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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. Entirely too much inaccurate information makes its way into F/G memorials based on assumptions or family lore.

Memorials under my care contain only data for which I have evidence. If a place, date, or family link can't be proven, the field will be left blank.

When proposing any edit therefore, you'll do us both a favor by simultaneously providing substantiation. While I'm willing to add information, each change must be supported by clear, specific, verifiable evidence. Since Find a Grave’s automated edit system provides no way to attach evidence, my email address is published below for that purpose.

Official documents aren't necessarily required. Published obituaries will often suffice, but images, rather than internet links, are preferred. I do not open unrecognized URLs.

General references such as "the 1930 census," "FamilySearch," "WWI draft registration," or the title of a book, are neither clear nor specific - identified images from those sources probably would be.

Hearsay is not evidence. Nor is being "related," or being "the family historian."

Lectures about doing the research myself won't enhance the likelihood your edits will be accepted. They also ignore the fact that you found the memorial in the first place only because of information I dug up and posted.

Finally - edits are suggestions. They are not commands.

Because of volume, suggestions received without evidence are held at most 24 hours, then declined and deleted. Of course they may be resubmitted when evidence becomes available.

Here are some examples of clear, specific, and verifiable evidence:

“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."

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