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Welcome to SMCGS

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond. We have monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminarsworkshopsspecial-interest groups, a genealogy library, online databases, and research services. We produce a newsletter, a blog, and a Facebook page, and we send occasional email notices about SMCGS events to anyone who is interested.

For a flyer of SMCGS upcoming events, click here.


Zoom links to future meetings, recordings of past Zoom presentations, and meeting handouts will be available in the Members Only section of the website, under Handouts/Recordings/Zoom (as allowed by presenters).


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 (https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus) 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 (both members and non-members) several days before the meeting. SMCGS members are automatically subscribed to eNews 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 president@smcgs.org.

Stay connected with SMCGS via Facebook, our eNews mailing list, or our Blog, using one of the links in the box at the lower left of this page. For more details on connecting, click here.​

Website Login Instructions

Most parts of the SMCGS website are open to anyone. However, the Members Only section of the SMCGS website contains a few items that are restricted to members only, such as newsletters, handouts, and recordings of recent monthly meetings.

If you are a member and don't yet have an account, use the Login link at the upper right, choose Create new account, and provide your name, a username, and an email address. It may take a day or two for the account to be created.

If you are a member and have an account, be sure to log in with the username (e.g., "somebody") and NOT the email address (e.g., "somebody@gmail.com") -- this is a common mistake.

If you are unable to log in, please contact webmaster@smcgs.org.

February 2021 Meeting: DNA: Finding My Grandfather

DNA: Finding My Grandfather
Presenter: David Brunzel
Saturday, February 20, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom [Note the date change]
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

It was 1974 and David Bunzel was assigned a project for a college history course to create a four generation family tree. A relative from his mother’s side handed him an envelope with some documents regarding his maternal grandparents. One of the documents the relative handed him was his grandparents wedding certificate, which caught David’s attention.  Their marriage date was August 10, 1935, but his mother was born in 1930!  His mother had kept the secret that she was born out of wedlock, but had little information on her biological father.  It took more than 40 years of searching and the introduction of DNA testing to help David get the answers to the “Curious Case of Frank Button.”

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.

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

March 2021 Meeting: Angel Island

Angel Island
Presenter: Grant Din
Saturday, March 27, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers.

Learn from examples of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish (from Austria), Korean, Russian, Filipino , and South Asian immigrants, and find out about the National Archives and other resource that might be available for your research.  

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.

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

April 2021 Meeting: Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage

Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Saturday, April 24, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920.  The amendment was a culmination of over 70 years of agitating for women's rights that begun in 1848 at Seneca Falls. Lisa will present a brief history of the suffrage movement in the United States.

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.

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

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