For our 2016-2017 Program, we will be getting to know our speakers through a series of blog interviews by our Publicity Chair Dana Leeds. Our series starts with Dana’s interview with Irene Walters, the featured speaker at the September, 2016 meeting giving the presentation “Genealogy Tips & Tricks: Finding Ancestors by Not Searching the Known Information.” Dana questions Irene about how she got started in genealogy, tips for researching at Clayton, the impact genealogy has made on her life, and more.
We hope you enjoy learning more about our presenters, and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday
What got you interested in genealogy as a teen?
Almost every time I came home from school and made a comment about another student, my mom would say “You know, you are related to them.” I began to wonder if there was anyone in my home county that I wasn’t related to. It turns out that I am related to at least half of the county.
You have been with Clayton almost 20 years. How did you end up in Houston as a New Yorker?
In 1997 Houston Public Library (HPL) posted a job ad with the American Library Association for a genealogy librarian at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. I saw the ad while I was still in Buffalo, NY and applied. I was interviewed over the phone and offered a position at the Clayton Library. I accepted and have been here ever since. [Read more…]