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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events

 
18 Aug 1890 San Francisco Chronicle





Crystal Springs was not without troubles as evidenced by this tragic report of a drowning in 1890.


                       Upcoming Events                          

Thu, Feb 14, 2018 – Workshop, Hispanic Genealogy: Spanish Records

2:30 am–4:00 pm; Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo
Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff. SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10.
Presenter: Lucy Jennings Sweeney

Discover how to ss as baptism and marriage, where to find records for your country and town, and learn about the Spanish naming system. Plus receive a resource list of online/print materials.

Lucy is a San Francisco native who graduated from UC Berkeley. When she retired from teaching, she began investigating her heritage which spans roots in both Mexico and Ireland.




Sat, Feb 23, 2019 – City Directories
10:30 am–12:00 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Presenter: Pamela Brigham

City directories sometimes are referred to as census substitutes, yet they are much more. They are a source to an inside view of your ancestor’s life. You can track cities that your ancestors lived in over the years, develop a history of the town, and view social meetings that your ancestor may have attended.  The pictures in city directories can provide a rich window into what your ancestors may have seen as well. 

Pamela Brigham is the President of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group and a devotee of using technology in genealogy.  She teaches classes in genealogy including using online research programs.




Sat, Mar 23, 2019 – Lies, Lies and More Lies:  Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage
10:30 am–12:00 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Presenter: Jeff Vaillant
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From Research to Story – A Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 30, 12:00-1:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
 Bring your research and family lore to life through writing compelling stories. This workshop will help you generate ideas and focus on powerful storylines to create family history stories for future generations. Come to have fun and share creative ideas with your writing peers.
Craig Siulinski teaches genealogy and life story writing classes, and does presentations on blogging, location research, and other family history topics. Craig is passionate about helping people research, write and share their life stories. 
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Finding Power in Your Family’s Story – A Writing Workshop
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:30-4:00 pm
Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo
Finding Power in Your Family’s Story – A Writing Workshop
 Tell your family story in a way that engages, inspires, and changes perspectives. Find transformational gems in plain sight. Using a 7-step process, you will learn how to develop your authentic voice and to create a compelling story worthy of publication that may change your life and the lives of others.
Regina Mason is an international speaker, an award winning author, and Executive Producer of the docudrama, Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes.


GENERAL WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
Workshops are $5 for SMCGS Members, $10 for Non-Members
Workshops are FREE to Cañada College Faculty, Staff & Students 
RSVP required.  Send email to:  seminars@smcgs.org 
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Save the date for the SMCGS Spring Seminar
               with Michael John Neill
National Lecturer on Genealogical Research
Practical, Down to Earth, with Just the Right Amount of Humor

Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Menlo Park LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
Ticket sales open on February 15, 2019


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Barry Hinman and Mary Lou Grunigen volunteer at the San Mateo County Genealogical Society library located at Canada College in Redwood City. They welcome members of the Society and visitors who would like a tour of the library and an introduction to its holdings. They are also available, of course, to consult about genealogical problems or research strategies. They are there from 1:00-4:00 on the second Tuesday of every month if the Canada library is open to the public on that day.  


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