Stories often become distorted when they travel from person to person, as well as from generation to generation. Facts sometimes become blurry and events become out of order. A genealogist oftentimes has only family stories to go off of. So, how does one evaluate stories to find truth?

Answers to that question may be forthcoming at the annual meeting of the St. Paul Mission Historical Society, set for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the St. Paul Fire District office.

Guest speaker and certified genealogist Connie Lenzen will share the story of St. Paul’s history with a focus on family tradition, as well as information on how to search a family’s history.

Lenzen, according to a press release, has served on boards of state and local genealogical societies, as well as providing volunteer services for many other societies.

She serves on the Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s Education Committee, is vice-president of the Oregon Catholic Historical Society and is a member of the Outreach Committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Her interest in genealogy was sparked when her grandmother asked, “Have you seen what is in Grandpa’s diary?” That opened up a world of intrigue as she put together family stories. Through the process, she found the fascination of placing ancestors in time and place. It made history come alive for her, leading her to a career in professional genealogy.

Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as past president of the organization, Lenzen has served as a National Genealogical Society director. She authored National Genealogical Society research state guide, “Research in Oregon,” and has written articles for the award-winning National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She authored the “Twentieth-Century Research” course for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS), and is working on the “Putting Your Ancestors Into Historical Context” for NIGS.

A light brunch will be served at the Oct. 20 event.

For more information or to make reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call and leave a message at 503-845-6208.

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