I grew up in Dunkirk, NY and spent the first 17 years in western NY NOT visiting so many places I wish I had. Since I've become obsessed with WikiTree I keep finding towns that sound familiar or that "I remember mom & Dad talking about so and so from....."
I went to school at Purdue (Lafayette, IN) and THEEE Ohio State (Columbus, OH) Universities studying Chemistry, ChemE, and Applied Statistics.
My wife Debbie is from Dunkirk also and we have two great kids who now live in California.
We initially lived in Granville, OH then moved to Jackson, TN, Amarillo, TX and Northville, MI. When we learned that a granddaughter was on the way, Debbie retired to help take care of her. I'm fully retired now as well. What idiot would retire and then buy a house in California, oh wait, I think I know one......
I got started in genealogy after taking a 23&me DNA test late 2017. The results did not give me as much info as I expected so I joined Ancestory.com and WikiTree. I also use RootsMagic-7 to help error proof before I upload info to WikiTree (which is kinda like submitting a paper for publishing and getting it peer reviewed) :-)
I now find myself somewhat obsessed with tracing families as they start on the east coast and migrate west (especially SAGE, BROWNELL, BALDWIN, BECK) The list of people just keeps growing! This feeds my need to solve puzzles and learn history and the regular contests in WikiTree provide a fix for my competitive nature.
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