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Memberships Renew January 1st!

We hope you are enjoying the benefits of your membership in SMCGS. 

Your membership is vital for SMCGS to be able to fulfill our commitment to our goals to preserve and index local records, offer quality genealogical education, support a community of genealogists, and provide a variety of genealogical resources covering San Mateo County, the U.S. and the world.

In addition, your SMCGS Membership Benefits include:

  • Reduced registration fees on Workshops/Classes and Seminars
  • Free access to selected webinars
  • Special Interest Group participation: British, DNA, German
  • Newsletters online, six per year
  • Ask a Genealogist – help with brick walls
  • Speaker handouts online

Please help save volunteer time and effort by renewing before December 31, 2016.

Not yet a member?  We would love to have you join our community!!  For more information go to our Membership page or contact us.

Can you also help with a year end gift to SMCGS?
As you may imagine, membership fees do not cover all the expenses needed for maintaining the society much less for growing it.  We hope you will support SMCGS by considering a year-end tax-deductible gift.

For donations of $100 and above, you will receive, as a thank you, our new SMCGS tote bag.

For more information on how to renew or make a donation click here.

Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy

Martha Wallace
Join Us at our January General Meeting Saturday, January 28th 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon 
Topic: Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy
Speaker:  Martha Wallace

Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names. Names were originally used to identify characteristics of a person. However, over time, some of those original meanings have been lost. Additionally, many cultures developed patterns to further identify a person and to carry on names within families. In genealogy, knowing the naming patterns of a cultural or regional group can lead to breaking down brick walls. 

We will explore patronymics and matronymics in many languages and look at the naming patterns practiced by four different socio-religious groups in four areas of early American settlement.

DNA Interest Group

The DNA interest group meets regularly on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:15 to 3.45 pm in the Cañada College Library.

In January 2017 this group will start working through the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.  More information about the book can be found on the National Genealogical Society's website.

If you have question about the group or the book study please contact Chris Green at pastpres@smcgs.org.

The purpose of this group is to ask questions and get help interpreting your DNA results and deciding on next steps. The format is similar to that of all of our Special Interest Groups – there will be no charge to attend but membership in SMCGS is a requirement to join.

New - Irish Interest Group to start in January 2017

NEW!! Irish Interest Group

Join us on January 24th! Our latest group is an Irish interest group to meet immediately after the British group on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are at 11am in the 1st floor meeting room at Redwood City Main Library*. There is no charge for the group, but you must be a member of SMCGS.  Come and bring your knowledge and questions to share with other researchers. For more information contact news@smcgs.org.


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