Jake Fletcher is an avid genealogist and historian. He is a native of Massachusetts and it would be a succession of travel experiences that propelled his interest in the past. A family move to the west coast by car allowed his young eyes to see wonders of the natural world, museums, and much more. In 1998, Jake and his family returned to New England where he would receive his education. Further on down the road in 2008, a junior in high school, Jake participated in a People to People Student Ambassador Program. A three week stay in Europe not only brought him within reach of the world's most elegant culture, arts, and historic landmarks, but a sense of heritage came over him, especially after a visit to County Kerry, Ireland. Luckily generations past knew the importance of knowing ancestry and he had been aware that part of his Irish origins lay in this very proximity.
That summer would put Jake onto a new trajectory of desiring knowledge. Completing a required high school senior project presented the perfect opportunity to dive into the world of genealogy. By the end, the experiences he amassed were far more than he could have imagined. Along with meeting brilliant minds, inspiring researchers, and making moving discoveries, Jake traveled to the capital to dig through the archives of our national repositories and from that moment on was captivated by the idea of pursuing a historian career. That following summer, Jake was offered an internship at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The next four years were devoted to undergraduate studies while simultaneously lending his talent to playing the bass guitar. Jake never lost touch with his studies, he completed his Bachelor Degree in History with Honors, 3.73 GPA, and as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. The post-college led itself to many opportunities and Jake accepted an internship in the Original Collections/Research Department at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a living museum for 17th century colonial and native life in America. More so than ever, Jake found his perspective of history widened as he observed the everyday life of a modern historical institute. At the Research Library, Jake found himself constantly going back to books that taught him about citizens of old Plymouth Colony and their genealogies. He did not need to look far to pursue his Genealogical Interests and is now volunteering his time at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Library. Jake is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
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