Jeannette Piecznski

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Jeannette Piecznski is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author. She currently works with clients, heirship companies and attorneys to locate missing heirs to estates, kinship determination and genealogical research.

Jeannette was a Texas GenWeb Mentor and Archives Manager. She began the slogan "Don't Mess With The Living In Texas", to help genealogists understand how to protect living relatives personal information. She has conducted research at the National Archives, Library of Congress and DAR Library in Washington D.C.

Jeannette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and a volunteer at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. She is webmaster of LoneStar Genealogy, recommended by Texas Highways magazine and Mic Barnetteļæ½s Genealogy radio show.

She began working with a Certified Genealogist and completed the American Genealogy Course. Jeannette enjoys her love of history to sew heirloom christening gowns and reproductions of ladies gowns from the 1800s.

Favorite Genealogy Quote

Those who forget their past are destined to repeat it." -- Robert A. Heinlein

What are your specific genealogical interests?

I enjoy teaching others how to perform genealogical research focusing on records that many genealogists today do not know. This includes teaching them the value of documentation and how to verify the information they have found on someone's online family tree. I am most interested in Southern research prior to 1900.

What got you into genealogy?

I was interested in the lives of our ancestors, more than their births, marriages and deaths. I was interested in learning about the events that affected their lives to gain insight into how they lived and how these events affected their decisions.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

I believe the historical greats are those of our women. They are only footnotes to records or not recorded at all, but they are the foundation of our history. They went through many hardships and trials throughout their lives.

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