|Proud of my German roots!|
Hello, everybody. Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ is my passion, and genealogy is my primary hobby.
I began working on my family's history in the early 1990's. Back then, all of my research was done at the library from books, microfilm, and mail. And, it was all on paper. I didn't even own a computer! In some ways, I kinda miss those early days.
Anyway, I eventually bought a computer, then at some point in the late 90's I stumbled onto Ancestry.com. Wow!!! so much stuff there!!! Through their message boards I discovered several second & third cousins, and that helped immensely.
In 2004, I married a woman from Monroe County, Illinois, a small, rural farming village just across the Mississippi River from my home in St. Louis Missouri. The more I got to know her extended family and the people from that area, I quickly became fascinated with the seemingly infinite number of family connections, by blood and/or marriage, between virtually everyone in and near that area. I began compiling a genealogy of that area, and now have several thousand records of all sorts. Mostly obituaries, my favorite source material, but also scads of other stuff as well.
I'm most thankful that my wife shares my passion with me, and also tolerates my obsession with genealogy. Not all wives could, or would.
Besides the gospel, my wife, and genealogy, all of which I love, I also enjoy reading and the outdoors. Hiking, camping, fishing. Who can beat those things???
Ron is 28 degrees from Vlad III of Wallachia, 18 degrees from John Carradine, 19 degrees from Lon Chaney, 25 degrees from Rutger Hauer, 23 degrees from Gloria Holden, 22 degrees from Christopher Lee, 23 degrees from Bela Lugosi, 22 degrees from Leslie Nielsen, 23 degrees from David Niven and 26 degrees from Margaret Allison on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.