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

Friday, June 11, 2021

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Next week: More on libraries, what's open, and our new, improved, all-inclusive, user friendly SMCGS Website.


Friday, June 4, 2021

Libraries are opening their doors!

Libraries in the Bay Area are starting to open again.  For a year I've been trying to pick books out online, order them, wait for them, and then stand in line at the designated hour to pick them up.  Yesterday I went to the Redwood City Library and browsed among all the new titles which have been added while we weren't looking.  Here's a rundown of what's open or soon to open.

We’re so excited to welcome you back to San Mateo County Libraries and reopen our doors with limited in-library services. All of our communities will have in-library Express Service, which includes computer and printing access, browsing and checking out items, picking up holds.

These services are the next step in a careful, phased approach to safely re-instituting library offerings, access, and exploration! After a year of connecting with you digitally through virtual programs, online resources, and remote services, we are excited to welcome you back to your community library.

Limited Hours

Redwood City Downtown Library

Monday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm

Redwood Shores Branch Library

Monday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday | CLOSED
Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm


The Atherton temporary library in a box is open!



The San Jose Public Library is reopening seven branches on Monday for limited indoor services ...

Residents will be able to reenter those locations to browse library shelves, check out books and tech devices, access public computers and printers and chat with staff to answer reference questions.

For more information about California libraries, see


ALAS! The Family History Library is still closed. But you can take advantage of their online research services and all their online programs.  Watch this blog for updates!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

What to do this summer

Summer is almost here!  Time to sign up for all those exciting seminars, workshops, and summer camps that you've been looking forward to all year.  Here's a selection of what's on offer:

   *   *   *   Important Seminar Dates  *   *  *
July 10 - Deadline for mailing registration
July 17-20 - Handouts emailed to registrants
July 18 - Deadline for online registration 
Sorry,  registrations can't be accepted after this date
July 20 - Zoom connection link emailed to registrants
July 24 - Seminar Day!
More information and to register at:


  • 19 Jun 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Virtual Meeting in your own Home!


    And more from Lisa Louise Cooke:  Thursday, June 3
    How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure Its Future Survival  (Webinars)
    8:00 pm
    Don’t let your lifetime of genealogy research end up in the landfill!  Lisa Louise Cooke  will teach you the 7 key strategies to securing the future of your research including designating a  “research keeper,” setting up a Genealogy Materials Directive, and making donations with a Deed of Gift
    Germanic Genealogy Society

    Want more?  Check the Conference Keeping at

    And if it all becomes too much, there's this......

    Tuesday, June 1
    Keeping it All Together - Establish a Work Life Balance  (Webinars)
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Presented by Janice Lovelace, PhD on 1 Jun 2021.

    Register Now

    Do you struggle to find balance between demands of everyday life and your genealogical work? Everybody has some level of struggle in their everyday lives with not becoming overwhelmed by work and family demands. Running a business, often from home, can be stressful! This session will help you learn to recognize struggles and develop strategies to minimize their impact and more effectively lower your stress.

    • Know thyself - Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Being the Boss – running your own business
    • Combatting Stress to find balance – identify stressors and how to handle

    Utah Genealogical Association