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We had a picnic at Flood Park! (click to start slides)

Genealogical Gems found in ledgers

June 17 2023 10:30AM

via Zoom

Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Small business ledgers are not often examined by genealogy researchers. We’ll talk about why ledgers can be invaluable to your research – there is an incredible amount of genealogically leverageable material to be found in ledgers. You can learn so much about your family, the neighborhood, other local business proprietors, and so much more, through these records.

See "Upcoming Public Events" for an extended description of this talk.

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.

SMCGS is now officially joining the San Mateo Public Library!

Kara Rosenberg, SMCGS President,

and James Moore, City Librarian

It's official!  SMCGS library has moved from Cañada College to the San Mateo Public Library.  Visit us in our new location at 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, on the second floor. 

The library is open 7 days a week during the following hours: Monday through Thursday 10 AM-8 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Check their website for holiday hours:

Free two hour parking is available, and it's within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops.  

Volunteers to help set up and staff the genealogy desk are encouraged to contact .

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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 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 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

As we get ready to move, SMCGS would like to thank...

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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