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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

February Events


     Sat, Feb 22, 2020 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Titanic Connections
 Exploring the Legend and Genealogy
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back. 

 Sheryl Rinkol

Come aboard and discover the history of the Titanic from design through on-board life to disaster. The genealogy of Titanic descendants, both victims and survivors, will be highlighted including the modern-day genealogy center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic collectibles will be displayed.


Sheryl Rinkol is a 35-year Titanic enthusiast, both a researcher and lecturer on the topic. She is the author of the book Titanic Today which will be available at the meeting.
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               Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events.  Meetings are free  
www.smcgs.org 

US Land Records in Public Land States
Presenter: Martha Wallace
Thursday, February 13, 2020   2:30pm - 4:00 pm
Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10. Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff.



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Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group

Next Meeting: February 8, 2020, 9am-11:30am
Meeting location: 875 Quince Ave, Santa Clara, CA

Topics:
  • Beginning Irish Research
  • DNA Painter
  • Reunion - Correcting Mistakes, Using the Clipboard

http://www.svcgg.org/meetings.html
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                 Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society
General Meeting: “Find the Records, Tell the Story”


18
Feb
Presenter:
Victoria Kinnear
When:
Tuesday, February 18, 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Light refreshments will be served 6:30 pm
Where:
Santa Clara Central Park Library (map) 
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Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents: 

~Judy G. Russell—The Legal Genealogist~ 
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 - 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Scheduled Lectures 
  • Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans
  • NARA Myth-Busters: Your Family IS in the Archives 
  • Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War 
  • After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA

For More Information or To Register Online: http://www.scgsonline.org/
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Save the Date
Saturday 2 May 2020


Lisa Louise Cooke is a world-class genealogy speaker, and the producer and host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast and the Genealogy Gems app. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the topics for the SMCGS Spring Seminar 2020.

Ticket sales open on February 15, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

US immigration records fee increase


On 14 November 2019, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a sudden and unprecedented 492% increase in fees required to access historical records held by the USCIS Genealogy Program. Many of these records should already be publicly accessible under the law. 
These proposed fees — starting at $240, and going up to a whopping $625 for a single file — are beyond the means of most hobbyist researchers, and in fact, most everyday Americans. The fees are even more inexplicable given that USCIS refers the majority of genealogy record requests to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program for processing.
Send your comment to the Federal Rulemaking Portal BEFORE 30 DECEMBER 2019 10 FEBRUARY 2020 and refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010 and follow instructions for submitting comments.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Few Notes on Burlingame



Burlingame

Burlingame, named for Anson Burlingame, President Lincoln's Minister to China, who bought about 1000 acres of land there hoping to make it his future home, was incorporated in 1908.  The Burlingame Country Club was organized in 1893 by some wealthy San Francisco men who desired an exclusive country retreat and the Burlingame railway station was established to provide easy access to the club.  After the 1906 earthquake the village which had sprung up around the club grew rapidly and incorporation was natural.

Records available for the City of Burlingame

City Clerk, 501 Primrose Blvd, Burlingame, CA  94010, (415) 342-8931

Burlingame Historical Archives Carriage House, 900  Burlingame Ave, Burlingame 94010  (415) 342-2001    Make an appointment to visit 

Books
Burlingame General Plan Includes maps   F f301.34 B25g 4
Burlingame Pictorial a video   Video Collection 4,7
Escoffier, Al, A Bibliography of Burlingame, 1989   016.979469 Es18b 4
Evans, Beverly L., Burlingame: Lively Memories, A Pictoral Review, Burlingame Hist. Soc 1977
Evans, Beverly Louise, Burlingame:Evolution of a Suburban Landscape, 1976 f979.469 Ev15b Calif 4
Hoag, Betty Lochrie, Soiuthern Burlingame, Northern Calif. Savings 1973   979.469 H65s 4,21
Johnstone, Parker, History of Burlingame Hills, Hillsborough Boutique   979.499
Lister, Constance, A History of Burlingame-From San Mateo Times beginning 1934 Burlingame Hist. Soc 1978     f979.499 L697h 4
Postel, Mitchell P.,History of Burlingame Country Club, Burlingame Country Club & SMCHS 1982
C979.469 
Sanborn Map Co., San Born Fire Insurance Maps Chadwyck Healey 1983 (72 reels) reel 6   979.4 s55s-Calif  4

