Thank you for the votes. Just want to give a 10 day progress report. We have more than a handful of contributors who have made contact and 3 or 4 are putting in some time to improve profiles. Our goal of finding conclusive evidence for the maiden name of the wife of John Bays, Jr. is still beyond our reach, but we are hopeful. Two of John's children and a grandchild had family history books written about them and their descendants, so that gives us starting points of info on many family members. The books also provide much needed source images and transcriptions that just can't be found on the internet with a search engine. They really go beyond the scope of this project, but will feed further work.
My past projects were just a team of one, being myself, with very little input from other contributors. This project is shaping up to be much more collaborative. So my main job is to coordinate, encourage, cheer-lead and monitor. My secondary job is to conduct and share my research, and sharing can be used as a follow-up related to the work of others, to stimulate further contributions. Kind of like taking the long way around Robin Hood's barn, but I think the journey will benefit all of the participants.