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I am a retired metal fabricator and began genealogy as a hobby about twelve years ago, mainly to prove or disprove family lore. The past eight years has been spent full time at this endeavor. It has blossomed into a never ending project but I do get a lot of enjoyment in the hunt. I get the feeling I could have made a good detective, especially when a plan comes together. I have taken 14 family lines back in time, many into the 14 and 1500's. Three of which, Standish and Rogers,and Soule were on the Mayflower and one, Chase, was with Governor Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Many more are traced to the early and middle 1600's in New England.

My family lines:
German, Stinnett, Pingrey, Mead, Emery, Shay, Chase, Drake, Tozier, Stephens, Bach, Grandlienard, Standish, Rogers, Potter, Newman, Knapp, plus many others that have married into these lines that I have not pursued more than a generation or two, plus there are just to many to list here.

I have written a book on the Grandlienard family in which I include a family tree covering all the known descendants of Claudat Grandlienard and his wife Perrenette Girardin ca. 1600, of Perrefitte, Switzerland and covering 14 generations in Switzerland, The Netherlands and America.

The picture to the left is of me in early 1947 on my dad's RD6 Caterpillar wearing his hat in the almond orchard. Dad would let us sit between his legs and try to pull on the frictions. Dad bought this 1930's RD6 when he was in his late teens. It was well used during WW II while dad was off to war. He rented it out to different construction companies that used it in building state-side military facilities in northern California and Nevada, as well as Sacramento Northern Railroad.

While I understand one's desire to manage a particular memorial, I do not transfer memorials unless it follows Findagrave guidelines. All of those under my management are related to me. I have been subjected to people that believe they are the only ones that should have control and they have gotten very testy. One such person sent me many emails arguing she had more right than I to manage a person we were both related to and could not understand my saying no. Get a grip on your ego folks! I say to you; once I have said no to a transfer that is the end of it! The more you push the deeper I dig in. Please respect the fact many of these memorials are the result of a lot of investment in both time and money. I did not do the research to just hand it over to someone else. I am more than happy to work with people to improve upon any memorial I manage. I ask if you want information changed or added please be prepared to provide supporting evidence.


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