About Me

F0023_L11HR-058U84E_14_1_ImageCD_20080314_1241PM_MieszalaD (2)Debbie Mieszala, Certified GenealogistSM, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th-century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to locate relatives of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois.

A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and she has presented for Ancestry Academy. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has attended IGHR, NIGR, and GRIP. Debbie holds a certificate in paralegal studies.

 

Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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4 Responses to About Me

  1. Mary Bavido says:

    Great articles and good information. Looking forward to reading future blogs!

  2. Dan Mieszala says:

    So what have you found on the Mieszala name? I know of at least three separate family lines. Mine if from Poznan and south east.

    Be great to know what you found. My dad left Chicago and thus I have lost a lot of the history but I do have a few historic photograph copies.

    • debbiemieszala says:

      Alex (Aleksander) Mieszala was born in 1891 in Grabowek, Lomza, Poland. His parents were Walenty Mieszala and Katarzyna Gladek. Walenty was the son of Franciszek Mieszala and his wife Elzbieta. This is as far back as I have taken it to date. The surname is uncommon, but the places in Poland that the two Chicago Mieszala families I am familiar with came from are not close to one another. They used many of the same given names in their families.

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