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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Genealogy Educational Opportunities

Introduction to Online Genealogy Sources
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 1:00PM 

Burlingame Public Library Central Library, Tech Lab
480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010

One-time workshop at Burlingame Library featuring a power-point lecture followed by a hands on workshop.  
Limited to 12 students.
Sign up by phoning Burlingame Public Library at (650) 558-7400 ext 2

The following is a listing of classes being held in San Mateo
North Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties this fall.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for information on the SMCGS Fall Seminar
Federal Records and Mapping the West with the Sayres.

Advanced Genealogy with Maggie Melaney
(Trinity Monday Genealogy Club)
Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30
Trinity Church 330 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Open to experienced genealogists actively working on research, documentation, and publication.  Must be able to work as a group to help all class members explore and celebrate their family histories.
Please contact Maggie for information on joining.


Life Story Writing with Craig Siulinski- College of San Mateo Continuing Education: Saturdays, 9/9 – 11/18 (no class on 11/11) 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Class Fee:  $125 + $15 materials fee payable to instructor

Palo Alto Adult School: - Fall Quarter Registration opens 11 August 2017

Jump Start Your Genealogy: Fundamentals
Instructor: Christine Bell Green, PLCGS
9 weeks • September 14 – November 9 2017
Thursday • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Palo Alto HS Rm. 204 • $75*

Discovering your roots is exciting; it teaches you about yourself as well as your family. This class is designed to give family historians/genealogists a strong foundation. We learn to effectively use common genealogical record types and important family history websites. Helping each other by sharing our journeys is an important part of the class.  Field trip is included.

Optional text: Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy: 3rd Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2005

Genealogy: Intermediate
Instructor: Christine Bell Green PLCGS
9 weeks • September 13 – November 8 2017
Wednesday • 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Greendell Rm. P3 • $75*
Prerequisite: Beginning Genealogy or 1 year Genealogy research experience.

Do you have brick walls in your family history or ancestors you know little about? Learn to research using a broad cross-section of genealogical records and extract all the information from them, use the Internet effectively and become skilled at inferential genealogy. We maximize our efficiency by organizing our research better and sharing helpful tips. We write stories that will interest our families.  Field trip is included.

Optional text: Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy: 3rd Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2005


Atherton Library Drop-In  - First Monday of the month, 1:30- 3:00PM With Maggie Melaney
Open drop in for anyone needing help with online or local resources.  We especially welcome people starting out or just curious about their family roots.
2 Dinkelspiel Station Ln, Atherton, CA 94027
Sign up for a spot by phoning the library at (650) 328-2422.


The San Mateo County Genealogical Society invites you to our Fall Seminar

Federal Records plus Mapping the West
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA & Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

After October 27, registration goes up to the walk-in rate of $55

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9 am - 3 pm
Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave, Menlo Park
$45 Members, $50 Non-members

Pam & Rick Sayre are among the best instructors in genealogy. Federal records, including maps and land records, are their specialty. Join us for these sessions:
- Mapping the West: Lewis & Clark to railroad surveys
- Rivers & Canals: Finding federal records
- Capital Treasure: Case studies featuring federal records

Also at the seminar:
Book Sale
Silent Auction  
Home-baked Cookies  

For more information & to register:

Christine Green, Seminar Chair


Special Interest groups offer an opportunity to work together to further your knowledge of records in specific areas. SMCGS currently has the following groups scheduled --  check Calendar for current meeting information

British/Irish Interest Groups with Maggie Melaney
Fourth Tuesday of the month 10AM/11AM at Redwood City Downtown Library
Resuming in August.  See calendar for details.

DNA Interest Group with Chris Green meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:15-3:45 in the Cañada College Library.  The purpose of this group is to ask questions and get help interpreting your DNA results and deciding on next steps.

German Interest Group  meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 at the Family History Center at the Menlo Park LDS Church. 

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