San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Research Services

Research services offered by SMCGS

San Mateo County Genealogical Society (SMCGS) has scanned and indexed a number of records related to San Mateo County.  Please refer to our listings on the Databases page to search for any records.

Research Services– The indexes to these records are available on our website free of charge.  SMCGS holdings include the following collections. 

  • Schellens Collection 
  • Obituaries (more than 50,000) 
  • Layng & Tinney Mortuary Files 
  • San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Booking Registers 
  • Other research in the library in both shelved and online records may be undertaken by volunteers on a case-by-case basis. 
  • To order full copies of any of these records, and for charges, please see our Research Request Instructions.

    All research must be prepaid, either online or via a paper check. If we are unable to process your request, we will refund your payment.

    Options for making requests

    There are two ways you can request and pay for research assistance:

    • online
    • by US mail

    Please include the following information with your request:   Your name and email address,

    the types of your requests, such as research queries, digital copies of books, and file lookups. 

    Details of your requests (sufficient information about your research query, the book and pages/sections you would like copies of, the files you would like us to look up, etc.)

    If we require further information, we will email you.

    Online -- Contact and pay using the Wild Apricot online payment system.

    By US mail -- Mail your request, along with a check, to the following address:

         Attn: Research 
         PO Box 230
        San Mateo, CA 94401-0230

    Be sure to include your name and email address and details about your request.  

    San Mateo County Genealogical Society

         SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

    PO Box 230
    San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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