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Genealogy Corner

I started my love for history when I was a teenager and realized that history isn't really about those dry facts and dates. It's about people, the choices that they made, why they made those choices, and how those choices affected the world around them. History became fascinating to me. So, when I recently became disabled, it was a natural choice for me to volunteer my time working on the old newspaper collection that the library has on microfilm. I was invited later to join the historical society when a member discovered how much I love local history.

I get my interest in genealogy from my mother, who has traced her Campbell roots all the way back to Ireland and Scotland. There were Minute Men from the Revolutionary War in there, Ethan Allen's sister, the first practicing doctor in Connecticut, and soldiers that served in the Civil War.

It's very exciting when I find information for someone, and it's even better when I can trace someone back several generations. Not everyone's family tree is easy to research, though, and I hate to disappoint someone because I couldn't help them. I do try very hard to locate whatever I can through several local sources. The Galen Historical Society and the Clyde-Savannah Public Library were blessed with copies of Mr. William Dean's genealogy research. Mr. Dean scoured the local churches, cemeteries, and census records in order to complete his research. It is such a wonderful genealogy resource to be able to use.

I cannot access census, marriage, and death records, though. These documents are kept by the Town of Galen, and are on a database that they worked very hard to put together. I cannot contact the Town of Galen for any information unless it is for my own family, but serious researchers can contact the office directly for their own family information.

If you think I may be able to help you with your family research, please contact me through the Galen Historical Society’s email address. I will be happy to do whatever I can to help you. This is a strictly volunteer service, but donations are appreciated.

Thank you.

Lisa Stirpe

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