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) Peden (Ireland>SC) Sellers (NC>TN>IL) and Williams (Wales>PA>MD>NC>TN>IN>IA>KS).
Note: I'm glad to incorporate additional information on memorials, if reliable sources are provided. Far too often, data submitted via F/G’s 'automated' suggestion system is inaccurate. I've therefore reached the point that I require clear and specific evidence supporting each proposed change. That doesn't mean a death certificate - a published obit will usually suffice for example, but if you have no documentation please don't bother. Suggestions submitted without adequate evidence will be declined. And no, being "related" is not evidence, nor does SSDI prove place of birth or death.