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. 

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,  (805) 886-5438


  • Occurred Saturday, January 18th, 2020 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


First Presbyterian Church,

21 E. Constance at State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Glenn Avolio