San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

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Welcome to SMCGS


The Library is Open!  

7 days a week during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday 10 AM-8 PM,

Friday & Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM

"Introduction to The Family History Guide" helps you understand how to navigate and use the free website and its many useful features, such as learning FamilySearch and Ancestry step-by-step, learning principles of effective research, exploring country and state pages from around the world, and discovering family history activities.

Bob Taylor has been actively doing family history for over 25 years. He has combined his passion for genealogy with his background in instructional design to produce an industry-leading learning resource for family history—The Family History Guide website.

Bob has been a featured presenter five times at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, as well as the WikiTree International Symposium for 2022. Bob has presented at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Riverton FamilySearch Library, and the BYU Family History Conference. He has also presented to genealogical societies in fifteen U.S. states and in Canada.

The event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

Registration closed

 For more information about our monthly meetings click here.

Genealogy Resource Fair (click to start)

Upcoming public events

Upcoming events for members

It's official!  SMCGS library has moved from Cañada College to the San Mateo Public Library.  Visit us in our new location at 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, on the second floor. 

The library is open 7 days a week during the following hours: Monday through Thursday 10 AM-8 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Check their website for holiday hours:

Join us!

Become a member of SMCGS and share our genealogical adventure!

About us

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • We get together to learn and share information in monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminars with well-known speakers, workshops and special-interest groups.
  • We support research through our genealogy library located at the San Mateo Public Library, online databases, and research services
  • We connect with each other through six-times-a year newsletters (available in the Members section), a blog, a Facebook page, and occasional eNews notices about SMCGS events.

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Download the SMCGS app

Download the SMCGS app from Wild Apricot to your smartphone. With this app, you can:

  • View your member profile
  • View a list of upcoming events
  • Contact other SMCGS members

SMCGS would like to thank...

Come visit us in our new facility at the San Mateo Public Library.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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