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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Grosser, Mittman, Gordon, Gordeiski, Nakrosius, Older
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
USA, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Germany, Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
That is an awesome question. Anyone that isn’t a genealogist that meets one sometimes wonders why we have that fascination with dead people. For me, there are many reasons, but let me try to explain them here for you.
Buddhists believe that each person has three deaths. The first is when you die. The second is when you are buried. And the third is when the last person alive that knows you, or knows of you, dies. Personally, I think that is very profound. As long as there is someone out there that knows you, or knows of you, or knows of your life, then you are still alive.
I used to be a cook, and still think in recipes. My ancestors were my cooks. Their genes are my ingredients. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.
So, putting those two thoughts together, don’t I owe it to my ancestors to know them, and to keep them alive? Don’t I owe it to my children, and their descendents, to help them know where they came from, and to also help them know who their ancestors are, so that they may keep us all alive?
That should be enough for anyone. But wait, there is more. I have a love of history, learning how our society and cultures developed and got to where they are today. It gets even more exciting when I can place an ancestor as part of those historical events. Thinking what they must’ve gone through -- the risks, the rewards, the reasons, the pain, the satisfaction, the need, the drive, and most importantly, their families, their loved ones, their husbands, their wives, children, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers.
And last, the fun. The joy in the discovery of a new ancestor, cousin, or even the birth of a new descendant. The mystery and investigation. What happened to these people? Where did they come from? Where did they go? How did they survive? Where did they live? What did they do to earn a living? What was their culture like? What do they look like?
Sometimes we lose sight that these people are just that. Each is a person, with a life as full and varied as your own. Much more than just a birth, marriage, and death date. These people had lives. And these people are why you are here today. By discovering them, you are helping to celebrate their life. And they continue to live. Just as your descendants will keep you alive.

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At 11:41am on January 23, 2012, Jim Avery said…

LOL Love your picture!

Hello - Did you know we have an active chat community here at Genealogy Wise? There are usually people in the chatroom to help with lookups, give advice, answer questions or just talk. We also have several scheduled chats every week including trivia at 9 pm Eastern on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Please join us sometime.

At 9:58am on January 18, 2010, Gena Philibert Ortega said…
Welcome to GenealogyWise!

GenealogyWise is the social network for genealogists. This is the place to network with other researchers and make discoveries about your family history.

As you begin to explore and get to know GenealogyWise We would like to provide you with some suggestions on how to use GenealogyWise.

You can join or create surname, locality or topic Groups. You can find Groups under the Group link on the green toolbar on GenealogyWise

Join us in the Chat Room, for a quick question about research, a chat with fellow genealogists or attend one of our educational presentations. You can find the Chat Schedule under the Chat link on the green toolbar. To join us in the Chat Room click on the grey toolbar labeled GenealogyWise Chat at the bottom of GenealogyWise.

Post a Blog article or a Forum question from the GenealogyWise homepage. This is a great way to share your knowledge on a genealogy topic or ask a question.

Find other members on GenealogyWise by clicking on the Members link in the green toolbar. You can also conduct a basic search or advanced search to find Members with a common surname, research interest or living in a particular locality.

Questions about using GenealogyWise? Feel free to ask questions in the group Member 2 Member Help at . You can also report problems or ask questions by clicking on the Report an Issue link at the bottom of GenealogyWise.

Once again Welcome to GenealogyWise, I hope you make some great discoveries.

Gena Philibert Ortega, Community Manager


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