Professor to speak to genealogical society

By Kathy Zilhaver

Special to The PREVIEW

Katherine Scott Sturdevant will be the guest speaker at the Archuleta County Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street. The meeting is open to the public.

Sturdevant is professor of history at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs and has been teaching family history for about 25 years. She is well known for her family history books: “Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History” and “Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents.” She also is a lecturer at national genealogical conferences.

Sturdevant’s presentation will cover gathering your family’s historical materials: home sources, artifacts, oral history and tradition. She will also discuss researching your family’s historical record: Native Americans and other mysteries. The third topic will be writing your family history in historical context: social history and inference.