Lisa Clark
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Lisa Clark

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Lisa M. Clark
Born 1960s.
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Lisa Clark has Puerto Rican ancestry.
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I was born in New York City to Hermine Diaz and Jim Clark. I never met my father or his family and my parents were never married. As far as I knew, I was an only child. On 28 December 2016 I learned I have a sister, Mary Colleen Evans , who found me through WikiTree. Together we found our brother, John Fitzgerald Clark, on 30 Jan 2017. I was raised by my mother, her sister Rosemary Diaz and my maternal grandmother Virginia Rosario in New York City. I grew up in Washington Heights and now reside in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with my aunt. I've worked in political campaigns and received my BA in political science from Fordham College and my JD from Harvard Law School. I've never been married and have no children.

According to my DNA tests and cousin matches, my ethnicity breaks down this way:

Maternal side:

Origin: Las Piedras, Puerto Rico

Ethnicities: 16% Spanish (family legend is the Canaries); 14% Italian (probably Corsica given known migration); 14% African (Mali, North Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Bantu--usual Atlantic Slave trade origin countries); 4% Native American (Taino); < 1% Middle East

Ancestral Surnames: Diaz, Rosario, Medina, Lozada, Rodriguez, Lopez, Vazquez, Cruz, Agosto, Castro, Velez, Ayende

Notes: Puerto Rican Public Records only go back as far as 1885: I haven't found an ancestor on the maternal side not born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, going back to the early 1800s.

Paternal side:

Ethnicities: 26% Great Britain; 10% Ireland; 5% Scandinavia; 4% Germany/France; 3% Finland/Russia; 2% Eastern European.

Origins: Baltimore, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania; Reading, Pennsylvania, Loudon County, Virginia; Duncannon, Pennsylvania; County Clare and County Cork, Ireland; Bavaria, Germany

Ancestral Surnames: Clark, Saylor, Tuttle, McSherry, Magaha, McCarthy, Shearer, Daily, Ross, Fesler, Heuisler.

Notes: I haven't found anyone originating in Scandinavia, Russia or Eastern Europe. Supposedly those of British and Irish heritage do have a good percentage of Scandinavian ancestry--we can blame the Vikings--so that might account for that. The Tuttles come from County Clare, Ireland and Ross from County Cork, so that accounts for the Irish. I have found much more German on my paternal side than the DNA test would predict, and given fluid borders perhaps they account for the Russian/Eastern European. John S. Shearer comes from Germany, Maximillian Heuisler from Bavaria, so that accounts for the German. There are ancestors on my father's side that fought in the American Civil War.

Trace Jewish can be from either my paternal or maternal side, but I haven't found evidence of it yet.


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In the case of my maternal Puerto Rican side, the skeleton of my tree came from my taking down information from my maternal grandmother Virginia Rosario when I was 14 years old before she died. Her information, even about her husband's family, has proven accurate. I may have filled out cousins and in-laws, but the maternal ancestors on my tree thus far come entirely from her and confirmed by DNA matches and records on and FamilySearch.Org.

My father's largely Anglo side is a different matter, and much of the headway I've made with it I owe to a professional genealogist who generously donated his time and expertise, Christopher T. Smithson of Maryland. My mother knew my father only 6 months, I never met him and had only a brief conversation with his mother when I was 14. The information given to me by my mother was almost entirely wrong--I didn't even have the right maiden name for my paternal grandmother or given name for my paternal grandfather. A friend on Ancestry suggested I send for my father's Social Security Application. However, the transcription from the application was inaccurate, giving his mother's maiden name as "Saxon" and records I found suggested it could be Sailor or Taylor. The DNA matches and a cousin Family Tree on seemed to suggest Saylor. Misinterpreting the tree of another DNA match I also grafted someone who didn't belong on my tree causing a hopeless tangle. Smithson's researches cleared up Mary Clark's tree, as well as finding records establishing my Irish roots come from Agnes Tuttle, my father's grandmother who married Arthur Fenton Clark and an obituary for my maternal great-grandmother Mary Saylor established her maiden name as McSherry.

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Hello Lisa,

Could you consider changing the Infant Mortality category on your profiles to Puerto Rico, Infant Mortality you can see your profiles here.

Or consider setting the profiles to open so we can help you with it. All the best Antonia from Remember the Children project.

Hi Lisa,

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group. See for details. The Teams are :-

1. Categories Team
2. Counties Team
3. Managed Profiles Team
4. Membership Team
5. Profile Improvement Team
6. Topics Team
7. Diaspora

? Can you let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project and which team(s) you’d like to join. Please also let me know your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group or confirm you are already a member of the google group.

Many thanks,


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Lisa!

I’m Karen, the leader of the Puerto Rican Roots Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you would like to be involved moving forward. I'd love to hear what excites you about researching folks connected to Puerto Rico, and how the revitalization of the project might inspire you in 2018. Have a look at the Puerto Rican Roots Project page, and let me know what you’d like to do or if you have any questions. We can list your interests, help you join the Google Groups forum for Puerto Rico, and give you any help you might need. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the Puerto Rican Roots Project at this time.

Many thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen :-)

posted by Karen Lowe
Understandable, which is why I just posted in on their wall. I think it's great that we both have ties to Stewarton! That's probably our connection :)
posted by Rae Santema
Hi Lisa. Thanks for your message.

I’ve added the Irish Roots Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on Irish Roots Project will take you to the first page of the project. I've added your good self to the member interest page. Here you can let others know which counties or names you are researching etc.

Thanks for joining the project and good luck with your research. Maria

posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Lisa. You tagged your research interest in Ireland.

I'd like to invite you to join the Irish Roots Project If you would like to join this project just let me know.

Good luck with your research. Maria

posted by Maria Maxwell
Lisa, I think collaboration is what makes WikiTree great, and it's unfortunate when we make mistakes. I didn't realize until today that Inés appears as a male name, but it makes sense given all the other names like José María (for men) in Latin America and Marie Josephte (for women) in Quebec.

I do hope you won't switch to closed profiles after these mistakes. We get a lot of benefit from working together, and the many folks who quietly add sources and fix issues. It's really not too often that we have to unfix a few fixes. : )

posted by Karen Lowe
Lisa, getting everyone's names right can make us loca! I don't think we've established any official guidelines about Spanish names. I like the y as it sets off the father's name from the mother's name. Often on Family Search the y isn't included in the index entry, but if you read the actual documents it's usually there.

I think we just have to do the best we can. Sometimes a child appears as Lopez y Medina on one record and Medina y Lopez on another. Then they get a stepfather and someone enumerates them as Garcia y Medina in a census - arggh!

Hey, at least all these names are giving us more information about the women, right? Um, right? : )

posted by Karen Lowe
How's everything going?

Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, there are a few more features you may find useful.

Ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards, including some tips on writing biographies.

If you need to describe an event, an heirloom or a location relevant to your research, you may like to learn about Free Space Profiles.

Lastly, sometimes you'll run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those unfortunate situations.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via my profile page.

Vicky Majewski ~ WikiTree Mentor

I tried searching Google for "las piedras" and there were very few profiles. On the plus side, I put the PR ones in our category and the Jalisco ones in "Mexican Roots." :)
posted by Karen Lowe