Lynn Dziak is the receptionist at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, the largest of the six Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo. She has a strong interest in genealogy and when time permits, and for the past 15 years, she has assisted people who want to learn more about their family history. She talked to the Western New York Catholic about genealogy questions she answers on a routine basis.
How did you get interested in genealogy?
I grew up knowing that my maternal grandmother was born in England but was of Irish descent. I wanted to find out more about her. What started out as a search for her past evolved into searching for all of my grandparents and their ancestors as well. When my older son left for college in 1997, I used it as a way to cope with missing him.
Why do you think people are so interested in genealogy?
It connects us to our past. It helps explain some of the family stories we grew up hearing and maybe shine a light on why some of the family made the decisions they made. It gives us knowledge about our ethnic background.