San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Past Monthly Meetings

On this page, we list SMCGS monthly meetings for the past several years, as well as a few that are planned for the rest of this year. You can also see a list of the most recent past monthly meetings at the bottom of the calendar page, after the future events.

2021

January Children Left Behind Judy Fambrough Billingsley
February DNA: Finding My Grandfather David Brunzel
March Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage Lisa Oberg
April Angel Island Grant Din
May The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World Craig Siulinski
June General Membership meeting Kara Rosenberg
July Using Maps to Tell Stories Sue Long
August No Meeting in August
September The 1950 Census: Are you Ready?
Thomas MacEntee
October A Tour of the SMCGS Website
Mike Davis
November Sharing Stories
Many of YOU
December No meeting in December

2020

January Researching Offline: In Archives, Libraries, Courthouses Lisa Gorrell
February Titanic Legend [107 Year Overview] and Genealogy Sheryl Rinkol
March Meeting canceled
April Meeting canceled
May 10 Reasons You Can't Find Your Ancestors Gena Philibert-Ortega
June Northern California Research Sean Conley
July Orphan Train and Home Children Chris Bell Green
August No Meeting in August
September The Mystery Aussie Pam Wong
October Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls Jan Joyce
November Preserving Family Photos, Stories, and Documents Carolyn Williams
December No meeting in December

2019

January Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories Craig Siulinski
February City Directories Pamela Brigham
March Lies, Lies, & More Lies: Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage? Jeff Vaillant
April Power of Digital Photography and Family History. Ron Madsen
May Mayflower Bob Trapp
June Sharing Stories
July Round Table Discussions and Potluck
August No Meeting in August
September What you Didn't Know About Ancestry Crista Cowan
October Salem Witch Trials Case Study Melinda Kashuba
November Brick Walls Sharon Hoyt
December No meeting in December

2018

January The Slave Narrative that Freed Me: How I found William Grimes Regina Mason
February Who's in Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse

Research Needs of Your Community Linda Harms Okazaki
March Making a Family Video to Share Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens
April English Probate and Death Duty Record Christine Bell Green
May The Streets of Menlo Park Bo Crane
June Ireland Online Cath MaddenTrindle
July Round Table Discussions - Organizing Your Genealogical Research,

Using Online Genealogical Software (e.g. Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, My Heritage)

Using Maps in Genealogy, Irish/British/Scottish/Welsh Research
August No Meeting in August
September Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Mary Boyle
October A Year in Salem: The Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 Gay Scott
November Prohibition Ray Cosyn
December No meeting in December

2017

January Onomastics: Using Naming Patterns Martha Wallace
February The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy Sharon Hoyt CGSM
March Case Study: A complete genealogy starting from nothing Stephen Morse
April British Genealogy on the Internet Christine Bell Green
May Sharing Stories Hosted by Cath Trindle
June The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy Anthony Ray
July SMCGS 35th Anniversary

The Lives of the Clagstones Glenne McElhinney
August Indexing SMC Obituaries
September Focused Research: Using Research Plans Lisa Gorrell
October Using Maps in Genealogical Research Melina Kashuba
November Round Table: DNA, Finding Females, Photo Organization,

Writing Family Stories, and SMC First Families.

2016

January United States Land Records Martha Wallace
February Transcribing Old Documents Richard Rands
March JRI-Poland: Go for the Record! Robbinn Magid
April Genealogical Proof Standard Sharon Hoyt
May Lost Cemeteries of San Mateo County Margaret Melaney
June The Story of Camp Fremont Barbara Wilcox
July Immigration to the U.S. before 1820 Chris Green
August Indexing Event workday
September The Life and Times of Dennis Martin Bo Crane
October SMCGS/CSGA joint meeting Janice Sellers/Cath Trindle
November Round Table: Irish, Mid West, DNA, and Book Publishing

2015

January Immigration Records Ralph Mize
February Finding your ancestors on eBay Evie Rice
March 23andMe Kasia Bryc
April The Great Pacific Railroad Survey - 1853-1855 John Gleed
May Wyatt Earp, Josephine Marcus, and Hills of Eternity Memorial Park Mike Casey
June Using directories Chris Green
July What's new at FamilySearch Margaret Melaney
September Peripatetic Germans James Baker
October Members' Night
November Family & Homes /19th Century American West Nicole Martin

