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

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Genealogy Books for Sale

While we wait for the SMCGS library to be overhauled, and books offered for sale, you might like to see how the Santa Clara Historical and Genealogical Society is doing it.  Here's the current list of the books they have for sale.  No, it is not too early to shop for Christmas....or just the book you need for YOUR research.  You can order books online and pick it up at the Santa Clara Library.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Mystery of the Melungeons

From Family Tree newsletter.  

Typically, the term Melungeon refers to people from eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee and southern West Virginia.

The Melungeons’ origins are still being debated. Some researchers believe they descend from the lost colony of Roanoke, and ended up marrying into American Indian families. Others say the Melungeons descend from the legendary Welsh explorer Madoc, who supposedly explored the southern Appalachian region in the 1100s. Still others theorize that the Melungeons are merely a tri-racial mix of Caucasian Europeans, escaped African-American slaves and American Indians.

Watch the video here. Caveat - this may not work in Safari.  And a more historical view here.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Want more genealogy this summer?

With a slowdown of genealogy classes and events this summer, you may be feeling bored. (Is that possible?) To fill the gap, we have assembled a list of events in our area for the coming month. Check them out!  ALL VIA ZOOM

Thursday June 2  ZOOM Meeting 1:30 p.m
Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia
From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask with Stephen Morse.

Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creating a Location Resource Guide for Reasonably Exhaustive Research – Pennsylvania Example
Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

8 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT (11:30 - 1PM PDT)
The Cotswold Canals: past present and future
Gloucestershire Family History Society

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society
Madeline Yanov
"The Taxman Cometh: How not to be Frightened of Using Tax Records"

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society
“Using DNA to Find Birth Parents” Online meeting
Member meeting at 6:30 pm. Speaker at 6:45 pm

June 11th - Online  10am-11:30am
Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group
Digging into Finding Aids: California Manuscript Collections
by Melissa Barker

Or visit the National Archives at Kew without leaving home!
See their list of webinars here