Mack Wills

Mack Wills

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I was born in 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii. I lived in the Islands until I moved to Florida in 1997 to live with my daughter and her family in East Palatka. Have been doing genealogy for over 60 years, having inherited the job from my Mother who started it in the 1920's when it involved a lot of letter writing.
I was a U.S. Navy Seabee in World War II and was in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and accumulated 36 1/2 years of military service and retired as a Colonel in 1991. I witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th in 1941.
Am a graduate of Chaminade University in Honolulu. Am in the St. Augustine Genealogy Society and the Putnam County Genealogy Society in Palatka. Inventoried physically all the cemeteries in St. Johns and Putnam Counties and printed the lists of graves in both. There are over 37,450 graves in all Putnam County cemeteries.
Since age has prevented my doing any more physical inventorying I have been extracting obituaries from old Palatka newspaper microfilms and then either adding them to Find A Grave or sending them to whomever had entered them in that website. I have completed those starting in 1884 through 1961 and am still working to add more on my weekly visits to the Palatka library. I have also been entering obituaries that a lady from my church clipped from the Palatka Daily News for the years 1990 through 2007 and send these to Find A Grave or to the originator of the Find A Grave site. There are about 800 or 900 obituaries in each of these years and I am currently in the year 1956. This keeps me active and off the streets and out of the bars.
Apparently I have been kept here to work on my loving task and will continue to do so until I am wanted elsewhere.


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