Monday, June 12, 2006

(19-1) Bios

Diane Rice Young
President GSSB

I was born in Minnesota and spent the first thirteen years of my life in Wisconsin. In the early 1950's my family decided to relocate to Florida and we moved to Sarasota. Upon graduation from high school I entered nursing school at Gordon Keller School of Nursing in Tampa. A nice young man, Ron Young encouraged me to seek employment at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, where he was an engineering student. Less that one year later we were married. His engineering led us to Huntsville, Alabama and later to Melbourne. In all of these places I was employed as a Registered Nurse.

My interest in genealogy was fostered by my grandparents. When I was eighteen, Grandfather Arthur Rice gave me a Bible, his mother's wedding ring and thimble, several letters of the Civil War era and two musical instruments. I guess he knew then, long before I did, that genealogy would greatly interest me. My maternal Grandmother, Minnie Poferl, would tell me stories of her immigration from Germany and the hardships she endured in the 1880's through the 1930's. Once I retired in 1997, genealogy became a most avid hobby or should I say obsession! I joined the Genealogical Society of South Brevard, serving two terms on their Board and now am in my second year as it's President. Sharing the knowledge gained through family research is an important part of genealogy . The BLM records contain so very much genealogical information that a program on this should be beneficial to the attendees.



Dr. James M. Ragusa

Genealogy Interest:

Specialist in genealogy and historical studies of Italy (Sicily), Hungary, and Slovakia. Lectures on European Research, Ellis Island and Early Emigration, Visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Keeping Research Records, and Italian Emigration and History. Has traced most European ancestors back to the late 1600s through Mormon records and visits to Chicago, New York, Sicily, Hungary, and Slovakia.

Background:

Retired NASA-Kennedy Space Center Engineer and Manager, Retired-Associate Professor, University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Business and College of Engineering, Orlando, Florida. Presently an Independent Consultant to the U.S. Army.

Education:

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. M.S. and Doctorate in Business Administration, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.



Barbara Ann Ragusa (nee Williams)

Genealogy Interest:

Specialist in genealogy and historical studies of Wales and Slovakia. Jointly lectures with husband Jim on European Research, Ellis Island and Early Emigration, and Visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Has traced most Welsh and Slovak ancestors back to the late 1600s through Mormon records and visits to Chicago, Wales, and Slovakia.

Occupation:

Retired Music Teacher, Voice Soloist, Housewife

Education:

B.S. in Music Education, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.



Patrice Green

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