Monthly Programs

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Society meetings are held monthly. The meetings are generally held on the 4th Saturday morning of the month.  Meetings begin at 10:30am. Please come 30 minutes before the start of the business meeting for a half-hour of coffee and friendship. A short business meeting will be held to be followed by a program on subjects of interest to all levels of genealogists.

The meetings are held at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403. (See map below)  For more information, contact us.

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The next meetings are:

July Meeting
                             SMCGS 35th Anniversary Celebration
                                      The Wide-Ranging Lives of Paul and Cora Clagstone - Glenne McElhinney
   Saturday, July 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
      Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

     Join us for cake to celebrate 35 years of the SMCGS society and a short talk on a family story with San Mateo roots.

     If you are in touch with past SMCGS members, please extend them a warm invitation.

Paul and Cora Clagstone’s story will take us on a journey from a 1904 polo match in Monterey to a wedding in San Mateo, from a ranch in Idaho to a soap factory in Chicago, to Minneapolis and back to Hillsborough. In honor of SMCGS’s 35th anniversary, San Mateo connections will be highlighted as well as the early years of the California Polo and Pony Racing Association.  Glenne McElhinney is a community historian and the founder of Impact Stories, a history project that makes civil rights history come alive for all audiences. Glenne and her cousin are currently researching a family history project that is assisting the state of Idaho’s Department of Lands.


August Meeting

SMCGS Indexing Work Day
Saturday, August, 26, 10:30am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Continued indexing of San Mateo County records. RSVPs taken in June/July to Join us for a morning of CUT and PASTE. It is an easy, one-time way to contribute to the growing online genealogical collections. We are close and hope to be finished with the project before the end of the year. The Colma Historical Society has given us fifty years of obituary pages (1906-1959) from the San Francisco Examiner that we are cutting out the San Mateo County obituaries and pasting them on pages that will then be scanned and indexed.

September Meeting

Focused Reasearch - Using Research Plans
Speaker: Lisa Gorrell
Saturday, September, 16 , 10:30am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Do you feel like your research just goes in circles, that you keep finding the same information, or you have brick walls you can't solve? Being focused in your research will bring better results. This can be done by using research plans. I will explain how to create and use a research plan to help keep you on focus in your research and get better results.

Lisa Gorrell is a graduate of the ProGen program and an alumnus of the following genealogical institutes: Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. She teaches genealogy courses, lectures to societies, and researches for others. She is a former Recording Secretary for the California Genealogical Society, a board member with the Contra Costa Historical Society & volunteer at their archives at the History Center in Martinez, and a past-president of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society.

She has also been tour leader with the California Genealogy Society’s research trip to Salt Lake City. She enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” and “My Trails into the Past” She has also written a three-generation family history about her husband’s Swedish ancestors.

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