Title: Historian, Genealogist
Company: Linn County Historical Museum and Genealogy Library
Location: Pleasanton, Kansas, United States
Ola May Earnest, Historian and Genealogist at Linn County Historical Museum and Genealogy Library, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history and genealogy.
Ms. Earnest became involved in her profession as a curator from her research and documentation of her own genealogy. Notably, she initiated the startup of the Genealogy Library part of the Linn County Historical Museum in 1975. Since 1980, she has been the president and curator, having compiled many records for the library, including the census records from 1860 up to the present day. She has walked and cataloged every cemetery in the county, in which the Linn County Genealogical Society published a book on the 100 cemeteries in Linn County. Ms. Earnest began her career as vice president of the society in 1975 and served as president from 1978 to 1979. A volunteer with Linn County for many years, Ms. Earnest has conducted tours through the county about historical sites and furnished information to local students and colleges when requested. She is backed by coursework in genealogy from Fort Scott Community College in 1974 and from Pittsburgh State University in Kansas in 1974.
Looking back on her illustrious career, Ms. Earnest’s greatest highlight has been accruing her knowledge in genealogy research, which has helped a variety of people discover their family history. Personally, she made a trip to Ireland with her twin sister and brother to find out more about their family and was able to find old castles in Court County, Ireland that belonged to the Callahan family. Ms. Earnest has also gone to Virginia to see the ancestors that are related to former President George Washington. A rewarding moment for her was working on compiling research for a family who knew very little about their ancestors. They were so pleased with her research that they cried and thanked her endlessly. As a testament to her success, Ms. Earnest received a Commitment to History Award from the state of Kansas in 2005 and a Community Service Award from Beta Pi Sorority in 1989. Additionally, she was named Women of the Year by Iota Phi Sorority in 1985. Ms. Earnest can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the World and the 28th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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