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Welcome to Branching Out
The genealogy bug bit me back in grade school and continues
to infect me. After my dad passed away, I looked at the family and realized,
before too long, the older generations will be gone and valuable genealogical
information would be lost forever. So, I started with my immediate family
and worked backwards. It was frustrating as, apparently, there are skeletons
hiding the closets of both families. Blind letters went unanswered as did
phone calls. No one wanted to talk to me. All these brickwalls infuriated
me and I finally realized I was fighting an uphill battle.
For years, my interest in research lay dormant. I'd hear tidbits
here and there, usually at funerals, and started collecting them in a notebook.
When my grandfather passed away, all his belongings came to my mother but
I took it upon myself to methodically search for anything to jumpstart my
research. Photograph albums full of people I didn't know and probably never
would, old address books and calendars and old correspondence were just what
I needed. Leads were suddenly coming out of the woodwork but, still, no one
wanted to talk about the family. Again, the frustration caused the research
Suffice to say, with the advent of the Internet and the growing
interest in genealogy, I'm back on the case in search of more relatives,
either blood related or "shirt-tail". Our once small tree is now over 7800
individuals and continuing to grow. The roots of my tree are five families.
Paternally, STARY and KOZIKOWSKI. Maternally, MURANY(I)/MURANKO and VARGO.
I hope you find something of interest here. Please utilize
the guestbook for queries and/or links to your site. A death notice database,
marriage records and gravestone gallery are still on the drawing board and,
hopefully, will be up sooner rather than later.
If you've been here before, you'll notice of couple of sections
have been retired -- Awards, which really aren't important and God's Holy
Acres, Ohio cemeteries can be found in numerous other places on the Net.
I hope you still find something of interest here. Please utilize the guestbook
for queries and/or links to your site. A death notice database, marriage
records and gravestone gallery are still on the drawing board and, hopefully,
will be up sooner rather than later.