Bill Sekel Jr
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Bill Sekel Jr

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Bill E. Sekel Jr
Born 1950s.
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"vita enim mortuorum memoriam vivorum est posita" Cicero.

"No sky to high, no sea to deep. Marine Corps parachutist and Navy diver, no fear."


Bill Sekel Jr is a Project Member of Military and War Project.

My genealogical journey started when I was going through my father's papers and found my mother's birth certificate. It had her mother's maiden name on it, it was a name I had never seen or heard of before. Her parents died with she was very young and she was raised by two very kind people who I will always consider as my grand parents.

I visited several genealogical web sites and out of all the sites, I found a profile of my biological grand mother here on WikiTree. I knew what my biological grand fathers name was and now here was a profile staring me in the face that had both their names on it but listed no children. I contacted the profile manager and was soon corresponding with a new found cousin.

I became obsessed with trying to prove it and I was soon overrun with pieces of paper. Census records, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, obituaries and newspaper articles of all my deceased Aunt's and Uncle's. Of course I had cousins telling me this and that but their stories were always different from each other so I had to find out for myself.

Being able to connect my mother and her siblings to this profile was one of the most self satisfying things I have done and I now have a family tree to present to my grand children.

For me it was also the "setting of the hook." I can sum up genealogical work with one word, "addictive."

More about me stuff

Former Police Officer. Mobile, Alabama.

Former Sheriff's Office 911 Operator. Gillespie County, Texas.

Beekeeper. Member East Texas Beekeeping Association.

Sons of the American Revolution, National #191935, Texas Society.

General Society of the War of 1812, National #7368, Texas Society.

1stSgt USMC Retired.

7th Great grandson of Thomas Vandermark.

4th Great grandson of Wilhelmus Vandermark. Lt, 4th Regiment Ulster County, New York Militia, American Revolution.


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Hello, Bill,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Military and War Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Bill,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Military and War Project, and we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

If you wish to remain, please let us know how you have been contributing to the tasks and goals of the project or any of its sub-projects recently, it would be very helpful to the leaders.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things and remove you from the project. You will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you,

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, Ron,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Congratulations Bill !
wonderful wikitreer
Bill Sekel Jr is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
posted by Nicole Duchesne
Hi Bill, When I found the photo of my father and his mother I was so excited. This was taken on the Livingston's farm north of Malden, Mass. Nina lived with her parents while she worked as a Practical Nurse and my dad couldn't stay there. I have a feeling the Livingston's was where he stayed till he grew up.
Sorry for the long delay in responding! I have not been very active in the past few years, but I recently uploaded my Gedcom and DNA test to this site. My main tree is on MyHeritage. Thanks again!