It's time to meet another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Anne Guglik.
Anne became a Wiki Genealogist in August of 2018. She is active in our Notables and Unknowns projects and participates in our weekly WikiTree Challenge.
What are some of the surnames you are researching?
Gigliuk, Trusiak, Vanier, Pendleton, Dakin, Black (the last three from my husband’s family).
What are some of the locations you are researching?
Ukraine, Quebec, Ohio, Virginia/West Virginia .
When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?
I remember going to family reunions for my mom’s family as a kid, and I remember her showing me a family tree on paper. I didn’t think about it much for a long time after that, but when I went to school near the NARA repository and then when archives started to become available online, I started to get more interested. Now my Uncle and I work together on it.
Who's your favorite ancestor and why?
I really just started on learning the stories of ancestors beyond the bland dates and places. I was always fascinated by my paternal grandfather’s service as a SeaBee in WWII and wish I knew more about his stay in the hospital after he came home (alas, the records fell victim to the military records fire). On my mother’s side, her maternal grandfather and his sister were interesting characters. My GG aunt Artemise married the half brother of the 8th Premier of Canada. Unfortunately, he died very young. She survived her second husband as well, and was almost 100 at the time of her death.
Tell us about a brick wall you hope to bust through.
I’d really like to make some progress with my Ukrainian ancestors. Between the language and the fact that fewer records are online, I’ve never made much progress beyond finding the hometown of my paternal grandfather’s family (where some of them still live, and I’ve talked to one cousin of indeterminate degree), and my paternal grandmother’s family really muddied the waters by emigrating twice.
If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
Aristotle, for his work in pioneering the scientific method, which is important to my work.
What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?
I’m an avid reader and frequently a student, and I do a lot of home projects. I’m also an amateur lapidary and jeweler. In the time I have left after all of that (and sometimes while reading), I like to crochet. The picture is a ring I made using a technique common to filigree style jewelry in the Middle East.
(Interview continued in comments.)