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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fall Seminar with Diahan Southard


SMCGS Fall 2021 Seminar

2021 Fall Seminar -- Making Sense of Your DNA Matches

Presenter: Diahan Southard

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (social time 8:30 - 9:00 am)

Via Zoom -- the link will be sent via email to registered participants

Diahan Southard is a well-known speaker on using DNA to help solve genealogical mysteries. She is the author of Your DNA Guide—The Book and producer of Your DNA Guide—The Academy, an online learning experience. In this half-day seminar, she will speak on three intermediate-level DNA topics:

  • Three Key DNA Strategies for Finding Ancestors
  • My 1000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches

An online Silent Auction, with one-year subscriptions to Ancestry World ExplorerFold3, and, plus an Ancestry DNA Kit will be part of the Silent Auction. For registrants living in the area, there will be bags of mystery books on a variety of topics for sale. The seminar will be held via the Zoom web conferencing system. Links for the seminar and the Silent Auction will be sent via email to registered participants several days before the seminar.

Pricing is $30 for SMCGS members and $40 for non-members. If you join SMCGS now, you may register for this seminar and next year's seminars at the member rate.

You may register online via our secure payment system or by filling out a paper registration form and mailing it to us. For a seminar flyer, including a mail-in registration form, click here. If you register by mail, please do so by October 22, to make sure we receive your registration in time to send you the links to the seminar and the silent auction.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Immigration Film Festival October 16th

 The Six, about the Chinese survivors of the Titanic

From Grant Din:

I was lucky to be part of a team of researchers from China, Canada, New York, London, the Midwest, and here in the SF Bay Area searching for the stories of the six Chinese survivors of the wreck of the Titanic (out of eight who set sail). They were seamen, on their way to work on other White Star Line ships in the boiler rooms. We found information on ship manifests, in US Citizenship and Immigration Services and other archives, and many other places to help learn what happened to them.

The Six will be making its US premiere on October 16 at the Immigration Film Festival in Washington, DC. It'll be a hybrid event, so you can attend and meet the filmmakers if you go in person, or attend for free (donations encouraged!) online. It's part of a program called "Reckoning With History: Stop Asian Hate," and will run from 2:45 - 5:30 Eastern time. To register, click here and scroll down to October 16.
Here's a new review as part of a run-up to the North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

If you can't watch on October 16, the film is also going to be streamed through the Friday Harbor Film Festival from the 17th to the 24th:

Monday, September 27, 2021

NEW - Education Advisory Team

SMCGS is looking for a few good people to come up with ideas for possible speakers, workshop leaders, seminar topics, and field trip locations.  

Have you heard a good speaker lately?  

Is there a workshop you'd like to see?  

How about a topic for our next seminar?  Or an idea for a field trip.

We want a group which could meet and review suggestions and make recommendations.  If you have ideas about programs, or have opinions about such, please join us!

Send your comments and suggestions to  Or add a comment to this blog.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Would you like to enter our writing contest?

From Sarah Tanke -

Sharing Stories 2021


Have you ever wanted to be a published writer? — To have your words read by a larger audience? 


Do you have an interesting story about a member of your family? — One that is not X-rated? 


Can you share a story about San Mateo County? —A personal anecdote that sheds light on our common history?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, time is running out to have your story included in San Mateo County Genealogical Society’s biennial Sharing Stories event. See the guidelines on our webpage.

Deadline for submissions is November 1st!

"My First Auto" 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society - Genealogy Week Sept 18th

All classes are FREE to everyone, Saturday Seminar is $45 for members and $55 for non-
members. To register, go to > Programs & Classes menu.

See our web calendar for more details. All classes and the seminar are via Zoom.
Registration closes the day before each event. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via
email the day before. RVGS

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.

Friday, June 11, 2021

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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

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    Bored? Try a genealogical study group

    Is your brain on lockdown? Can't get out to the archives? Missing your classmates over the summer?  Try a genealogical study group. These are web-based groups designed around a particular topic or theme.  Here are some examples:

    Research Like a Pro® Study Group

    with Diana Elder, AG® and Nicole Dyer

    Could you use some structure in your genealogy research? Do you respond well to a group study atmosphere? If so, the Research Like a Pro® study group can give you the motivation and the setting to finally make progress in your research. Attend weekly lessons and work on your own project for the assignments. Receive feedback and learn from others’ assignments. Take your research to the next level!

    This is a fast-moving, time-intensive study group. You will have five days to work on each assignment, except report writing, which you will work on in both assignment #7 and #8. The time you will spend on assignments will depend on the difficulty of your objective and how much time you need to spend learning to use technology. For easy objectives, expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week, or about 1-2 hours per day. For more difficult objectives, you may spend 15-20 or more hours per week.

    Adrienne says:"Research Like a Pro - Nicole and Diana are a mother-daughter team who run the website. They have a great weekly podcast, a book on their research process and various study courses. The main course is their Research Like a Pro study group, offered from March to April this year. They offer the Research Like Pro with DNA study group from Sept. - Nov. I took both of them and I’ve already signed up for the spring group again. The early bird cost for the groups is $299 and $399. They are well organized, personable and knowledgeable. I learned so much! They have a very detailed breakdown of what they will do each week. Each week there is a 90 minute Zoom lecture and a 60 minute smaller mentor group session for questions and feedback. The time commitment is about 10-15 hours/week. They also have an eCourse that you can start anytime"

    Mastering Genealogical Proof

    Seven-Week Beginning Principles Course – There will be two sessions: Wednesday daytime (lead by Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List), at 3pm Eastern, and Wednesday evenings (lead by Cari Taplin) at 8pm Eastern (so adjust for your time zone).  This is for those who have never studied this book before. We will be studying this from a beginner or slightly intermediate level. If you’ve done one of these groups before and want a refresher, that’s ok too!

    Adrienne says:" I have taken a few study groups from Cari Taplin at GenealogyPants  I’m currently in an NGSQ Study Group that meets once a month online and discusses a particular NGSQ article. Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi’s List) is the moderator for this group. NGSQ runs free study groups as well, although I haven’t tried them yet. All NGSQ groups study the same articles."

    GenProof Study Groups are based on the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. The program is a guided study program supported by material in the book, discussions with peers, and the guidance of an experienced mentor. After completing the program, you will know the tenets of the Genealogical Proof Standard, understand reasonably exhaustive research, be able to write source citations, conduct analysis, and know when to use a proof summary.

    Adrienne says: "I’ve also taken the Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation Study Groups with Cari. The actual study groups were OK. The main benefit is that it makes you work through the book. The next Genealogical Proof class starts is from April-June and the next Genealogical Documentation class is from Feb.-March. Each class is 7 weeks and costs about $50 (if I recall correctly.) There is another Mastering Genealogical Proof group run by GenProof that runs from May-June (8 weeks) that I’ve heard is good. "

    All these learning opportunities are great, but the bigger problem is, when we don’t apply what we’ve learned, we tend to forget it. That’s where the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt comes in!

    Through this annual subscription, you’ll receive a hands-on challenge each month. You’ll follow clues to a freely available genealogy record and use it to answer a series of questions.

    Adrienne says: "This year a friend recommended to me the monthly scavenger hunt at Genealogy in Action, which she said was really fun. I signed up for this year haven’t done January’s hunt yet, but am looking forward to it! The cost is $47/year."

    Our thanks to Adrienne Smith who has tried these courses and provided her comments on each.  

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    SMCGS Remote Workday


    Do you have criminal tendencies?  Want to get your hands on the County jail records?  

    We've had several requests lately for jail records, so Cath Trindle has "liberated" the books from Cañada library and brought them home to photograph the pages.  

    She would like some help with photographing the pages and could deliver books for you to work on at home.  The books are about 250 to 360 pages, so volunteers could do part and then pass it on.  

    Cath tells me she did one book in 2 hours.  

    That's if you don't stop to read the entries.  

    If you're interested in helping out, please contact Cath at


    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar 2021

    We're not having a Spring Seminar, but that doesn't mean you can't go to a Spring Seminar.  This will be of particular interest to those of us doing English research.

    If you're seeking ancestors in England and throughout the United Kingdom, this event is aimed at bolstering your knowledge of how and where to research across the pond. Join us for A Day of English Research with Paul Milner.

    Date And Time
    Sat, May 15, 2021
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT

    For more information, see

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    History of the Alpine Inn, Portola Valley


    I can't attach the link here, or any of their text.  Their website is WAY over formatted.  Go here for the link:

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    Our webpage has a new look!

    We're redoing our webpage!  Here's a preview of the front page.  Some of the new features will be a member's profile with optional inclusion of interest and contact information.  You'll also be able to check your membership status and see any events you're signed up to attend.
    Our webmaster, Mike Davis, is looking for people who could help with setting up the pages, transferring data, and keeping content current.  He tells me you don't need to be a tech wiz, but should know how to type.
    If you're interested, please contact him at Webmaster



    Sunday, March 7, 2021

    We go to Conferences!


    Plus a special track:

    Jamboree's 51st Virtual Conference is excited to offer a full conference track tailored for researching the British Isles and Ireland Genealogy. 


          Welcome to the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC)! We’re excited to announce that our first-ever virtual conference will take place from 1 April through 31 May 2021! The genealogical societies listed here have come together to make this conference a reality.

    Our traditional conference is a three-day event. Our virtual event will have three Gathering Days with scheduled presentations and a live chat with our featured speakers. On these three days we will encourage social interaction between all attendees.

    SIG’s, Ancestor Road Show, Society Fair, and Library & Archive are all traditional activities that will be carried into our Virtual Environment for 2021.

    And the NGS of course!

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Were you at Rootstech?

    Rootstech was a bit different this year.  I missed the vast exhibition hall and vendor talks.  I didn't miss the rushing from room to room, and not seeing everything I had hoped to.

    As you imagine, it was all virtual, which had many advantages, not the least of which is that most of the talks are still online!

    There were some live talks, and many live Zoom rooms, where you could ask questions of the moderator and other attendees.  Unfortunately, many of these were hidden in the calendar (off in the "more" section in the upper R corner of the main page), or buried several layers under the vendors, as were the Family Search help rooms.  And unlike previous years, the talks were not listed by topic (country, methodology, etc) or by skill level, so were a bit hard to find.  I did appreciate being able to generate a Playlist, which is still available when you sign in.  Six hundred and sixty five sessions!

    Here are some of the comments and favorite talks.  Go take a look at

    From Nancy Martin: I have always wondered about the Homestead Act and if my Great Grandfather was involved. The following presentation answered all my questions.  The video was done by Park Recreation Rangers and was very informative.  

    Immigration and the Homestead Act: Finding Your Ancestors

    I also thought the following session was informative as a new way to view the research process:

    The Genealogy research process: The WANDER Method by Amy Johnson Crow

    John Gleed mentioned - Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch by Robert Kehrer

    Working with unindexed record sets.  Very informative!!   It is an hour in length, so be prepared.

    It has been an overwhelming, but interesting and informative experience to attend RootsTech.

    From Linda Longley: Diahan Southard provides three outstanding presentations. Her graphics are clear and her explanations refreshing. They are: “DNA questions answered”;  “4 next steps for your DNA”; “Using the Shared Centimorgan Project.”

    Shannon Combs-Bennett presents “DNA Basics Made Easy,” covers all three of the DNA tests available to us: Y-DNA, mitochondrial, and Autosomal, and the benefits of each.

    Leah Larkin, “When Your Tree is a Banyan”  Excellent presentation for those with endogamy in your family: Early Colonial, Jewish, small communities in, say, Ireland, as examples. Leah gives us a clear understanding of what it is and what you can, or can’t, do about it. She explains why the Leeds Method may not work for those with endogamous family lines. Leah’s presentation was clearly one of my favorites. She writes The DNA Geek blog. 

    Roberta Estes presents “DNA Triangulation: What, Why and How.” She presents an extensive overview of Triangulation. She covers the what, why, and how for the more advanced genetic genealogist. Roberta Estes also constructed a list of all the RootsTech DNA classes with links.

    Kimberly Brown presents “Why Don’t I Match My Match’s Matches.” Kimberly breaks down the process of triangulation making it easy to understand.

    Beth Taylor presents “Using DNA to Find Unknown Relatives.” She focuses on finding unknown parents, and her technique seems geared to finding missing adoptive parents, but her method can also be applied to finding unknown relatives. Her streamlined DNA search method is one I plan to adapt to the search for my unknown great grandfather.

    Amy Williams in her presentation “Introduction to Ancestor DNA Reconstruction,” takes a more academic approach to DNA research, which she defines as “Determining as much of the DNA (i.e., raw data) of an ancestor as possible from descendants’ DNA.” A very interesting video. 

    Olivia Fordiani presents “Understanding Basic Genetic Genealogy and My DNA Results.” She is a senior at BYU, studying genetic genealogy. She gives a good presentation on understand the basics. I recommend it to those who want a refresher class on DNA fundamentals, including recombination. She’s very good.

