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Paul Hays (#47393402)
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Bio Photo It is indeed desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
--Plutarch (AD 46-127) "Of the Training of Children," Morals

I'm a native of Washington, DC, and have lived here most of my life. My parents met while at George Washington University, my father a Mississippi native, and mother a transplanted Kansan. I graduated from the Capitol Page School after four years as a Supreme Court page, then went to Georgetown, and while at GU began a 41-year career working in the House of Representatives. From 1988 until retiring in 2007 I was the House Reading Clerk, or announcer.

Like my father and grandfather, I'm a Mason. I'm also active in the Sons of the American Revolution, belong to a few other lineage societies, and believe it worthwhile to preserve genealogical data found in cemeteries for future generations. I've devoted considerable time in particular to the graveyards of Lamar County, Alabama, where my paternal grandparents were born; Arlington National Cemetery, four miles from my home; and Congressional Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark eight blocks away, of which my wife was Executive Director 2008-2012.

Surnames in my direct lines include Adamson (England>PA>TN>IN>IA), Astle (Derbyshire>IL>KS), Bennett (Somerset> Jamestown), Brewer (NC>KY>AL),
Brown (SC>MS>AL), Dark (NC>TN>IL),
Dodd (MD), Dowdle (Ireland>SC>MS>AL), Ford (VA>TN>MS), Fountain (DE/MD> IN>IA>KS), Fowler (MA>OH>KS), Hankins (NY>NJ>VA>TN>AL), Hart (NC), Hays/ (Haas?) (SC>MS>AL), Hickman (IL>AL), Kennard (PA>NJ>OH), Kirkland (VA>NC>TN>AL), Mattox/Maddox (Eng/Wales>VA>NC>TN>MS), Meixell/ Maxwell (Germany>PA>OH>IL>KS), McDougal (Ireland>PA>NC>SC>MS>AL), Melton (NC>TN), Middleton (SC>MS), Moore (NC>TN>AL), Morton (SC>TN>AL), Overman (Germany>England>CT>NC), Peden (Ireland>SC), Sellers (NC>TN>IL) and Williams (Wales>PA>MD>NC>TN>IN>IA>KS).

As with anything on the Internet, you should verify the accuracy of information posted on Find a Grave before accepting it as fact, and especially before spreading it. Memorials under my care contain only data for which I have evidence. If I can’t prove a place, date, or family link I prefer to leave the field blank rather than spread misinformation.

Therefore, before you propose an edit, please consider 1) whether it really adds anything otherwise unavailable on-line, and 2) whether you have in hand adequate evidence to prove the accuracy of the edit.

While I'm willing to add information, I insist that each change be supported by clear, specific, verifiable evidence. Because Find a Grave’s automated edit system lacks a way to attach evidence, my email address is provided below for that purpose.

Examples of good evidence include,

“1910 Federal census, Midland Co., TX, E. D. 165, Sheet --, Line --. “---------” age 3 months, born in ----, living with her parents --------- and ---------- in the household of her paternal grandfather ---------.

“-------- accompanied her husband --------- to Havana, Cuba, in the 1950s where he was an agricultural attaché at the U. S embassy until 1961. See Foreign Claims Settlement CU----- at

"His son ---------’s marriage license (attached) naming parents.

"Florida Death Index has ---------, born -- --- ----, died -- --- ---- in Dade County, FL."

I don't necessarily require official documents - published obituaries often suffice - but images rather than internet links are preferred. I do not open unrecognized URL's.

Please understand that:

1) Before adding, changing, or deleting information in a memorial, I will need to see convincing, specific evidence supporting each change.
2) Neither "the 1930 census," "," nor the title of a book is specific -- the identified images are.
3) I really do require documentary evidence, rather than hearsay; being "related" is not evidence, nor is being "the family historian."
4) All edits are considered on a case-by-case basis, but kindly remember that they are suggestions, not commands.
5) Lectures about doing the research myself may make you feel superior, but they don't show me what I need to see, and they certainly won’t enhance the likelihood of approval.

I hold edits received without evidence for 24 hours, then decline and delete them. They may of course be resubmitted when evidence becomes available. Many thanks!
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