San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together


General information about SMCGS seminars

SMCGS offers two seminars per year, one in the spring (typically the first Saturday in May) and one in the fall (typically the first Saturday in November). Our seminars are currently held  via zoom. Our seminars are open to everyone, but SMCGS members get a discounted price. Our next seminar will be on DNA and offered in April.

For a partial list of past seminars, click here.

Past seminars

2021 Fall Seminar -- Making Sense of Your DNA Matches

Presenter: Diahan Southard

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (social time 8:00 - 8:30 am)

Diahan is the author of Your DNA Guide—The Book and producer of Your DNA Guide—The Academy , an online learning experience. She will speak on three intermediate-level DNA topics:

  • Three Key DNA Strategies
  • My 1000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches

This will be a half-day seminar via Zoom. For more information about the seminar and how to register, click here.

Past seminar

2020 Fall Seminar -- Gems for Genealogical Research

Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9 am - 3 pm (social time 8:30 am - 9 am)

This seminar was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed until the Fall. 

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.

Four topics to up your technology skills for your genealogical research:

  • The 2020 Genealogist's Google Search Methodology
  • Google Books: The Tool I Use Every Day
  • Cool Cases Solved: How to Identity Your Photos
  • Future Technology and Genealogy -- Five Strategies You Need

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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