My name is Tom Clark. I grew up in Spokane, Washington where my family has deep roots. Some of my family were “pioneers,” arriving in Spokane Falls prior to Washington’s statehood in 1889.
Like many people, my love of family history started with a school assignment to draw my family tree. As I recall, I went above and beyond on that assignment, including multiple generations and enjoying learning about my family from my father, an avid genealogist. From that moment I was hooked. I dabbled in research over the years but mostly university and career got in the way. About 10 years ago I dove back into this hobby in earnest. Since then I’ve pushed my tree back several generations and in the process tried to learn a bit about research methods, both online and in person.
Aside from Eastern Washington, I have ancestors who lived in Minnesota, Michigan, upstate New York, and early New England. My immigrant ancestors originated in Ireland, the West Midlands of England, Germany, and France. I also descend from one of the Scottish Prisoners of War captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.
I hope to use this blog to add context to my family history, to move beyond just recording places and dates. In the process, I intend to keep my blog posts brief, just including vignettes from my family history. I would also like to write about resources or techniques I’ve found useful in my research.
For anyone who has happened upon this blog, I hope you find it interesting and useful.
I hope you find this blog interesting and useful. If you do, please keep checking in for updates.