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 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 One Name Study is hosted by the Guild at their website.
My back-up files ( upload 2016 ) on RootsWeb. Stermenszky Files. I am still in process of moving them all to WikiTree.
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. 
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On 20 Sep 2018 at 17:15 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:
On 13 Sep 2018 at 02:05 GMT Jacek Remiasz wrote:
I'm very interested in Dr. Remias' work. I've looked for anything he may have published without success, so if you have something you can share it will be greatly appreciated.
Yes, Bialka records are available at FamilySearch, but you have to go to one of their affiliate libraries. There was one near me and they allowed me to download the images :) https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2152694?availability=Family%20History%20Library
On 12 Sep 2018 at 13:08 GMT Jacek Remiasz wrote:
Thank you for your Derenk index. Hopefully I will be able to trace back some of the names to Bialka.
On 10 Sep 2018 at 20:24 GMT Stephen Sanders wrote:
Apparently, there are at least death records that were at some point transferred over from St. Francis' to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Montevallo (Blocton is no longer a town), according to the Find A Grave page of my great-great-grandma .
I will most definitely be getting into contact with that church sometime soon!
On 10 Sep 2018 at 01:38 GMT Stephen Sanders wrote:
It may be slightly wrong, but his name on his immigration record was indexed on FamilySearch as Mathias Schustsishwitz, which is obviously an incredibly rare surname. The record says his last residence was "Rudolfsuertz" (Novo Mesto in Slovene), and he was a German speaker with a (clearly) Germanized name. He also shows up in JewishGen.org, so categorizing him is quite the challenge! However, as 23andMe says that I am 5.7% Slovene, he may have been at least mostly ethnically Slovene.
On 9 Sep 2018 at 05:15 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:
Bill Garret and Burt Reynolds are 17th cousins.
On 8 Sep 2018 at 23:32 GMT Clare Spring wrote:
There is actually a LNAB issue you might be able to help me with! One woman who married into the Spring family, Huldah. Her LNAB was Daggett, but I can't add to the profile. I have told the profile manager, but I definitely haven't badgered. And completely understand if you can't fix because it's a managed profile.
Am reading more on the humphrysfamilytree site, I had come across it before but completely forgot about it.
On 5 Sep 2018 at 19:31 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:
Suddenly the cousins are popping up.. Yes distantly related to the Chews.
On 30 Aug 2018 at 04:18 GMT Loretta Black wrote:
By Don Greene; Lulu.com., Nov 7, 2014-History-548 Pages: The latest in the collection 'Shawnee Heritage' that includes Pre-1700 Shawnee families. Shawnee Heritage III has a complete, updated information from families with surnames A - L. page 94. https://books.google.com/books?id=E9EeCAAAQBAJ&pg=PA94&lpg=PA94&dq=ed This information show’s Edward’s Marrage to an unknown woman and the Marrage license of Susannah Ann (Bolling) Arrington (abt. 1767 - abt. 1822)show’s Edward as her father. This should be evidence enough that they were related.
https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Bolling-704 There is evidence to show that she was the daughter of Edward. Not being named in a will does not mean you are not related. I was not mentioned in my father’s will but that doesn’t mean that I was not his daughter. Also I do not think the “will” that you mentioned is complete and is only your version of the will. It should be transcribed word for word. To ignore evidence is saying nothing at all except your keeping the norm. The goal is to prove the point via evidence as I have done. Lastly I give evidence of my DNA showing Native American Indian and many matches to the Bolling Family members on AncestryDNA and 23 you and me. Surly they both can’t be wrong. But detaching the “child” from the “parent” will not remove their relation of father and daughter.
On 30 Aug 2018 at 02:49 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote: