Sumner Walters was born and raised in the small rural west central Ohio community of Van Wert. His schooling was provided by Culver Military Academy, Stanford University, and Ohio Northern University where he graduated with a Law degree in 1974. Sumner practiced law in Van Wert until 1982, when he became a full-time judge. As judge, he served on the Van Wert Municipal Court, Van Wert County Common Pleas Court and the Ohio Court of Appeals. After retirement, Sumner continued to serve as a judge “by special assignment” of the Ohio Supreme Court, presiding over many notorious cases throughout the state of Ohio.

Sumner first became interested in genealogy at the ripe age of twelve, when a friend asked him to join the local “Children of the American Revolution” chapter. Since that time he has worked on various genealogical projects, including authoring a book on the History of the Walters Family, and he is currently working on two other books. His current primary interest is Genetic Genealogy, the study and analysis of DNA. He has his certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. And he currently serves as President of Green Valley (AZ) Genealogical Society, where he also moderates the DNA Special Interest Group. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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