NENC County Coordinator Representative Candidate

Hello, USGenWeb members.  My name is Mary Ann Lubinsky from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Some of you know me or know of me, but most do not.  I am honored to have been nominated for the position of Northeast/North Central County Coordinator Representative and I would like to share a little information with you about me.

I am a widow with 2 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 granddaughters, 2 granddoggers, a cat and a cockatiel.  I have several hobbies but the two most important ones are websites and genealogy.  I have been doing both for 27 years.

I am Secretary of the Board of the Schuylkill County Historical Society, a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  I have been a member of PAGenWeb/USGenWeb for just about 9 years.

Web Experience

I have more than 17 years experience designing and maintaining websites after taking an interest in 1996.  Upon completion of the International Correspondence School course in Website Design, my first sites were done using Microsoft FrontPage 97, then FP 98, then FP 2000. It was a great program back then, very easy to use. I still have quite a few sites on the web that were authored and are maintained using FP 2000. I also tried Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft ExpressionWeb.

In 2007, I took classes in HTML/CSS and then began hand coding most of the sites that I worked on. In 2013, I started to use WordPress, which I really like. I still enjoy using HTML/CSS which allows me to customize any of the hundreds of WordPress themes.

Sometime in 1995 or 1996, my son and I began to work on both my husband’s and my own family trees.  These two hobbies of genealogy and website design/maintenance have become my life. I also enjoy helping others to find their ancestors.

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USGENWEB and PAGENWEB

In late 2005, I adopted the Luzerne County PAGenWeb site. If it wasn’t for the patience of Joe Patterson and Judy Banja, I would not have lasted. I finally got the hang of everything and then never looked back.  In those 9 years, I have become County Coordinator for Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, Montour, and my home county, Schuylkill.  Some of these had been abandoned.

I am also File Manager for several PA USGenWeb Archives’ sites:  Berks, Blair, Carbon, Columbia, Indiana, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland and Schuylkill.

I have Facebook Genealogy pages for:  Carbon, Columbia, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties.

In March, 2011, when Nancy Janyszeski became PA State Coordinator, I asked her to consider me for the Eastern State Assistant Coordinator.  She did and it has been great working with both Nancy and Ellis Michaels.

I have been enjoying my time with USGenWeb and PAGenWeb but we need more volunteers who can design or at least maintain a website. Over the last couple of years, we have had people who have come forward to volunteer but they have no idea how to do a webpage. I think we need to focus on that crucial part of recruiting as well as keeping our information free.

I am attaching my business resume. Thank you for your time.

Mary Ann Lubinsky