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General Meetings are open to the public, with no admission fee, and generally held on the 4th Thursday of every month.  We usually have an invited speaker, or participate in small-group workshops or roundtables. 

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Watch the trailer of the film INVENTED Before You Were Born 


DNA Group meetings are normally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Learn more by visiting our DNA Group page.


Writing Group  meetings, led by Laurel Hilton, are a benefit to Members.  Join our society today to access professional reviews and tutoring as you write your genealogical stories. Learn more by visiting our Writer's group page. 


Join us on the 1st Thursday of each month to chat about your recent discoveries.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  


The Mentor Program meets every Tuesday at 1pm.  Bring your questions and they will be answered by Members of the society.

book club

Join us to discuss a genealogy or history related book at each meeting.  Book Club meetings are normally held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30.  Learn more by visiting our Book Club page.

Saturday Breakfast

This group meets the first Saturday of each month at 9am at Star Restaurant in Novato, CA to discuss all things genealogy. Learn more by visiting our Saturday Breakfast page.  

Upcoming events


View our full Calendar of past and future events. Information about all events are listed. 

Zoom Links

Members Only (Login Required)

Click on the picture below to access Zoom links for all meetings:


Current handouts can be found on each Event Page, available from the Upcoming Events List or the Calendar.   

Archives of past handouts can be found below:

General Meeting Handout Archive  
DNA Handout Archive

Writing Group Handouts  (Login required)

Computer Group Handouts (Archive)

Videos of past Meetings

Members can access recordings of our past meetings.  (Login required.) 


Visit the  Bay Area Genealogy Calendar.

This calendar will cover events from the following counties: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco. 

Research Trips

Join us for trips to genealogy libraries, including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the Sutro Library at San Francisco State University, and the California Genealogical Society Library in Oakland.  Learn more by visiting our Research Trips PageOn hold due to COVID.


The MCGS Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month except May and December.

Meeting Location

Our General Meetings, on the 4th Thursday of the month, are held at 220 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA.. The General Meeting will be a Hybrid Meeting where members and guests are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom.

All other meetings, unless otherwise noted, are currently being held on Zoom. 

Our meetings are open to the public. If you are interesting in attending a meeting, please contact info@maringensoc.org to request a Zoom link. 

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