Newspapers
Home Front News  6/1/1944-6/15/1946 A home newspaper for servicemen from SM, Burlingame and Hillsborough during WWII 1
Burlingame-San Mateo Shopper 1933-1956 broken collection

Historic Sites
Anza Expedition Campsites---Located in Burlingame on the El Camino Real near Howard Ave, this is the location that the Anza Expedition camped at in 1776 after selecting sites for the Mission and Presidio of San Francisco. (SHL 47, SI)
Burlingame Railroad Station---California Drive and Burlingame Ave, Burlingame.  This station was opened for service in 1894.  The roof tiles date back to the mission hospice in San Mateo and the Mission in Jolon.  (NR, SHL 846, SI)
Eucalyptus Trees along the El Camino planted 1869-70 and protected by the city
Kohl Mansion (circa 1912-14) 2750 Adeline Drive--Part of Mercy High School is open for special events and tours in the summer for a Donation  (415) 343-3631

A Historic Inventory of 28 structures is available from City Clerk or Burlingame Historic Society.

Publications For Sale 
Burlingame, It's Train Station 1971, reprinted 1985 $.75 1
Postcards: Burlingame Historic Buildings package of nine $1.00 
Station Prints Burlingame Railroad Station set of three $15  
Welcome to Burlingame with City Directory and a brief History FREE  

For More Information on the City of Burlingame
Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, 290 California Drive (at the RR Station), Burlingame, CA 94010  (415)344-1735
Burlingame Historical Society P.O. Box 0144, Burlingame, CA  94011-0144 or call answering machine at (415)342-2001
Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010  (415) 342-1037

Church Records
Ascension Church (Episcopal) 1700 Mariposa 10/5/1958 to 6/26/1983 Records At St. Paul's
St. Paul's (Episcopal) 415 El Camino



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

CHANGE OF SPEAKER

Please note that Lisa Gorrell will be filling in for us this month.  Orphan Train has been rescheduled to a later date. 


Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 am-12:00 pm. Free.
MEETING: Researching Off-line: Using Archives, Libraries, & Courthouses
Presenter: Lisa Gorrell
There is so much genealogical information that is not yet digitized and can only be found in physical locations of archives, libraries, and courthouses. But, how to find where to look? Learn how to use online sources to find the off-line resources to help your family research. 

Lisa Gorrell is a Certified Genealogist, a graduate of the ProGen program, and has taken numerous courses through genealogical institutes. She leads tours to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City through the California Genealogical Society.

Sat. January 25, 10:30 am-12 noon. Free. Entrance in back.
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo





Saturday, January 18, 2020

New San Mateo County Genealogy resource

I had heard about, but not really researched, the LDS Genealogy site.  This is almost like a Cyndi's List for just records.  I was interested to see how much they have just for San Mateo. Some of the links reference our files on smcgs.org and our library holdings.



This site is independently owned and operated by LDS genealogists who are providing this site as a service to the genealogy community. The official sites for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include FamilySearch.org and LDS.org.

The URL is https://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/San-Mateo-County.htm
Thanks to Barry Hinman for bringing this to our attention.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Upcoming Webinar—Last Chance to Register! 

Boston Research and Records

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Boston Research and Records 
Thursday, January 16, 3:00–4:00 PM EST
Presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
Online Presentation
Cost: FREE
Since its founding in 1630, the City of Boston has kept records pertaining to its citizens, including several unique resources. Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to learn what records exist for Boston, tips for using them in your research, and where to find them. Special attention will be given to records from the 17th through 19th centuries.
Can't attend the live broadcast? Not a problem! You will be able to watch a recording of the presentation on our website following the broadcast.

Message from the California State Library

A special thanks to all our researchers, transcribers, and photographers who over the years have contributed so much to putting San Mateo County genealogy on the map!
M.


Jan 6, 2020
In the spirit of celebrating a job well done, we have selected San Mateo as the California History Section’s County of the Month, featuring your organization in the accompanying documentation. This distinction highlights organizations involved in local cultural preservation and outreach, as well as the varied local history resources available to researchers at the State Library.
Elena Smith, Librarian
California History Room, California State Library
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First established in 1856 after breaking away from San Francisco, San Mateo County had an estimated population of 769,545 as of 2018. This county, however, has a far older history than these basic statistics might indicate. Several early European explorers, including Portola visited this region, which eventually became home to several Spanish and Mexican ranchos. The county also features a number of historic lighthouses, which prevented any number of shipwrecks, as well as Filoli, a historic home with particularly lavish gardens. Not surprisingly given its wealth of his- toric sites, this region boasts of many history and genealogy organizations. If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out what we have for this county!
Digitized Resources .........................................................3 
General Research Tips.......................................................5 
Specific Resources in our Catalog ..........................................7 
On-site Research Resources.................................................8 
Other On-site Resources....................................................9 
Other Places to Look.......................................................10 

Digitized Publications
A few years ago we digitized some of our more fragile publications. You can now see documents related to San Mateo County on Internet Archive!
URL: https://archive.org/
Type in Search Box: (San Mateo County) AND
collection:(californiastatelibrary)
Select Option: “Search Full Text of Books” 

Digitized Images
We have scanned and digitized a portion of our extensive photograph collection, including images related to San Mateo County. You can see them on Calisphere!
URL: https://calisphere.org/institution/51/ items/
Type in Search Box: (“San Mateo County”) 

In August of 2017, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.
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See all the resources for San Mateo at https://www.library.ca.gov/Content/pdf/californiaHistory/SanMateoResearch.pdf

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!


This is the time we look at making our New Year's resolutions.  Perhaps there's some genealogical  project you've put off?  Here are some ideas to get you started:

For your family:  
  • Make an album for your kids (or your parents) showing what life was like back when.
  • Interview a relative and capture it on film.
  • Write a story about a fascinating ancestor and send out copies
For you:
  • Organize (yes) your computer files so that you can finally lay your hands on that missing record
  • Take a day - or a week - and visit a family home or other historical site
  • Catch up on reading your stack of family history magazines
  • Go to Rootstech!  https://www.rootstech.org
For your community:
  • Don't forget - we are all part of the genealogical community.  Think about sharing some of your time and expertise.
  • Volunteer at a library or FHC.  Offer to bring cookies to your local meeting (hint, hint)
  • Mentor a beginning genealogist or a local high school student and help them learn about their heritage.
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Upcoming Events


     Sat, Jan 25,1020 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
The Orphan Train Movement
A History and Personal Story
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back. 

 Jeanne MacVicar  

The Orphan Train Movement was the largest mass migration of children in American History.  It lasted from 1854 to 1929 and it is estimated that over 250,000 children were moved from orphanages in New York City to rural areas in the United States.  This presentation is an informative history of the Orphan Train Movement on a personal level.

Jeanne MacVicar is from Clyde, Kansas, where her great aunt Great-Aunt Adeline Trowbridge arrived in 1911 at age 3 on the Orphan Train. Jeanne came to California in 1970, was a school teacher, but now is a real estate agent in Los Altos.
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Workshop with Martha
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     Sat, Feb 22, 2020 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Titanic Connections
 Exploring the Legend & Genealogy
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back. 

 Sheryl Rinkol

Come aboard and discover the history of the Titanic from design through on-board life to disaster. The genealogy of Titanic descendants, both victims and survivors, will be highlighted including the modern-day genealogy center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic collectibles will be displayed.


Sheryl Rinkol is a 35-year Titanic enthusiast, both a researcher and lecturer on the topic. She is the author of the book Titanic Today which will be available at the meeting.

               Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events.  Meetings are free  
www.smcgs.org 
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Save the Date
Saturday 2 May 2020

Lisa Louise Cooke is a world-class genealogy speaker, and the producer and host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast and the Genealogy Gems app. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the topics for the SMCGS Spring Seminar 2020.


Ticket sales open on February 15, 2020
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Other Events

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and NEW Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Room Map
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 
Topic: Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse
When the 1950 census is released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step Website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.
Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.