Rhonda Casler

RHONDA CASLER

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next meeting of the Defiance County Genealogical Society will be on Monday at 7 p.m., when Rhonda Casler will share her experiences while on her genealogical journey in England.

This program was originally scheduled in January, but was postponed due to bad weather.

Once a researcher has pinpointed the place where his/her ancestors originated, most every genealogist dreams of visiting the old country to actually see where those ancestors lived. Casler fulfilled that dream when she went to England.

She became interested in genealogy as a teenager after hearing stories from her grandfather. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in history and a minor in archaeology. Since then, she has followed that line of interest as an employee of the Defiance Public Library in various positions, including the local history and genealogy department. Later she was employed at the Defiance County Records Center as a local government records archivist, followed by a term as the Defiance County law librarian.

While in England, Casler explored her Tudor era roots through her mother’s family line, the Wyatt family. The Wyatts had strong ties to the famous Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Casler was privileged to see their family castle named Allington, near Maidstone, Kent.

Wyatt descendants later came to Jamestown in the 1620s, and on May 20 Casler will highlight a few of their stories.

Defiance County Genealogical Society meetings are held at St. John United Church of Christ, 950 Webster St., Defiance. The church is located on the northeastern corner of the Defiance College campus. Entry is on the north side of the church from the church parking lot adjacent to the college gymnasium. Visitors are welcome.

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