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

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