Angela Sinickas Shiromani

Name
Angela Sinickas Shiromani
Job Title
Genealogy Researcher
Biography

While Angela is not a professional genealogist, she honed her general research skills while obtaining her B.S. degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois and her M.S. in Leadership from Northeastern University, specializing in intercultural communication for leaders. With four grandparents born in different parts of Lithuania and baptized in two different religions, she has learned a great deal about resources available in searching for Lithuanian ancestors since 2013 when she began her family tree, which now includes over 12,500 relatives and goes back to the early 1700s on several branches. In addition to researching her own roots, on an amateur basis she has helped dozens of others trace their Lithuanian roots after they matched her in DNA databases, including two adoptees who had very little information to start with.
 
While born in Chicago to post-WWII immigrants who spent the war years in German displaced persons’ camps, Angela’s first language was Lithuanian. She also learned basic German at home and in school. She was  immersed in Lithuanian culture through attending eight years of Lithuanian school on Saturdays (where she studied Lithuanian grammar, literature, history and geography), and attending a Lithuanian-language Lutheran church on Sundays, including being active in folk dancing groups, plays and Lithuanian scouting. Angela has been a consultant at a previous FEEFHS conference, and she has recorded two webinars on Lithuanian genealogy research for the Family History Library.