San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Welcome to SMCGS


Member login: This is the new SMCGS website, replacing our previous website. If you are an SMCGS member, please log in and update your profile! You can log in using the same email address you used on our old website, but you will have to create a new password. If you haven't yet created a password, click on the Log in button at the top right of this window and then click on Forgot password.

Fall seminar registration: Registration is now open for the SMCGS 2021 Fall Seminar, Making Sense of Your DNA Matches, presented by Diahan Southard. Please click here for additional information.

Thomas MacEntee recording: A recording of Thomas MacEntee's talk, 1950 Census: Are You Ready?, is now available on the Handouts/Recordings page in the members' section of the website.

The SMCGS Library is now open: The library at Cañada College is now open with reduced hours. This fall is a great time to visit the library -- parking is free and plentiful, and there are few students in the library.  Be sure that the library is open before you go. See the Library Information page for opening times and contact info.

Sharing Stories  We are now accepting stories for our Sharing Stories event in November. Click here for more details and an application.

News: Please see our News page for the latest notices.

Events flyer: Please click here to download a flyer of upcoming SMCGS events.

Next monthly meeting

Saturday, 25 September 2021

10:30 AM - 12:00 noon

1950 Census: Are You


Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

The results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022 (no fooling!). Are you ready to use them in your research?

To download a handout for the talk, click hereThe handout will be available via a link on the front page of the website until September 26 and will then archived in the members' section. 

Did you miss the talk?  Or want to review it?  The video is now available in the member's section.

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Interviewing a family for the 1950 census.

Credit: US Census Bureau,

For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

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🍁🍁 Fall Seminar November 6th! 🍁🍁

Making Sense of Your DNA Matches with Diahan Southard

For more information and to register, click here.

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Field Trip to Union Cemetery August 2021

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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Make your dollars work for SMCGS!

Sign up for the Amazon Smile program and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of most of your purchases to SMCGS at no cost to you.

Click here for detailed instructions.

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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

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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