Thomas Brinsko with his boys. Clarence, Nick’s grandfather, is the youngest on the left. Thomas passed away when Clarence was a young boy.

Eleanor and Nick Brinsko found their teamwork and balance when they were researching Nick’s 90-year old family mystery. Nick’s grandfather, a 95-year old World War II veteran, lost his parents before the age of 10. He only knew a few facts about his ancestry and what his parents passed away from. Nick wanted to help answer the long-time family mystery for his grandfather’s 95th birthday in 2013. Together they were able to find out where in Europe his family came from and who his ancestors were. Eleanor helped retrieve the naturalization records, census records, and used resources to track down where the man’s father immigrated from. It was the best birthday present the Veteran could have imagined!

Photo taken by David J. Grigg

Eleanor, Lead Genealogist and Owner, has been collecting tools for genealogy her entire life. Raised by two historians, her passion for discovering and telling the story of her ancestors grew strong in her. Eleanor gained her training while working at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Area Research Center, answering questions by phone, letter, email, and in person by patrons around the country. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education from UW-River Falls as well as a Masters in Music History (specializing in radio history) and a Masters in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee.

Eleanor became a member of the Dane County Area Genealogical Society Executive Board in January 2017 and made Vice President in January 2018. Her goal is to introduce young adults and families to the society and to get them involved!

Nick, Technical Services, became fascinated with the process and he has become a partner in Carlon Genealogical Services. He assists in genealogical lectures, research, and web development. He currently works for a software support company.