I am a 4th generation genealogist working on the Howe families that settled in New England during the Great Migration. My grandfather Dr. Oliver Hunt Howe and great grandfather attended the Howe Family Gathering in 1871 in Framingham, Mass. See my Howe Genealogy web page and the Howe Name Study page on WikiTree.
I was born in the 1930's and grew up in Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts. I majored in mathematics in college, and after college enlisted in the Army in 1960 (facing the draft) and to my surprise found myself training as a cryptanalyst, learning to break codes and ciphers. I was very good at this and the Army kept me at the Army Security Agency Training Center & School in Fort Devens, Massachusetts to train others in the skills I had learned and developed. At the end of my enlistment, the Army hired me to stay on as a civilian educator continuing to train others, develop new training, and manage the training effort. I continued to do work in training and developing signals intelligence and security and electronic warfare for 32 years altogether, progressing through constant changes in technology at a pace that kept accelerating - a challenge I always enjoyed. I wrote the Army's manual on cryptanalysis as part of this job. I retired from this work in 1992, and started looking for the next challenge in my life.
I have been online for years. I bought my first personal computer in 1980, and was soon immersed in bulletin boards (BBS) and information services such as CompuServe, the Source, Delphi, and lots more. I had free accounts on each of these services, because I contributed my expertise and experience to helping others online. In 1992, Delphi opened up the first nationwide dialup access to the Internet, and I saw enormous potential for growth in this area. Since I had been exploring and using online networks since 1960 in a variety of ways, I saw working for Delphi and helping them develop their Internet interface was a perfect fit - and so did they. Delphi went through many changes through the years, and proved to be a survivor through the many shakeouts the business went through. I still work for them part time today, although I am mostly retired.
Genealogy has been an interest throughout my life, and as it developed its online presence, I welcomed the changes and modernization. I was fascinated recently when some parish records from the 1500's in England that American Howe genealogists had travelled to England to research and document in the 1890's recently appeared online for the first time.
My major sources are:
and many other sources, such as censuses, vital records, court and probate records, passenger lists, military records, gravesites, obituaries, parish records, newspaper articles, family papers, etc.
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