San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Welcome to SMCGS


New website: This is the new website of the San Mateo County Genealogical Society. We will continue to make minor changes over the next few weeks. The old website,, will be available for a few more months, but the content will not be kept up to date.

Member logins to this website: Accounts have been created on this website for all current SMCGS members. If you are a member, you can log in using the same email address you used on the old website, but you will have to create a new password. You should have received an email message with instructions on how to reset your password and log into the new website. If you didn't receive this email message, you can click on the Log in button at the top right of this window and then click on Forgot password.

Loss of a long-time SMCGS member: Barry Hinman, a valued long-time member of SMCGS and Librarian Emeritus at Stanford University, 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

Loss of another valued SMCGS member: We are sad to announce the loss of another valued SMCGS member, Ruth Satterthwaite. Ruth worked behind the scenes in the library, managing all our periodicals, and she was a cheerful volunteer on many SMCGS projects. Do you have memories of Ruth that you would like to share? If so, please send them to

Feedback on the website: Please help to make this website better by providing your feedback -- email your comments and suggestions to

News: Please see our News page for the latest notices.

Next monthly meeting

Saturday, 25 September 2021

10:30 AM - 12:00 noon

1950 Census: Are You Ready?

Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

The results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022 (no fooling!). Are you ready to use them in your research?

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Interviewing a family for the 1950 census.

Credit: US Census Bureau,

This event is free and all are welcome; however, it will be necessary to register in advance. Information about how to register will be available soon.

For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

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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 classes, and special-interest groups.
  • We support research through our genealogy library located at Cañada College, 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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Make your dollars work for SMCGS!

Sign up for the Amazon Smile program and Amazon will contribute 0.5% of most of your purchases to SMCGS at no cost to you.

Click here for detailed instructions.

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

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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