Welcome to the San Mateo County Genealogical Society FirstFamilies Project!
Do you have relatives or know of someone who lived in San Mateo County in the 1880's? the early 1900's?
Do you know anything about them, like where they lived or worked or sent their children to school?
Perhaps you have a picture of a house or business or land that identifies when or where the person was in the early development of the county.
Perhaps you have a diary or letter or business journal or map.
All of these things help to create the story. What story? The story of how people lived and contributed to the growth and development of the area.
The San Mateo County Genealogical Society is interested in these stories and learning more about the ordinary people who came to this area following their dreams. We have shelves in our library dedicated to these stories.
Our First Families Project is designed to assist friends, relatives, school children, scouts, and anyone interested in sharing these stories. We provide assistance with finding proof of residency and will assist you if you get "hooked" and want to delve into finding all the public documents related to your person or family.
|Meyer's Family at Searsville Lake - Laurie Coulter|
There are three categories of early pioneers in the First Families Program:
Founding Families – Ancestors who settled before 1879
Early Settlers – Ancestors who settled between 1880 and 1905
Century Families – Ancestors who settled between 1906 and 100 years ago.
You will find the requirements and the needed forms for a First Families Submission on the SMCGS Website.