Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Cari.

Cari Starosta became a WikiTreer in September of 2015.  She is active in our German Roots and Holocaust projects and loves working on unsourced, unconnected and duplicate profiles.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Ebert, Friese, Hoffmann

Franks, Griesheimer/Gresham, Jacobs

What are some of the locations you are researching?

USA (Chicago, Wisconsin), Germany

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

I cannot remember a time that I wasn’t interested in genealogy, although it wasn’t “genealogy” to me.  It was family history.  I have always loved asking questions and hearing stories that started with, “I remember when …”.

Researching family history is easier now with so many records available online.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I don’t really have a favorite ancestor.  I have some interesting ancestors, some who did good things (built a college, composed music), some who died tragically (in the holocaust or murdered by a relative).  I’ve heard from people whose ancestors were helped by my ancestors.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

Norwegian/German names are a challenge for me as was the family tradition of reusing names of children who died young.  So many of my ancestors immigrated from Germany.  Some “anglicized” their names.  Many changed the order of their names, even dropping the first.  I’m also challenged the further back in time that I go when the use of “regions” rather than surnames was the norm.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

My husband and I are active in our church, singing in the choir.  We love spending time with our children, grandchildren, and friends.  We enjoy motorcycle riding, cruising, and fishing.  I also love to jog and play games.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing? If you’re  involved in a project(s), tell us about how you participate in it.

I found WikiTree in 2015.  I split my time between building my family tree and my husband’s tree (previously unbeknownst to him, his ancestors were in Colonial America!), researching unsourced profiles, working on unconnected profiles, and looking for duplicate profiles.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I don’t remember how I found WikiTree, but I’m glad I stumbled on it!

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

I love the collaborative spirit on WikiTree.  I love that everyone can contribute to all profiles.  I love that the functionality encourages consistent formatting, citing, etc.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

I would love to be able to delete profiles that are unsourced, unmanaged and unlinked to any other profiles.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

WikiTree has provided a format for me to easily document our family tree and share it with my siblings and children.  When my sister was planning a trip to Norway and Germany, I was able to easily provide her with cities to visit that our ancestors lived in.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Browse a bunch of profiles to see different contributors’ styles of documentation and storytelling.  Be flexible and understand that name spellings (and even dates) sometimes change.  Ask for help!  This is a great community with a wealth of information!


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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members: Cari Starosta”

  1. Hi Mrs. Cari Starosta

    A German is writing today to you. My name ist Matthias WINFRIED HEID-159. I am since mid of 2019 a member of WikiTree and invited by Matt Sanders who is a fare relative cousin of my family-tree and we are sharing our tree. Have done round about 1000 entries. My family-research is now finished up to the 8th generation (Servatius *15.04.1698 from male side). The female side runs up to 1700 – Briesch generation.
    I am looking today for an other Family-treibe CORDIE. They have come around 1650 from France to Germany due to threat in their homeland. There is one person – Cornelius Cordie, born 1921-11-07 – died 1990-03-12 at Schleidweiler close to Trier-city (Eifel/Mosel area) looking forward on further ancestries of the village Schleidweiler (The area is so called FIDEI and contains the villages Preist, Orenhofen, Zemmer, Schleidweiler, Rodt and Daufenbach).
    In oder to understand my background I attache some pages of my family-story:
    -History of the Fidei ancestors and a family history-

    The Heid’s from Preist and Orenhofen

    The oldest ancestors of today’s Heid families come predominantly from Preist.
    I start with a Servatius who was born on 15.04.1698 and was baptized as son of the married couple Leonard Treinen and his Elisabeth under this name. His marriage with Elisabeth Mertens – native of Preist – took place on 07.02.1725 according to the church book Auw – but under the name Heidt. Tradition of the civil and civil status registers begin in the district archives Bitburg only starting from approx. 1798. Earlier recordings to civil status exist only in respective church books. Due to the ongoing warlike conflicts of that time, however, there are gaps in these church records around the time of 1700. Thus it can be assumed that the name Treinen referred to the house or farm name. Unfortunately this cannot be clarified today any more completely exactly. At this time the population of the writing was uninformed except for clerics and the nobility. Documents were only signed with “hieroglyphics”. The respective church-book- writers were also not always the priest and noted what they heard.

