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Sunday, December 27, 2020

What to do in January

It's 2021! What's your New Year's resolution?
  • Sort all your families into folders
  • Clear out your inbox!
  • Find that illusive missing ancestor
Here are some events to help you:

VIRTUAL: Finding Your Orphan Ancestors
WhenThu, January 21, 2021, 3pm – 5pm
Whereonline (map)

In this talk as Dvorah shares her own journey, attendees will learn how to trace orphan ancestors through go-to genealogical records, like census and city directories, as well as the types of records created by the orphanages themselves from annual reports to internal newsletters. Researching orphanage records is what originally sparked Dvorah's interest in conducting her own genealogical research.

Register here

Presented by the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library.
Dvorah will also be speaking on Thursday, Jan. 28 at The Marin County Genealogical Society.

Children Left Behind 
San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Presenter: Judy Fambrough Billingsley
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

Judy was born in Friedberg, Germany, shortly after WWII and was the daughter of a white German woman and a black American soldier, whose mixed race led to her becoming one of many unwanted “Brown Babies” abandoned by their mother.  Her book Too Brown to Keep:  A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing recounts the inspirational odyssey as the search for her birth parents leads to discovery of the good, the bad, and the ugly family secrets that she had struggled to unearth for decades.  

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, go to

Join a Special Interest Group!
Commonly called SIGs, special interest groups meet alongside the regular monthly meetings and activities to discuss specific areas of interest to the members. SMCGS currently has three SIGs running: German, British/Irish, and DNA.

Take a class!
There are several Bay Area classes going on this year via remote teaching.  Here are a few:

Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society

SVCGG  Meetings and classes:  Reunion for Mac

California Genealogical Society

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

And see the listing of local genealogy classes on the SMCGS website

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