Lou Liberty

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Lou Liberty, historian, author and storyteller, was twice awarded National Endowment for Humanities Fellowships researching Medieval lives in England and Italy. As a community service, Lou created and performed Chautauqua-style programs based on her fellowship research. These performances were acclaimed throughout her two-year tour.

Lou�s institutional histories are award winners. Her most recent history is nominated for a regional prize in 2011.

The founding Archivist for Sandia Prep School, Lou is the chief writer for FERRET, a research and genealogical service.

What are your specific genealogical interests?

Currently I am most interested in my personal family history, both the matrilineal and patrilineal aspects. This is because there are so many mysteries and challenges.

What got you into genealogy?

As a Medieval and Renaissance historian, I came to genealogy by the back door as a necessary part of explaining historical events and relationships among royalty and nobility in Europe to students.

Most surprising genealogical find:

My maternal grandfather had two families, one in Texas and one in Oklahoma. They did not know about one another.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

I would love to trace the history of Genghis Khan�s daughter known as the Wolf Mother (1470-1509), Queen Manduhai Khatun the Wise, and the histories of her descendents. As everyone knows, it is often very difficult tracing through the mother lines. Wolf Mother is only one of Genghis Khan�s exceptional daughters who saved his empire after his death. Genghis Khan�s rule and his Empire truly laid the foundation for our modern world. I am fascinated by the Silk Road and by what I call the �lost history� of the world, the history of women and their accomplishments and influence.

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