I have been researching my genealogy on and off for over 20 years. I am very excited to utilize Wikitree and share information with other researchers. One tree - many collaborators; focus on quality profiles - not quantity. My primary focus lately has been the Cieplice One Place Study and the Galicia Project (see below.)
On occasion I have helped adoptees or those who do not know a parent find their relatives through DNA application to genealogy. So far I have assisted several people in making their connections, and I have to say that it is such a blessing to be a part of the experience! I also would like to state that DNA doesn't lie, and these people who have been forced to keep secrets should never be burdened with something that was never their fault. I have quite a bit of compassion for them and their plight in knowing their genetic genealogy.
Aside from my genealogy hobby, I was formerly a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for 8 years. I also am an artist and am training in mixed martial arts. If you have come across any records I have transcribed on the internet; you have my full permission to use them at your discretion. Transcriptions were done to solely to help other genealogists searching for the information, never for personal gain.
I have an affinity for historical maps, especially those from Austro-Hungarian timeframe. I enjoy helping others understand changing borders in areas where they fear to tread (Slavic regions especially.) Here is one such map I created:
"In history only some people are important. In genealogy everyone is important."
Always my heroine: Jane Addams.
Adoption link: Frances Sonczalla
Cieplice, Jaroslaw, Galicja, Austria. I have finished transcribing marriage records from 1825 to 1888 and birth records from 1888-1899 from this village. My goal was to find all the interconnections throughout the generations and to bring as much information as I can to 1918, making it possible for others to find their relatives. Where I used to be intimidated to research these lines, now I can share my experience and encourage others.
My work with the Cieplice records is constant, as there are so many records available. It has taken me on a journey to also help to categorize and create resource pages on nearby villages. As the focus shifts from inward to outward, I have been able to revamp the resource page for Galicia and have admin create a Project Page so I can share my experience with others who are intimidated by researching their ancestors from this (now dissolved) country.
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