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.