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:

June Meeting

The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy - Anthony Ray
Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo                

The Berryessa family from the de Anza expedition to the twentieth century will be reviewed including military, ranchos, religious and social involvements, family murders in the 1850s, and settling into the American culture by the nineteenth century. Records to be discussed include manuscript collections, church records, newspapers, vital records, and others.

Anthony Ray is a descendant of the Berryessa family and an avid genealogist. He has done extensive research throughout California, Arizona, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. In 2011, he was the first student awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, which helped support his genealogical research.


July Meeting
                             SMCGS 35th Anniversary Celebration
                                      The Wide-Ranging Lives of Paul and Cora Clagstone - Glenne McElhinney
   Saturday, July 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
      Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

     Join us for cake to celebrate 35 years of the SMCGS society and a short talk on a family story with San Mateo roots.

     If you are in touch with past SMCGS members, please extend them a warm invitation.

Paul and Cora Clagstone’s story will take us on a journey from a 1904 polo match in Monterey to a wedding in San Mateo, from a ranch in Idaho to a soap factory in Chicago, to Minneapolis and back to Hillsborough. In honor of SMCGS’s 35th anniversary, San Mateo connections will be highlighted as well as the early years of the California Polo and Pony Racing Association.  Glenne McElhinney is a community historian and the founder of Impact Stories, a history project that makes civil rights history come alive for all audiences. Glenne and her cousin are currently researching a family history project that is assisting the state of Idaho’s Department of Lands.


August Meeting

SMCGS Indexing Work Day
Saturday, August, 26, 10:30am - 12:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Continued indexing of San Mateo County records. RSVPs taken in June/July to Join us for a morning of CUT and PASTE. It is an easy, one-time way to contribute to the growing online genealogical collections. We are close and hope to be finished with the project before the end of the year. The Colma Historical Society has given us fifty years of obituary pages (1906-1959) from the San Francisco Examiner that we are cutting out the San Mateo County obituaries and pasting them on pages that will then be scanned and indexed.


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