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

Monday, March 25, 2013

San Mateo County Cemeteries


Cath Madden Trindle



I love this cemetery.  Elegant tombstones crowd each other throughout.  


The Italian Cemetery was established in 1899 by La Società Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza.  The Società was founded in 1858 to provide medical care and death benefits to its members.  Membership was comprised mainly of Italian immigrants who came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush era.


Burials in the cemetery include more than 8000 reburials from the Italian section of Golden Gate (City) Cemetery.  This is not a mass grave, each reburial was moved by the Società to the new cemetery when the San Francisco cemetery was close.

Today the cemetery is a non-profit, public benefit corporation and burial is open to all nationalities and faiths.   

Family Search has digitized the daily logs and card catalog for the entire cemetery  .Images are available on the website [California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011].  The first three volumes are indexes covering the years 1899-1997.  

Use the index to find entries in the daily logs and card files.  The card file gives information on all the burials in a plot.  Often you can find family members this way. You might also find the burial date, an age the amount paid for the burial, and information on the mortuary. 

Italian Cemetery has also uploaded their entire burial data base to Find-A-Grave.  There are over 46 thousand burials listed.  


You can find directions to the cemetery, which is located at 540 F Street in Colma, on Google MapsBefore visiting the cemetery familiarize yourself with the layout by using the cemetery map that is available on Find A Grave  

Italian Cemetery on You Tube Cemetarian Digs the 'City of Souls' NBC Bay Area 
Italian Cemetery on FindAGrave
Italian Cemetery on Facebook



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's Happening in April


General Meeting at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgus, San Mateo, CA 94403.

Date: Wednesday 17th April at 7:30 pm

Sea of Troubles: The Lost Ships of Point Sur

Speaker: JoAnn Semones


Maritime author and historian, JoAnn Semones, will give a lecture on her latest work, “Sea of Troubles: The Lost Ships of Point Sur,” this is the third book in her captivating series focusing on shipwrecks at lighthouses along the Central California Coast. Others include “Hard Luck Coast: The Perilous Reefs of Point Montara” and “Shipwrecks, Scalawags, and Scavengers: The Storied Waters of Pigeon Point.” Join JoAnn and sail into the mystery of history. JoAnn is both a scholarly researcher and an author who knows how to make her stories of shipwrecks, disasters and near disasters come to life.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Digging For Roots Online


By Dennis L. Maness, MLS
  

I’ll have the privilege of attending RootsTech 2013 in Salt Lake City this year. It’s turning out to be the biggest genealogical conference ever in the U.S.—5000 people have already registered!

Now here’s the “online” part—13 of the classes will be broadcast including the usually very exciting keynote addresses.

There was an announcement about what else will be broadcast on the FamilySearch Blog at http://goo.gl/ojQpj. And even better news, you don’t have to watch at the same time as the broadcast, they will be archived on the RootsTech site just as they did last year so you can watch them anytime.
The really exciting news is that right now you can download the syllabi of all the classes on the RootsTech site. Click on the “Schedule” link on the left side of the page, click on “Main Schedule. Under the “Session” column there are links in red to the syllabus of each class. I don’t know how long the links will be up so you might want to download them now.

I personally thank RootsTech and FamilySearch for doing this; it’s a great way for those of you who can’t attend the conference to learn new things and methods.

Friday, March 15, 2013


SAVE THE DATE

SMCGS Trip to Sutro Library                                       

Tuesday 23th April at 10.30 am for a

Brief Library Orientation

Followed by time for researching the collection

 

Plan to car pool to the San Francisco State University Campus meeting at 9.15am.  More information about meeting points to follow.  There is garage parking on campus at a cost of $6 per day (pay with bills, no coins or credit cards accepted)

Please e-mail president@smcgs.org if you are interested in being a part of the group visiting Sutro Library.  Group limited to 20.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

April Workshop at Canada College Library


Date:  Tuesday 9th April 2013 2.30pm – 4pm
(note:  date is 2nd Tuesday due to college closure 1st week in April)

Topic:  What’s New at Family Search

Speaker:  John Gleed
Please register by emailing librarian@smcgs.org
 
Cost:  $5 SMCGS members, $10 Non-members

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SAVE THE DATE


SMCGS Trip to Sutro Library                                       

Tuesday 23th April at 10.30 am for a

Brief Library Orientation

Followed by time for researching the collection

 
Plan to car pool to the San Francisco State University Campus meeting at 9.15am.  More information about meeting points to follow.  There is garage parking on campus at a cost of $6 per day (pay with bills, no coins or credit cards accepted)

Please e-mail president@smcgs.org if you are interested in being a part of the group visiting Sutro Library.  Group limited to 20.

Upcoming Educational Programs at SMCGS



What’s happening in March

General Meeting at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgus, San Mateo, CA 94403.

Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 10.30 am

Topic: Getting Organized
Speaker: Debbie Shields

 
What a mess! Stacks of papers or folders full of electronic files -- and you don't know where anything is. The purpose for organizing things is to be able to find them when you need them. Debbie Shields, a past President of the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society and an Adult Education instructor, will discuss various methods of organizing your genealogy information, and help you figure out what works for you.