An introduction is in order, as I am the new Administrative Assistant at the Archives. My name is Lori Harris. Life has given me a variety of experiences to learn from. I grew up on a farm just outside of Springfield.
Family Farm of Lori Harris, just outside of Springfield, Ohio
As I registered for Clark State Community College’s Police Academy, I met Iain Harris. Graduation rolled around and we were engaged. We have been married 30 years this June and have three children.
Children of Lori Harris, 2011
Life can have a hectic pace while raising kids, working, and taking care of a household. Over the years, I found myself returning to an early passion time and time again. Finding out that I had ancestors active in so many of the early struggles to found America enthralled me. Ironic considering that my husband is British! I have had an unquenchable curiosity for family history since a teen, so I finally decided to jump into genealogy. After 30-plus years, it was about time!
I started by joining D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). I continued with webinars, local genealogy groups, and constant searching. I graduated with the Certificate in Genealogical Research program from Boston University-Continuing Professional Education, in May of 2021. I started volunteering with Greene County Archives in July of that year as well.
Ancestor of Lori Harris
I found that the preservation of family history documents and histories has a huge unmet need. Many unique and fascinating stories could be lost if we do not help bridge the digital divide between generations. The Archives is a unique opportunity to experience original records and how to maintain them. I am happy to be a part of preserving Greene County’s history. I’m a new face at the Archives, so feel free to introduce yourself when you stop in.
Until Next Time!