Winter classes start  Oct. 7th


Jeri McGovern, program coordinator for San Mateo Adult Ed., is accepting registration forms for Inge's Winter classes.

Inge's classes start on Thursday, Oct 7th. Registration is limited to 12 students. There have been some minor changes to what information is taught on which class. See Classes


Email Inge ihb146 AT eskimo DOT com with any questions you have,

Updated 09/24/2021 by B. Lewis  


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This site is about Inge's genealogy classes held in San Mateo County, CA and transferring her many years of expertise to those interested in pursuing their own research.

Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow was the fifth and youngest child of a judge and, by descent, a quarter Dutch, a quarter North German on her mother's side, and half English on her father's side. 


She grew up in South Africa and has lived in Barron Park for many years volunteering for many local activities.


Email: ihb146 AT eskimo DOT com




  • Fill out the registration form

  • Then scan the completed form, and email it to Jeri McGovern at jmcgoven AT smuhsd  DOT org

  • Or mail it to Jeri McGovern at 789 E. Poplar AVE. San Mateo, CA. 



  • The cost of each section is $90 ($12,86/class).

  • Pay by calling Jeri at 650-558-2127 to give her your credit card number. 

  • Or send her your check at the address listed above.

View the San Mateo Adult class calendar. Class size is limited to 12 students so register as soon as possible.



The Menlo Park History Center is still not open. Consultations will start when the Center opens.

The key to your success finding your ancestors is history and economics. If you don't know what was going on in a particular country at a particular time, you won't know where to look for records about your ancestors. Bring a thumb-drive to class to download the handouts. 


At each class, Inge provides very detailed handouts on how to research your ancestors and provides a thumb drive with genealogical records from around the world including European

  • Rulers

  • History

  • Timelines

  • People

  • Biographies of the rulers of England, France, Spain, & Portugal 

  • Digitized version of the class notes to make it easier to search.


With these resources, students can pursue their own investigations at their leisure. Much of that can be done at the Menlo Park Family History Center when it opens - hopefully in the near future.


I have benefited from your instructions on how to find factual information about my ancestors. It was a surprising experience to be able to compare facts obtained direct from the original sources versus those published on paid for programs such as Ancestry, Family Search and My Heritage. Not to say they shouldn't be used, rather be aware that information should be verified by going direct to the source.

It was amazing to see the inconsistencies in published family trees, for instance. Inge, you gave me the direction and search paths to use when working on my own. This was not easy, and did take me awhile to adjust to this investigating style. It was worth the time and effort and has resulted in my finding the exact villages, addresses, parishes and relatives for "my people" in Spain and the Azores. Thank you for sharing - Marie Cox