‘Born’ genealogist finds ties here

Lisa Lee has traced her family lineage back to the early days of legal slavery in America.

Her fascination with genealogy began in 1970 when, as a 14- year-old girl, she began interviewing her grandparents about family history.

The California resident said she believes she is a “born” genealogist and that for each family, one person per generation is “chosen” as the ancestry researcher.

“I think the ancestors really do want to be found,” she said Saturday in an interview at Harrison Park in Owen Sound.

Lee was the keynote speaker at this year’s 148th Emancipation Festival, held each year to celebrate the abolition of slavery by the British and Americans in the 1860s. The event also commemorates Owen Sound’s status as the northernmost terminus of the Underground Railroad, which helped many slaves escape to freedom. Read more . . .

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