San Mateo County Genealogical Society

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Welcome to SMCGS


The Library is Open!  

See website for hours and location

Genealogy consultants are available Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons.  Contact president to schedule an appointment

Find us

Introducing 10 Million Names

  • 24 Feb 2024 10:30AM
    via Zoom
    Speaker -- Cynthia Evans, Research Director for 10 Million Names.

    There are at least 44 million descendants of enslaved individuals alive today, but slavery separated families, erased names, and obscured facts. The 10 Million Names Project, recently launched by American Ancestors and its partners, aims to connect the family stories of these descendants to the 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in the U.S. prior to emancipation and to restore their names to history. Join 10 Million Names Research Director Cynthia Evans and learn about the scope of this project, the objectives, and our methodology.

The event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance

  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.


 For more information about our monthly meetings

 click here.

Spring Seminar Coming Soon!

Registration is now available for our DNA seminar April 13th.


Genealogy Resource Fair (click to start)

Upcoming public events

Upcoming events for members

Did you know we're ALSO having a Silent Auction of all things DNA at our Spring Seminar?  Here are a few of the items you can bid on:

  • Ancestry DNA Kit
  • Ancestry 1-year world membership
  • Family Tree DNA kit
  • My Heritage DNA kit
  • Legacy family tree software
  • Autographed copy of Your DNA Guide by Diahan Southard
  • One-on-one consult with our DNA expert Linda
  • ....and more!
  • Details to follow

Join us!

Become a member of SMCGS and share our genealogical adventure!

About us

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • We get together to learn and share information in monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminars with well-known speakers, workshops and special-interest groups.
  • We support research through our genealogy library located at the San Mateo Public Library, online databases, and research services
  • We connect with each other through six-times-a year newsletters (available in the Members section), a blog, a Facebook page, and occasional eNews notices about SMCGS events.

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Download the SMCGS app

Download the SMCGS app from Wild Apricot to your smartphone. With this app, you can:

  • View your member profile
  • View a list of upcoming events
  • Contact other SMCGS members

SMCGS would like to thank...

Come visit us in our new facility at the San Mateo Public Library.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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