About the Owner
Irene's love for family history developed at a young age. Her pursuit of the answer to the universal question, "Who am I?" led to a desire to help others in their search as well. Turning her hobby into a profession, Irene completed Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research in 2018. She completed ProGen 38 and co-led the monthly virtual discussions for her group.
Irene's passion within genealogy is unknown parentage, and she volunteers for the non-profit 325Kamra, Inc., which assists Korean Adoptees in getting DNA testing and finding their birth families. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and is Co-Chair of the UGA DNA special interest group. In addition to her volunteer positions, Irene is a member of the Firebird Forensics Group led by Barbara Rae-Venter, which helps solve cold cases by identifying killers and giving victims back their names. Other memberships include the Virtual Genealogical Association, National Genealogical Society, the California Genealogical Society, and the Sacramento German Genealogical Society.
Although genetic genealogy is her focus, other research interests include the following topics and geographical areas: Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy, German/Prussian ancestry, County Kerry, Ireland, Scotland, San Francisco, Yuba County, California, Boston, Central Massachusetts, England, and Portugal.
Irene's love of all things genealogy takes up most of her time, however she also enjoys taking road trips with her husband, three children, rescue senior Belgian Sheepdog, and rescue bunny.