I was born in Washington, DC. But, I grew up on my maternal grandparents' small farm in the Landon community, 5 miles north of Gulfport, MS. I lived in the greater Houston, TX area for 48 years from 1972-2020. My wife and I retired in 2012 after long careers in engineering (mine) and information technology (hers). We relocated in August 2020 to Charter House, a retirement community owned and operated by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since retiring, I have been able to spend more time in genealogy and family history research and in hiking and travelling. That's especially true now that we have the challenges of house sale, downsizing, and major relocation behind us. We like Rochester, especially the easy access to world-class medical services which we know will become even more helpful as we age. It's a lot colder in the wintertime here than in MS and TX but not much different from WV and NY where we lived for a few years after college. And, it's really nice here in the spring, summer and fall.
I have been actively involved in genealogy and family history since 2005, and I wish I had started sooner. I am a participant in the WEBB Surname DNA project, and I am actively involved in EDGAR, DICKINSON and HIGH Surname DNA projects.
Surnames of special research interest include: WEBB, BEWLEY, VON HASSELN, CARTER, MCCORD, DAVIS, MILLER, HIGH, LAWRENCE, ARNOLD, BOBO, BLASSINGAME, EDGAR, WITHERINGTON, WOLLARD, DICKINSON, POWER, KINNISON, MCMANUS, BROWN, MAYS, KELLEY, SMITH, WRIGHT, BATCHELOR, PRIDGEN, DONNELLY, KNOX, DOUGLASS, GOODE, CULPEPPER, GUTHRIE, GARNER, STONE, BLUM, HART, MURPHREE, PATTON, SWISHER, WALTERS, ADAM, MCCLEOD, WYLIE, CLARKSON, COTTER, MEARA, HANRAHAN, MEEHAN, MORAN, TOBIN, NOLAN, MURPHY, and others, especially in TX, OK, MS, LA, AL, GA, SC, NC, TN, VA, PA, NJ and NY (and England, Scotland and Ireland).
I especially enjoy collaborating with other researchers and finding and sharing more information about our ancestors. Find A Grave has been a wonderful resource for my cousins and me in our ancestral research, and we are trying to increasingly do our parts to contribute.
I continue to be impressed with and inspired by the gracious, cooperative, respectful attitudes of most Find A Grave contributors.