San Mateo County Genealogical Society

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Welcome to SMCGS


Our SMCGS Library needs YOU! We're getting ready to move, and it's All Hands on Deck.   Contact Kara at to see how you can help, and watch for our Library Work Day this summer.

We're having a book sale!  We have large runs of genealogical journals which were donated to SMCGS.  Check them out (plus a few books) here.  Many more to come in August!  

Next monthly meeting

Saturday, June 25 2022 10:30AM

 via Zoom

Finding Records to help document

your Farming Families

with Lisa Gorrell

Lisa Gorrell helps you discover the many record sets that document your farming ancestors, such as land, tax, and probate records. Learn how newspapers and agricultural records add context to their story.

Lisa S. Gorrell is a Certified Genealogist®.  She teaches genealogy courses through Applied Genealogy Institute and lectures to genealogy societies. She has served on the board of directors of several genealogy societies and is currently the recording secretary with the Contra Costa Historical Society. She also volunteers at their archives at the History Center in Martinez. Researching farmers has been a passion as her mother descends from generations of farmers. 

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A handout will be available to registered attendees.

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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 Cañada College, 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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SMCGS would like to thank

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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