2014

January DNA Steve Morse
February Organizing your research Patricia Burrow
March English Research after 1750 John Gleed
April Heritage Societies various societies
May Hispanic Heritage Lucy Sweeney
June Angel Island Immigration Grant Din
July Reading Old Tombstones Martha Wallace
September Becoming a Professional Genealogist Chris Green
October Brick Wall Challenge SMCGS members
November Breakouts (Member's Day): English, Irish, New England, DNA

2013

JanuaryTerritorial Lands and RecordsVern Dale & Martha Wallace
FebruaryTerritorial Lands and RecordsVern Dale & Martha Wallace
MarchGetting OrganizedChris Green, replacing Debbie Shields
AprilChoosing Genealogy SoftwareDebbie Shields
MayThe Erie CanalJohn Gleed
JuneGenealogy Research in PennsylvaniaRichard Ferman
JulyFind My Past vs Ancestry.comMaggie, John, Patrick
SeptemberWorld War I Draft Registration CardsSusan G Johnston
OctoberThe Lost Ships of Point SurJoAnn Semones
NovemberWriting Family StoriesMarcia Holstrom

2012

January Getting Ready for the 1940 Census Steve Morse
February DNA Steve Danko
March California families? Linda Lorda
April Victorian Marriage & Mourning Customs Jen Roger
May Wills, Estates, Probates Cath Trindle
June Church of England Parish Records Chris Green
July Records from the War of 1812 Susan G. Johnston
September Newspaper Articles Janice Sellers

2011

JanuaryNewspapers OnlineJanice Sellers
FebruaryBeyond the US Federal CensusGayle Simons
MarchPassenger List AnnotationsKay Speaks
AprilBlack SheepJohn Gleed
MaySocial NetworkingMarcia Holstrom
JunePower of Google (cancelled)Chris Green
JulyRaking the AshesNancy Peterson
SeptemberGenealogy BlogsSteve Danko
OctoberPower of Google (rescheduled)Chris Green
NovemberBrick Wallspanel

2010

JanuaryGetting children interestedSue Allen
FebruaryNew hardware, software, onlineSteve Danko
MarchCiting evidenceSusan Johnston
AprilSanta Clara Library resourcesMary Hanel
MayEvaluating EvidenceBarbara Leak
JuneTruth in Family MythsChris Green
JulyWhat’s new at family searchRalph Mize
SeptemberCopyright IssuesCath Trindle
OctoberReefs of Point MontaraJoAnn Semones
NovemberSharing your family Hxpanel

2009

January Ancestry & Pilot John Gleed
February Organizing Your Stuff Richard Rands
March One Step Website Steve Morse
April Visiting Ancestral Homes Margaret Melaney
May DNA Steve Morse
June local archives panel
July Westward Migration Marcia Holstrom
September Mapping (cancelled) Ron Arons
September Civil & Church Records in Ireland Cath Trindle
October Fall Seminar
November Mapping (rescheduled) Ron Arons

2008

JanuaryAncestry & PilotJohn Gleed
FebruaryOrganizing Your StuffRichard Rands
MarchOne Step WebsiteSteve Morse
AprilVisiting Ancestral HomesMargaret Melaney
MayDNASteve Morse
Junelocal archivespanel
JulyWestward MigrationMarcia Holstrom
SeptemberMapping (cancelled)Ron Arons
SeptemberCivil & Church Records in IrelandCath Trindle
OctoberFall Seminar
NovemberMapping (rescheduled)Ron Arons

2007

JanuaryGenealogy ResolutionsSteven Friedman
FebruaryRaking the AshesNancy Peterson
MarchFinding Living RelativesCharlotte Greig
AprilUsing MapsMarcia Holstrom
MayWWI Draft CardsGayle Simons
JuneFree Internet ResourcesRon Filon
JulyMatrimonial Alliances/US-EuropeMichael Svanevik
SeptemberTimelines: Life eventsChuck Knuthson
OctoberSan Mateo HxMitch Postel, County Historian
NovemberShare memories of holidaysChris Green

