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

Friday, July 23, 2021

Remembering Ruth

Ruth was the consummate genealogist.  Her research (and her proofreading) were impeccable.  She volunteered to proofread our entire new SMCGS website and picked up broken links and typos that even our webmaster missed.  She was also responsible for much of the cataloging that went on at our library.  

When Ruth joined the British Interest Group she was researching her Carwithen ancestors of Devon.  But every time I went into an obscure site to look for this family I would run up against "you should contact a researcher in California named Ruth Sattherthwaite".  I guess she was famous among the Carwithen researchers.  And it was a joy to have someone in the group looking in 16th & 17th century England.

Ruth was also a writer of family stories and apparently a cook (see photo).  She was there at our first Genealogy in the Park gathering in June, and brought stories and deviled eggs to share. We had such a good time, and it was a blessing to have her with us.  

Ruth Satterthwaite, a long-time member of SMCGS, passed away recently.  We would like to have an article in our next newsletter with people’s remembrances of her. Do you have memories that you would like to share? If so, please send them to  

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Barry Hinman 1940-2021

Barry Elmore Hinman was born at Palo Alto and grew up in Redwood City. After graduating from Sequoia High School, he attended the University of Santa Clara (now Santa Clara University) and went on to graduate school at Princeton University. After 12 years in Paris, France, where he became head of the language section of a company training people for jobs in tourism, he returned to Redwood City and went to work in the Stanford University Libraries. He retired from there as Special Collections Librarian for Cataloging Emeritus and has since devoted his time to pursuing his genealogical interests, having published articles in The California Nugget, The National Genealogical Society Magazine, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The American Genealogist.

Barry, a long-time member of SMCGS, passed away recently.  We would like to have an article in our next newsletter with people’s remembrances of him. Do you have memories of Barry that you would like to share? If so, please send them to  

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wanted: Local historians for book

Did you grow up in Santa Clara/San Mateo?  Do you remember summers at Searsville Lake?  A couple of local authors are writing a book, and would like to hear from you.

Julie Cain and Nancy Lund are writing a history of Jasper Ridge, planning to tell the rich stories of people who have experienced the ridge through time. From Dennis Martin, the village of Searsville, and Searsville Lake Park to today, people have lived, played and researched there. We anticipate an attractive book full of historic photographs as well art and contemporary photos. 

We invite everyone who has had a contact with the area to be a part of the story. Please share your personal experiences (and maybe photos) that have made lasting memories: swimming or fishing in the lake, camping there, touring guests around, helping build a trail, learning something new in a profound way? Since we hope to include many personal stories, please try to be concise. Do you have photos or art you’d be willing to share?  Any poetry?

We ask for written, emailed submissions. Should you wish a phone chat (650-851-1072 for Nancy) or zoom conversation, we can do that. When it’s safe, we can gather a small group to share reminiscences. Please send your submissions to Nancy at  or to Julie at We hope to receive wonderful memories and maybe some great pictures.               

See the SMCGS blog for more information on Searsville.