I think most peoples' interests in family genealogy usually begin at family gatherings, like a funeral or reunion. I know that was the case for me when I was a teenager because in three consecutive years, I lost a beloved grandparent. Each time the trek to the graveyards during the funerals brought me to headstones surrounding the newly deceased grandparent and each time, most everyone did not know how they were related. I put the family jigsaw puzzle together by identifying everyone through the records office, church records and obituaries.
My genealogical forays were furthered by photographing the gravestones of my family but also the Early American gravestones of rural Vermont and New York (I studied art history with an emphasis on early American folk arts). Later, I was lucky to finish a certificate program at Brigham Young in the early 80's and began to help other people with their genealogical queries on the side.
My roots are not very "American"; my earliest immigrant settler came down the Erie Canal with barrels of wine from France in 1827. I spent years reading French Microfilms for my own Alsatian ancestry. My mother is largely Eastern European so I branched out in microfilms from Hungary, Slovakia and Poland as well as Germany. However, my childrens' roots have taken me through American records, specifically colonial New Jersey and old Philadelphia. Recently, I tackled my impossible Irish ancestors with slow but steady research in their government records.
I lead the Irish Roots sub-project for county Kerry while I break bricks walls on my impossible Irish roots.
I also am an interim leader for the William Penn project.
I am an interim co-leader of the Sweden Project with the wonderful Eva.
I occasionally lend a hand in the Magyarország, Slovensko and other category projects at WikiTree. I can also help read Hungarian (Magyar) records or any records written in Latin if you need assistance. If you have a profile of a Hungarian ancestor here at WikiTree, let me know if you need sources. If you have found naturalization records or passenger records but can not understand/read the village for your immigrant Hungarian ancestor because of historical boundary changes, I will help pinpoint location.
I admin, with genealogist Nick Gombash, the Hungary Exchange genealogy group at Facebook if you need help doing research in Hungary. My old blog is still at Hungarian Family Record. I also have a rare Hungarian One Name Study registered with the One Name Guild. The project One Name Studies project.
My Hungary surnames are:
Nagy, Stermenszky, Sebő, Rakai, Lorintz, Adam, Simon, Rozgany, Zsebik/Sebik, Farkas, Petö, Danko, Gyerus, Haluska, Vladikovsky/Hladikovsky, Polgaŕ, Söss/Sass, Plachetka, Chudi/Chudy, Kovacs, Mész, Szabo, Soka/Zsoka, Fabriczky, Istvanek/Istvanyik/Stephanik, Gothard, Skolnik, Pal, Gaal, Gäll, Császár, Svab.
Locations in Hungary (and some now in Slovakia):
Abaúj-Torna: Vendégi, Bódva-Vendégi (Hostovice), Jablonca (Silická Jablonica), Szin, Bódvaszilas, Szögliget, Varbóc, Hidvégardó, Derenk (extinct), Zubogy, Szádalmás/Almás (Jablonov nad Turňou), Körtvélyes (Hrušov). Borsod: Szendrő. Gömör: Krasznahorkaváralja (Krásnohorské Podhradie), Borzova (Silická Brezová), Rozsnyó (Rožňava), Végtelke (Slavec). Pozsony: Szekula (Sekule), Malaczka (Malacky).
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If you are lucky enough to be a genealogist, you are lucky enough. – Ruth Padilla ________________________________________________________________
"Genealogy is not about genes, it is about reconstructing family relationships, which are not necessarily genetic relationships. The 16th century heralds were doing genealogy long before Mendel discovered genetics." ~ A One-Name Researcher
"History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.” ~ Laurence Overmire
Magda does Franche-Comté, France & Eastern European heritage research as well as some American research. Her Canadian roots are in Ontario. She is a historical records searcher interested in specific northeastern Hungarian villages, especially where she has a registered One Place study. 
Digital Afterlife Instructions : this is my permission that upon my demise, for my family firstly, then secondly, the Wikitree staff, to manage the profiles where I act as PM, in any way they see fit, as long as this is in line with the Honour Code and preserves the privacy of living people. N.-17 19:40, 17 January 2015 (EST)
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On 21 Feb 2018 at 16:49 GMT J (Palotay) Szent-Györgyi wrote:
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On 2 Feb 2018 at 13:06 GMT Kirk Haggerty wrote:
Thanks. Kirk Haggerty
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On 29 Jan 2018 at 12:52 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:
I have no evidence so far that he was a captain. But, I also have no evidence so far that he was not a captain.
On 29 Jan 2018 at 00:54 GMT Allison Mackler wrote:
On 19 Jan 2018 at 21:54 GMT Kim (Roy) Stone wrote:
Hi Maggie, This is for Brett Stone. I don't know if you want to add the kids or not. I'm pretty much 100% French Canadian, they are so much easier to find! I have found 1 family member that was in the Lodz Ghetto, but I don't know where he belongs yet. Nice Bio, I'll try to do one as well. By the way, I had my computer geek son do the URL for me! Thank You!