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December 6 2008

Press Release: Parke Society to Transfer Genealogical Material on Oct 10, 2008

A brief ceremony to mark the transfer of the Dana Parkes Jr. Memorial genealogical library of the Parke Society to the Wayne County Historical Society will take place at the Wayne County Historical Society in Honesdale, PA on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 30 pm. The presentation is open to the public.

The Parke Society, a non-profit surname organization, was founded in 1963 by descendants of Robert Parke, who came to Massachusetts in 1630 as part of the Winthrop Fleet. After several years, the societyࢀ™s mission was expanded to serve as a clearinghouse for research of all ancestors with the Park/e/s surname. With over 400 active members, the society continues to pursue its ambitious goal of identifying every Park/e/s surnamed individual in the history of the United States and Canada. In addition to utilizing traditional genealogical sources, the society administers an ongoing DNA surname project with over 150 participants, enabling them to identify genetically many different Park/e/s lineages.

Upon the retirement of its past librarian, the Parke Society trustees decided, due mainly to space considerations, to donate the bulk of its library of a more general genealogical nature to a suitable repository, retaining possession of its holdings relating to specific Park/e/s lineages. Recent expansion of the Wayne County Historical Society made them an ideal candidate for this transfer of materials, and the ceremony on October 10 will formally acknowledge the donation of over 200 volumes to the Wayne County Historical Societyࢀ™s genealogy library.

Representing the Parke Society will be its Vice President, Ken Parks, who is also a member of the Wayne County Historical Society. Also expected to attend the ceremony are several descendants of the late Joseph B. Park, an early member of the Wayne County Historical Society and Parke Society member. The Societyࢀ™s J. B. Park Farm Museum, located on the Wayne County Fair Grounds, was named in his honor. Several of these descendants are also members of both the Wayne County Historical Society and the Parke Society.