San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Public Events

Upcoming events

    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom

    Presenter: Mike Davis

    SMCGS now has a new website with many features that our old website lacked. Join Mike as he helps you discover new parts of the website, as well as old parts of the website that you may not have known were there.

    On this tour of the new website, users will explore the nooks and crannies of the website and will learn how to use our searchable databases for their genealogy research. Members will learn how to log in, enter their profile information, and connect with other members who share their research interests.

    Mike Davis, SMCGS Webmaster, managed the previous SMCGS website for several years and oversaw the development of the new SMCGS website. His previous roles at SMCGS include President and Vice President of Operations. During Mike’s nearly forty-year professional career, he was  a college physics professor, a computer scientist, and a software engineer. Since retiring in 2011, he has taken up genealogy as a hobby and has done volunteer IT work for non-profit organizations.

    This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. The event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance, using this link or the link on the home page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

    For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

    Social hour 10-10:30 AM, via Zoom

    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    Presenter: Diahan Southard

    Diahan is the author of Your DNA Guide—The Book and producer of Your DNA Guide--The Academy, an online learning experience.

    She will speak on three intermediate-level DNA topics:

    • Three Key DNA Strategies
    • My 1000+ DNA 4th Cousins
    • Connecting Your DNA Matches

    This will be a half-day seminar via Zoom.  The Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees a couple of days before the event.   For more information about the seminar, click here

    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Via Zoom

    Presenters: Several of YOU, reading your stories

    Please prepare your short family history story (1000 words or less) for sharing at the November meeting or in our blog or newsletter. Sample story topics are a person, a family, an incident, birth/marriage/death, immigration, an object, or a place (e.g., a house, a business, or a church). All entries receive a small gift, and all entries are entered into a drawing for three $25 cash prizes. See Sharing Stories for additional information.

    The Sharing Stories event will be preceded by an all-hands membership meeting in which we will approve updated SMCGS by-laws and elect board members.

    This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. Several days before the date of the meeting, a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers (both members and non-members) and will also be posted in the Members Only section of this website.

    • 9:45 to 10:00 AM -- Social hour
    • 10:00 to 10:30 AM -- All-hands membership meeting to approve by-laws and elect board members
    • 10:30 to noon -- Sharing Stories event

    This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

Past events

25 Sep 2021 🎤 1950 Census: Are You Ready?, by Thomas MacEntee
28 Aug 2021 Union Cemetery Field Trip
24 Jul 2021 🎤 Using Maps to Tell Stories, by Sue Long
22 May 2021 🎤 The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World, by Craig Siulinski
24 Apr 2021 🎤 Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage, by Lisa Oberg
10 Apr 2021 🛠 Workshop - Using Photos in Microsoft Word, with Maggie Melaney
27 Mar 2021 🎤 Angel Island, by Grant Din
20 Feb 2021 🎤 DNA: Finding My Grandfather, by David Brunzel
23 Jan 2021 🎤 Children Left Behind, by Judy Fambrough Billingsley
26 Dec 2020 🎤 NO General Meeting in December
21 Nov 2020 🎤 Preserving Family Photos, Stories, and Documents, by Carolyn Williams
7 Nov 2020 🎟 Fall Seminar - Gems for Genealogical Research, with Lisa Louise Cooke
24 Oct 2020 🎤 Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls, by Jan Joyce
26 Sep 2020 🎤 The Mystery Aussie, by Pam Wong
22 Aug 2020 🎤 NO General Meeting in August
25 Jul 2020 🎤 Orphan Train and Home Children, by Chris Green
27 Jun 2020 🎤 Northern California Genealogy, by Sean Conley
30 May 2020 🎤 10 Reasons Why You Can't Find Your Ancestors, by Gena Philibert-Ortega
2 May 2020 🎟 Spring Seminar (CANCELED) - Gems for Genealogical Research, with Lisa Louise Cooke
25 Apr 2020 🎤 (CANCELED) - Orphan Train and Home Children, by Christine Bell Green
28 Mar 2020 🎤 (CANCELED) - Preserving Family Photos, Photo Stories, Documents, by Carolyn Williams
22 Feb 2020 🎤 Titanic Connections: Exploring the Legend & Genealogy, by Sheryl Rinkol
13 Feb 2020 🛠 Workshop - US Land Records in Public Land States, with Martha Wallace
25 Jan 2020 🎤 Researching Off-line: Using Archives, Libraries, & Courthouses, by Lisa Gorrell
28 Dec 2019 🎤 NO General Meeting in December
23 Nov 2019 🎤 Brick Wall Busters: Techniques for Genealogical Success, by Sharon Hoyt
2 Nov 2019 🎟 Fall Seminar - The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics, with Judy Russell
19 Oct 2019 🎤 Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: A Salem Witch Trials Case Study, by Melinda Kashuba
28 Sep 2019 🎤 What You Don't Know about, by Crista Cowen
24 Aug 2019 🎤 Indexing Work Day
27 Jul 2019 🎤 Round Table Discussions
22 Jun 2019 🎤 Sharing Stories: Readings and Potluck
18 May 2019 🎤 Mayflower Families, by Bob Trapp
4 May 2019 🎟 Spring Seminar - Your Genealogy: Research, Organize, & Solve, with Michael John Neill
27 Apr 2019 🎤 The Power of Digital Photography and Family History, by Ron Madson
11 Apr 2019 🛠 Workshop - Finding Power in Your Family's Story: A Writing Workshop, by Regina Mason
30 Mar 2019 🛠 Workshop - Writing Family Stories, by Craig Siulinski
23 Mar 2019 🎤 Gen Mtg - Lies, Lies & More Lies: Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage?, by Jeff Valiant
23 Feb 2019 🎤 City Directories: A Window into your Ancestors' Lives, by Pamela Brigham
14 Feb 2019 🛠 Workshop - Hispanic Genealogy: Spanish Records, by Lucy Jennings Sweeney
26 Jan 2019 🎤 Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories, by Craig Siulinski
17 Nov 2018 🎤 Prohibition, by Ray Cosyn
3 Nov 2018 🎟 Fall Seminar - Exploring DNA, with CeCe Moore
20 Oct 2018 🎤 A Year in Salem: The Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, by Gay Scott
22 Sep 2018 🎤 Researching Civil War Ancestors, by Mary Boyle
28 Jul 2018 🎤 Round Table Discussions
19 May 2018 🎤 The Streets of Menlo Park, by Bo Crane
5 May 2018 🎟 Spring Seminar - Forensic Genealogy plus California Research: Missions to Present, with Sheila Benedict
21 Apr 2018 🎤 English Probate and Death Duty Records, by Chris Green
24 Mar 2018 🎤 Making A Family Video to Share, by Dr. Jan Joyce Aherns
24 Feb 2018 🎤 Who's in Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community, by Linda Harms Okazaki
27 Jan 2018 🎤 The Slave Narrative that Freed Me, by Regina Mason
4 Nov 2017 🎟 Fall Seminar - Federal Records plus Mapping the West, with Pamela and Rick Sayre
3 May 2017 🎟 Spring Seminar - Not Your Usual Records, with Amy Johnson Crow
22 Oct 2016 🎟 Fall Seminar - Research Rewards, with Paula Stuart-Warren
18 Jun 2016 🎤 Ancestry Day by the Bay
7 May 2016 🎟 Spring Seminar - Successful Searching, with Thomas MacEntee
2 May 2015 🎟 Spring Seminar - Immigration and Ancestral Customs, with Warren Bittner CG
1 Nov 2014 🎟 Fall Seminar - How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists, with Judy Russell

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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