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:

February Meeting
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon 
Topic: The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy
Speaker:  Sharon Hoyt, CGSM


The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy
One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a two-week job, and never returned.  The enduring mystery of his disappearance was deepened by the records he left, which differed from his family's stories about him.

Years after his disappearance, a small but vital clue from a family member’s record led to a wide network of August’s previously unknown relatives and associates.  Investigating the people who shared his early years not only revealed his mysterious origins, but provided a likely answer to the century-old question of his fate.  Learn how thorough records analysis and research on family, friends, and neighbors can help break down even long-standing brick walls.

Sharon Hoyt, CGSM, is a full-time genealogy researcher from the Silicon Valley.  As a native Californian whose family has lived in the state since the 1880s, she enjoys helping clients trace their ancestors’ paths to the Golden State, with a particular interest in migrations from New England, New York, and the Midwest.  She received the Minnesota Genealogical Society's 2016 Family History Writing Award for her article “The Missing Man: The Mysterious Disappearance of August Henry Lawrence of Winthrop, Minnesota.”

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.
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