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

Monday, March 23, 2020

Stay active and connected online

This is a great time to stay home in your bunny slippers and do some genealogy online.  Many  societies have webinars and tutorials available for free to the public.  Check out some of the offerings below:

Saturday, April 4 at 10am (PST)

Foundations to Researching in Europe
by Julie Goucher

In this presentation we consider the broad elements of researching a European surname and then expand outwards to include other important factors such as culture, geography, borders and links with other areas outside of Europe, including the influence of European Empires. We too explore religion, history, languages including alphabet and dialects. We further address naming patterns across Europe.

Julie Goucher has been a keen genealogist since the late 1980s, and has a special interest in Italian and European family history. She is a published author and writes regularly for a number of genealogical magazines and journals. She is also the tutor for the Pharos course, Introduction to One-Name Studies.

Free and open to the public

Treasures of New England Historic Genealogical SocietyPresented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA
Thursday, April 30 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
The New England Historic Genealogical Society has been collecting family treasures for 175 years. From exceptionally rare 17th-century Boston portraits to beautiful early American furniture to art and relics associated with John Hancock, our fine art collection spans three centuries of American history. Join Curator of Special Collections Curt DiCamillo, FRSA to hear the stories behind some of the "hidden-gems" in our collection and learn how to start researching the story of your own family treasures. Register today!
WHAT'S NEW AT AMERICANANCESTORS.ORG WEBINAR SERIES is the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society and home to hundreds of databases with 1.4 billion searchable names, our robust online library catalog, digital manuscript collections, educational resources, and online periodicals with more being added each week. Stay up to date with what’s new at with this quarterly webinar series! Hear about new databases, search features, and resources only available at Register below!

Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

NEHGS  Chat with a genealogist

Do you have a quick genealogy or local history question? One that might be answered in five minutes or less? Enter it in the chat box provided below, and one of our genealogists will respond. NEHGS members can also send us questions through our Ask a Genealogist service. 
Florida State Genealogical Society
16 Apr 2020 – Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
Give Me---Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free: Immigration and Naturalization
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn how our ancestors were naturalized; when, where, and what records were created; and the information that might be found in these records.
  • Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom specializes in Illinois problem solving and compilation, particularly Cook County.
Family History Library Class Calendar
To find the class webinar links visit and go to Classes and Online Webinars.

2020 RootsTech Sessions

And 2019 London RootsTech Sessions!  With accents!

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