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.

Click here to see what programs we have had in the past.


The next meetings are:

March Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon

Topic: Case Study: A complete genealogy starting from nothing
Speaker: Stephen Morse
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award  from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering.  He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution more than 35 years ago.

April Meeting

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon

Topic: British Genealogy on the Internet
Speaker: Christine Bell Green PLCGS
This presentation will focus on discovering your British Ancestors on English and Welsh Internet research sites that complement, and, the three commercial websites for British and Welsh genealogy.  We will explore what records and information are available on free or pay-as-you-go sites.
Christine Bell Green, PLCGS, is a professional genealogist who teaches several genealogy classes on the peninsula and consults with clients on their family history projects. She has been researching her own family history for over 15 years and holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the University of Toronto with concentrations in methodology and English and American records. She also is a graduate of ProGen, and courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Stamford and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Chris is a former marketing researcher with a PhD in Biochemistry. 
Chris is past president of SMCGS, a volunteer at the Menlo Park Family History Center, and gives talks on genealogy throughout the Bay Area.

May Meeting

Sharing Stories Event
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:30am - 1:00pm
The May 20 monthly meeting is the celebration of our Sharing Stories event. Join the fun and write a family history or local San Mateo County story and submit it by April 30 to

The meeting will be full of excitement from reading aloud selected stories, to giving everyone who submitted a story a small gift, to the drawing for three $25 cash prizes from all stories submitted, and an extra drawing for three SMCGS tote bags from stories that mention San Mateo County. The meeting wraps up with a Pot Luck lunch for time to discuss our stories with fellow attendees. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you submitted a story, be sure to come so that you may receive your small thank you gift. 

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