Gary Christopher
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Gary Christopher

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Signed 22 Jun 2019 | 7,139 contributions | 107 thank-yous | 1,561 connections
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with cousins and anyone else with an interest in genealogy. Here is my family tree.
I've been researching my family history for over 50 years and have made some interesting discoveries. I am passionate about family history AND about historical accuracy.
Gary A. Christopher
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
Brother of , [private brother (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1980s - unknown)], [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Norwegian Roots
Gary Christopher has Norwegian ancestors
Gary Christopher has Irish ancestors.


Gary Christopher is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Navy 1977-1995
Machinist's Mate, qualified submarines on USS Lafayette (SSBN 616) on 11 Jan 1980

I was born on 6 April 1959 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colorado, or so I'm told. I attended school in Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Rollinsville, and Nederland, Colorado. I graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1977 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 27 June 1977. I enlisted in the Navy because I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to school – then I spent my first 21 months in the Navy in school!

I completed Basic Training in San Diego, California, in August 1977; Machinist’s Mate ‘A’ School in Great Lakes, Illinois, in November 1977; Basic Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, in June 1978; Nuclear Power Prototype Training at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) , located west of Idaho Falls, Idaho, in December 1978; and Engineering Laboratory Technician School in April 1979. I served on the USS Lafayette (SSBN 616) , the USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36), the USS Alabama (SSBN 731), Navy Recruiting District Denver, Colorado, the USS Key West (SSN 722), and the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). While on the Key West I made a port visit in Bergen, Norway, where I located original birth, confirmation, and marriage records for my great-great grandparents, Lars Tesdahl and Martha Berg. I retired from the Navy in December 1995 as a Chief Machinist's Mate (E7).

After retiring from the Navy, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, completing a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training and a minor in Chemistry in 1999 and a Master of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology in 2001. I was admitted to doctoral studies in Biomechanics at Oregon State University at Corvallis in 2001, transferred to Texas Woman’s University at Denton in 2002, and completed my course work in 2006. I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Great Falls, Montana, in August 2007 where I taught courses in Health and Human Performance. I finished my doctoral dissertation in 2009 and graduated with a Ph.D. in Kinesiology on 15 May 2009. In 2011, I accepted a position at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where I taught courses in Exercise Science. In August 2013 I was appointed as the Chair of the Division of Health and Life Sciences. I retired from higher education in 2021.

I have been doing family history research for over 50 years. I am by no means a professional genealogist, but I do strive for historical accuracy in my research, including, when possible, primary sources. I only rely on secondary sources when primary sources are not available. I rarely rely on tertiary sources.


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Hi Gary, the US Civil War Project is conducting a Check-in for 2024 to see if your still interested/active in the Project.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. You can click the reply button or message me with your answer. Thank you. Pam Kreutzer, leader of the US Civil War Project

posted by Pam Kreutzer
No longer active in this project
posted by Gary Christopher
Thank you Gary for your reply. Pam
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Thank you for showing me by example how to request a child be added to a parent's profile, as you did with Louisa Caroline (Grundy) McGavock in 2021.
posted by Wendy Dennis
I’ve not heard back from you regarding the Military and War Project check-in for 21 days. The leader will remove you from the project for now.

If you’d like to rejoin at any stage you would be most welcome to do so by answering the G2G sign-up post here

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Gary,

I sent you a check-in message a week ago about the Military and War Project to ask you about your continued involvement but have not yet heard back from you. Do you still want to be in the project? If I don’t hear from you by the same time next week I’ll assume that you’ve moved on to other things but you’re most welcome to re-join the project at any time.

Best wishes,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Greetings from the Military and War Project. We are doing the six month check-in with members.. Have you been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Military and War Project that you respond to these check-ins. To make bookkeeping easier, just click Reply to this message on your own page, add your reply, then SAVE;. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hello Gary,

During the winter, the Nordic Project performed check-ins, sent as a private message from your profile. You are one of those members who has not replied, and this is a last chance to get in touch and let me know if you like to continue as member in the Nordic Project.

Please answer this comment, and get in touch by sending me a private message. If we have not heard from you within a month you will be removed from the Nordic google group and your badge will be removed.

If you have not received any check-in emails, you might want to check that your email address for WikiTree is one you actually still use.

Thank you!

Missy Berryann Co-Leader, Nordic Project

posted by Missy Berryann
Not sure what I can do. Not anywhere near Norse resources, only have limited experience in Norwegian language. No ancestry in any other Nordic country. Have traced my Norwegian lines back multiple generations, but don’t know what else to do to contribute. Working on updating what I know into WikiTree. Beyond that I’m limited.
posted by Gary Christopher
Hi, it's been a couple of weeks since asking if you wished to remain in the US Civil War Between the States Project. I'd appreciate you letting me know by the end of February if you desire to remain in the Project. If I haven't heard from you by then, I'll assume you no longer wish to participate. I hope to hear from you soon, thank you.

P Kreutzer, US Civil War Between the States Project Leader

posted by Pam Kreutzer
Recovering from surgery right now. Don't know what I can do for the project - haven't really done anything, other than document the service of known ancestors who served for the Union Army.
posted by Gary Christopher
Hi Gary, thank you for replying. Hope your recovery is going well. Gary it's up to you about the badge, there are others who like to keep informed about the Civil War, yet work only on their own ancestors. I'll leave the badge, unless you desire me to remove it.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Gary, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you've done to improve the US Civil War Between the States Project. I'm doing a check-in with all project members and wanted to verify that you're still interested in being a member of the project. Also, any suggestions for the Project would be welcome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

P Kreutzer, US Civil War Between the States Project Leader.

posted by Pam Kreutzer
I want to congratulate you on your Family Star award.

John Williams

posted by [Living Williams]
edited by [Living Williams]
Hi Gary,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. It looks like you are already doing most of the things recommended by the After Adopting Orphans FAQ. We really appreciate you becoming the caretaker of profiles!


PS Let me know if you have any questions about the Suggestions report.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Gary,

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a Pre-1700 Project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants.

It looks like the England Project would be a good fit with the tag comment you entered. Adding the tag England will help you get updates about activity for that project.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by David Selman
Thank you for your contribution to William Bradley Sherwood! Great information..
Hi Gary,

A warm welcome to WikiTree. You are now a full member and can add your family to the big tree!

Click here to start with our New Member How To Pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Hope you enjoy WikiTree as much as I have. You never know when you will find a lost family member or ancestor. Or maybe find a hidden family secret about an ancestor. Genealogy to me is like being a detective looking for clues into the past.

Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

David ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by David Selman
I have been "doing" family history for about 50 years. My primary research interests are bridging the gap from Europe to the US and tracking down living relatives with whom to share family history stories. My grandfather had 8 siblings; his mother had 8 siblings, and his father had 5 siblings. And that's just my father's side of the tree. I have met cousins from Florida to California and from the USA to New Zealand.
posted by Gary Christopher
Hi Gary, and thank you for volunteering!

Before I can confirm your membership, I’ll need you to add a little more information about your genealogical interests.

You can do this by editing your tags/comments, adding a couple of sentences to your biography, or posting a brief message in the public comments section of your profile page.

Once we know you are here to help grow the tree, a greeter will be happy to confirm your membership. If you have questions about WikiTree, please feel free to contact me via my profile page.

Thanks, David ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by David Selman
Welcome, Gary!

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Pip Sheppard