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Stories from our Sharing Stories event are now available: All stories submitted for this year's Sharing Stories event are now available on our website for you to enjoy.  Click here to read these interesting stories.

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.

Fall Seminar video recordings will expire soon: If you registered for Dianhan Southard's seminar, Making Sense of Your DNA Matches, you should have received an email message with links to the video recordings of her talks. The recordings will be deleted after December 3, so if you would like to review them, please do so soon! 

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

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

November meeting

  We had an

All-Hands Membership Meeting plus Sharing Stories


See all the stories here  

For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

Next monthly meeting

 Saturday, January 22, 10:30AM - 12

 via Zoom  

The 1890 Census

Speaker:  Margaret Melaney

The Washington Herald and other newspapers reported the events of January 10, 1921, and decried the loss of valuable records.

You've heard that the 1890 US census was destroyed by fire.  

But that's not the whole story.   We'll do a deep dive into the causes of the records destruction, and examine how things are different today.

We'll look at what was lost, what wasn't lost, and what's available as a work-around.

This event is free and all are welcome.  However, it will be necessary to register in advance, using this link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

To download a handout, watch this space.

For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

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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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