Dale Byers
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Dale Byers

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Dale O. Byers
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - unknown)], [private sister (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Dale is an Amateur Radio Operator, Callsign: K8DOB

Dale Oliver Byers was born 21 Jul 1951 in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.

Dale Byers Image 3
He was the first of six children born to Ray Byers and Shirley Smith.

As the story was related to Dale by his parents his parents lived with his grandparents for a time before they moved to Chardon Township, Geauga County, Ohio in 1956. It is unclear which set of grandparents they lived with first but it is clear that they lived with both for the first 5 years of his life. There is an interesting facts about this both relating to his maternal grandparents which lead this writer to believe that the family lived with them for at least the first 3 years of this period. Fact 1, Dale and all of his siblings and cousins called his maternal grandparents "Nan and Pops". As the story goes this was because he started calling them Mom and Dad because his Aunts were still living at home when he was just starting to talk and he got confused. At that time the decision was to use the names of Nan and Pops for his grandparents to avoid the young child's confusion.

Back in the early 1960's when Dale would spend weekends with his grandparents and his grandfather had a workshop in his basement where we would fix all sorts of things. Around the same time he gave Dale a transistor radio for his birthday. Dale carried that thing everywhere and it was constantly acting up so he had to do minor repairs to keep it working, replacing it was not an option as long as they could repair it. Dale's grandparents were not poor but his grandfathers upbringing was one to not waste money. Dale's grandfather was also the manager of a trucking company based in the flats of Cleveland Ohio so on the odd weekend He would take him with him when he had to go in on a Saturday and Dale would get to play with the teletype in the office while his grandfather worked. Dale's grandfather also had a soldering gun and a big roll of solder for fixing the wires that came loose on Dale's radio in his workshop. Fast forward to High School in the mid 60's, Dale made friends with one of the main people on the audio video team, Michael Bishop, and joined them. The school had a video tape recorder for the team to use but in those days it took at least three people to work it, one for the sound, one to run the camera, and one to run the tape deck. We usually had a team of 4, One to be the on camera person and rotated the positions often. Near the end of the 60's Dale's favorite magazine was Popular Electronics and Radio Shack along with Allied Electronics were his favorite stores. After graduating High School in 1969

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Dale took a home study course in electronics, by mail because there was no real internet available to the public and earned his commercial radiotelephone license from the FCC.

Dale attended Kent State University, starting in the fall of 1969, with a major in elementary education. He decided that was not what he wanted to do with his life and quickly changed his major to more of a theater and television production based one. After the Kent State shootings on May 4 1970 as well as discovering that the jobs he would get after graduation paid less than the job he already held Dale decided to drop out of college and dedicate more time to his current job. Dale then branched out into general audio work and even became a certified repair technician for Lowrey Organs. He started to work on building a Ham radio transmitter but instead he started dating the girl who would later become his wife so radio went by the wayside. Sometime In the 1970's he did get into CB radio, this was when you had to pay $20 for a 5 year license. Dale married his girlfriend at the time, Kathy Broadbent, on 27 Oct 1973 in Munson township, Geauga county, Ohio, United States and they moved into a home they had purchased in Burton Village, Geauga county, Ohio, United States. The couple had two children with the first being born in 1977 and lived in that home for many years. Around this time Dale and his wife got involved with a CB radio group, one of the better groups that provided public service for events and stayed with that group until the early 2000's.

1980 to 1990

In the 1980's Dale went back to college with the goal of earning his Associates degree. No real reason for this decision except that by doing this he would no longer be classified a dropout. He only needed 17 credit hours to do this and they could be anything at all so he went with his interests and studied computers and computer programming.

My journey started when my daughter had school homework to fill out a "family tree" chart. I dug all the information required and helped her with that. Next she had a Brownies badge that required her to fill out a "family tree" chart. Naturally we could not find the one she did for school so I had to start over. Soon after that my son had the same school homework for a "family tree" and, you guessed it, the charts we did for our daughter could not be located. About this time I had my second computer, an IBM PC clone, so I got smart, at least I thought I did and entered the information into the computer. This actually was a good idea because not long after my son had the family tree requirement for a cub scout achievement and at least this time I had the information at hand. Then my grandmother found out what I did! She decided she liked my idea to digitize the work and gave me her rather large pile of paper files with her work on the family history as she called it. I started looking for a better program to input and store her data and started playing with several. 30+ years later and I am still checking out different programs but now the majority of the work is mine and not my grandmothers. Her work was helpful but as with most family history stories there were some errors that I have caught. In her defense I do have better research weapons than she ever had. Ts 1000 Tandy 1000 Radio Shack pocket computer

1990 to 2000

Much later after my wife and I separated I saw an ad for a free class on Ham radio so I decided why not. After a week of classes they held the test session on a Saturday so I took the class and took the tests, yes at that time it took at least two tests to get a license, and passed both of them in 1998 and was granted the callsign of KC8LAO.

2000 to 2010

2010 to 2020

In 2016 I took the test to upgrade to General and passed. I also applied for and was granted the Vanity callsign of K8DOB which I hold at the present time. In 2018 I took a 12 week course and took the test to earn my Extra license, the highest available in the United States.

how I got started in Genealogy.

