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

Sunday, February 21, 2021

What can I do in March?

🍀  It's March, and that means St. Patrick's Day and the wearin' o the green.  Everyone becomes Irish on March 17th, and to get you in spirit, here's some music for you:   Traditional Irish Music - Brogan's Bar - Ennis, Ireland

March 27 is our program on Angel Island with Grant Din.  
You remember his talk and the field trip he led for us a few years ago. Bet he remembers us!

Angel Island     Presenter: Grant Din
Saturday, March 27, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm
Social hour 10-10:30 am                                                   
More information is on our website at

Have you been doing genealogy for forty years?  Perhaps you'd like a refresher course to learn what's new (the internet!) or to compare notes with other researchers.  Palo Alto Adult School intermediate genealogy class will be registering in March.  For more information, see

Other classes are listed on the SMCGS website at

Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society has some great speakers coming up.  Our friends Susan Goss Johnston, Gena Philibert-Ortega, and Thomas MacEntee will all be there. 
Check out the lineup at

And if you can't go to the Family History Library, they will come to you.  Here's a basic overview of Irish research.  I'll bet he has some good tips!
It's time to (finally) learn how to use Reunion!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Potpourri of Local Events

Winter has finally arrived here in San Mateo, so you are probably looking for some indoor activities.  Here's a selection from our correspondents

25–27 FEBRUARY, 2021
Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience
RootsTech Connect 2021 will offer a combination of both livestream and on-demand content to accommodate differences in time zones for participants. In addition, sessions will be available to view on-demand after the event concludes.

19th Century Irish Records Series
 March 2.  Presented by the California Genealogical Society  These five individual sessions will cover Irish research, focusing on records for Irish ancestors who were born in the 19th century and were part of the great migration in its latter half. Each talk will cover where to find particular archives and databases, how to search them, what land designations need to be known and examples of what can be gleaned. The classes will be most useful for those who know at least the Irish county of origin.
Topics in order are: Irish Records in the United States, Irish Censuses, Irish Civil Registration, Griffith's Valuation, and Irish Roman Catholic Church registers. Non-member admission fee is $30.00* per session

African Americans of San Francisco
WhenSat, February 20, 11am – 12pm
Jan Batiste Adkins will discuss her research documenting African Americans in the Bay Area with a focus on her work done for the Arcadia Publishing title African Americans of San Francisco.

Please join the SMCCCD Alumni Book Club for our first meeting Wednesday, February 24, 5 to 6 p.m. We’re kicking things off by reading Three Hours in Paris by Cañada College alumna and best-selling author of the Aimee LeDuc series, Cara Black.

The SMCCCD Alumni Association, campus bookstores, and college libraries invite all interested readers to join us for a discussion. Register here for the zoom link: . 

Go line dancing! All on Zoom!
Country Quicksteppers holds regular dances on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th  Saturdays of every month. All dancers are invited to join our country western "family."

DNA: Finding My Grandfather

Presenter: David Brunzel
Saturday, February 20, 2021   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Do you have New England ancestors?

Our three SMCGS special interest groups  (German, British/Irish, and DNA) have been meeting successfully for several years now.  Are you feeling left out?  Several folks have suggested we start a new group for New England research.  If this is your area, and you would be interested in participating, please contact me  If there's enough interest we'll look into forming another group.

Meeting place? Your home! We're all on Zoom right now, so this is a great opportunity to connect with other researchers without worrying about parking or travel.  Or perhaps there's another group you'd like. Please send me your suggestions.