both members and non-members) and will also be posted in the Members Only section of this website.

The Zoom meetings will be open for a social mixer for half an hour before the formal meeting begins. The Zoom meetings will be run as follows:

  1. The link will open at 10:00 am on Saturday so that those of you who wish to can chat with each other. 
  2.  At 10:30, the meeting will begin. There will be a few announcements before the speaker is introduced.
  3. Once the speaker is introduced you will all be muted. Please do not unmute yourself during her presentation.
  4. The speaker will answer questions at the end of the presentations. If you have a question, open the chat at the bottom of your screen. Type your question into the chat. The questions will be read aloud, and the speaker will answer.

If you have not previously downloaded the Zoom application, you may wish to do so before the meeting. If you click on the Zoom link, you will be given an opportunity to download the application.

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

Recent and Upcoming Meetings


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

The Orphan Train and Home Children
Presenter: Chris Green

The Orphan Train movement transported about 200,000 orphaned and homeless children from East Coast cities to foster homes primarily in the Midwest. Home Children was the child migration scheme 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.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


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

The Mystery Aussie
Presenter: Pam Wong

Pamela Wong writes about Chinese immigrant experiences against the backdrop of historical events. Passionate about preserving oral stories about experiences of the elders, a UCB alumna, Pam writes about future generations in mind to help them understand that they stand on the shoulders of their predecessors. Her book is much more than a typical immigrant story. Admiration, anger, fear, and amazement accompany the reader through this tale of rags to riches, whites-only politics, and assassination set in Australia and China.

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

We often develop one scenario, or hypothesis, that explains a difficult genealogical problem.  That working hypothesis often becomes the given explanation for us without exploration of further ideas.  In more complex genealogical challenges, it can be better to develop additional hypothesis early.  Expand your solution with creative hypothesis development.

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 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.

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, we will meet at the following location:
 
SMCGS Meetings c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA