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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SMCGS Upcoming events





April Workshop: 

Reading the US Census

with Maggie Melaney

Thurs, Apr 12, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Cañada College Computer Lab
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Bldg 9, Redwood City, CA

Cost: SMCGS Members $5,  Non-members $10
RSVP:  seminars@smcgs.org

Do census records lie?  This workshop will focus on reading and interpreting the US census.  We'll use examples to learn how to mine the records for every bit of information they contain, and how to spot inaccuracies.  Participants will have access to Cañada College computers with Ancestry library edition. You may bring your own laptop.

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April Meeting:

English Probate and Death Duty Records

with Christine Bell Green PLCGS

Saturday, April 21 (note 3rd rather than 4th Sat.)
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Cookies & coffee 10 am
Sharing Stories: June Baxter reading "My Roommate"
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo


English probate records, when available, can be instrumental in providing primary information about family relationships. They frequently provide direct evidence that links adult children with their parents and/or siblings. Wills of childless or single people are especially worth collecting as they typically name several family members (including nephews and nieces).  During the 19th century an additional set of records, death duty records, which complement probate records is extant. Death duty records are available for both testate and intestate probate cases. Record types and methodology will be discussed.

Christine Bell Green has a professional learning certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a ProGen graduate and an alumnus of the Salt Lake Institute, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh where she studied a variety of advanced level courses. She is a past president and current seminar chair of SMCGS and a professional researcher who teaches Genealogy in Palo Alto and Mountain View/Los Altos Adult Schools. In her spare time she travels to visit her living relatives.

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Spring Seminar 2018: Registration is open for the SMCGS Spring Seminar. We are very excited to host Sheila Benedict speaking on "Forensic Genealogy plus California Research: Missions to Present." It's going to be one interesting seminar! 

For more info and to register, click here.

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Using Google Maps in Genealogy

With Mike Davis


Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cañada College Library Computer Lab

Cost: $5 for SMCGS members, $10 for non-members
RSVP: 
seminars@smcgs.org

Presenter: Mike Davis. You can use Google Maps to plot a set of locations where your ancestors lived, the route they took when they migrated to America, or the outline of their first homestead. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore some of the hidden features of Google Maps. Please sign up for a free Google account before the workshop, if you don't already have one. Participants will have access to Cañada College computers or may bring their own laptop if they prefer.

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