Tom Shaw
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Tom Shaw

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Tom L. Shaw
Born 1950s.
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Tom's Genealogy Résumé

Tom had a passing interest in genealogy (and history in general) for years but, after the death of his father, Sandy Shaw in 2011, the topic was brought to light while talking with one of his brothers, Bill Shaw, and an uncle, Richard Mulholand. Since that time, his interest has developed into a borderline obsession. He has immersed himself in his family's heritage, and now researches the ancestral lines for all four of his grandparents on an almost daily basis. He makes full use of a vast array of technological weaponry in his continuing quest to smash the brick walls cleverly constructed by his ancestors, but understands that, at the root of it all, the best and most rewarding research is done in person.

In November 2012, while on a trip to Ohio for a family wedding, he took a day trip to Wheeling, West Virginia to research the family of his maternal grandmother, Mary (Flood) Mulholand. With the help of a local librarian, he was put in touch with a previously unknown third cousin from Wheeling, who produced a wall-smashing 1873 letter mailed to his great-grand aunt, Maggie Flood, by William Flood, an unknown Irish brother of Tom and his new third cousin's second great-grandfather, John G. Flood. Within a few weeks, he had made online connections with two more Flood relatives; a third cousin in Ireland (on Facebook) and a fourth cousin in England (with a family tree on

Tom maintains active subscriptions and accounts on a variety of genealogical search sites, including:,,, and; and uses Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree and GRAMPS genealogy software programs to manage and share his data. He has completed both autosomal and Y-DNA tests and submitted those results for comparison with others on Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, Y-Search and GEDmatch. Additionally, he is the creator and administrator of several Facebook genealogy groups, including:

Google Earth® for Genealogists (Closed Group);
County Leitrim (Ireland) History and Genealogy (Closed Group);
County Waterford (Ireland) History and Genealogy (Closed Group);
County Wexford (Ireland) History and Genealogy (Closed Group); and,
Genealogy of the Shaw, Mulholand, Sites and Flood Families (Secret Group)

He also actively participates in a number of other Facebook genealogy groups relating to DNA and the use of technology, as well as several county genealogy groups in the states of Ohio and West Virginia. The Google Earth for Genealogists group, which Tom created and now co-administers with well-known genealogy blogger Lisa Louise Cook and others, now has over 6,000 members. In June 2014, he became one of WikiTree's volunteer leaders and, along with several other leaders, founded WikiTree's Global Cemeteries Project (GCP).

Tom's motto is: "A forgotten past begets a forgotten future." He encourages all people, and genealogists in particular, to seek out their older relatives and ask them about their memories of the past before they, and the opportunities to interact with them, are gone. He also encourages everyone to share their family history with others for the benefit of those that will follow in our footsteps. As described by Wikipedia, "Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members." Based on this description, Tom believes that researchers who hoard and hide their information from others are not true genealogists because they are unwilling to demonstrate what they have found. So, be a "real" genealogist and share!

Tom's Personal Biography

I was born on August 10, 1957 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. My parents, Sanford J. "Sandy" and Alice (Mulholand) Shaw, and my older brother, Greg, resided at 516 South Lincoln Street in Kent, Ohio. The following year, our family moved to Columbus, Ohio for a brief period, then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1959. In 1962, we returned to Kent and my parents bought a house located at 329 North Willow Street. Our family attended Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Kent, and in 1963, I started in the first grade at the parish's elementary school. In 1965, I took a job as a carrier for the local newspaper, the Record Courier. Over the next four years, my route grew to cover all of the northeastern neighborhoods of the City of Kent, including a large portion of the main campus of Kent State University (KSU). While growing up in Kent, my Dad and I were active in Cub Scouts, little league baseball and golfing. In 1968, our little league baseball team, Mastercraft Construction, came in second in the city tournament. That same year, I placed second in the city's junior golf tournament held at the KSU Golf Course, but you know what they say about second-place finishers! :)

The following year, my parents opened a bar and restaurant, the Village Inn and Village Pizza Shop, in Louisville, Ohio, about 40 miles south of Kent. It soon became obvious that a daily commute of 80 miles would be too much for everyone, so our family moved there later that summer. Our first residence in Louisville was a house located at 309 West Gorgas Street. My parents worked hard to build up their businesses, and I helped out by working as the janitor, cleaning the tavern every morning. That fall, I started school at Louisville Junior High School. In 1971, we moved to another home located at 300 North Mill Street. The next year, my Dad suffered a major heart attack that forced him into a prolonged retirement. My Mom took control of both of the businesses and, over the next twelve years, the bar and pizza shop became known as two of the most popular establishments in Louisville. In June 1975, I graduated from Louisville High School, and a few months later, I left home to start college at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus.

During my first two years at OSU, I lived in on-campus dormitories. In my freshman year, I lived in Room 1251 of Morrill Tower. My roommates were Jeff and Joe, from East Liverpool, Ohio, and Rolando, who was from Panama. In 1976-77, I roomed with Rolando in Room 239 of Bradley Hall. During the following year, Rolando and I teamed up with three other former suitemates from Morrill Tower: Gary, from Coshocton, Ohio; Chip, from Parma Heights, Ohio; and, Dave, from Dayton, Ohio. We all banded together and rented a house located at 247 Chittenden Avenue. Having learned the fine art of cooking from my Mom, I offered to buy groceries and cook dinner for the crew every night, as long as the rest of them took care of keeping the house clean. Everyone pitched in $30 per week, but even on a budget of $150 per week for five hungry college students, we all ate like kings!