2006

JanuaryMicrofilming LDS RecordsGayle Simons
February SMCGS Organization, Task Force meetingLynne Parmenter and Husband, Facilitators
MarchSolving Genealogical Problems of our MembersPatrick Gilbride
AprilThe Records of ScotlandCath Madden Trindle, CG   
MayExploring English Census IndexesJohn Shellabear Gleed    
JuneIntroduction to Basic DNA TestingNancy Key Davenport 
JulyNaturalization and Passenger RecordsPatrick Gilbride
SeptemberNational Archives – Original HoldingsDan Ledrum
OctoberMembers  Book Reports Carol McGraw - Mayflower,
 Pat Gilbride - Problem Solver Book, 
Janet  Prochazka - A Family Book, 
Diane Smelker - on Lincoln, 
Bev Thivierge - St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. History, 
Judy Fulmer  - book on Maps
November“I remember when…”   9 members signed upChris Green

2005

JanuaryUnclutterCath Trindle
FebruaryCalifornia Gold RushChuck Knuthson
MarchPublishing a Family HistoryLinda Schogren, Jan Miller & Donna Farmar
AprilMilitary Records in the National ArchivesRosemary Kennedy
MayHistory of Photography, Dating Photographs, etc.Ron Willis
JuneWhat I Found and How I Found itPatrick Gilbride & Diane Smelker
JulyFinding the Signatures of our AncestorsGayle Simons
SeptemberArchival Preservation of Family Papers, Books & Other ArtifactsEric Narveson
October“Give Me Land, Lots of Land”Annette Hulse
NovemberWriting & Publishing your Family HistoriesBob Delzell, Anna Lynn Wagner, Natalie Friend 

2004

JanuaryUsing Census RecordsBob Trapp
FebruaryOnce Upon a Time - StorytellingCath Trindle
MarchGenealogical Research in the MidwestAnnette Hulse
AprilEnglish Wills of American ColonistsJohn Shellabear Gleed
MayDAR and Other Heritage SocietiesBette Kot
JuneBring a genealogy item of interest to shareSMCGS members
JulySan Mateo County from Its Formation to the Earthquake (cancelled)Mitch Posten
SeptemberSan Mateo County from Its Formation to the EarthquakeMitch Posten
OctoberA History of Angel Island.John Soennichsen
NovemberIdeas for German GenealogyDoris Newbury

2003

JanuaryResources and Research Through the New England Historical and Genealogical SocietyAnnette Hulse
FebruaryUsing English Censuses in the New MillenniumJohn S. Gleed
MarchRound TablesRose Kennedy - NARA, 
Peter Delgenos - Sutro, 
Bette Kot - CGS, Grace Schmidt - Santa Clara, 
Bardee Stein - Menlo Park FHC, 
Larry Wynne - Scanner Tech.
AprilCemetery ResearchPamela Dallas
MayThe Blue and Gray of ItBob Trapp
JunePrinciples of Good Documentation  or How to Eliminate Junk GenealogyRichard Rands
JulyMy Favorite Ancestor -- Someone you have never metSMCGS Members
SeptemberTime LinesPamela Erickson
OctoberUsing Sutro Library to the MaximumPeter Dolgenos
NovemberMajor Advances in the English Genealogy on the InternetDr. Inge Harding-Barlow

2002

JanuaryAccessing Academic Library ResourcesBarry Hinman
FebruaryPreparation for Using the 1930 CensusHelen Crisman
MarchSuccessful Use of new Technologies in GenealogyKaren Clifford
AprilTrolling the Web for Big FishDr. Inge Harding-Barlow
MaySurname Distribution and Finding Ancestors' HomesJohn Gleed
JuneProblem Solving Roundtables:John Gleed - English Research, 
Cath Trindle -  Irish Research, 
Doris Newbery - German Research, 
John Maltby - New England Research, 
Helen Crisman -  National Archives
JulyMy Favorite PhotographSMCGS Pot Luck
SeptemberSurname Distribution Studies to Find Ancestral HomesJohn Shellabear Gleed
OctoberColonial Maps of New NetherlandsPriscilla Hexter
NovemberCopyright LawCath Trindle

