Monthly Programs

Meetings: Held monthly except for August and December typically on the 4th Saturday. Check dates as some meetings are moved to the 3rd Saturday.

Time:  10:00-10:30 am Social mixer with cookies, bring your own coffee/tea; 10:30 am - 12 noon Announcements followed by talks on subjects of interest to all levels of genealogists.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403. (See map below)  Entrance is at the back of the church off the parking lot. Look for the SMCGS sign.

For more information, contact us.  For a list of past programs, click here .

Sarah Coston, VP Programs

Upcoming Meetings


August 2019 Meeting

Work Day: Indexing

Saturday, August 24, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo

Coordinator: Cath Madden Trindle, SMCGS Publications Chair

SMCGS members and other interested individuals are invited to join us as we begin to create an index to the early San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Minutes. These records can be full of references to early settlers. No experience is necessary.  If you can read and write your skill will be of use.  Digital images will be available on lab computers.  

This event is free and all are welcome. 


September 2019 Meeting

What You Don't Know About Ancestry.com
Saturday, September 28, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, Ancestry.com

Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Ancestry.com. Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of Ancestry.com to open up new avenues of research for all of us.

Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches back to childhood.  A professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


October 2019 Meeting

Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: A Salem Witch Trials Case Study
Saturday, October 19, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Melinda Kashuba

If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor’s story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques that you can use for events in which your ancestor was involved.

Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in geography from UCLA and is a popular lecturer on many topics including American research and maps. She has written articles for numerous genealogical publications.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


November 2019 Meeting

Brick Wall Busters: Techniques for Genealogical Success
Saturday, November 23, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Sharon Hoyt, CG®

We’ve all experienced the dreaded genealogical brick wall – that place where your research seems to stop.  No one method can address each and every brick wall problem, so we’ll cover several techniques to help you get unstuck and move your research forward. 

Sharon is a genealogy research, speaker, and author.  Her research has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and Minnesota Genealogist. 

This event is free and all are welcome. 


Find us:

SMCGS Meetings c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA