Portraits: Jackie MarlerIt’s all about history and mystery for West Fargo Library’s genealogist Jackie Marler.
By: Carrie Snyder, INFORUM
It’s all about history and mystery for West Fargo Library’s genealogist Jackie Marler. Every Saturday, Marler can be found at the library from noon to 4 p.m. helping people who are interested in tracing their family lines. “I am an exceedingly nosy person,” Marler said. “One of the greatest things is to try and find records about families because there is always a surprise.” Marler dove into her own family history back in 1982 after hearing a speaker, Gerhard Naeseth, who specializes in Norwegian research, talk about genealogy. “I was empowered and thought, ‘I could actually do this,’ ” she said. Marler suggests people start by writing down what they know and then try to find out what they don’t know. “You can unlock a lot of mysteries,” she said.