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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sharing Stories

Last call for stories!
Submissions close this Sunday, April 30
Please finish up and send us your stories!

Sharing Stories: 
A SMCGS event to encourage writing our stories 
for future generations

Join the fun and write a family history or local San Mateo County story.
Submit your story to SMCGS to be entered into a drawing for prizes, publication,
and/or reading aloud at a monthly meeting. Each entry receives a small gift.
For information on guidelines & formatting, and to submit a story, click here.
We look forward to receiving your stories!

At our monthly meeting on May 20, we will have drawings for prizes for all stories submitted, an extra drawing for those stories taking place in San Mateo County, and a small gift for all entries. We will round out the meeting with story readings and sharing a pot luck meal together.
We hope you get a story down on paper to share with your fellow genealogists, not to mention your own family!

Questions? Contact
Sharing Stories Readings and Lunch - May 20
More information on Sharing Stories can be found on our website at

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Barry's Bits

culled from the San Francisco Examiner by Barry Goyette 

Ah...The Problems of Wealth ....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Japanese Cemetery

Lying directly across from Olivet Memorial Park is the small but very picturesque Japanese Cemetery. Established in 1900 by the Japanese Benevolent Society,  the burial grounds are open to Japanese people of all faiths.  The Japanese Benevolent Society of California was established in 1890 and over the years has met its mandate to assist those in need.  It has served as a unifying force for the Buddist, Shinto and Christian Japanese communities.
SF Chronicle Friday, July 10, 1936  pg 17

The cemetery was opened in June of 1901.   In 1906 the Meiji Emperor of Japan  gave a grant to the Benevolent Society "for the relief of sick, disabled or destitute persons of the Japanese race” in California and to provide “a suitable burial ground for deceased Japanese.” Bodies were moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery and Masonic Cemetery as the San Francisco movement to close cemeteries took effect.

More than 5000 burials have taken place since 1901.  Among the graceful and often majestic stones you will find a tower honoring the three crewmen from the Kanrin-Maru who on landing in 1860 brought the first Japanese embassy to the US, a monument to Ministers and Members of the Buddhist Churches of America, a War Memorial to unknown soldiers, and a monument to bodies moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Japanese Cemetery
1301 Hillside Ave, Colma

Japanese Cemetery - FindAGrave - lists 155 burials
Japanese Benevolent Society-Jikeikai
Japanese Cemetery Annual Clean-up 
Praying for deceased souls in Colma Japanese Cemetery