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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Upcoming Events and Classes

Who’s in Your Neighborhood?  
Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community

Speaker: Linda Harms Okazaki
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:30 am - 12 noon
Coffee and Cookies starting at 10 am

This talk will focus on examining the different cultures within our community of San Mateo County reaching back through historical events, laws, immigration patterns, and primary source documents. Many examples from local ethnic groups including Japanese Americans, Chinese, Filipino, and Pacific Islanders will be presented.
 In order for genealogical societies to become more diverse, we need to examine and embrace the different cultures within our communities. Is your genealogical society inclusive? Does your membership reflect the diversity of your community? What immigrant populations have historically lived in your county? Who currently lives there? Does your genealogical society reach out to the surrounding community? What records are specific to certain ethnic groups?
Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth generation San Franciscan and has been researching her husband’s ancestry for the past several years, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. She is passionate about researching, documenting, teaching, and sharing the stores of Japanese Americans. Her other areas of research include California, upstate New York, England and Australia. Linda is a member of APG, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the DAR. She is a graduate of GenFed, ProGen and several genealogy institutes. She currently serves as the president of the California Genealogical Society.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education. You may find her blog at


Instructor: Craig Siulinski
10 Sessions - Saturdays starting Mar 3
College of San Mateo (CSM)
Registration Closes Mar 3

The benefits of a shared autobiography writing class are many.  Sharing one’s writing in a positive supportive social setting is an affirming experience for the writer.  Making connections with others, particularly for elders, contributes significantly to one’s overall health and well-being. 
Students in Life Story Writing will learn to organize and write their life stories two pages at a time. Participants will learn how to bring stories alive by describing events using all the senses. By reading the individual stories in class each week, the students learn to listen deeply, understand and appreciate others and their life stories. At the end of the sessions the participants will have nine written stories, which could be the made into a book for oneself or as a gift for family and friends. The students can go as far and wide with their writing as they choose.  

Instructor Craig Siulinski has more that 18 years of teaching experience.


 Using the Tools on the DNA websites to Examine Your DNA Matches
Speaker: Christine Bell Green PLCGS

Saturday, March 3, 2018
11 am - 12 noon

South San Francisco Library, 840 W Orange St, South San Francisco CA

This talk will focus on using tools available at Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and My Heritage to analyze and compare your DNA results with those of your close matches. The strengths and weaknesses of the tools and the various websites will be discussed.

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