Discover Your Roots
Genealogy & Storytelling
Linda Kozak loves talking about new-found relatives: the scoundrels, the saints, the rotten apples of the family tree as well as the unblemished fruit. These relatives stretch back centuries. Kozak discovered them through research on Ancestry.com and other sources.
Kozak will be sharing some of her enthusiasm for ancestral detective work and will show the tools to find one’s long-lost relatives in a genealogy workshop slated for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m., at the Kodiak Library. The workshop is one of many activities of the Kodiak Scandinavian Culture and Film Fest which runs Nov. 6-12.
There are many resources to help with ancestry research, including census, government and cemetery records, pictures, newspapers, as well as information from others who have already made connections, Kozak said.
“I believe (new ways of research have) opened up opportunities which were never available before,” Kozak said.
“I’ve had a lot of fun learning more about my Scandinavian heritage. On my father’s side of the family, there is a rich history with Vikings, some famous and some legendary.
“As I study my roots and family background I realize that we are all connected and related in some way,” Kozak said. “If we look at other people as a relative, maybe we’ll treat them a bit differently and be kinder to each other.”