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

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review of Gena Philibert-Ortega's talk

SMCGS had it's first Zoom meeting on May 30th, with Gena Philibert-Ortega as our featured speaker.
All went well, we had plenty of room for everyone, and our host kept the connection up and running.  
Gena spoke on 10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestor.  Among these was "You Haven’t Considered History, Time, and Place".  How often do we forget to do that when making our lists?  Not only does it affect what records we can find, but history helps us understand why and what kinds of decisions they made.  Have ancestors in Mayo, Ireland in 1850?  Why might they have left?  Think all the records have been burnt/destroyed/pulped?  Where might they be stored?

Gena provided a handout with lots of useful links.  That, as well as a copy of the video, is available on the smcgs website on the members' page under handouts/recordings.  The video's only up until July 15th, so if you missed her talk check it out soon.

- Maggie

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Travel to England for only £5.50 and never leave home!

Pack your bags - then unpack them and sign up online.
Here's your chance to talk to the experts at the Family History Show in the UK.  I look forward to visiting the various societies as well as viewing the talks.  

Online  Sat 20th June 2020, 10:00-16:30

The Family History Show has announced that it will be coming to you as an online event on the 20th of June featuring a wide range of virtual stalls from family history societies to archives and genealogical suppliers.

Early Bird Ticket Offer

Buy your tickets in advance and save - Only £5.50 when you pre-book your tickets today! You will also get a FREE virtual goody bag on entry worth over £8!
All lectures and live streams will be available for 24 hours, plus you can submit your questions to our experts in advance!
Some examples of talks.
  • Breaking Down Brick Walls in Your Family History Research
  • The Genetic Genealogy Revolution: how DNA testing is transforming family history research
  • Tracing Your House History
The Family History Show – Online will, mirroring the format of the very successful live shows, feature an online lecture theatre, the popular ‘Ask the expert’ area – where you can put questions forward to their specialists – as well as a whole host of stalls where you can ask for advice as well as buy genealogical products.

Some exhibitors from last year.  Check current listings for this year.

For more information and to sign up, click here:

Thanks to Dick Eastman for the heads up on this!