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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

September 3 & 4, 2013

For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fairwith live lectures and chat via the website UStream and a call-in genealogy help line.
  • Lectures:  This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.
  • Genealogy Help Line:  Call with your genealogy questions during the fair. National Archives staff in Washington, DC, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) on September 3 and 4 on our special hotline at 202-357-5420.

    You may also email us at, or call our Washington, DC, Customer Service Center telephone during regular business hours at 1-866-325-7208.
WHEN: September 3 & 4, 2013 (see schedule)
WHO: Speakers include genealogy experts from the National Archives and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
HOW: The National Archives will host the virtual Genealogy Fairvia webcast using the websiteUStream and a call-in genealogy help line. Recorded sessions will be available online after the event. Closed captioning and American sign language interpreters are part of the broadcast.
WHERE: The National Archives will host the live lectures via webcast on UStream.
SCHEDULE: times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Genealogy Help Line Schedule:  Call in during the fair, from 1 to 4 p.m. (EDT) at 202-357-5420.

Find other events, seminars and meetings for California Genealogists by following the weekly update on the CSGA Blog.  If you subscribe you will get an email with each posting. (Max 2 a week, includes items of legislative importance to California genealogists)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

San Mateo County Cemeteries: St. Johns

All photograph's courtesy of Russ Brabec 2013

Tucked away in the hills of San Mateo lies one of the oldest cemeteries in the county.  The land was donated in 1885 by Abby Parrot in memory of her husband who had died the year before.

MARCH 29, 1884  
         (inscription west side of Parrot Mausoleum)  

Parrot Mausoleum

The cemetery which is located at 910 Oregon Ave, is open to the public from 9am to 5 pm daily.

The link to the cemetery website was not working on Aug 10 and the notice indicates it has been down for nearly a month.  If it becomes viable again or a new site goes online, the old domain should probably work.  You will find a link on the cemetery page on the San Mateo County First Families Blog.  You will also find a link to a map there to help you find the cemetery.

Among the treasures you will find in the cemetery is the unmarked mausoleum of Agness Poett Howard Bowie.  There are also memorials for many Parrot family members whether they were buried in the cemetery or not.

St. John's Cemetery - Find A Grave lists 2888 burials with about 38% photographed.  Tim Conroy read the entire cemetery in 2004 and the listing is available on and USGenWebArchives.

The San Mateo County Community College District is offering a class by Michael Svanevik in September entitled Underground San Mateo - A subterranean look at St. John's Cemetery.

Cemetery Brochure