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By Michele Smith
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Piecing Together a family history through Genetic DNA

Whitman grad and trustee uses DNA to find family connection to Martha Washington


March 21, 2019

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Stephen Hammond has helped establish an exhibit in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The Hammond Family has received the Solomon Northup Family Award from the Sons and Daughters of the Middle Passage for "their loving dedication to the memory of our enslaved or indentured ancestors of African descent in the U.S.A, prior to Dec. 6, 1865".

WALLA WALLA-On Feb. 28 at Whitman College, 1979 Whitman Graduate and Board Trustee Stephen Hammond presented his program: Piecing Together a Family History through Genetic DNA. The presentation was part of the Archaeology Institute of America Walla Walla Chapter lecture series, and in honor of African American History month.

An avid genealogist, Hammond has spent hours delving into classical family history research and DNA research to clinch that history.

"I tend to talk people's ears off," Hammond said about his passion for genealogy.

When Hammond was in middle school he said he caught the...

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