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Sunday, November 30, 2014

SMCGS Databases Online : Sole Traders

The debut of San Mateo County Genealogical Society's new website brings with it the opportunity to tout some of our great SMCGS offerings.  Over the next few months we will highlight some of the great indexes we have created over the years, starting with our newest.  

Barry Goyette has put together an index of the Register of Separate Property of Married Women and Sole Traders 1856-1913.  While I could tell you about the wonders of California's Sole Traders law, why redo what Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, does much better.  In two posts published the week of her recent seminar at SMCGS she explained the law and gave examples of what the records might tell you.

Reprise: California’s sole traders - Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist October 30, 2014  
Reprise: Separate property, separate debts - Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist  October 31, 2014

You can the index here:

And I am very happy to tell you that you do not need to order these records from the county!!!!  They are available on FamilySearch.  Be sure to start with a page number from the index to search through these browseable records.

Monday, November 3, 2014

San Mateo County Cemeteries: St. Anthony's


Located on the top of the hill above Pescadero on Stage Road just North of North Street, Saint Anthony's Cemetery dates back to 1883. Halloween weekend was a great time to visit, There were pumpkins, orange flower arrangements and even a few more creative decorations throughout the cemetery, brightening up what is generally a dry pioneer cemetery.

“In 1833, Don Juan Jose Gonzales received the Rancho Pescadero, or San Antonio, as it was officially known, from Governor Figueroa…On June 10th, 1868, James McCormick, Sr. furnished a sum of money to purchase a lot for the Catholic Church (William McCormick and Eli D. Moore procured the catholic cemetery there in 1876) (1). 

You will find some of the early settlers on the coast here. Among them the Brazils, the Moores, the McCormicks and the Smiths.  This is still an active cemetery so you will also find new burials. Look around for a few very creative tombstones (surely subject to copyright restrictions).  

St. Anthony's Church is located nearby on North Street.

Saint Anthony’s Cemetery  

Stage Road 

Pescadero, CA 94060

(650) 712-1679   - Office Hours by Appointment Only  -  Cemetery Hours 8 a.m. to Sunset
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1577
Colma, CA 940l4-0577

Find-A-Grave - Mt. Hope  lists 318 burials with 96% photographed

(1) Taken from the 100 years commemorative booklet published in 1968 for Our Lady of the Pillar Parish and St. Anthony’s Mission Church