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Sonja has been employed by the Family History Library since May 1989. Prior to this year, she worked there as a temporary employee for four years. She has been a professional Germanic and Slavic researcher since 1982. She received her Accreditation in German research in 1988 and is especially interested in the eastern provinces of the old German empire. Areas of research include Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Austria and The Netherlands. Of special personal interest to her is the region of Silesia where her mother’s family is from and Saxony, where her father’s family is from. She is currently extracting the marriage records of the Roman Catholic Parish of Wisnicze, Poland.

Sonja was born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and immigrated as a child to the United States growing up in Minnesota and California. She attended College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a German major. Sonja is married to Spencer Nishimoto and they have two children and one grandson.

Sonja enjoys being a grandmother, traveling and doing genealogical research abroad, gardening and collectibles from many countries.

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