2001

JanuaryBeyond Genealogy: Preserving Oral and Family StoriesSteven Friedman
FebruaryTwentieth Century ResearchSandra Shafer
MarchTwentieth Century ImmigrationDavid Abrahams
AprilThe Sequel " Preserving Oral and Family HistorySteven Friedman
MayIndiana and Illinois ResearchJudy Svoboda
JuneRestoring and Preserving Old PhotographsRon Willis
JulyMy Favorite DocumentSMCGS Pot Luck
SeptemberThe Social History of Irish Migration to North AmericaCharlotte Angin Scoble
OctoberHow the Erie Canal Catalyzed the Civil WarJohn Shellabear Gleed
NovemberFinding ancestors Through Siblings and SpousesJane Lindsey

2000

JanuaryTranscribing and Abstracting: The Techniques and LegaleseChristine Rose
FebruaryPlanning and Organization of a Research TripDavid Abrahams
MarchRound TablesHelen Crisman - Federal Archives, 
John Gleed - Migration Trails, 
Barbara Moll - SMCGS Library, 
Vern Turner -  Writing your Family Story, 
Carol Ann Turner - Canada and New England Research, 
Joe Rick -  CD Holdings at SMCGS Library 
AprilDocumentation for The New MillenniumRichard Rands
MayPot Luck and Show and Tell - Bring a Genealogy related item to shareSMCGS
June"He Took the High Road/ She Took the Low Road"Judy Svoboda
JulyCivil War Research - 1/2 day seminar, no meetingGrace Marie Hackwell
SeptemberU.S. Federal CensusBob Trapp
OctoberHistorical Research for the GenealogistCharlotte Angin Scoble
NovemberGenealogy and Serendipity - Never Lose Heart in  ResearchDr. Gordon Seely

1999

JanuaryCreating A Genealogical AtlasJudy Svoboda
FebruaryThe San Francisco Columbarium
AprilTitanic & the Unsinkable Molly BrownMuffet Brown
MayHeroines of the American RevolutionPatricia Mosely Stanford
JuneHistorical LandmarksGail Wooley
JulySMCGS Picnic & Ice Cream Social
SeptemberThe Use of Photographs in GenealogyRon Willis 
OctoberThe History of MusicJoe Marchi
NovemberSt. Alban's Border Crossing Records & Quebec ResearchCarol Ann Turner

1998

JanuaryOverview of the Genealogical Collection at the Santa Clara City Library at HomesteadJudy Svoboda
FebruaryPreparing for Self-PublishingRamona Medeiros
MarchNew York State History & RecordsSandy Schafer
AprilAdorably Pretty Flora: The Complicated Family Line of Florence Emily SharonMichael Svanevik
MaySmall Group DiscussionsQuestions & Answers: 
JuneDemystifying Computers & the InternetJames Rice
JulyPotluck & Show & Tell16th Anniversary Potluck 
SeptemberNew England ResearchJane Knowles Lindsey
OctoberAnglo-American Migration Establishing the U.S. from Atlantic to Pacific (1607-1887)John Gleed
NovemberProblem Solving with Military RecordsChristine Rose

1997

JanuaryWithout A Will, There’s Still A WayJudy Svoboda
FebruaryHistorical Samplers: A Stitch in TimeMarian Soss
MarchU.S. Military RecordsJohn Gleed
AprilSmall Discussion GroupsResearch Questions:
MayOral InterviewsLinda Scott Lilles
JuneSurnamesSandy Schafer
JulyPotluck & Show & Tell15th Anniversary
SeptemberPennsylvania ResearchHelen Graves
OctoberComputer Mail Lists, NORCAL Genealogy Index WWW Site, & Naturalization RecordsKen Tessendorf
NovemberFederal Land Records: The Amazing Records They CreateChristine Rose

1996

JanuaryA Preponderance of EvidenceChristine Rose
FebruaryHow to Do Research in the Boston AreaRick Sherman
MarchEnglish Genealogy Holdings of the Menlo Park Family History LibraryJohn Gleed
AprilHow to Use PERSI (Periodical Source Index)Bette Kot
MayHalf Moon Bay Genealogy & HistoryCarol Alexander, et al
JuneHistorical NewspapersJim Lyons
JulyShow & Tell14th Anniversary
SeptemberMemories are Forever: Painless AutobiographiesGrace-Marie Hackwell
OctoberDeciphering Old HandwritingMary Ann McKennon
NovemberPreponderance of Evidence: When Can It Be Used?Christine Rose

1995

JanuaryCourthouse ResearchChristine Rose
FebruaryUnion Cemetery & St. John’s CemeteryJean Cloud
MarchMigration of Germans into WisconsinMaralyn Wellauer
AprilPreserving Family History & MemoriesDenise Mason
MayJewish Genealogical Research in the Bay AreaRobert Weiss
JuneExploring Multi-Generational Family PatternsKathryn Baron & Irene Lazarus
July A Civil War Re-enactment; Point of View of SouthLisa Christy & David Rodgers
SeptemberAnnual Show & Tell
OctoberWales: Genealogy & HistoryEryl Aynsley
NovemberHow to Read Property Descriptions & Township GridsJohn Newbery

1994

JanuaryUncovering Military Records: Post Revolutionary War through Pre Civil WarChristine Rose
FebruaryNational Civil War Association:  California Hundreds, Union Cavalry UnitGary Petrini
MarchSelf-Publishing of Family HistoriesJane Steiner
AprilRecords of National ArchivesDaniel Nealand
MayMy Experiences as a Holocaust SurvivorMichael Thaler
JuneResearch Responsibilities & ExperiencesMary Lou Grunigen
JulyHow to do Kentucky Research Here and ThereRick Sherman
SeptemberRoyalty ResearchBarry Hinman
OctoberMost Effective Use of Sutro LibraryBette Kot
NovemberThe World of GenealogyRon Bremer

1993

FebruaryOur ancestors at the hands of witch huntersGraves/Grunigen
MarchPanel DiscussionBedow/Scott
AprilCensus RecordsBarbara Edkin
MayHugenot Migration Patterns (Part 1)Paul Hawkins
JuneWriting a Family HistoryElizabeth Zilen
JulyHugenot Migration (Part 2)Paul Hawkins
SeptemberShow & Tell
OctoberMy wife’s elusive Pilgrim ancestorDana Leslie
NovemberOld Northwest TerritoriesJudy Svoboda

1992

JanuarySan Mateo County RecordsWarren Slocum
FebruaryIrish ResearchDwight Radford
MarchAdoptee’s Identity DiscoveryNeil Kelly
AprilWorkshop Meeting
MayDeciphering Old HandwritingMary Ann McKennon
JuneSutro LibraryFrank Glover
JulyShow & Tell10th Anniversary
SeptemberU.S. Migration PatternsJudy Svoboda
OctoberOral HistoriesBarbara Norris
NovemberCanadian ResearchDwight Radford

1991

JanuaryMigration Patterns in Eastern EuropeArt Flegel
FebruaryWorkshopAnne Robinson
MarchCounty RecordsRobert Grant
AprilGetting results instead of frustrationChristine Rose
MayUseful records in Irish ResearchSandra Shafer
JuneOregon-California Emigrant TrailsThomas Hunt
July9th Show & Tell
SeptemberPhotographyMaureen & Ron Willis
OctoberABC’s of GenealogyJudy Svoboda
NovemberShowbox to ShowcaseLyn Johnson

1990

JanuaryImportance of Primary Source InformationBeatrice Valentine
FebruaryLibrary Information NightHinman & Scott
MarchSouthern ResearchDwight Radford
AprilOral HistoriesBarbara Norris
MayMapsJack Mostrum
JuneOrganizing your GenealogyBette Kot
JulyShow & Tell