    Diana Elder, of, presents “Using DNA in a Client Research Project to Solve a Family Mystery. She presents a method of researching and documentation that the NEHGS would be proud of. Very thorough, combining carefully documented DNA and Genealogical data. 

    From John Gleed: Roots Tech Reflections
    Thursday- overwhelmed by huge number of presentations, heard ten of them and then switched to "England" and concentrated there.
    On Thursday, good talk by Robert Kehrer on Family Search. He started from the fact that 70% of "Image Databases " on Family Search are NOT Indexed, then proceeded to the method for looking for other entry approaches using "Waypoints". Well worth studying.
    Also Thursday: "Elusive Distant African Cousins" by Jerome V. Spears. At first, I was put off by his delivery which is as fast as Steve Morse. Then became more and more impressed. He tested himself and four siblings using Ancestry DNA and the other testing companies. Analyzed everything from their results. In great detail which he explained very well. Contacted female who were 5th to 8th cousins. Found a Nigerian woman who matched his sister on the 16th chromosome. Eventually pinpointed the sub-tribe of origin.
    More Thursday: Hawaii State Archives by Adam Jensen. Oral Genealogies may include acquaintances of my family. Possibility also to find them in Maui Tax Records.

    Friday and Saturday continuing on English Research. There were 27 presentations of which 7 were basic beginner talks. Tackling all the others which ranged from 3-20 minutes. Caroline Gurney is a superior speaker, perfect diction and pacing. She covered English Church Records and Probate Records before 1858. She spent time on Dr. Williams Library of Non-Conformist Baptisms. Fifty Thousands records dating back to 1742. Excellent display of probate courts hierarchy with special emphasis on the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Sole probate during Cromwell 1640-1660 and 40% of ALL probates leading up to 1858.
    Five Talks by Else Churchill, principal genealogist of the Society of Genealogists in London. Parish Registers and Parish Chest Records. Freemen of a Borough getting the right to vote. Settlement Act of 1662 determining each persons right to parish assistance. Trinity House records for Merchant Seamen.
    Church Courts- Sin, Sex and Probate. Forms of 17th century Taxation. Compton Census of 1676 measuring the growth of Non-Conformity. School Records. 
    Finally, as approach to breaking down brick walls. Else is very positive about "The Genealogist" web-site. Check it out.
    The 1939 Register by Linda Hammond. Reasoning behind taking the Register. Updated as events occurred into the 1970s. Explanation of abbreviations. Using Area Codes to locate places of Marriage.
    There are also 4 talks on Ireland 3 on Scotland and one on Welsh surnames.    

    From Andrea Lajoie:  Talks I’ve liked:
    Tracing the Poor and Destitute Irish (3 sessions) [very, very good]
    Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research (3)
    An Introduction to Scandinavian Church Records (3)
    Getting Started with 19th Century British Research (3)
    Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors by Myko Clelland (3) But NO handout unfortunately
    The Riches of the Scottish Kirk Session Records
    The Stones Speak (3) 1. Gravestones. 2. Researching the Associated Records of the Burial 3. Online resources
    The First Settlers of the Island of Orleans (in Quebec)
    Using Find My Past to unlock your Irish Family History

    From Kara Rosenberg: Did anybody look at Goldie May in the Expo Hall? I’m finding it intriguing. It helps you organize your research and does a lot of automatic entry that you can then put in a cvs file if you are concerned about keeping it. I use evernote now, but it doesn’t automatically tell me what I have looked at.

    From Evie Rice:
    These are my favorites so far, although I’m sure I’ll find more.  - Evie

    The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 England and Wales National Register - Linda Hammond
    How to Map Creeks, Roads, and more with Google MyMaps - Nicole Dyer
    Google Tools for Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee
    The Alps in Digital:  Swiss Records Online: Daniel R Jones 
    Swiss Court Records - Daniel R Jones
    Insights in Archives and Computer-Assisted Indexing - Ian James & Ty Davies
    Free Research Help from The Family History Library:  Research Strategy Sessions - Kori Robbins (short)

    Maggie's favorites: 
    1. Locality research.
    2. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    3. Maggie's family, probably:
    And a hint from Evie Rice:  The playback speeds can be adjusted in the settings menu in the lower R corner.

    - Margaret Melaney