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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events

San Francisco Examiner

                       Upcoming Events                          
FALL SEMINAR 2018 - Registration opens on August 15. 

We encourage you to register early as this event will sell out.

Exploring DNA & Genetic Genealogy with CeCe Moore

Sat, November 3, 2018,  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Menlo Park LDS Church Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

CeCe Moore is a well known, well respected, and well loved genetic genealogist. She is an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA in genealogy and has been a long-time expert on the PBS show  "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."

For our website info, click here.

To download the flyer, click here.

No August Meeting

September Meeting:   

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

     Date:        Saturday, September 22, 2018

         10:00 am Cookies & coffee
         10:30 am - 12 noon 
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
         Entrance in back.

Speaker: Mary Boyle

From 1861 to 1865, this country was torn apart by an internal war. Counting both the Confederate and Union armies, 3.3 million men were in the service. The U.S. 
population in 1860 was 31,443,321. Find out how you can discover whether or not your ancestor served and what happened in "his" war.
This presentation will cover resources both digital and printed that will help with Civil War research. We will look at examples from both the Union and Confederate sides. Learn why the war lasted so long and produced so many casualties and get some insight into why it is still impacting us in 2018.

Mary Boyle has been a librarian at the Santa Clara City Library since 2004. She is currently Local History/Genealogy Librarian and has assisted many people in furthering their genealogy research. Mary has lectured in California on genealogical topics since 2014 and has been researching her family for more than thirty years. In 2010, she proved her lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot, Prince Soper. His grandson, her great grandfather, served on the Union side in the Civil War.


October Meeting:  

A Year in Salem: The Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

SMCGS Databases: Abstract of Judgements

Abstract of Judgment is a copy or summary of a courts judgment. It is a document disclosing a monetary award issued by the court in favor of a person who won the lawsuit against a losing defendant. It includes the rate of interest to be paid on the judgment amount, court costs, and any specific orders for the losing defendant. An abstract of judgment is a public record and creates a lien on any real estate property owned by the defendant in the county in which the abstract of judgment is recorded. Issuance procedure and contents of abstract of judgment varies according to statutes. (

This transcription of San Mateo Counties Index of Abstracts of Judgment appears to include  Judgments from Township courts in San Mateo County and a variety of courts in other counties.  It does not include Judgments made by the Superior Court of San Mateo County.   Most likely they are indexed in the Docket Books for the Superior Court.

Many of the earliest Judgments were not recorded into books, but rather filed.  Whether those filed record still exist is unknown, but it seems unlikely.  From 1856 until 1918 those Abstracts of Judgment that were recorded are found mainly in the Miscellaneous Books, with a few recorded in the Deed Books.  Starting in 1918 a separate set of Books called Transcript of Judgment was kept.  

Information in this transcription includes:
Fee Book Number, Page in Index, Debtor, Creditor, Judgment Notes, Judgment Amount, Costs, Date Recovered. Court of Recovery, When Filed, When Recorded, Record Set, Book, Page, Satisfaction Date, Notes.

Judgement Liens on Property in California - Nolo Press
Abstract of Judgement - Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SMC Newspapers: San Mateo Times

The San Mateo Times was established as a weekly paper on 4 Apr 1901 by Robert A Thompson. In 1903 the paper was purchased by Paul Pickney and Henry Thiel. Pickney bought out Thiel in 1910 and continued as editor and proprietor until his death on 2 Nov 1918.  His assistant,  Horace W Amphlett, became proprietor and with a short time converted the paper from hand-set to automated.

On 2 Jun 1924 the Times became a daily paper in an effort to compete with the News-Leader.  A year and a half later, on 21 Jan 1926 Amphlett purchased the News-Leader and consolidated it with the Times. In 1930 the San Mateo Times moved its offices to 145 Second Ave in San Mateo.  

Amphlett passed away in 1933, but the newspaper was continued by Amphlett Publishing. In 1944 J Hart Clinton, husband of Helen Amphlett,  took the helm.  By 1957, the editorial staff had grown to 29.   

In 1970 the San Mateo Times claimed a readership of over 81,000 and had offices in Burlingame and Redwood City as well as San Mateo. In 1996 the paper was sold to Ang Newspapers, a subsidiary of Media-News group, and renamed the San Mateo County Times.  In 2016 the San Mateo County Times was merged into the San Jose Mercury News.


Newspaper Archive 1925-1928
The Mercury News - San Mateo
SMCGS Obituary Index - San Mateo Times 1925-present (p)
San Mateo Times 1901-1926 (w/n 1924 +) Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 4, 1901)-v. 7 [sic], no. 16 (Jan. 20, 1926) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader 1926-1961 (n) Vol. 7, no. 17 (Jan. 21, 1926)-v. 61, no. 160 (July 6, 1961) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
The Times, San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader 1961- 1973 (n) Vol. 61, no. 161 (July 7, 1961)-v. 73, no. 133 (June 4, 1973) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (s)
The Times, San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader, Advance Star 1973-1979 (n)  Vol. 73, no. 134 (June 5, 1973)-v. 79, no. 116 (May 15, 1979) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s)
The Times (San Mateo, California) 1979-1996  (n) Vol. 79, no. 117 (May 16, 1979)- v. 96, no. 60 (Mar. 9-10, 1996) Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (p)
San Mateo County Times 1996-  (n)  Mar. 11, 1996- Microfilm CA Lib (s), SM Lib (s), UCR (p)
San Jose Mercury News - San Mateo 2016

(w) weekly (d) daily (n) daily except Sunday and holidays
(p) partial run  (s) scattered missing issues
CA Lib - California State Library
UCR - University of California Riverside - Newspaper Master Files
RCL - Redwood City Public Library
SM Lib - San Mateo City Library
SMCHA -San Mateo County Historical Association Archives