Welcome to SMCGS

NOTICE: Please use the new SMCGS website at smcgs.wildapricot.org. We are phasing out this website and will not continue updating the content. If you're a member of SMCGS, an account has been created for you on the new website. Your account on the new website will use the same email address as you're using on this website; however, you will need to create a new password, using the Forgot password link.

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond. We have monthly meetings with speakers, twice-yearly seminarsworkshopsspecial interest groups, a genealogy library, online databases, and research services. We produce a newsletter, a blog, and a Facebook page, and we send occasional email notices about SMCGS events to anyone who is interested.

Our monthly meetings are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Our special interest groups are open only to members, but non-members may email the moderator of a group to ask for a one-time invitation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, most SMCGS meetings will be held via the Zoom web conferencing system -- for details, click here.

Zoom links to future meetings, recordings of past Zoom presentations, and meeting handouts will be available in the Members Only section of the website, under Handouts/Recordings/Zoom (as allowed by presenters). Non-members can get a Zoom link to future meetings by subscribing to our eNews.

For a flyer of SMCGS upcoming events, click here.

Remember In-person Meetings?

Photo by Evie Rice

This is a photo taken at our last in-person monthly meeting, which was held on February 23, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Mateo. Sheryl Rinkol gave an interesting presentation on the history of the Titanic, along with the genealogy of Titanic descendants. We hope to hold in-person meetings again some day! In the meantime, be sure to join our monthly meetings via Zoom.

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Presenter: Kara and the board
Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Note new time!

We have emailed a survey to all members asking for priorities for the society as we consider reopening. We will present the results of the survey, discuss how we can implement the highest priorities, and tour the new website. There will be door prizes!  We want all members to come. The link to this zoom meeting will be sent a couple of days before the meeting. 

July 2021 Meeting: Using Maps to Tell Stories

Sue Long photo

Using Maps to Tell Stories
Presenter: Sue Long
Saturday, July 24, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm

In 1687, Thomas Holme, the Surveyor General of Pennsylvania, made a map for William Penn so Penn could persuade investors back in England to buy land in his new colony - Pennsylvania. Learn how Sue identified some of the early landowners. The names on Holme’s map turned into people with voices of their own. We can hear these stories after 300 years. 

Sept 2021 Meeting; THE 1950 CENSUS: ARE YOU READY?

Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

Saturday,  Sept 25, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012, around the release of the
1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results
of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022.


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