San Mateo County Genealogical Society's Blog featuring society events, projects, meeting notes and other items of relevance to genealogists.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SMC Newspapers: San Mateo Times

The San Mateo Times was established as a weekly paper on 4 Apr 1901 by Robert A Thompson. In 1903 the paper was purchased by Paul Pickney and Henry Thiel. Pickney bought out Thiel in 1910 and continued as editor and proprietor until his death on 2 Nov 1918.  His assistant,  Horace W Amphlett, became proprietor and with a short time converted the paper from hand-set to automated.

On 2 Jun 1924 the Times became a daily paper in an effort to compete with the News-Leader.  A year and a half later, on 21 Jan 1926 Amphlett purchased the News-Leader and consolidated it with the Times. In 1930 the San Mateo Times moved its offices to 145 Second Ave in San Mateo.  

Amphlett passed away in 1933, but the newspaper was continued by Amphlett Publishing. In 1944 J Hart Clinton, husband of Helen Amphlett,  took the helm.  By 1957, the editorial staff had grown to 29.   

In 1970 the San Mateo Times claimed a readership of over 81,000 and had offices in Burlingame and Redwood City as well as San Mateo. In 1996 the paper was sold to Ang Newspapers, a subsidiary of Media-News group, and renamed the San Mateo County Times.  In 2016 the San Mateo County Times was merged into the San Jose Mercury News.


Newspaper Archive 1925-1928
The Mercury News - San Mateo
SMCGS Obituary Index - San Mateo Times 1925-present (p)
San Mateo Times 1901-1926 (w/n 1924 +) Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 4, 1901)-v. 7 [sic], no. 16 (Jan. 20, 1926) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader 1926-1961 (n) Vol. 7, no. 17 (Jan. 21, 1926)-v. 61, no. 160 (July 6, 1961) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
The Times, San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader 1961- 1973 (n) Vol. 61, no. 161 (July 7, 1961)-v. 73, no. 133 (June 4, 1973) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
The Times, San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader, Advance Star 1973-1979 (n)  Vol. 73, no. 134 (June 5, 1973)-v. 79, no. 116 (May 15, 1979) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s)
The Times (San Mateo, California) 1979-1996  (n) Vol. 79, no. 117 (May 16, 1979)- v. 96, no. 60 (Mar. 9-10, 1996) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (p)
San Mateo County Times 1996-  (n)  Mar. 11, 1996- Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (p)
San Jose Mercury News - San Mateo 2016

(w) weekly (d) daily (n) daily except Sunday and holidays
(p) partial run  (s) scattered missing issues
CA Lib - California State Library
UCR - University of California Riverside - Newspaper Master Files
RCL - Redwood City Public Library
SM Lib - San Mateo City Library
SMCHA -San Mateo County Historical Association Archives

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events

SF Examiner 21 Aug 1924

                       Upcoming Events                         

Round Table Discussions

July 2018 Meeting

Round Table Discussions
Saturday, July 28, 2018   10:30am - 12:00 pm 
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

August Meeting - No meeting in August

See you in September!

       SMCGS - Fall Seminar 2018

           Coming Saturday, November 3, 2018
           The SMCGS Fall Seminar with 
          CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogy Expert and Scriptwriter for the TV show  finding your roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
         This event will sell out.  Ticket sales open on August 15, 2018.

Genealogy Summer Camp!

Genealogy Classes in the Central Peninsula
Listed below you will find links to some of the local Genealogy Classes. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

SMCGS Databases Online: Valente 2

We have just uploaded an updated index to the Valente, Marini and Perata Mortuary Records.

The early books are not in the best condition, partially due to age and partly due to the fact that after the 1906 earthquake, as fire swept through the city,  Mr. Perata grabbed the ledgers and ran across the street and buried them in Washington Park.  It is our hope to get those early books digitized for the  Colma Historical Society before we finish the project.

As we were indexing, we found a number of entries stating "remains transferred to J Hagan."  Lauren Perrit did a little research and found that J Hagan was the owner of Sunset View cemetery (the pauper's cemetery).  In the earlier books there are also a number of notations that graves were gratis in other cemeteries.

The early books are more than just registers of burials.  They are journals that contain information on the entire business, including payments to vendors, charges for taking family out for drinks and much more.  They also resemble scrapbooks at times, with interesting articles and documents pasted on the inside covers and on blank pages.

Index to the Valente, Marini and Perata Mortuary Records.  

If you would like to help with this project, either by helping with the index, or by helping with the digitizing of the early books, contact 

Streetwise: Valente, Marini and Perata - Outside