Hi, I'm Mary Kraeszig. I first became interested in genealogy as a teenager, and have been avidly researching my family since 1990. My most recent new interest is in the use of DNA in genealogy to help make links when the paper trail has gone stone cold. I am a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society, St. Mary's County (MD) Genealogical Society, Perry County (MO) Genealogical Society, and Ancestral Trails (central KY). Additionally, I have been a member of the National Daughters of the American Revolution for about 10 years, and have 8 proven patriot ancestors (so far). My volunteer work with the DAR has primarily consisted of helping create web pages for chapters in several states, as well as data entry for various DAR digitization projects. Recently, I also joined the General Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
My educational background includes a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, J.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, D.V.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and most recently, a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. I take the life-long learning concept seriously. I practiced small animal veterinary medicine for 13 years before becoming a librarian.
In 2007, I worked as a reference librarian at the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. I am currently the Library Director and Genealogist of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville (Boone County), IN.
My family includes husband Jay (a veteran of the U.S. Navy), daughter Katie, and three cats. We reside in Zionsville.