SeptemberVictorian Funeral CustomsDale Seuss
October1906 EarthquakeMyron Genschesen
NovemberCiting Your SourcesCarol Harless

1989

JanuaryProbate Records & Their UseJudy Svoboda
FebruaryEvening of WorkshopsHinman, Smith, Graves
MarchPalatine Families of New York – 1709ersHenry Jones
AprilSanta Clara Public LibraryJane Power
MayThe Lineups: Lineage SocietiesMarian Hopiak
JuneSan Mateo Co. ArchivesMarion Holmes
JulyBring an Ancestor Night7th Anniversary
SeptemberWhat’s new at FHC’s of LDS ChurchPearl Terry
OctoberOrganizing Your GenealogyBette Kot
NovemberComputer GenealogyWarren Sturven

1988

JanuaryMaking Tombstones Tell a StoryJean Cloud
FebruaryFun I’ve had with genealogyMargaret Wiltshire
MarchPreservation DemonstrationMariam Hopiak
AprilSuccessful Research from a DistanceChristine Rose
MayHow to Research U.S. & British MilitaryJohn Langton, Jr.
JuneS.F. National ArchivesWaverly Lowell
JulyShow & Tell
September1710 German Tar MigrationJohn Dern
OctoberPreservation of Family PhotographsSteve Pearl
NovemberGenealogy Resources at new Redwood City LibraryJane Light

1987

JanuaryFire Insurance Maps for ResearchVlad Shkurin
FebruaryAre you a Mayflower Descendant?Edith Thomas
MarchThis is Your Life (in video)Ken Bender
AprilSouthern Family ResearchMaxim Coppage
MayPhotographyRon Willis
June101 IdeasCarol Harless
JulyShow & Tell5th Anniversary
SeptemberM.P. Branch LDS LibraryAlice Malquist
OctoberWhat you can learn from languagesFrank Carrel
NovemberEvening of Workshops

1986

JanuarySan Bruno Archives ResourcesRose Mary Kennedy
FebruaryEarly California Tombstones & Their CarversMary Ellen Jones
MarchMicrofilming of RecordsShirley Bronte
AprilEncountering Dead end ResearchCarlton Smith
MayReligious Influences on the Development of Colonial AmericaMel Pratt
JuneEvolution of Hugenot NamesPaul Hawkins
JulyVirginia Colonial HistoryJohn Hale Stutesman
SeptemberMini-workshop: New York, Missouri, Peen, Maryland
OctoberNEHGS plus ONEDorothy Annesser
NovemberResearching Ancestors in Schleswig-Holstein, GermanyIrma Whipple

1985

January Computer programs: Roots Howard Nurse
February Genealogy Workshops
April Naming Patterns Roberta Gaynor
May Deciphering old English Handwriting Mary Ann McKennon
June Using History for your Genealogy Judy Svoboda
July Show & Tell
September Recent Changes at Sutro Frank Glover
October Hand Computer Judy Svoboda
November Attic Treasures Installation of Officers

1984

JanuaryMini Workshops
FebruaryWillis Photo Lab
MarchPreservation of Books & DocumentsSarah Buchanan
AprilIrelandJoan Roach
MayU.S. Passenger arrival ListsLavona Ness
JuneNaturalization RecordsLavona Ness
JulyShow & Tell
SeptemberEarly American Period of San Mateo CountyMitch Postel
OctoberGenealogical Resources at U C BerkeleyBarbara Hill
NovemberAttic Treasures, Installation of Officers

1983

JanuaryLocal Resources & Beginning GenealogyDorothy Hayes
FebruaryNew England (5 states- groups)Locality Workshop
MarchHow to use the Public Library for Genealogical ResearchSamuel Chandler
AprilThe Joys of Keeping a JournalKeith Merrill
MayLocality Workshop
JuneNew SutroFrank Glover
JulyShow & Tell
SeptemberOhioWorkshop
OctoberMigration of Middle European PeopleArt Flegel
NovemberAttic Treasures Night, Officer Installation

1982

NovemberUnited Irish Cultural Center – S.F.Pat Dowling

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