Anna Walker Fitzgerald was an invaluable resource for those researching their ancestors in Boone County, Kentucky. She spent decades gathering information on families and ensuring it was preserved.
As an employee of the county clerk's office, she discovered that marriage records from 1799 to 1870 hadn't been indexed. So she took it upon herself to do it. And since Kentucky didn't record births until 1911, she went around to Boone County cemeteries - many of them family plots - jotting down birth dates from headstones. She also gleaned information on births, deaths and marriages from family Bibles and preserved it for posterity.
For 26 years, Mrs. Fitzgerald also wrote for and edited Kentucky Ancestors, a publication of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Mrs. Fitzgerald worked at the clerk's office from the 1940s until 2000, when she was 97 years old, driving herself to work until she was 95. She passed away Wednesday at the age of 102.
Her full obituary can be found here.