News & Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of Covid-19 concerns, most SMCGS general meetings, workshops, and interest groups are being held remotely, using the Zoom web conferencing technology. Please watch this website or SMCGS's Facebook page for details. The SMCGS Board is monitoring information from the San Mateo County Health Department ( and will make decisions based on their recommendations. Stay well!

Everyone is welcome to attend SMCGS general meetings. A link to each Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the meeting. SMCGS members are automatically subscribed unless they choose to "unsubscribe."  Non-members can also subscribe; if you're not already a subscriber and wish to become one, click here.

SMCGS Board meetings will continue to held by Zoom. See the calendar for dates. If you would like to offer suggestions or attend, please email

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June 2020 Meeting - via Zoom

Northern California Genealogy
Presenter: Sean Conley
Saturday, June 27, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

Learn about several records and resources available that can help you research your California ancestors. This presentation will cover repositories throughout California, important record types, migration routes, cemetery records, beneficial websites, and more.

Sean Conley is Vice President of the Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society.  He is a member of the Santa Cruz Old Timers, Native Sons of the Golden West, has an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Economics from SCU. Sean has worked on a variety of research projects over the years and specializes in California and Ireland research. He lives in Santa Cruz County.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. 

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

July 2020 Meeting - Orphan Train and Home Children - via Zoom

Chris Green

Orphan Train and Home Children
Presenter: Christine Bell Green
Saturday, July 25, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm - via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am - via Zoom

A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers several days before the date of the meeting.

Watch here for fall events

We have several interesting talks lined up for the monthly general meetings in the fall. Watch here for details!

2020 Fall Seminar - Gems for Genealogical Research - SAVE THE DATE!

Lisa Louise Cooke

Gems for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, November 14, 2020   9 am - 3 pm
Members $50, Non-members $60. Walk-ins, add $10. Registration opens in August or September -- watch for details.
LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

This seminar was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed. If you already registered for the Spring Seminar, your payment will automatically be applied toward the new date. 

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.


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