Who We Are

Jesse David Chariton

Jesse David Chariton lives for research, and loves the detective-work aspects of genealogy. An award-winning researcher, his research interests are wide ranging, including archaeology, material culture, Public History, and linguistics.


  • Over 10 years of Research Experience
  • MA (History – Race, Ethnicity, and Society) Columbus State University
  • BA (History) University of Wisconsin La Crosse
  • UW La Crosse Public History Program
  • Graduate work in Linguistics

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Immigration & Ethnic History Society
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for German-American Studies

Selected Presentations & Publications

“Civil Rights History in Columbus, Georgia,” at a regular meeting of the Muscogee Rotary Club, Columbus, Georgia, May 17, 2018.

“A Sketch of the Life of Colonel Kyle Rucker,” at the Biennial Meeting of the Rucker Family Society, Columbus, Georgia, October 13, 2017

“A Brief Overview of Freemasonry for Genealogists,” at the winter meeting of the Muscogee Genealogical Society, February 2016.

“Not So Secret: Archival Records of Fraternalism in the CSU Archives,” at exhibit reception in the Columbus State University Archives, November 2015.

“Explaining a 17th Century English Manuscript in the CSU Archives: Masonic Mystery or Local History?” at the Gregory P. Domin Graduate Research Conference, Columbus State University, October 2014.

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