SPEAKER

 
President Matt introduced our own Harvey Clark as today's speaker.
Harvey's talk was about genealogy in general and his family history in particular. Someone in each family should become the family genealogist. He urged us to get as much information as we can from older relatives while they are still living.  Collect family Bibles, documents, stories and pictures (that identify who is in them). Also gather family heirlooms and artifacts with special meaning. Genealogy is done a lot on-line nowadays. The LDS archives in Salt Lake are an incredible resource.  Most family genealogist are hobbyists, but some gain enough skills at it to bring them near the professional level.
 
Harvey is originally from Connecticut. His grandfather and his father were Episcopal missionaries to the Native Americans of South Dakota. When he moved back to Woodbury, CT in 1984, he found that his family had a long history in that town.  The Episcopal Church in the US was started there in 1783.  His family can trace their ancestry to the Mayflower and they have family members recognized by the Sons of the American Revolution organization.  Harvey brought several artifacts to show: a cross from South Dakota given to Indians on their confirmation (a description of the use of the cross written by his father is the only sample of his hand writing that he possesses); a picture of a relative as a Civil War bugler; a hand-made cribbage board for use on a moving commuter train; a journal of a trip to the Adirondacks, etc.
 
Harvey's father was the first person diagnosed with polio in the state of Connecticut.  Fortunately, he recovered