Thomas was born in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, United States. He lived there until age seven, when his family moved to Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, where he graduated from Willow Run High School.
Thomas attended Eastern Michigan University (EMU), also in Ypsilanti, where he graduated with a degree in English Linguistics and History.
Thomas and his wife now live in the suburbs of Detroit. They have four young children: three sons and one daughter. He works as a data analyst and programmer. His interests, besides genealogy, include history, geography, demographics, religion, sociology, etymology, books, beer, and the Detroit Tigers.
Thomas's father is descended from several generations of Michiganders, dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Some ancestors were Swiss-German Mennonites who settled in Pennsylvania. Their descendants moved on first to Ontario, Canada, and later to Michigan. Most other branches were Baptists who came to the Wolverine State from upstate New York. Those ancestors are mostly descended from the early Puritan colonists of New England.
Thomas's mother's parents relocated to Michigan from Floyd County, Kentucky. Her ancestors settled in Floyd County, Kentucky in the early to mid-19th century, mostly coming from Virginia and North Carolina. They seem to be of mostly English and Scottish stock.
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