Research Services

San Mateo County Genealogical Society (SMCGS) will provide research services for items held in our library. We do not provide research services outside our library.  We suggest that you contact the facility that holds the records you are looking for or hire a researcher.  The following links are provided for your convenience.

Research Service Fees – Over sixty SMCGS indexes are available on our website free of charge. Most of the indexed records are not held by SMCGS and copies must be ordered through the agency or library that holds them.  SMCGS holdings include the following collections. Please check the indexes before ordering.

  • Schellens Collection -- $.50 per page. Minimum of $5.00.
  • Obituaries (more than 50,000) -- $10 each. The first page of the index tells you which obituaries are in our collections.  Some obituaries included in the index will be on paid websites instead.  We also have the obituaries from the San Mateo Times and the Pacifica Tribune that were indexed by Chris Havnar on Obituary Daily Times.
  • Layng & Tinney Mortuary Files -- $12 for the entire file.
  • San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Booking Registers -- $5 for the first entry, $.50 for each additional entry.
  • Other research in the library in both shelved and online records will be undertaken by volunteers for $20 an hour and $.25 for printed copies. Digital copies are included in the fee.  Minimum time 1 hour.

All research must be prepaid.

Note: During the pandemic, our library is closed, so some of our research materials may not be available.  Our volunteers will continue to monitor our email account ( for your requests and will let you know whether we will be able to work on the research now or will have to wait until the library opens.  It is preferable to use email rather than US Mail because we will be checking our US Mail infrequently.

By Email – send your request to  Be sure to include your name and your email address.  You can then prepay using PayPal. Include details of your research request in both the email and in the special instructions on the PayPal form. 

By Mail – send your request, including check, name, contact information, (a SASE is appreciated) and what you are requesting to…

Attn: Research Chair / Library Manager
PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569