    The author has several copies from the church book as follows:

    Church book “Auw an der Kyll I- Seite 24” – baptismal certificate of Servatius – *15.04 1698 and the marriage certificate of Servatius with Elisabeth Mertens under the name Heidt. Furthermore the baptism book entry of the birth of Elisabeth Heidt – the first daughter of Servatius and Elisabeth Heidt , née Mertens *07.12.1725 , who later married Karl Hillen from Preist on 05.02.1744.

    Here the ancestor line of the Heid’s up to the author of this story – Winfried Heid * 20.08.1939 – who was born as “latecomer” to his further, older, four siblings not in Schleidweiler, but in Düsseldorf – Oberbilk -.

    8th generation Leonard Treinen – *before 1700 + ca. 1720 and Elisabeth (unfortunately no exact dates)
    7th Gen. Servatius Treinen/Heidt * 15.04.1698 and Elisabeth Mertens * xx.xx.1696 + 01.02.1763
    Six. Gen. Matthias Heid *06.09.1732 + 13.10.1772 and Maria Marx *17.06.1766
    5th Gen. Peter Heid *14.07.1756 + 26.03.1824 and Katharina Bares *23.11.1764 + 21.02.1832
    Fourth Gen. Nicolaus Heid *05.03.1790 +25.03.1847 and Margarethe Marx *24.03.1788 + 30.03.1847
    3rd Gen. Peter Heid *14.08.1822 + 08.09.1890 and Anna-Maria Meyer *06.12.1819 + 13.09.1881
    2nd Gen. Matthias Heid *18.03.1856 +27.07.1932 and Maria Kappes *07.03.1852 + 09.02.1925.
    1st Gen. Peter Heid *14.01.1895 + 18.09.1972 and Katharina Briesch *15.05.1897 + 16.05.1993

    A first emigrant in the 5th generation around 1870 was Johann-Peter Heid *17.05.1848 from Preist, who set off on his way to America (Wisconsin). I received this information after long researches over an Internet connection to Mrs. Jessica Domnick from Kimberly (USA – Wisconsin), a descendant of the 5th generation – the married couple Matthias Heid and Katharina Bares. Of their 8 children the daughter Johanna (*29.07.1784) married a Peter Fischbach from Preist. Her brother Johann (*04.04.1803), married to a Maria Heid from Orenhofen, gave life to 14 children. Their youngest son Johann Peter (*17.05.1848) emigrated to America (Wisconsin) for reasons of income, where he married Elisabeth Plutz from Blotnica Strzlecka, Opolsky -Poland on 26.04.1876 and died on 29.10.1903. His grave is on the St. Josef Catholic Cementery in Appleton. I mention this because in the course of my genealogical research I came across this cousin of 4th degree ( 1 x “removed” ). Johann Peter is her “3rd Great Grandfather”, whose grave she visits more often.

    GRABMAL by Johann Peter Heid born 17. May 1848 in Preist – Landkreis Trier – deceased on 29. October 1903 – buried at Saint Edward Cementery Mackville -Outogamie County, Wisconsin USA (not transferred to my letter)

    The Heid’s from Schleidweiler

    My father Peter Heid (1st generation above) did not emigrate to the USA, but also to Düsseldorf – Reisholz in 1936 for purely gainful reasons. This brings me to the 3rd generation of my ancestors, my great-grandparents from Schleidweiler, from the village corner “Haanzenecken”, as it is called in the Fidei dialect. These are Peter Heid *14.08.1822 + 08.09.1890 and his Anna-Maria Meyer *06.12.1819 + 13.09.1881. They built their farm with house, stables and the distillery in 1853 – one of the oldest farm houses in Schleidweiler – where it is still in its original condition today.

    The “Haanzenhaus” on today’s Kapellenstraße 11, which is still inhabited and managed today by my cousin, Herbert Heid. The initials of the builders, my great-grandparents, and P. H. and A.M., as well as a reference to their tradition, the “Wagenmacher”.

    Unfortunately there is no picture of my great-granddaughters

    It seems that the transfer of the whole family-story can’t take on this platform.
    Here my e-mail-adress “bopaco.heid@t-online. By mail I can input the respective photos and the continuing story- which i have to translate to the end. It’s all written in German for my grandchildren.

    Looking forward at your earliest convenience replay.
    Matthias Winfried Heid ( Heid-159 )

  2. Hi Cari

    need help in family-tree of Cornelius Cordie as above prescribed.

    Best regards
    Matthias WINFRIED Heid

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