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I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the suburb of Falls Church, VA, which, in uniquely Virginia fashion, was actually Fairfax County. I was graduated from George C Marshall High School in 1975, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1979, and then spent 6 years in the United States Air Force.
I stumbled into genealogy by way of sorting through my mother's house full of stuff after she died in December 2012. My cousin and I found volumes of old photographs of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and even great GREAT-grandparents, all of which has been amazing, humbling, and fascinating. How odd to see our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents in their youthful years. How grand to see them having fun, enjoying life, and their families. How interesting to see how they changed over the years as their children grew, had their own children, and on it goes . . .
As a history major, and a student of history, I also enjoy seeing how my family's lives interacted with the historical contexts of the days in which they lived, some of whom I've been able to trace to colonial times, many through Civil War times, and the majority through major events of the 20th century. One thing I can say about my family - we are a patriotic bunch. Every generation of both sides of my family has had more than one family member representing the family in service to this wonderful country of ours.
I invite you along the journey of discovering my family - I have certainly found it fascinating, and I enjoy those I meet along the way. I find it helps me feel connected to something, this greater picture of family, and it is even more interesting to meet strangers with similar interests and tangential connections - and sometimes, even family I never knew about! So, welcome to my journey through family, and let me know if I can help you with yours!
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On 5 Jan 2018 at 12:09 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:
We had some problems getting the monthly tracker to work on the first; it is fixed now so you can use it when you want.
For the Sprints, registering once ever is all it takes for me to keep a yearly tally for you. You would only need to register on the weekly thread in weeks that you wanted to be eligible for the weekly winner badge.
Either way, you are sourcing and that makes a stronger WikiTree. In the end, that is the goal of us all. Thanks!
On 2 Jan 2018 at 04:11 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 1 Jan 2018 at 03:41 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:
I noticed that you used the Challenge Tracker for unsourced corrections in last weekend's Saturday Sourcing Sprint. Please consider officially joining us for the Saturday Sourcing Sprints. You can find information, including how to join, on the Sprints Help page.
No pressure, every profile with a source makes our WikiTree better. Your work will continue to be included in Tracking Sheet's Unregistered total at the bottom of the help page if you do not register.
Your work is appreciated. Thanks for sourcing!
Debi - Sprint Coordinator
PS If the link does not work, you can find a working one in the public comment I left on your profile
On 29 Nov 2017 at 11:48 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:
you are using the Veteran sticker, that was created as a test/example to show what the were trying to change recognition boxes to.
Please change Veteran to Veteran Recognition
On 3 Nov 2017 at 04:21 GMT David Wilson wrote:
I noted the source on Pike-1902 as Jill likely found it on that paysite notorious for poor documentation.
On 28 Oct 2017 at 07:05 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 26 Oct 2017 at 16:16 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Hope you are well. Just dropped by to say thank you for your contributions to the community's shared tree. Every contribution is appreciated you are doing a wonderful job of support others. You obviously love what you do Thank you
Member of the Wikitree Appreciation Team
On 3 Oct 2017 at 04:30 GMT Mel (Gilbert) Lambert wrote:
On 2 Oct 2017 at 03:36 GMT Mel (Gilbert) Lambert wrote:
On 10 Sep 2017 at 04:03 GMT Eddie Pike wrote: