I am a native and resident of Western Massachusetts and have been an avid genealogist my entire life. I began keeping a genealogical research log at the age of twelve. As an adoptee who was given up at birth and who's biological history was sealed by the courts, I developed a passionate interest in genealogy very early in life. By the age of twenty I was not only a member of several genealogical societies (NEHGS was my first), but also worked as a volunteer genealogical librarian at my local Family History Center in Bloomfield, Connecticut. This passion has not diminished over the past twenty years and my genealogical research experience arena is both eclectic and extensive, with an emphasis on Colonial New England, French Canada and Italy. Over the years I have worked for a number of genealogical agencies as well as two large adoptee search assistance non-profit organizations. I am adept at decifering and translating genealogical documents in Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, German and Latin. An extensive recent project was for my secondary website, The Carini Exchange, where I host over 70,000 original Sicilian church records and corresponding extractions for the native town of my maternal biological grandmother's family. You may view some of my work under the projects heading below, I have devoted much of my free time since 2012 photographing headstones/family monuments all over New England (over 300,000 taken to date) for the grave registration website Find-A-Grave .