Michael Gabbard

Michael Gabbard

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Mr. Michael R. Gabbard aka Sypert, [Ochs]
Born 1960s.
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Michael was born in 1968 at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC. He is the son of Greg Ochs and Sandra Hair. His birth name was Michael Ray Sypert (see Raymond C. Sypert), but he was adopted at age 12 by Donald Gabbard. [1]

Michael has always been interested in Family and Local History and has an appreciation for old buildings, graveyards, and swappin' stories with cousins. He jumped down the rabbit hole and into "proper" Genealogy in the late 80's and hasn't looked back. Not only interested in his direct line, Mike has a passion for collateral lines, and has been working on his partner's line for many years as well.

Living far from his ancestral home in North Carolina (He lives in Southwest Florida), He is amazed at the wealth of information now available on the Internet - But he LIVES for those far-too-few trips back to the old home places where he can be found interrogating the elderly and stalking about cemeteries in Blue Jeans and sneakers with a notebook and camera, muttering to himself in quiet abandon.

He currently lives with his partner of 24 years, two canine rescues, a noisy bird, and a protege.

He is currently a Volunteer Greeter and Supervisor-emeritus on WikiTree and a member of it's Categorization Project. He participated in the RootsTech 2013 Conference in Salt Lake City where he helped represent WikiTree at its booth on the exhibition floor.


1968: Michael Ray 'Sypert' born in Manchester, Cumberland County, NC. [2]

1970: Living in North Carolina.

1980: Living in South Carolina.

1980: Michael is adopted by his mother's 3rd husband, Donald Gabbard.

1990: Living in Norfolk, Virginia while in the U.S. Navy.

1997: Michael Ray Gabbard was joined with David Ward in Holy Union at St. John the Apostle Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Myers, Florida on December 6 on their 6th anniversary together as a couple and Domestic Partners.

2000: Living in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida with Domestic Partner David Ward.

2010: Living in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida with Domestic Partner David Ward.

Early in the new millenium, Michael was connected with his Biological Father by a producer from the Today Show on NBC. They are still in contact...


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This is a list of other WikiTreers with whom I share common ancestry. It's so exciting to find these connections! If I've missed you, let me know. I haven't kept this list all along, so I'm doing my best to go back and find the relevant messages. (Also, let me know if you want to be removed from this list. This list is just for my own amusement, and I don't want to disturb anyone's sense of privacy.)


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  2. North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000; Index, FamilySearch
  3. Entered by Michael Gabbard, Nov 14, 2011

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Bacszarski is one of my partner's paternal Magyar / Hungarian lines.
Coop is one of my adopted father's maternal lines, centered in Kentucky, USA.
A primary intereste, Hair is one of my maternal lines centered in North Carolina, USA.
Ochs is my biological father's paternal German line.
Posan is one of my partner's paternal Magyar / Hungarian lines.
A primary interest, West is one of my mother's maternal lines centered in North Carolina, USA.
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On 8 Oct 2019 at 15:06 GMT Lizzie (Batman) Griffiths wrote:

Hi Michael,

I’m checking in with all Titanic Project Members to introduce myself and see how you are and what you are working on. I’m Lizzie and I’m honoured to be looking after the project in the role of coordinator. Please let me know what you are working on and if you need anything from me.

Looking forward to moving the project forward with you


On 31 Jul 2018 at 13:56 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Hi Michael,

I’m Natalie, leader of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project. Thanks, Natalie

On 7 Jul 2018 at 02:49 GMT Eileen Bradley wrote:

Hi Michael, a merge of https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barefoot-74 and https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barefoot-588 is pending and needs your attention. There is no PM for Barefoot-588. Barefoot -74 is locked. It has passed the thirty day default period. There should only be one profile for each person on Wikitree. Please complete the merge or change the privacy level of Barefoot-74 to public so it can be completed by someone else. Thank you.

On 11 Jun 2018 at 13:01 GMT Anonymous Moore wrote:

Michael, Are you still working on the Country Names and English Translations? This would be very useful if completed. Does it cover only existing countries or should it include historical countries, in which case you would need a existed from to column. Let me know if you need help.

On 21 Sep 2017 at 20:36 GMT Skye Sonczalla wrote:

Hi Michael! I thought I'd formally greet you. I requested a merge on Coop-93. I am not related to this family, but I am working on the paternal side of an adoptee and creating pedigrees on some of her matches to find the common ancestors. I have quite a bit of profiles entered for Cumberland county, Kentucky. Thanks!

On 16 Jul 2016 at 18:54 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Hi Mike, Some time ago I requested to be added to the Trusted List of Charles H. Percy, as I am working on US politicians and officials. Please check your outstanding requests under the "My WikiTree" tab. Thank you. Dan

On 26 Jan 2016 at 06:27 GMT Maryann (Thompson) Hurt wrote:

Hi Michael

Did you know that if you add categorization to your list of followed tags, you'll see all of the G2G discussions about categorization in your G2G Feed.

Thanks for your interest in using Wikitree's categories.


On 6 Nov 2015 at 04:16 GMT Tonya Hair wrote:

Hey Michael. My maiden name is Hair. I am connected to the hairs in Cumberland county in North Carolina. I have photos of the cemetary from the linden area. There is also a church called Hair's Chapel Church.

On 2 Apr 2015 at 00:51 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


I noticed your new Club 100 badge.

Congratulations ☺

Keep up the nice work.


On 4 Oct 2014 at 17:22 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Hey Michael - Saw your thank you from Col. Coop's profile, which lead me here. Now I'm wondering if we're related, too. Let's figure it out! Cheers, Peter

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