Barry Michie

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President, Riley County Genealogical Socety, Manhattan, Kansas

Profile photo was taken in 1986. Things have changed since then...a bit older and hopefully wiser but immediate family constituents remain the same.

I welcome contacts, inquiries about family names and am responsive to edits usually within a day if not hours.

Born and grew up in Santa Rosa, CA, and have been interested in family history since sitting at my grandfather Michie's knee as a little guy going through all his family photos from Scotland.

Really caught the bug about 35 years ago when I took over the family history project from my mother who had done amazing things all by snail mail and accumulated an outstanding collection of photos, documents, family letters, clippings, etc.

My wife is from India and have been working on her family history as well - a much harder slog as there are so few official records and about "zip" on line.

Residing Manhattan, Kansas, and retired from Kansas State University (anthropologist).

General interests: 1) tracing and documenting ancestors, their siblings and descendents, 2) Shatto surname study (maternal grandmother's line) linking up as many I can find with their descendants, 3) tracing out Michie kith and kin in Scotland - an ever expanding web of kinship.

Other names: Michie & Gray (in Scotland), Dampier, Boyer, Boyd, Gardner, Kitch, Umberger, Godbold, Hodges, Kingsbury (brother-in-law's family) and many more.

Findagrave interest: Finding/creating memorials and linking them together so collectively they create a family narrative as best can be done. Major concern is going beyond simple birth/death dates and places to add bios and photos that provide a glimpse into who people were in the context of family history and their times. Still an anthropologist at heart!!

A favorite John Donne poem appropriate for Findagrave

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.


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