Pam Vestal

19758 Wildwood Drive
West Linn, Oregon 97068
United States
West Linn is a suburb of Portland, Oregon

Phone: 503-699-0450

Phone: 503-956-1058

Business Phone: 503-699-0450


Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret!
Looking for a date of birth or death? The date and court of naturalization? Where your ancestor disappeared to, or where he came from? His political outlook? Even what kind of house he lived in? Voting records may have the answer. These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won’t believe what they can tell us about our ancestors!

Migration: Why They Left, Where They Went, and What Their Journeys Can Reveal
Why did our ancestors dare to leave home, or settle where they did? See what secrets are revealed as we track them across the ocean, across the country, even across town.

Pits I Have Fallen Into and How to Avoid Them!
Genealogy is a great treasure hunt, but sometimes the clues are easy to misunderstand, or to miss altogether. We'll look at eight pitfalls that can get us into trouble, and discover strategies for dodging these traps so they won't keep you from reaching your goals.

Eastern European Genealogy: If I Can Do It, So Can You!
In spite of the many wars, boundary changes, and political and natural catastrophes, an astonishing number of records exist for our Eastern European ancestors, both here and abroad. We'll explore strategies for finding their places of origin, uncovering their original names, finding and requesting records, extracting and understanding their information, and dealing with foreign languages.

Beyond Names & Dates: Filling In the Stories of Our Female Ancestors
For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail. Nonetheless, these ancestors led rich, full lives, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate records and other resources can help.

Tips and Tricks: Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find
With so much information available to us today, it can be hard to know how to find what we're looking for, or what to do with it after we've found it. Discover an assortment of techniques that can help you search the internet more successfully, extract those useful genealogical nuggets from your documents, organize what you've found, and evaluate your evidence. We'll look at tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.

Previous Engagements:

Current information is available on my website
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
Genealogical Council of Oregon’s Summerfest
Linn County, Oregon Genealogical Society
Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Homewoods on the Willamette
Washington County Genealogical Society
Oregon City Library
Roots Quest 2016


Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC.   Her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and her lectures have taken her all over the west coast.  With a background in professional theatre and a 20 year career as a writer, her lectures are rich with content but also entertaining and structured to keep the audience engaged, featuring vivid graphics and lots of original documents to show exactly what is being described.

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