Elizabeth Onheiber is a freelance writer, poet, and mother living in beautiful Baraboo, Wisconsin near Devils Lake State Park. Elizabeth has written for Baraboo News Republic, Juneau County Star-Times, and Spirit Lake Review literary magazine. She’s performed her poetry at a number of area events, helped organize fundraisers benefiting Hope House women’s shelter, and community groups that fund student publications at Jack Young Middle School and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. In 2015 Elizabeth was accepted to the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. She was awarded the Dave Cole Creative Writing Award by UW-Baraboo/Sauk County in 2011, and the inaugural Champion of Hope: Empowerment Award by Hope House in 2014.

Elizabeth was bitten by the genealogy bug in 2009 during a family tree building assignment. She had her brother’s Y-DNA first tested in 2009 with National Geographic’s Genographic Project. Elizabeth has taken the autosomal AncestryDNA test and is also a member of FTDNA, GEDmatch, DNA.Land, Genes For Good, and WeGenes.

Elizabeth hopes to use her passion for genetic genealogy in a professional capacity through certification with the organization Board for Certification of Professional Genealogists. The purpose of this blog is to build the foundation of her research portfolio, document her experiences through the process of certification, and share the exploration of her family tree.