Margaret (Marti) Lewis is the President and one of the founding members of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group. Marti is a compelling and influential voice in the genealogy community; she has been featured, quoted, profiled and published in several major media publications.
Marti’s love for genealogy is expressed through her own personal published articles: “A Soldier’s Story”, “My Family Link”, “He Touched Me”, and “Ancestral Roll Call”.
During Black History month in 2008, Marti was interviewed twice by Jessica Chang, Emmy award-winning reporter for Channel 4’s San Diego’s News magazine show, “San Diego Insider”. She was also featured on Channel 4’s Multicultural community affairs interview show “Shades of San Diego”, where she shared 500 years of her personal family research.
On January 21, 2015, Marti was the Keynote speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony in San Diego Golden Hall, 856 new US citizens were sworn in. In March of the same year Marti was the Keynote speaker at the 13th Annual “Discover Your Roots” conference.
Marti, has also contributed some of her personal family research materials and photos to Dr. Frank N. Schubert, for his books “Voices of the Buffalo Soldier” and the new supplementary volume “On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier, Volume II”. Both volumes feature her great great grandfather Jacob W. Wilks.
Marti, volunteers’ in many capacities, she is as a contributor to Find A Grave, she’s also a consultant on African American Research at the San Diego Family History Center, where she teaches a free series of Researching Your Roots Workshops, in addition she the administrator for the African American Genealogy Research and California Genealogy Research pages on Facebook
Marti is known for her boundless enthusiasm, and has provided genealogical presentations and workshops statewide in California, and also in Arizona and Nevada.
Marti’s recent DNA test results have helped to unravel some of the mysteries of her family’s history and have helped to substantiate several family lines.