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PATTI KIRK
 
Patti is a Maine native who retired to Vero Beach, Indian River County, FL. Patti has been researching family genealogy for 35 years.  Her hobby is now a new career in retirement. Patti is a well-known lecturer on genealogy, a consultant, instructor of genealogy, and a well known genealogist.  She is also known as a syndicated columnist.  Patti, along with friends, created a new concept in genealogy, resulting in the new genealogy research group known as Family History Researchers.  Family History Researchers offers classes of instruction in Martin, Brevard, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.  As a lecturer, Patti offers history lectures to the public such as "Orphan Trains", "FDR and the New Deal", Eleanor, the wife and mother to America" and "Coming to America" an inspiring story of our ancestors' sacrifice and hardships to reach America.  Patti's specialty is detours (formerly brick walls), creating classes and adoptions.  To contact Patti, you can email her at ckirkfirst@comcast.net or call (772) 567-7463.
 

 
CAROLE WISEMAN
 
Born in Bronx, New York, Carole spent her childhood growing up in Huntington, Long Island, NY.   She attended the County College of Morris and College of Saint Rose. Carole obtained her        Insurance Broker's License from the Atlantic School of Insurance and worked in the Insurance Industry for 29 years as a Commercial Insurance Underwriter. Carole and her husband retired to Port St. Lucie in 2005 and spent the first three years as a snowbird traveling the Intracoastal Waterway on their 40' trawler. Carole became interested in Genealogy in 2007 when she and her husband were driving south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and came across a sign entitled "Wiseman's View" at Linville Gorge, NC. When they returned home, she started tracing the meaning of the sign and came upon many interesting facts. It wasn't until she joined Family History Researchers that her research was broadened, and she has now traced her husband's family back to the 1700's. Carole's family still remains a mystery! Carole is the Communications Coordinator for Family History Researchers as well as a teacher and Generous Genealogist.  Carole's specialty is organizational coordinator and identifying old clothing through pictures. To contact Carole, you can email her at carole@familyhistoryresearchers.org or call (772) 579-5197.
 
 
DEBORAH HALACY
 
Born in Albany, NY, Deborah grew up across the river in Rensselaer. She earned a BA and MS in Biology from the College of Saint Rose and studied Microbiology and Immunology at Albany Medical College.  For 30 years Deborah taught Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.  She retired in 2008 and now splits her time between East Berne, NY and Hobe Sound, FL.  Deborah's interest in genealogy began in the mid 1980's while trying to get her grandmother to talk about her French family.  Her areas of interest are France, French Canada, Ireland, England and Germany, as well as DNA and medical genealogy.  Deborah has also recently begun working with beginners to point them in the right direction and to help them avoid the pitfalls common to all beginners.  Deborah is our Webmaster as well as a Generous Genealogist and teacher. Deb's specialty is French Canadian, Fan Club Research and DNA and forensic research. To contact Deborah, you can email her at dnhalacy@aol.com or call (518) 281-1481.
 

 
KEN POPP
 
Ken was born and raised in Massachusetts becoming an educator of Elementary students ranging from Kindergarten to Fifth grade.  He retired from education in 2011 and began teaching computer skills to Kindergarten through Fourth grade students.  He moved to Vero Beach that year and began his genealogical journey with Family History Researchers in 2012.  Ken enjoys walking almost daily, piano practice, film studies and travel.  Ken is our volunteer Librarian.  To contact Ken, you can email him at kpof2@aol.com or call (772) 794-3501.
 

 
 
MERRY BERING
 
Merry Bering was born and raised in Michigan, now spending time between Florida and Michigan.  With an associate degree in Business Management from Lansing Community College and a Municipal Clerks Certification from International Clerk's Institute and Michigan State University, she spent a total of 25 years in local government as Township Clerk, Trustee and Manager and 11 years in Association Management in Lansing, MI.  As an avid lover of history, old buildings and antiques, genealogy fits right in.  Merry always felt she was expected to be the family historian as family members left her with family stories, many antiques, photos, letters and newspaper articles.  Retirement affords her with the time to research.  She has spent the last year and a half working on her family tree, as well as others, with very exciting and fulfilling results. Merry is a Generous Genealogist as well as a teacher.  To contact Merry, you can email her at tomerry@sbcglobal.net.

 
BARBARA DETTELIS
 
Born in Buffalo, NY, Barbara lived in Port St. Lucie for almost 10 years before she relocated to the north of us in Leesburg, FL.  Her real interest in genealogy began with a lecture on the "Orphan Trains" by Patti Kirk. Barbara has been gathering family history into a box for years.  She was a bookkeeper for 25 years and a certified ceramic teacher for 12 years. Barbara's interest now is grandchildren and family, along with genealogy. Barbara has done research on her mother's and father's families.  Since her last family reunion, she began a "Family Recipes Cookbook" using old recipes from current family members, parents and other relatives.  To contact Barbara, you can email her at barbdet@att.net or call (352) 414-0236.

 
YVONNE VERSCHUEREN
 
Dividing her retirement between Port St. Lucie, FL and Rochester Hills, MI makes life just about perfect for Yvonne and her husband, Ed.  Yvonne spent over 37 years in the classroom, mainly teaching high school Special Education.  Her interest in genealogy started many, many years ago in an effort to preserve her Dutch heritage and vastly expanded with her Mayflower-descendant husband.  She shares her knowledge through "Generous Genealogists" in both FL and MI. Yvonne also spends time knitting, reading and playing bridge.  To contact Yvonne, you can email her at yversch@gmail.com or call (248) 892-7515.

 
 
 
 
 
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