San Mateo County Genealogical Society's Blog featuring society events, projects, meeting notes and other items of relevance to genealogists.

Monday, April 24, 2017

SMCGS Spring Seminar

Early Bird deadline is this Friday, April 28!

Please be sure to register for the SMCGS Spring Seminar by this Friday, April 28 in order to take advantage of advance pricing. Walk in Rates apply after April 28.

Not Your Usual Records with Amy Johnson Crow
Spring Seminar on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 am - 3 pm
Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave, Menlo Park
$45 Members, $50 Non-members, $55 Walk-Ins

Step off the beaten path with Amy and discover unexpected resources in these four one-hour sessions:
- Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
- After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Vets
- Finding Ancestors before 1850
- Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

Amy has a master's degree in Library Science, blogs regularly, and helps clients with research.

Book Sale
Thank you to all who have recently donated books from their collections. Some sample titles you will see at the Book Sale:
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy edited by Szucs & Luebking
My Ancestor was an Apprentice by Raymond
Tracing Your Tank Ancestors by Tait & Fletcher
Army Records for Family Historians by Fowler

Silent Auction 
Here is a chance to try new software, or add to your current subscription while helping SMCGS raise funds to cover our expenses. We have for the auction:
Mini-consultations with Inge Harding-Barlow
Walk over to the Family History Library right next to the Seminar building.
Hours: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Note: The Family History Library will be open on May 6 until 4:00 pm.
Home-baked Cookies 
SMCGS bakers will be mixing up their usual hard-to-resist homemade cookies and bars.

Hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Christine Green
Seminar Chair

Sharing Stories

Last call for stories!
Submissions close this Sunday, April 30
Please finish up and send us your stories!

Sharing Stories: 
A SMCGS event to encourage writing our stories 
for future generations

Join the fun and write a family history or local San Mateo County story.
Submit your story to SMCGS to be entered into a drawing for prizes, publication,
and/or reading aloud at a monthly meeting. Each entry receives a small gift.
For information on guidelines & formatting, and to submit a story, click here.
We look forward to receiving your stories!

At our monthly meeting on May 20, we will have drawings for prizes for all stories submitted, an extra drawing for those stories taking place in San Mateo County, and a small gift for all entries. We will round out the meeting with story readings and sharing a pot luck meal together.
We hope you get a story down on paper to share with your fellow genealogists, not to mention your own family!

Questions? Contact
Sharing Stories Readings and Lunch - May 20
More information on Sharing Stories can be found on our website at

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Barry's Bits

culled from the San Francisco Examiner by Barry Goyette 

Ah...The Problems of Wealth ....