About

Renée Carl, AKA Eastern European Mutt

Renée’s first encounter with genealogy was an unsuccessful class presentation in third grade. Despite her best efforts to interview her two living grandparents, the family tree was sparse, and only went back to her great-grandparents. In fits and starts for many years, she attempted to tackle the changed surnames and vague place locations of her ancestors’ origins.

Like many people, the digitization of records combined with a need for a career change turned a sometime hobby into an obsession. The more work she did on the family – confirming myths, discovering information – the more the process, the chase, digging for facts amongst the rubble of the past became a new career.

Renée attended Wesleyan University and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology. She has a masters degree in Museum Studies and Education. After years working in public relations, education policy, and politics, she moved full time to genealogy in 2012.

Renée’s work includes a love of naturalization records, city directories, maps, and a personal interest in Prohibition era St. Louis. She is relearning Hebrew and a beginning student of GIS. She brings to each project a tenacious drive to uncover whatever the client seeks. Renée is honest about her capabilities and her limits. Renée abides by the Association of Professional Genealogists Code of Ethics.

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