San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

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 ðŸðŸ Register now for the Fall Seminar 🍁🍁: Registration is now open for the SMCGS 2021 Fall SeminarMaking Sense of Your DNA Matches, presented by Diahan Southard. The seminar will take place via Zoom on Saturday, November 6, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please click here for additional information.

📓📓 Sharing Stories 📓📓: We are now accepting stories for our Sharing Stories event on November 20. The deadline for submissions is November 1, so get your story in soon!  Click here for more details and an application.

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.

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, 23 October 2021

10:30 AM - 12:00 noon

A Tour of the New SMCGS Website

Presenter: Mike Davis, SMCGS Webmaster

SMCGS has a new website with lots of nooks and crannies that contain hidden treasures. Join Mike as he helps you discover parts of the website that you may not have known were there.

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This event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance, using the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.

For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

🍁🍁 Fall Seminar 🍁🍁

Saturday, November 6th 2021

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Making Sense of Your DNA Matches with Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard is a well-known speaker on using DNA to help solve genealogical mysteries. She is the author of Your DNA Guide—The Book and producer of Your DNA Guide—The Academy, an online learning experience. In this half-day seminar, she will speak on three intermediate-level DNA topics.

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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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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.

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

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  • Contact other SMCGS members

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San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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