John Schmal is an historian, genealogist, and lecturer. With his friend Donna Morales, he recently coauthored “Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico” (Heritage Books, 2002). He has degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).
He is an associate editor of SHHAR’s online monthly newsletter, www.somosprimos.com. John is presently collaborating with Eddie Martinez – a graphics illustrator – on a manuscript entitled “Indigenous Mexico: Past and Present” and occasionally gives lectures in the Los Angeles area on the same topic.