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Ms. Cathy Dailey-Culver will present this talk. Census records and city directories provide a unique “snapshot” of your ancestors within a specific date, time and place. By venturing beyond the address, you can add texture to the individual.
Cathy’s genealogy “addiction” began when researching her paternal great-grandfather, a tugboat captain on the Great Lakes. The only clue, besides his name, that her father was able to provide was that he was lost at sea during a storm on Lake Erie. Through vessel registry records and newspaper accounts, she was able to piece together his tragic death in 1909 and ultimately locate his grave. In 2014, she helped initiate the fundraising and installation of a headstone monument in Erie, Pennsylvania’s Trinity Cemetery on an unmarked plot containing the remains of ten of her relatives, including her 3X and 2X great-grandparents. Her family research has uncovered many unusual stories and even more brick walls – however, these mysteries inspire her to dig deeper and fill in the blanks.
Cathy is a member of various local, state, national and ethnic genealogical and historical societies, as well as the Metropolitan Representative for Milwaukee County on the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Board. She holds an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and an undergraduate degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.