VCGS Mexican American Special Interest Group @ On Zoom
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The VCGS Mexican-American Special Interest Group meets to discuss historical literature, research strategies and current information pertaining to Mexican-American Genealogy. We strive to encourage our members to assist one another, as well as the general public in learning about family history. Members and attendees are encouraged to propose topics for discussion and to share ideas and knowledge in Mexican-American genealogy so that we can grow as a group.

Our meetings are open to the public and you don’t have to be a VCGS member to attend. We currently meet six times a year on zoom, The meetings are held in odd months of the year, (January, March, May, July, September, and November) on the first Saturday of the month.

Our next Zoom meeting will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

To request to attend our meeting please contact Juan Venegas @ or Nancy Lehnhardt @


Lecture – Pam Vestal & Moises Garza @ on Zoom
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Pam Vestal

“How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read” 

Part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject. However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers. Topics include how to breathe life into dry genealogical facts, choosing a compelling story structure, making decisions that enhance the quality of the writing, and presenting what you’ve written in an appealing way. Creating a captivating ancestral story from our ancestors’ names, dates, and places is like turning fish eggs into caviar: the facts don’t change, but the way we describe them makes all the difference.

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who turned her focus to her longtime love of genealogy after a 20-year writing career. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and her lectures take her from coast to coast. Pam specializes in conducting genealogical research and then transforming that information into illustrated stories that even non-genealogists can enjoy.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Moises Garza

“Record Types for Mexican and Spanish Colonial Genealogy Research”

In this presentation you can expect to learn about the most widely used record types for Mexican and Spanish colonial genealogy research. You will also learn the type of information you can expect to find in each one and where to access these records online.

Moises Garza is a professional genealogist and author specializing in Mexican genealogy. His passion for genealogy started in the cotton fields of west Texas. As a migrant worker he was blessed to work in the fields next to his father, Lauro Garza, who had a sharp memory and told countless stories about his own ancestors. Moises has been doing genealogy since 1998. Since then, he has helped countless others in their own quest to find their ancestors. Today, he continues with this passion by publishing and creating resources to help you in your own search.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here. Please note that we cannot respond to same-day requests.

There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact for more information.

Lecture – Steve Little @ on Zoom
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter:  Steve Little

“AI Genealogy: The Basics and a Bit Beyond!” 

Join Steve Little for a comprehensive and forward-looking discussion on the role of Artificial Intelligence in genealogy. In this insightful talk, Steve will explore how AI tools are changing genealogical research and analysis. Expect to gain insights into both the triumphs and challenges faced in integrating AI into genealogy. Steve will highlight the practical applications, ethical considerations, and the ongoing journey of mitigating AI’s limitations.

Whether you’re a seasoned genealogist or new to the field, this talk promises to provide a rich understanding of AI’s role in genealogy, equipping you with knowledge and inspiration to harness these tools in your research journey. Get ready to explore how we got here and where we’re headed in the dynamic world of AI genealogy.

Steve Little is the AI Program Director for the National Genealogical Society and has lifelong passions for language, technology, and genealogy. Steve traces his deep roots to one Appalachian county, where, by 1820, all 32 of his 3rd-great-grandparents had settled—many even earlier than that. His passion lies in AI & genetic genealogy: with a keen interest in endogamy, pedigree collapse, deciphering multiple relationships, and an insatiable curiosity to explore beneficial uses and current limits of artificial intelligence in genealogy. Beyond genealogy, Steve wears many hats: he’s a husband and a dad, a Methodist pastor, and a Virginian.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here. Please note that we cannot respond to same-day requests.

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.