Previous Monthly Programs

The following is a list of recent monthly programs and a few planned for coming months.


January              Children Left Behind                              Judy Fambrough Billingsley     
February            DNA: Finding My Grandfather                David Brunzel
March                 Sisters Unite! Two Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage    Lisa Oberg
April                    Angel Island     Grant Din
May                    The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World      Craig Siulinski
June                    Immigration to America Prior to 1820    Chris Green
July                       Using Maps to Tell Stories       Sue Long
August                     No Meeting in August
December                 No meeting in December



January                   Researching Offline: In Archives, Libraries, Courthouses             Lisa Gorrell
February                 Titanic Legend [107 Year Overview] and Genealogy​                     Sheryl Rinkol
March                      Meeting canceled
April                         Meeting canceled
May                          10 Reasons You Can't Find Your Ancestors                               Gena Philibert-Ortega
June                        Northern California Research                                                      Sean Conley
July                          Orphan Train and Home Children                                               Chris Bell Green          
August                     No Meeting in August
September               The Mystery Aussie                                                                     Pam Wong 
October                   Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls                       Jan Joyce
November                Preserving Family Photos, Stories, and Documents                    Carolyn Williams
December                 No meeting in December



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
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