I was born at the end of The Oregon Trail, at the end of WWII - two events which remain strong influences in my life.
My father joined the Navy during the war, and after being trained in electronics was shipped to the South Pacific, where he was a radioman in a two-person airplane, a T-34, which patrolled the ocean around New Caledonia.
After the war ended, my father engaged his new opportunities for a career in electronics. In such a dynamic growth industry, opportunity often meant moving to a new city, and I literally saw the United States from one side to the other and back as I was growing up.
I soon realized that my friends enjoyed extended family relationships and knew their grandparents. All but one of my grandparents were deceased by the time I was born. My curiosity about who they were grew with the passing years.
Meanwhile, the age of television and the Hollywood Western blossomed. I watched entranced as Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley and other characters made the West safe from the bad guys. I loved the Cisco Kid and Calamity Jane. My favorite shows were Wagon Train and Rawhide. Do you remember the Rawhide theme song? "Roll 'em, Roll 'em Roll em - keep those doggies rolling, roll 'em - roll 'em - roll em - Rawhide!"
Little did I know then that my own great-grandfather Barchus came over the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1864; my great-great grandmother Bacon also was on that trip. My Welch great-great-great grandparents Evans/Toone traversed the Oregon Trail in 1852, bringing with them their newly married daughter and her husband, and a widowed son-in-law and grand-baby.
Those discoveries and more came into my life because some young men decided to get high and go for a joy ride. I thought when they crashed their car into ours that my life was ruined, but the long recovery simply meant I'd have time for working on my family tree - something I might never have done otherwise. That is how, for me, what had been an interesting hobby became a passionate vocation.
"One generation passes away, and another generation comes..." Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:4
As my generation begins to pass away, it is prudent to make provision for the work I have done on our family tree. In the case of my demise, I hereby give permission for management of all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my Family Members active at that time on WikiTree, whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists, in the order listed as follows, according to whether they express interest and a desire to do so:
On 20 Jan 2018 at 02:53 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 2 Jan 2018 at 02:03 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.
Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.
Thank you for being a Wikitreer,
Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader
On 6 Dec 2017 at 18:28 GMT Ryan Holmes wrote:
On 6 Dec 2017 at 13:44 GMT Ryan Holmes wrote:
I follow the Holmes feed and today saw a change to the profile of Mercy Mary Holmes (Holmes-1160). When I looked at the change list, I saw you used to be the profile manager. Mercy Holmes is currently an orphaned profile with only a date of birth and date of death. I have an interest in all Holmes lines and wanted to know if you're interested in managing this profile or if you could provide additional info on Mercy that could bolster her profile. Thanks and take care, Ryan Holmes
On 27 Nov 2017 at 17:58 GMT Chris Whitten wrote:
On 28 Oct 2017 at 12:38 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Hope you are well, just dropped by to say how much we appreciate your contributions to the community's shared tree. You are doing a wonderful job of support others, through your work, you obviously love what you do. Thank you
Best Wishes Janet
Wikitree Appreciation Team
On 26 Oct 2017 at 01:20 GMT Roland Carter wrote:
On 21 Oct 2017 at 01:21 GMT Randy Holmes wrote:
On 18 Sep 2017 at 07:24 GMT Bridget Murphy wrote:
I just wanted to thank you for your suggestions of the G2G Forum and checking out the Help pages. Doing those things really helped me to understand this site better. There's a lot to learn here but I think that I've gotten off to a good start! Bridget
On 21 Jul 2017 at 04:42 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
Prudence is allegedly an ancestor of mine, hitherto not known to me.