Call sign: K8DOB

First issued : 1998 as KC8LAO

Location: Lake County, Ohio, United States of America

Class: Technician

Upgraded: 2010

Class: General

Vanity Call Sign issued: K8DOB

Location: Portage County Ohio, United States of America

Upgraded: 2018

Class: Extra

Location: Geauga County Ohio, United States of America.

Research Notes

For future researchers here is a list of my residences for census years

1960 10277 Chardon Rd Chardon Ohio United States 1970 10277 Chardon Rd Chardon Ohio United States 1980 34988 Carlton Street Burton Ohio United States 1990 34988 Carlton Street Burton Ohio United States 2000 Eastlake Ohio 2010 Chardon Ohio 2020 Chardon Ohio


  • All information in this profile was entered by Dale Byers, Byers-779 unless otherwise noted.Byers-779 04:09, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

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Hi Dale,

It's time for a 1776 Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know if you want to continue as a member of the project. We'd like to know:

  • If you are on the right team or if you'd like to make a change. It's a requirement that every 1776 Project member is a part of one of the project's teams, so if you're not assigned to a team, let us know which team you'd like to join.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what changes you'd like to see us make?

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the 1776 Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back.

Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Betty - 1776 Project Leader

posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman
Remove me from the project I will not be participating anymore
posted by Dale Byers
Thank you for your contributions, Dale. If in the future you decide to return to 1776 Project, just let us know!

Best regards, Betty

posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman
Hi Dale,

Have you ever considered participating in one of WikiTree's Connect-A-Thons? It's a great opportunity to add new profiles, whether they are extended family members or someone who fits into of one of your projects. The next one will run from Friday, April 22nd to Monday, April 25th.

If you are interested in participating, you can sign up in the G2G forum registration post at https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1392037/have-you-registered-for-the-april-2022-connect-a-thon-yet?show=1395381#c1395381 and add another badge to your extensive collection. I want to personally invite you to join the Mid-Atlantic Team because of your Pennsylvania roots. You are not limited to adding profiles for only this region, of course. Like you, most of us have roots in many other regions and countries. Hope you'll consider joining the fun!

posted by Star Kline
I do not take part in any of the thons. I believe that they are not really good genealogy. I do work on connections but slowly during the entire year by adding sourced profiles as I can but will never take part in a team challenge effort. The badges are not what I do this for and I in fact hide all contribution badges and I am reducing my participation in a lot of projects.
posted by Dale Byers
Hello Dale,

We wrote to you about the changes in the Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. If you would like to continue with the Project, we can place you in the Biography Team, Level 1 where you can work on improving profiles from your own watchlist to Level 1 of the Profile Standards.

We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions. If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
I am not going to participate in the Profile Improvement Project but just concentrate on profiles on my watchlist from this point forward.
posted by Dale Byers
I'm sorry to hear that, Dale. I've removed the badge. We welcome you to rejoin us at any time. Debi
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Dear Dale,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

For those of you who joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If you’re at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

If we don't hear back from you we will assume that you no longer wish to participate in the project and if so, you could rejoin at any time as is convenient for you.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty

We're making some changes to the Scottish Clans categories now that it is part of the Scotland Project. Could you please edit the sticker on your profile to read: Smith Clan

~Amy Gilpin Scotland Project Co Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
I note you adopted a number of Bradford Parkers as well as a Barnstable Parker. The Bradford Parkers descend from Abraham Parker and Rose Whitlock of Chelmsford, I have yet to note a connection to the Barnstable Parkers. Everything I dug up the Bradford Parkers I put in their Find-a-Grave memorials that was before my Wiki-tree days - so I probably didn't note sources.

Regards, Jack Parker

posted by Jack Parker
HI Dale!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Since you are my fifteenth cousin on my dad's side of the family, let's be friends and family.
posted by [Living Rankin]
Hi Dale,

Thanks for having a Big Heart and adopting Orphan Profiles. You will want to read this After adopting orphans to understand what to do next.


posted by David Selman
Hi Dale

I am new to this. Regarding the information I changed about Herrington-414, my grandmother, Elfie (Herrington) Bansberg, I did add the 1930 census showing Elfie as the wife of Philip Bansberg, as a source. I also added a source from FamilySearch. I hope I did it correctly. Is there anything else I need to do?

Hi Again,

I just noticed that you are a Boone ancestor. I teach genealogy at the community college level and one of my cousins has enrolled in my class. Her grandmother, my great aunt contended that we descend from Daniel Boone. I was surprised and just did a Relationship to me and found that to be the case but some are not confident. I have decided that is not a rabbit that I want to chase but my cousin is sharp and think she may do well at the obsession. I did a little checking to get her started. We have a sold paper trail down our Blair line to Sarah Morgan Blair. One relationship is not confident but they will all need verifying. Do you know anyone on Wikitree who know the Morgan line well. I have a list of Active Members.

posted by [Living Barnes]
Hi Dale,

Congratulations. I am a strong advocate of your philosophy concerning sourcing profiles and hope to be able to walk in your light.

posted by [Living Barnes]
Thanks for your help Dale! Had answers to my questions within 30 minutes! You are wonderful! Thanks so very much for your assistance!
posted by Lance Shumway

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