San Mateo County Genealogical Society

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We are moving!  The SMCGS library is moving from Cañada College to the San Mateo Public Library on March 3rd.  

Look for us at our new location soon!

Researching England’s Records with Bill Cole

25 March 2023 10:30 AM 

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society, the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group are co-sponsoring a hybrid seminar on March 25 from 10AM to 3PM.  Bill Cole will speak on Researching England’s Records: All Ancestors Great and Small. How to Discover Genealogical Gems in Underutilized Treasure Troves.

Added bonus: We will be having a Silent Auction of some popular genealogy website subscriptions as well a sale of curated bags of books.  See the information box below.

The in-person venue will be 875 Quince Ave, Santa Clara.   Lunch will be available to preregistered attendees.


You may also register to attend on Zoom


 The event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance using one of the links above.  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 will be moving soon from Cañada College to the San Mateo Public Library.  Make plans to visit us in our new location at 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402. 

Free 2 hour parking is available, and it's within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops.  

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

    For more information about our monthly meetings click here.

    Upcoming public events

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    The library team hard at work



    SMCGS is reducing its library collection in preparation for a move to the San Mateo Public Library.  As a result, we have about 2,000 books which are surplus to our needs.  These tend to be on very specific topics.  As a result, we are offering for sale, for the first time, our fabulous CURATED BOOK BAGS.

    Here’s how it works.  You give us a topic, and if we can find 4-5 books that we think might interest you, we will put together a small, specialized bag for you.  Because our researcher is doing this, she is pretty sure you will find something in the bag which will advance your genealogy.

    We are selling the bags for $10 each.  What a bargain!  Bags will be available at our March 25th seminar, or to be collected at a couple of locations in San Mateo or Santa Clara.  Shipping not available.  Prepay only.

    Here are some ideas for topics you might choose:

    The Great Migration Delaware bibles Bucks County, PENN Chester Co. 

    Williamsburg New England Early Quakers Meyer Ortz Marian Co., TENN Natchez Trail Civil War

    Various counties of the UK Pick a US state, any state Germany?  Upper Volta?

    Please submit requests to before March 18th, and we’ll let you know if we have a bag for you.

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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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    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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