Temecula Valley Genealogical Society Hears About “Breathing New Life Into Your Boring Ancestors” – Press Enterprise


Melissa Barker, Certified Records Manager and Public Historian, will speak on “Breathing New Life into Your Boring Ancestors” when the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Ronald H. Roberts Library in Temecula.

Barker, known as the “Lady of the Records” in the genealogy community, will make her presentation via Zoom.

She currently works at the Houston County Archives in Tennessee, and she lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogical research process, archival research and document preservation, according to a press release. She also keeps a blog, “A genealogist in the archives”.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. It is also available through Zoom. For a link, contact Susan Puma, president of the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society, at swpuma@puma-appsci.com.

The Temecula Valley Genealogical Society is also accepting essays through May 2 for its annual scholarship competition, which is open to all high school seniors in the Temecula and Murrieta area.

The subject of this year’s essay is “My COVID Experience – A Letter to Future Generations”. In their essays, students are asked to describe the impact of the global pandemic on their lives, explain what they have learned about themselves and their families, reveal how the pandemic has changed their outlook or attitudes , and to wonder if there were any positive things that came from their experiences.

The scholarship this year is $500.

For more information on the essay contest, go to TVGS.net. If you have any questions, email Susan Puma at swpuma@puma-appsci.com.

The mission of the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society, founded in 1998, is to provide public education on issues related to genealogical science and a forum for exchanging genealogical information and stimulating interest in family history research.

Membership is $25 per year.

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