Shortly after midnight on January 26, 1978, a blizzard of historic proportions descended on central Ohio, eventually covering most of the other midwestern states in the U.S. as well. That morning, residents of Columbus woke to an arctic landscape outside. Overnight, the temperature had plummeted to zero behind a 40 to 60 MPH wind, bringing heavy snow and wind-chill factors ranging down to about 35 degrees below zero. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be) I had a test in my geology class that morning. So, after piling on layer after layer of clothing and a knock-off Air Force parka, I set out for campus. Nearly a half an hour later (a walk that would usually take less than 15 minutes), I arrived at Orton Hall and read a handwritten sign on the door saying that classes had been cancelled due to the weather (for the first time since the University had opened!). Fortunately, the building was open, so I went inside and thawed out for awhile before making the treacherous return trip home. On the way, I made a vow to myself (which I kept!), that once I had finished with college, I was going to move to a place where I would never have to experience weather like that again!

For my last two years at college, Gary, Chip and I lived together in a house located at 51 West Northwood Avenue. In August 1980, I graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Natural Resources, with a specialization in strip mine reclamation. Unfortunately, the economic climate at the time was such that most recent college graduates were having a difficult time finding their first career opportunity, and I was no exception. I moved back to my parents' house in Louisville and resumed working at the bar and pizza shop. Over the next two years, I sent out resumes to over 200 companies, but only received replies from about five of them. Finally, in early 1982, a phosphate mining company offered to fly me down to north Florida for an interview. Although the interview did not lead to a job offer, I took advantage of the opportunity visit with my Dad (who was now wintering in Lakeland, Florida on the advice of his physician), my uncle Tom 'T.R.' Shaw, and my cousins, Jim and Dick Shaw. Shortly after returning to Ohio, I decided to move to Texas with two friends from Louisville. In July 1982, we took off in my old Mercury Monterey and headed for Brenham, Texas, where some other friends from Louisville had moved to previously.

To be continued...


Date Event
8/10/1957 Birth at Robinson Memorial Hospital - Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio
1957-58 Resided at 516 S Lincoln St, Kent, Portage County, Ohio
1958-59 Resided in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
1959-62 Resided in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin]]
1962-69 Resided at 329 N Willow St, Kent, Portage County, Ohio
1969-75 Resided in Louisville, Stark County, Ohio
1972-75 Attended Louisville High School in Louisville, Stark County, Ohio
1975-80 Resided in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
1975-80 Attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
8/15/1980 Graduated from The Ohio State University - B.S. Natural Resources
1980-82 Resided in Louisville, Stark County, Ohio
1982-87 Resided in Brenham, Washington County, Texas
1987- Residing in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
10/13/1990 Married to Kimberly A. Ruge in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
1995 Birth of son in Brandon, Hillsborough County, Florida
1997 Birth of daughter in Brandon, Hillsborough County, Florida
5/16/2001 Divorced from Kimberly A. (Ruge) Shaw
7/12/2006 Married to Lexi N. Hames in Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County, Florida
3/8/2011 Death of father, Sanford J. Shaw, in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
5/17/2012 Joined WikiTree
Current To be continued...


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Hi, Tom

This is to check in with you about the Ambassadors Project. There has been some revamping and reorganizing done. You have the badge, but I don’t show you as having access to the project google group.

Please send me a private message with what teams you would like to be on, as well as the email you want to use for the google group. If you use a different email address for trusted list access on WikiTree, please note that as well.

Please review the project page to learn more about the different teams:

I look forward to hearing back from you!

Azure Rae

posted by Azure Robinson
Hello, sir. Can you tell me anything about the descendants of Raymond Swinford Shackleton, for whom you are listed as source?

Specifically, if he has a granddaughter or great-granddaughter named Lorna Shackleton, now about 23 or so? Or perhaps Raymond has another unlisted brother who might be her great-grand?

Pls respond with any info to my email or profile page, and delete this inquiry as it behooves you.

BTW, "Tom and Luke are 15th cousins" via our 14th great-grandmother Marion Houston Crawford.

And are you yourself related to the Shackletons?

Regards, Luke

Hi Tom;

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group.

See for details.

The Teams are :-

1 Categories Team
2 Counties Team
3 Managed Profiles Team
4 Membership Team
5 Profile Improvement Team
6 Topics Team
7 Diaspora

Can you let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project and which team(s) you’d like to join. Please also let me know your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group or confirm you are already a member of the google group.

Many thanks,

Amy Gilpin Ireland Project Coordinator

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Tom,

We have not heard back from you about the Global Cemeteries Project so assume you do not wish to continue in the project at this time. Thank you for all the contributions you have made; we are sorry to see you go. You are most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign up post.

Susie :-)

Leader, Global Cemeteries Project

Hi Tom

You received a message a couple of weeks ago about the new-look Global Cemeteries Project but we have not yet heard back from you. If you would like to continue in the project, please can you PM me your team(s) selections and your e-mail address for the Google group.

If I don’t hear back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project at this time.

Many thanks,

Darren :-)

Project Coordinator for Membership Global Cemeteries Project

posted by Darren Kellett
Hi Tom,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries


It's been a week since I first contacted you about the Categorization project. If I don't hear from you by August 14, I will assume that you don't wish to be part of the project any longer and will remove the badge. I thank you and look forward to hearing from you. Natalie, Categorization

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Hi Tom,

I’m Natalie, leader of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project. Thanks, Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Hi Tom,

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


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posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
We are 6th cousins 1xr :)
posted by Jessica Hatfield
Hey Tom.. Ur missing ( Mountian Grove Cemetery ) In Bridgeport Conn. Fairfield County.. If u check it out, U will be Very surprized on who made it and burried in it.
posted by Rob Johnson Jr.