Lecture – Paula Stuart-Warren @ on Zoom
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter:   Paula Stuart-Warren

“Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking” 

Did great-grandpa or another family member traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did they work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may provide personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. The railroads helped to develop places and other businesses. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them. An extensive handout accompanies the presentation.

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, state archives, historical societies, and various locations of the National Archives. Paula presents courses and virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988.

She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada. She currently has her own educational website and blog at and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Stephanie O’Connell

“Reconstructing the Lives of Female Irish Ancestors” 

Researching our Irish ancestors can be challenging; our female Irish ancestors can be even more so. Creative research methods can aid in our search by revealing sources and historical context that allow us to discover their stories. This presentation reviews the strategies used to search for a Dublin-born mother and daughter in the nineteenth century. Using social history resources specific to these women brings them out of the shadows and into their rightful place in history or herstory.

Stephanie O’Connell is a professional genealogist who holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She specializes in Irish research, with a profound passion for uncovering the unique social history of our ancestors. Stephanie has been a ProGen Mentor, SLIG Instructor, and speaks regularly at genealogy conferences, including RootsTech and the National Genealogical Society Conference.

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.