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


February 2020 Meeting

Titanic Connections: Exploring the Legend & Genealogy
Saturday, February 22, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Sheryl Rinkol

Come aboard and discover the history of the Titanic from design through on-board life to disaster. The genealogy of Titanic descendants, both victims and survivors, will be highlighted including the modern-day genealogy center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic collectibles will be displayed.

Sheryl Rinkol is a 35-year Titanic enthusiast, both a researcher and lecturer on the topic. She is the author of the book Titanic Today which will be available at the meeting.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


March 2020 Meeting

Preserving Family Photos, Photo Stories, Documents
Saturday, March 28, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE

Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Carolyn Williams

This presentation provides organizational tips and procedures for capturing the story behind a photo or document, scanning the image, and then preserving both the physical and digital photos and documents for the next generation. 

Carolyn Williams is a family genealogist and recent SMCGS board member. She holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program and is a former Silicon Valley technology marketing professional.

This event is free and all are welcome.


April 2020 Meeting

Topic: To be announced
Saturday, April 25, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: To be announced

Watch this space for details.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


May 2020 Meeting

Step Away from the Computer
Saturday, May 30, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega

Watch this space for details.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


June 2020 Meeting

Northern California Genealogy
Saturday, June 27, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: Sean Conley

Watch this space for details.

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