July Topic is Historical Genetic Genealogy

Jul 8, 2024

The Union County Museum Society looks forward to hosting their July Third Tuesday event, when the speaker is sure to be a hit for all who love solving mysteries. Guest speaker Tami Murphy is a historical genetic genealogist. She specializes in solving historical and contemporary crimes, cold cases and other mysteries by studying the victim and the perpetrator through genetics. This sometimes involves tracing DNA. Murphy also works on adoption reunions and on connecting military remains with surviving relatives.

Murphy will tell the fascinating story of Kiku Kokubu, a six-year-old girl of Japanese descent who is buried in a Union County cemetery. She will share how the girl’s grave was drawn to her attention and how, while researching Kiku, she was able to connect the girl to Japanese-American soldiers who fought for the United States during WWII and also unwrap a murder mystery. The story has enough twists and turns for a television true crime show.

The Third Tuesday event takes place July 16, at 7 p.m., in the Little White Church, beside city hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union.

Please contact Anne, 541-963-8128, if you have questions or to submit a proposal for your own presentation, contact the museum at history@ucmuseumoregon.com.

The Union County Museum is located at 333 South Main Street in Union. It is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through September.

The museum is owned by the Union County Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and operated by a small but very dedicated group of volunteers. Go to the museum website, www.ucmuseumoregon.com to learn more, or call 541.562.6003 during museum hours.     

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