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Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Seminar

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Fall 2015 Seminar

Digging into DNA

With Angie Bush MS – Genetic Genealogist

                   A Program of Four Lectures:

                   Y-DNA & mtDNA Testing;
                   Understanding Autosomal DNA;
                   Using atDNA for Genealogical &Adoption Research;
                   DNA & the Genealogical Proof Standard

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 9am-3pm

Menlo Park LDS Church - 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
Doors open at 8am - Registration, Book Sales & Silent Auction
Family History Center will be open during breaks, lunch and after the Seminar


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REGISTRATION:   Members: ___ @ $36.00 each   Non-Members: ___ @ $42.00 each   LUNCH: ___ @ $8.
                         Lunch sandwich choice (please select 1): 
                        Turkey & Mozzarella ___    Roast Beef___ Ham & Swiss___ Vegetarian___

Registration Deadline Friday, October 30th, 2015 ---Walk Ins $48.00
Become a new member: ___ @ $25 for 1 Year & signup for this seminar at the Member Rate
Note: Registration includes SYLLABUS
Make your registration/lunch check payable to SMCGS Seminar - Mail Registration to:
Patrick Gilbride, 153 Occidental Avenue, Burlingame CA 94010-5219   OR   Register via PayPal on our website

Check SMCGS Website - and SMCGS Blog -
for information about SMCGS Programs, Library & Databases

SMCGS Fall 2015 Seminar Schedule ~ Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 9:00am – 3pm

“Digging into DNA” ~ Angie Bush

Angie Bush’s former career in molecular genetics, coupled with a life-long interest in genealogy gives her an ideal background for a genetic genealogist.  Angie helped others with their family history for over 20 years as a volunteer and now works professionally as a genetic genealogist using her clinical genetics background and genealogical research skills to solve complex problems of kinship and identity.  She is the course coordinator for “Advanced DNA” at Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, first taught in 2015

  8:00 – 9:00
REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction Items & Book Sales
  9:00 – 9:15
  9:15 – 10:15     LECTURE ONE
“Y-DNA and mtDNA Testing” - Y-DNA and mtDNA tests have been available for genealogical use for approximately 10 years. With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, their popularity has waned. However, this does not mean that they are no longer useful or that they are built on “old” technology. There will be a discussion of exactly what these tests are and how to use them effectively for genealogical research questions.
10:15- 10:40
 10:40 – 11:40   LECTURE TWO
“Understanding Autosomal DNA” - Autosomal DNA testing is now the workhorse of genetic genealogy and it has opened many new doors for genealogists in researching their families. We will discuss what makes autosomal DNA so powerful, the companies that offer autosomal testing, strategies for determining who to test and mention several of the websites and 3rd party tools that are available to help you make the most of your autosomal DNA results.
 11:40 – 12:45   LUNCH
LUNCH – Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center
 12:45  –  1:45   LECTURE THREE
Using atDNA in Genealogical and Adoption Research (case studies)” - This lecture will show exactly how autosomal DNA test results were used to provide evidence to answer a genealogical question. There will also be examples showing how autosomal DNA testing is bringing the families of adoptees together in ways not thought possible just 5 years ago - truly miraculous for many of these individuals!
 1:45  –  2:00   BREAK

 2:00  -   3:00   LECTURE FOUR
“DNA and the Genetic Proof Standard” - The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is an interwoven 5-step process that helps genealogists to know if their research and conclusions will stand the test of time. This lecture will discuss DNA testing in relation to each step of the GPS from creating citations, to analysis of results and then writing up a proof statement or summary to tell others how we used DNA in our research and why we reached the conclusions that we did.

                 Directions to Menlo Park LDS Church
                     1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park

From 101 North or South:  Exit 101 at Woodside Rd, proceed west to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed south through Redwood City & Atherton to Menlo Park, turn right at Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church. 

