Marjory Allen Perez

Expert Author

Marjory Allen Perez, a certified genealogist since 2001, has been involved in family history research for over 30 years. As Historian for Wayne County, New York from 1972 to 2000, she was responsible for collection and preservation of documents important to the history of the area. Making that collection accessible to family history researchers was a primary goal of Ms. Perez. Prior to becoming Wayne County Historian, Ms. Perez earned an M.A. in history from the State University College at Oswego and taught high school history.

An interest in preserving and telling the story of African American life in central New York began in the 1970s and has resulted in an extensive database of families histories. A special effort has been made to identify African Americans who served in the Civil War from central New York.

In addition, Ms. Perez works with clients, providing research and writing services in wide range of areas (i.e. traditional genealogical questions, probate matters, real estate/title searches).

Favorite Genealogy Quote

"Here come the gravediggers!" Author will remain anonymous, but she was a dear friend who found those of us who loved genealogy a "breed onto ourselves."

What are your specific genealogical interests?

African American genealogy, New York State and its place in Migration Patterns of families, Irish and Italian immigrant genealogy.

What got you into genealogy?

As county historian for Wayne County, NY began to work with family historians searching for their roots and found that genealogy research could be much more than just dates of birth, death and marriage - to fully tell the history of the family required placing the family into the historical context in which they lived.

Most surprising genealogical find:

Many exciting finds, but the Revolutionary War Pension File of Aaron Brister an African American and former slave was among the most surprising finds.

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

I'm not particularly interested in the "historical greats" - I find the stories of ordinary people much more compelling.

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