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

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Holidays

Barry's Bits




                       Upcoming Events                         
Barry Hinman and Mary Lou Grunigen volunteer at the San Mateo County Genealogical Society library located at Canada College in Redwood City. They welcome members of the Society and visitors who would like a tour of the library and an introduction to its holdings. They are also available, of course, to consult about genealogical problems or research strategies. They are there from 1:00-4:00 on the second Tuesday of every month if the Canada library is open to the public on that day.  

January 2019 Meeting
Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories
Speaker: Craig Siulinski
Saturday, January 26, 2019   10:30am - 12:00 pm
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am

Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back
Blogging, or writing a regular online letter/column, is an easy and fun way to share your compelling family history stories. Learn about genealogy blogs in general, the inner workings of blogs, and how to start your own genealogy blog. The effort will be well worth the legacy you leave behind as every life story is a treasure to preserve for generations to come.
Craig Siulinski teaches genealogy and life story writing classes, has a business called Sharing Legacies, and does presentations on blogging, location research, and other family history topics. Craig has been researching and writing his family history for over 10 years and is passionate about helping people research, write and share their life stories.

This event is free and all are welcome.


Thu, Feb 14, 2018 – Workshop, Hispanic Genealogy: Spanish Records
2:30 am–4:00 pm; Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo
Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff. SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10.

Presenter: Lucy Jennings Sweeney  

Discover how to search for your Hispanic ancestors, how to verify your family stories using records such as baptism and marriage, where to find records for your country and town, and learn about the Spanish naming system. Plus receive a resource list of online/print materials.

Lucy is a San Francisco native who graduated from UC Berkeley. When she retired from teaching, she began investigating her heritage which spans roots in both Mexico and Ireland.

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 – City Directories
10:30 am–12:00 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back
Presenter: Pamela Brigham

Sat, Mar 23, 2019 – Lies, Lies and More Lies:  Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage
10:30 am–12:00 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back
 Presenter: Jeff Vaillant


Save the date for the SMCGS Spring Seminar
               with Michael John Neill
National Lecturer on Genealogical Research
Practical, Down to Earth, with Just the Right Amount of Humor

Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Menlo Park LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
Ticket sales open on February 15, 2019


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