Diane Smelker, Library Manager
The SMCGS library
collection is located at the Cañada
College Library at Building 9, Third Floor, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood
City, CA 94061. It is located at the rear of the Library.
To avoid getting
a parking ticket, be sure to purchase a $2.00 parking permit at the machines
in Lot 1 or Lot 7. The permit is good for the entire day.
SMCGS Volunteers are available to assist patrons on:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
1pm – 4pm
If you would like evening assistance with your genealogy research you can request an appointment by calling our library telephone at (650) 306-3423. Saturday hours are available by appointment.
The SMCGS Collection may be used during the Cañada Library open hours; however, the Library Staff is not available to provide genealogy research assistance. The SMCGS Collection does not circulate.
The Cañada Library hours vary depending on the time of year. They are posted on the Cañada College Library webpage.
Any special openings and closings of the SMCGS Collection will be indicated on the Home page.
Book and Periodical
Collection Catalog: for a current list, see SMCGS Library Card Catalog
Tape/ Video Catalog:
the SMCGS library has over 250 audio tapes of both local and national genealogical
programs. Tapes may be checked out by members of the CD club or listened
to in the library. Bring your small tape player and headphones, relax and
enjoy the wonderful views from the library as you listen and learn. A few
video tapes that are available for checkout round out the collection. For
a current list, see Tape/Video Catalog (Google spreadsheet) | Tape/Video
for a constantly-updated list, see Periodical
List (Google spreadsheet)
Microform Catalog: the SMCGS library has a significant collection of microfiche. A microfiche
reader is available in the library. Bring your digital camera to make copies
from the screen or use a library
order form (PDF) to order digital or print copies.
For a current list, see Microform Catalog (Google spreadsheet) | Microform
Collection of California Materials 1852-1975
Schellens, one of the founding members of the Redwood City Archives Committee,
was an accountant by trade and a historian by obsession. His love of the
history of San Mateo County and San Francisco has left us with a collection
of abstractions that have been organized into binders by the Redwood City
Archives Committee. The originals of these volumes, which cover the whole
county rather than just Redwood City, are housed in the Redwood City Main
Library History Room.
gathered not only current day information, but he systematically went back
through old directories, county histories, great registers, county record
books and newspapers, extracting, abstracting, photocopying and indexing
the lives of the residents of San Mateo County, San Francisco and beyond.
volumes of Redwood City real estate transactions include hand drawn maps
and references to the deeds in the San Mateo County Official Record books.
More than 50 books hold records of Redwood City residents sorted by the
main surname of the record. Other volumes are sorted by township, with
both current and no longer existent townships being covered.
the Schellens Collection would seldom be considered an end source, being
comprised of second hand materials, it is a wonderful finding aid for records
of tens of thousands of San Mateo County and San Francisco residents, as
well as residents of other California counties and the western states.
The main limitation of this work was the lack of an index. With the help
of many dedicated SMCGS members as well as members of other societies around
the state, the entire 191 Volume collection has been indexed and
you can find links to the indexes below.
is important to note which index you find a name in if you are ordering
copies or trying to find the item in the library.
original volumes are housed in the Redwood
City Public Library History Room.
has copies of the entire collection housed with our library collection
in the Cañada College Library. The San Mateo County collection can
be found at 979.461 SCH and the San Francisco Collection can be found at
covering the other counties of California can be found in a binder at the
beginning of each county’s book collection, general volumes contained in
the California Binders are also included in this index.