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Who is Mary Kozy Anyway?

Now, I realize that most of you who are accessing this site have probably had just about enough of me :-), but I figure that some of you might want to know more about me and why I am SO involved in doing family history work. I once saw a funny screensaver at a local research library that said "Dead people are my life..." Only a fellow genealogist would truly understand why I thought that was hilarious!

I have been interested in doing family history research since the age of 13, shortly before becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church's unique beliefs about eternal family units have only deepened my interest and heightened my fascination with my family's history.

I graduated from the University of Washington in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, after ages of rotating full- and part-time attendance at Brigham Young University, Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), Green River Community College and Highline Community College. It would be great to say that I was all done with the college experience, but I'm now currently working toward my second bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Systems at the University of Washington Tacoma campus. I'll graduate at the same time as my son does from high school!

I am married and we live in the great Pacific Northwest (I'm a tree hugger at heart). My husband has a much more diverse ancestral background than mine (Ukrainian, Polish, Bohemian and Norwegian!). As a matter of fact, the name KOZY is a shortened version of the Ukrainian name KOZACHENKO. We have three wonderful children, and a gorgeous Golden Retriever. As you might imagine, we have a VERY busy household!

I have done volunteer work at the Puget Sound Regional Archives, a branch of the Washington State Archives. I extracted early King, Pierce, and Kitsap County Naturalization Papers for a searchable database to be added to the Secretary of State's Digital Archives, as well as older Washington State census records. I am also currently involved with the USGenWeb project and am the coordinator for four different GenWeb pages in Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia. I also maintain the Crawford County, Illinois Historical Society web site. My current passion is the FamilySearch Indexing project being run by the LDS church. Everyone can help; it's easy and can be done from home. All you need to do is visit their website, read about the projects, download the free software and get busy!

I am currently serving as the Region 2 Representative on the board of the Washington State Genelaogical Society. I have taught a number of classes in the community and to genealogical societies over the past several years, and would be happy to speak to your local group. Please peruse my list of genealogical presentations and see if any of these fit your program. If you are interested, please contact me!

One other thing I am doing, in all my spare time, is working toward my American and English Records Certificates from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, which is an excellent program based on a series of web-based classes on a variety of genealogical topics.

In between talking on the phone to my college-age daughters, watching my son work on the tech crew for drama or play in one of the several school bands he performs in, attending to my Church work, learning in school about all manner of computer-related topics, and doing endless laundry, I enjoy researching on the Internet and working on my web page.

I wish you happy hunting!

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