Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG and Debra Mieszala, CG

What do Jeanne Larzalere Bloom and Debra Mieszala have in common? As children, they both loved hearing stories about their families. That interest eventually evolved into a life-long passion for genealogy. This pair will be presenting the lecture An Option in Post-Adoption in Illinois on Friday, June 10, at the NGS Conference.
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This duo brings much experience to the subject of adoption. Both have earned the credentials of Certified Genealogist and Confidential Intermediary [Illinois]. As certified genealogists, Debbie and Jeanne have the proven skills to be successful in their latter role. Only instead of researching the past, they research the present. A Confidential Intermediary is involved with doing searches for birth family members of petitioners under court order.

Debbie Mieszala grew up in Lake County, Illinois. While she was interested in the family stories her mother told her, she wasn’t especially interested in history. Then in high school, her history teacher burdened her with a family research project. She submitted an old dusty, fan-shaped family tree that a great aunt had put together. The teacher threw away all of the students’ projects after they had been displayed. Debbie was compelled to recreate that family tree using years of her own research time. From that exercise grew her love of genealogy. By the way, that family tree that she had to rebuild from scratch is now larger and more accurate than the one that was destroyed!

Jeanne’s early years were spent in Hays, Kansas. Her hometown was filled with colorful history that involved the likes of General Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok. She majored in history because of all the “cool” classes that she could take. But it wasn’t until the 1990’s, that she became passionate in her pursuit of genealogy and family history. It all began when her father asked “Why did your great-great-grandfather enlist in an Ohio Civil War regiment when his family was from eastern Pennsylvania and how did he end up in Kansas?” It is obvious where that question has taken her in life! In addition to Jeanne’s credentials mentioned above, she is the editor of the Chicago Genealogical Society’s newsletter.

If your research takes you into the realm of adoptions, be sure not to miss this lecture. Debbie and Jeanne will be able to give you some great insights to further your knowledge.

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