Previous Monthly Programs


January                   Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories                                 Craig Siulinski

February                 City Directories                                                                              Pamela Brigham

March                      Lies, Lies, & More Lies: Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage?  Jeff Vaillant

April                         Power of Digital Photography and Family History.                       Ron Madsen

May                          Mayflower                                                                                     Bob Trapp

June                        Sharing Stories 

July                          Round Table Discussions and Potluck  

August                     No Meeting in August

September               What you Didn't Know About Ancestry                                        Crista Cowan 

October                   Salem Witch Trials Case Study                                                    Melinda Kashuba

November                Brick Walls                                                                                   Sharon Hoyt

December                 No meeting in December


January                   The Slave Narrative that Freed Me: How I found William Grimes    Regina Mason

February                  Who's in Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse

                                      Research Needs of Your Community                                         Linda Harms Okazaki

March                       Making a Family Video to Share                                                      Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens

April                          English Probate and Death Duty Record                                       Christine Bell Green PLCGS

May                           The Streets of Menlo Park                                                              Bo Crane

June                           Ireland Online                                                                                Cath MaddenTrindle

July                            Round Table Discussions - Organizing Your Genealogical Research,

                                       Using Online Genealogical Software (e.g., FamilySearch, My Heritage)

                                       Using Maps in Genealogy, Irish/British/Scottish/Welsh Research

August                       No Meeting in August

September                Researching Your Civil War Ancestors                                           Mary Boyle

October                    A Year in Salem: The Witchcraft Crisis of 1692                              Gay Scott

November                Prohibition                                                                                       Ray Cosyn

December                 No meeting in December


January                   Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns                                Martha Wallace

February                  The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy           Sharon Hoyt CGSM

March                    Case Study: A complete genealogy starting from nothing       Stephen Morse
April                      British Genealogy on the Internet                                             Christine Bell Green
May                       Sharing Stories                                                                         Hosted by Cath Trindle
June                      The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy                             Anthony Ray

July                        SMCGS 35th Anniversary

                              The Lives of the Clagstones                                                     Glenne McElhinney

August                   Indexing SMC Obituaries

September             Focused Research: Using Research Plans                            Lisa Gorrell

October                  Using Maps in Genealogical Research                                   Melina Kashuba

November              Round Table: DNA, Finding Females, Photo Organization,

                                    Writing Family Stories, and SMC First Families.


January               United States Land Records                           Martha Wallace

February              Transcribing Old Documents                         Richard Rands

March                   JRI-Poland: Go for the Record!                     Robbinn Magid

April                      Genealogical Proof Standard                       Sharon Hoyt

May                       Lost Cemeteries of San Mateo County         Margaret Melaney

June                      The Story of Camp Fremont                         Barbara Wilcox

July                       Immigration to the U.S. before 1820              Chris Green

August                  Indexing Event                                               workday

September            The Life and Times of Dennis Martin          Bo Crane

October                  SMCGS/CSGA joint meeting                        Janice Sellers/Cath Trindle

November              Round Table: Irish, Mid West, DNA, and Book Publishing




January             Immigration Records                                       Ralph Mize

February            Finding your ancestors on eBay                     Evie Rice

March                 23andMe                                                        Kasia Bryc

April                   The Great Pacific Railroad Survey - 1853-1855         John Gleed

May                    Wyatt Earp,  Josephine Marcus, and Hills of Eternity Memorial Park    Mike Casey 

June                   Using directories                                             Chris Green

July                    What's new at FamilySearch                          Margaret Melaney

September         Peripatetic Germans                                       James Baker

October              Members' Night

November           Family & Homes /19th C.American West       Nicole Martin




January                 DNA                                                              Steve Morse

February               Organizing your research                              Patricia Burrow

March                    English Research after 1750                        John Gleed

April                       Heritage Societies                                        various societies

May                        Hispanic Heritage                                        Lucy Sweeney

June                       Angel Island Immigration                             Grant Din

July                         Reading Old Tombstones                            Martha Wallace

September              Becoming Prof. Genealogist                       Chris Green

October                   Brick Wall Challenge                                   SMCGS members

November               Breakouts (Member’s Day)                          English, Irish, New England, DNA