Programs and Monthly Meetings
Margaret Melaney, Vice President Programs
Society meetings are held monthly. The meetings are alternately held on the 3rd Wednesday night or the 3rd Saturday morning of the month. Wednesday meetings begin at 7:30pm. Saturday 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 Pulgus, San Mateo, CA 94403. DIRECTIONS
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The next meetings are:
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:30 am
Topic: "Becoming a Professional Genealogist"
Speaker: Christine Bell Green
Who is a professional genealogist? She/he may research genealogy for hire but what separates the professional from the intermediate genealogist or hobbyist is the skill level. In 2014 there are many educational opportunities available to genealogists who wish to bring their skills up to a higher level, and the good news is that many of these opportunities are relatively low in cost and many are on-line programs. Being a professional does not mean being certified or accredited but there are two genealogical credentialing organizations should you wish to test your skills against rigorous standards.
Christine Bell Green has a professional learning certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the ProGen program, and an alumnus of the Salt Lake Institute and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research where she studies advanced methodology. She is the president of San Mateo County Genealogy Society and teaches Intermediate Genealogy in Palo Alto.
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Topic: "The Great SMCGS Brick Wall Challenge Results"
Speaker: Various professional and non-professional genealogists.
SMCGS members will be given the opportunity to submit their brick wall problems to our team of experienced genealogists. The ones chosen for study will be researched, and the results presented this evening. Youíll learn how to approach a brick wall, what worked, what didnít, and hear about successes and failures. Can the team solve YOUR brick wall?
Applications for consideration will be sent out to members in May. Start planning now.
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30 am
Topic: Breakout Sessions
Speaker: Members day
Our meeting today features breakout sessions with an opportunity to share your favorite topics. Weíll have a choice of four tables for you to join: English, Irish, New England, and DNA (!). Bring your group sheets and questions and find out how other members have solved their genealogical puzzles. Or just unroll your family tree and brag about your successes. If youíve done your DNA, bring along a copy of results and be prepared to explain them to novices. Table hopping is allowed during the session if you canít pick just one.
Refreshments, representing your countries, are always welcome. DNA people can be creative.
The meeting will start with a Fall Seminar wrap-up.