She specializes in immigrant and European genealogical research, especially in Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Lithuania and Ukraine. Additionally, she has experience with research of the Midwest and Northeastern United States, especially Northeast Ohio.
Trina graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1988 with a business degree. However, her real interests were history, research, and writing. Shortly after her wedding, she began collecting photographs of her ancestors, scanned them, and created family photo albums. This created an interest in finding out about these ancestors, where they came from, and who they were. Being 100% Polish, Trina began to learn about her ethnicity and joined the Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland (PGSGC).
Over the years, while she was a stay-at-home mom, she researched her own family history as well as her husband’s German and Austrian heritage. She interviewed relatives, gathered family documents, and built her family tree of more than 6,500 family members. In 2011, Trina became the website manager and newsletter editor for the quarterly publication “Our Polish Ancestors” published by the PGSGC. She has researched and written over 100 articles for “Our Polish Ancestors” which include family histories, historical events, and pieces about Polish culture and heritage.
Trina worked as a contract researcher for Trace where she broadened her research skills to areas outside of Poland, Germany, and Austria.
She started a personal genealogical business in 2018 called Ancestors2Discover. One of her greatest personal accomplishments was finding the living biological father for a client.
In 2019, Trina joined Legacy Tree where she was able to share her knowledge and skills and take on a wide variety of research opportunities where she has gained expertise in Eastern European research. The desire to know about her past turned into a lifelong quest which resulted in the career of her dreams.
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