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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SMCGS Databases: Board of Supervisors Minutes

The SMCGS project team is busy digitizing the Board of Supervisors minutes from the earliest records through 1940, thanks to the cooperation of the county.  Housed in a closet in the Hall of Justice, these minutes contain some of the earliest records of San Mateo County residents.





The books start with #2 which leads one to wonder what happened to #1, until you read page one and realize that it is the minutes of the FIRST meeting of the board of Supervisors.
Among the information you will find in the minutes are the amounts of Poll and Road taxes.... a total of $7 per taxable individual (able bodied men 21 and over) in 1857.  The building of roads and the payment of those doing so consumes many pages in every volume.  There are extensive lists of those who get relief from their property tax assessments. You can find lists of jurors and lists of election officials.  The boundaries for elections are described and results of elections are presented for each district.  This is just the beginning.  There are many entries for individuals, which is why we are hoping to create an index to volumes 2-34.

YOU CAN HELP.  Join us on August 24 from 10:30-12:00 in the Canada College Library Computer Lab.  If you can read and write you have the required skill set. The images, which are located in the SMCGS Dropbox, will be available on the computers and attendees will help create a simple index.

If you can't attend that day, but would like to help, this is a project that can be done from home.  Contact Publications@smcgs.org for more information.

It is expected that the digital copies will be done by September, and we hope to have the index done by the end of the year.



Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
SMCGS Work Day: Indexing
CaƱada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
Coordinator: Cath Madden Trindle, SMCGS Publications Chair

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