From 280 North or South:  Exit 280 at Sand Hill Rd east, proceed east to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed through Menlo Park, and turn left at Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sad News

Death of SMCGS Founder Member 
Anne Robinson

San Mateo County Genealogical Society was sad to hear of the death of one of our founder members, Anne Robinson on 20 September 2015. She was member 038. Anne was a volunteer since the early days. She worked originally with Anna Scott, the first SMCGS librarian, at the Redwood City location, and moved to each new location as the library moved. She didn’t retire until the library moved to Canada College when Anne was almost 90.
Anne special job was tracking the periodicals – and she hand lettered all the labels! In the Tower Road days she spent several afternoons each month working on this project. She was also a member of the library committee - helping with the management and reorganization of the library. And in her spare time she volunteered several days each month at CGS in Oakland, taking a train and BART up there and back!
Anne had recently moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in San Mateo.  She contracted pneumonia just a few days before her death.  She will be missed by her many friends at SMCGS.  93 year old Anne is survived by two sons, Patrick and William, and her daughter, Ruth who cared for Anne until her recent move to Sunrise. 

Anne will be missed by her many friends at SMCGS.

Christine Bell Green, SMCGS President would like to thank society members Mildred Clough for the information in this post and Evelyn Rice for the photo of Anne.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SMCGS Databases Online: Sheriff's Office Booking Registers

Some years ago, we were fortunate to receive permission from the Sheriff to borrow, copy and index the booking registers that had been found in a closet in the jail. The registers, numbered 7 through 16 covered the years 1924 to 1953.  Volume 13 (1943-1945) was not found, perhaps during the war years no bound volume was created, or perhaps it has been lost.  The first six volumes may be in the offsite collections of the San Mateo County Historical Association, however, they were not in their catalog the last time we checked.

These records can offer some great clues to locating ancestors.  Prior to WWII, it was not uncommon for homeless residents to lodge in the jail. They would be picked up in the late evening and released in the morning without being booked.  You can find not only the aged and disabled who had no means of support, but also those travelling into the county to find work.  Often time of residence is listed as one day.

The records give a wealth of information.  Besides the surname, given name and alias you will find the day of incarceration, occupation, age, height, weight, time in county, state and U, where picked up, by whom, the justice, the code under which the person was picked up, hour of arrest, hour of release, number of meals served, sentence, date of commitment, date of discharge, fines paid and a column for further remarks. 

Barry Goyette hefted those volumes for many months creating the copies which can be found in the SMCGS Library.  Jo Rebuck with a little help from Michelle McLaughlin worked endlessly creating the index you'll find here with over 60,000 entries.  This is an index, giving only Name, Age, Book, Page and Line. Visit the library to obtain a copy or see the research page for information on ordering a full transcription of an entry.

Check out the other SMCGS Databases and good luck with your research

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

San Mateo County Cemeteries - Olivet Memorial Park (Mount Olivet)

Olivet Memorial Park was incorporated June 11, 1895 as Mount Olivet Cemetery by the Abbey Land and Improvement Company.  It was considered one of the finest park plan cemeteries anywhere. The gardens were dedicated to their purpose by Mattrup Jensen, the first superintendent and also the first mayor of Colma.  His intention was to leave one spot in the world more beautiful than when he found it.  On April 5, 1929, the name was changed to Olivet Memorial Park.

Among the group memorials on the grounds are the Sailors Union of the Pacific Helmsman and the Show Folks of America.  There is a military terrace and the ashes of Ishi can be found in an urn.

After City-Cemetery in San Francisco closed, the Greco-Russian looked for a relationship with a Colma cemetery.  In 1907 they purchased a group of plots in section Myrtle. That area became known as the "Greek plot." When it was full they purchased a number of plots section L. Until 1934 when Greek Cemetery was opened most Greek burials took place here.

 There are over 88,000 burials in Olivet Memorial Park. More that 9500 are listed on Find-A-Grave  with about 55% photographed. SanFranciscoGreeks - Photo Album has 356 photos of burials in the Greek sections of the memorial park.