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


July 2019 Meeting

Round Table Discussions

Saturday, July 27, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Social hour 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

The SMCGS Round Table meeting is an opportunity for genealogists to come together to share with others what research or projects they have done on a particular topic. Everyone is encouraged to share as well as ask questions. Attendees can “hop” from table to table in order to participate in more than one Round Table.

Topics:
1. Family History Examples: Share a family history project that you have done, e.g. a family tree, an album, a blog, a website, etc.
2. DNA Testing: Share about tests you have taken, unexpected results, connections made with unknown relatives, etc.
3. Brick Walls: Share about a brick wall you have, or that you broke through.

This event is free and all are welcome. 


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

To Be Announced
Saturday, October 19, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm FREE
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Entrance in back.

Presenter: To Be Announced

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