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Virtually Verdant

Getting Started in Genealogy

Sunday, November 6, 2022

4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

Presenter: Martha Vestal Clarke '77

 

Are you related to a U.S. President or maybe a famous outlaw? Do you wonder if some of your family stories are true? Would you like to know the names of your great-grandparents and where and when they were born? Have you taken a DNA test and wonder what the next steps are to learning more about your family history? Your classmate, Martha Vestal Clarke, would like to help get you started on your genealogy.

Martha Vestal Clarke is an avid amateur genealogist, who has been working on her family history since 1984. Martha lives in Washington, D.C., which has a treasure trove of genealogy repositories. Since retiring last year as an attorney and policy analyst with a federal banking agency, Martha has spent her time taking intensive courses in research methods through Boston University, genetic genealogy and Pennsylvania research through the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and holdings of the
National Archives and other federal records through the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. Her research has focused primarily on family lines in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, England, and Sweden.  Martha has been able to trace some of her lines back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Her research on her husband’s family led to discovery of two additional grandchildren, as well as an elderly aunt!

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We would like to create some Virtually Verdant sessions in early 2023 on the climate change crisis, so we're looking for people who are knowledgeable about the many aspects of climate change-- environmental, economic, and personal. Please contact Eva and Linda with suggestions and offers to lead or participate in discussions about climate change.