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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

What to do this March

We have a plethora of genealogical events coming up in March.  

Thurs. Mar. 12, 2020 – Workshop: Deep Dive into the Internet Archive & Optional Swim in Other Digital Book Collections
2:00–4:00 pm, Members $5, Non-Members $10; Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

Presenter: Rachel Kellerman
What treasures can you find in the Internet Archive and other digital book collections to further your genealogical research? The Internet Archive not only includes freely available books published prior to 1923 (public domain), but also books currently in copyright that you can check out from allied libraries and hold in your free account for a limited time. In this workshop we’ll explore the Archive’s assets, practice some search strategies, and learn how to save books into our accounts. An interactive worksheet will be provided.

Sat, Mar 28, 2020 – Preserving Family Photos, Stories, & Documents
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.
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Presenter: Carolyn Williams
This presentation provides organizational tips and procedures for capturing the story behind a photo or document, scanning the image, and then preserving both the physical and digital photos and documents for the next generation.
Carolyn Williams is a family genealogist and recent SMCGS board member. She holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program and is a former Silicon Valley technology marketing professional.

And from around the SF Bay Area:

The Greater Sacramento
African American Genealogy Society

Registration is now open ONLINE at for the 15th Annual African American Genealogy Seminar. Saturday, March 14, 2020.


Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group  March 14, 2020, 9am-11:30am

Join us to learn how to “translate” the records and map the land, 

and get some hints about finding the land today.
With Martha Wallace
Meeting location: 875 Quince Ave, Santa Clara, CA

Courthouse Docket: Notable Women

The Museum Auxiliary presents Notable Women in San Mateo County History.  The reenactment will focus on local women involved with arts and education.
Sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Courtroom A, History Museum

Cost: Free with museum admission

Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society

General Meeting: “Eco‐History of the Santa Clara Valley: How People Have Shaped the Landscape”

Tuesday, March 17, 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Where: Santa Clara Central Park Library RedwoodRoom
Cristina Siegel
Free and open to all.

From the Valley of Hearts Delight to the high‐tech capital of the world, the Santa Clara Valley has gone through tremendous ecological as well as cultural changes. These changes have been shaped by the rich diversity of settlers, people who brought with them their industry, cultures and habits. How did a booming agricultural era, followed by a shift to urbanization affect the landscape, flora and fauna and what are the ecological changes and resulting issues?

Palo Alto Historical Association's photo.

Alpine Inn: The Fascinating History of a Local Landmark
· Hosted by Palo Alto Historical Association and Menlo Park Historical Associatio

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Palo Alto Historian Steve Staiger will be presenting a history of the Alpine Inn, aka Rossotti’s. Steve will be providing images and stories of the colorful and sometimes contentious past of the historic roadhouse in Portola Valley.

Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto,

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