L. Ray Sears III, P.E.
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L. Ray Sears III, P.E.

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Capt L. Ray Sears III, P.E.
Born 1950s.
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Son of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1920s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Father of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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L. Ray Sears III, P.E. is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1974-1982
Capt, 232d Signal Company, Cold War, West Germany
L. Ray has participated in 37 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Photos Challenge.
L. Ray has participated in 37 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Ancestors Challenge.
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Leslie Ray Sears, III attended Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA and received a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He had an ROTC scholarship there and was commissioned a 2LT in the US Army in 1974. He served in the Signal Corps until 1982 and was a platoon leader in the 25th Signal Battalion, and Company Commander of the 232d Signal Company, Worms, Germany. He has been working on the Sears Family History since 1976 and is author of Sears Genealogical Catalogue c.1992 and a follow-on series of newsletters. As Family Historian, he maintains the website for the Sears Family Association™

He graduated from the University of Utah MBA, 1974 paid for courtesy of the US Army and taxpayers like you!

After finishing his Army career he worked in the oil patch for Halliburton Services and received patents for his work on oil well cementing instrumentation.

With 17 years of oilfield work as a research engineer he decided to try his hand at the dot.com world during the boom of the late 90s. Working at Cape Internet he helped provide Internet Service via dial-up MODEM to 20,000 subscribers on Cape Cod. That company was purchased by Earthlink so he went to work for eJobBid - a custom home insulation application and then intraMedia, a custom software development firm.

Returning to Oklahoma, Ray worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation on Air Force contracts at Tinker AFB for 17 years and retired in the summer of 2018 to pursue his genealogy interests full-time!

Sources

  • First-hand information. Entered by Leslie Ray Sears, III at registration.
  • Sears, L. Ray III. "Sears Genealogical Catalogue" Advanced Business Systeems, Duncan , OK 1992. see at archive.org
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with a Family Tree DNA Y-DNA test, kit number 71407, R1b1a2a1a1c2b2a1a1: SNP Z8 which matches 6 other documented descendants:
Kits:
206219- J Sears- MRCA-unknown- only 12 markers
N20525- R Sears- MRCA 6th grt-grandfather (7th cousins) Paul Sears only 12 markers
N63745- M Sears- MRCA 5th grt-grandfather (6th cousins) Paul Sears only 12 markers
N69465- K A Sears- MRCA 7th grt-grandfather (8th cousins) Richard Sears 67 markers but MRCA not confirmed
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Leslie Ray Sears, FTDNA kit #71407, and his 8th cousin once removed, S Sears, FTDNA kit #288941, match at a Genetic Distance of 3 on 37 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Richard Sears. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 10 generations is 98.89% and within the last 8 generations is 97.28%.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Leslie Ray Sears, FTDNA kit #71407, and his 8th cousin, C Sears, FTDNA kit #260241, match at a Genetic Distance of 3 on 37 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Richard Sears. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 10 generations is 94.52% and within the last 8 generations is 88.79%.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with AncestryDNA Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: child/parent based on sharing 3,461 cM across 67 segments.
  • Sibling relationship is confirmed with AncestryDNA Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: based on sharing 2,791 cM across 59 segments with sibling#1 and 2,371 cM across 65 segments with sibling #2

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  • L. Ray Sears: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #71407
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Hello, Ray,

I replied to your email last Thursday and have sent a message today. Are they going to your spam file?

Stephanie

Hello, Ray,

I have been trying to reach you or your sister via private message about our DNA match. I wonder if my messages have gone to spam since I've gotten no reply. Would you please contact me? Thanks very much.

Stephanie Jones Martineau (Jones-80342)

Hi there, Ray!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 100!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Ray,

Our Team Massachusetts Chat page is up and running at:https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1023588/team-massachusetts-2020-c-a-t-chat . Included are links to Watchlist errors and WT errors. Have fun this weekend, and stay safe. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi L.,

I noticed that you were currently following the CEMETERIES tag, but were not yet a member of the Cemeteries Global Cemeteries Project.If you are interested in more details about the project, or are just ready to sign up, please head on over to our G2G Welcome Post for more information.

I look forward to seeing you around the tree!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris
Hi,

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris
Marty Acks will be leading the Musty Dusty 2020 Clean-A-Thon Team again this year. I hope you will consider joining us again or for the first time. It is coming up again in 4 short weeks from April 24-26.

If interested, leave a post on this G2G thread https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1007803/have-you-registered-for-the-2020-spring-clean-a-thon-yet.

For more information on the team. see the page: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Musty_Dusty_Pre-1500_Clean-A-Thon2020

posted by Robin Lee
As a member of the Puritan Great Migration Project I would like to invite you to join our google group used to discuss pgm profiles. Please respond to this email by sending me a private message, (so I'll have your email) and I will send you an invitation to join the group.
posted by Anne B
Thank you L.Ray for your kind offer. I appreciate all the work you have done over the years. -sandy
Hi, we are 12th cousin three times removed. Nice to meet you.
posted by Marsha Turner
Thank you for all you do for the Sears name. I am planning on trying to get the rest of my Sears line from the book by S. P. May in the Addendum in during the Connect-a-thon. Thanks again for all you do.

Congrats for the well earned honor.

posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
L. Ray Sears is 24 Degrees from Maggie N.

Nice to read about why you are a member!

posted by Maggie N.
Nice to meet you, 6th great-nephew of wife of 8th great-uncle (Josiah Pidge).
posted by Scott Hutchins
We are 8th Cousins, both descendants of Isaac Alden.
posted by Peggy (Haskell) Moss
I was glad to read about you on Meet Our Members today, and I think when we first interacted in January, we were not yet connected. I see you've been busy making that happen, so thank you for doing that 7th cousin once removed!
posted by Joseph Bui
Nice to read about you on Meet Our Members. Thank you for your service to our country. <3 We are 10th cousins through my Riggs ancestry.
posted by James Stratman
Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge! Please make sure to add pre-1500 as one of your followed tags so that you can stay in touch with other badge members and know about anything needing your attention.
posted by Robin Lee

L. Ray is 23 degrees from Mary McCauley, 21 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.