Archuleta County Genealogical Society to host Katherine Sturdevant Saturday


By Carolyn Paschal | Archuleta County Genealogical Society

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome back Katherine Sturdevant as the speaker at our Jan. 8 meeting. 

Sturdevant presented an interesting program in October about all of the reasons, routes and trails of westward migration for families in the mid-19th century. This Saturday’s topic will be a follow-up entitled “Our Westering Ancestors: How They Migrated and What They Found.” 

It will extend the previous topic to include how they traveled, what those experiences were like and what they faced upon arrival.

 Sturdevant is a professor of history at Pikes Peak College in Colorado Springs. She is the senior history specialist and has won local, state and national awards for teaching excellence. Her longtime specialties include immigration and migration history, as well as the Scotch-Irish as a frontier culture, both of which have been topics for her talks to national and local genealogical societies. She published two family history books (“Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History” and “Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents”) as well as many articles. She has taught courses about various levels and aspects of family history for over 30 years.

The meeting will be held at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street beginning at 10 a.m. Sturdevant’s presentation will be followed by a short business meeting. For those uncomfortable with meeting in person, it will also be on Zoom at:, meeting ID: 876 1147 9450, passcode: 81147.

Our goal, as always, is to aid in family history research and writing. All visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend.