San Mateo County Genealogical Society
PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569

telephone: 650.306.3423

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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

Meeting Handouts

Lineage Societies [pdf]

The next meetings are:

July Meeting
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:30 am
Topic: "Care and reading of old tombstones"
Speaker: Martha Wallace

Since time began, humans have used something to mark burial sites of their loved ones. What materials have been used for these markers? How do you clean a stained marker/tombstone? Or, should you? Is it a tombstone, gravestone, headstone or. . . ? Tombstone forms varied across times and regions. US military markers have evolved in style and information since originating in frontier days. Symbols and epitaphs on tombstones often reflect personal characteristics. This talk will help you use tombstones as clues in learning more about your ancestors and prepare you to recognize the meanings behind the tombstones you will see when SMCGS visits Union Cemetery in Redwood City.

Martha Wallace is a retired middle school teacher who volunteers at NARA in San Bruno and Rengstorff House in Mountain View. She enjoys history and searching for her ancestors.

July Field Trip
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014, Time TBD
Place: Docent led tour of Union Cemetery in Redwood City
Leader: Ellen Crawford, President, Historic Union Cemetery Association

When driving West on Woodside Road from El Camino, have you ever glanced over at the open space to your right and wondered what is behind the fence? Perhaps you noticed a few monuments among the shrubs, or, if you passed by on Memorial Day, wondered why they were shooting off cannons. (!) This is possibly the most overlooked (by most people) cemetery in San Mateo. Yet it contains an estimated 2.400 graves, some of which date from the mid 1800s, including about 40 Civil War graves.

Youíll hear about some of the people buried here, and learn about the significance of different gravestones, monuments, and markers. The cemetery has been significantly restored in recent years, and youíll hear about those efforts as well.

August Meeting

September Meeting
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.

October Meeting
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.

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