Finding Your Roots in Mexico

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Finding Your Roots in Mexico
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Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:30

John Schmal will present “Finding Your Roots in Mexico” at the Saturday, January 18th monthly meeting of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

This presentation will assist those who wish to learn how to trace their roots in Mexico and show attendees how to access the records of their Mexican ancestors online and give them pointers about how to use that information once they have located it.

John P. Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He specializes in the genealogical research and Indigenous history of several Mexican states, especially Chihuahua, Nayarit Zacatecas, Jalisco and Guanajuato. He is also the author of several books, including Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico (Heritage Books, 2002) and The Journey to Latino Political Representation (Heritage Books, 2007). In addition to being a Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA) member, he serves on the board of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 am for New Member & Beginning Genealogy, Civil War Genealogy, Writers' Support Group, German Ancestry, Italian Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, French Canadian Genealogy, Scandinavian Genealogy, Computer Genealogy, and DNA.  The Society Monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speaker starts at 11:00am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful free presentation.
A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site (


Media contact: Glenn Avolio, PR Chair, [email protected] (805) 886-5438

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