An active Family Genealogist.
About me -- Profile photo dated July 2020.
A Full-Time Retired Male, living in a Central New York State, USA community -- "The Mohawk Valley."
Former Computing Development Engineer and Production Technologist in private industry, and retired from New York State as a computer analyst and contributing member of the Office of General Services Network Administration team. Also, a retired Chief Warrant Officer (W-4) with 33+ years in naval service, most sea-duty aboard conventional and nuclear submarines... this coupled with several shorter tours-of-duly aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59), and several Ship Intermediate Repair Tenders (AS-36, AR-5, and AD-18).
No more time for gainful employment.
Please check out my personal BLOG site; "Ancient Geek Fumes" at the linked website cited in the heading.
An attempt here is to shoot, enhance, and upload monument photos... rather than blindly making new Find A Grave (FAG) profiles that largely seem readily available from other online resources here in New York State. Statements by some gravers that FAG is not a genealogy website are flatly untrue, an opinion by some gravers that grossly understates the historical value of well-prepared profiles. What is true about marginal profiles created is -- "GIGO" -- Garbage-In-Garbage-Out -- profiles with untrue, unknown, or wishful thinking are not genealogically helpful... and in this Internet Age cause many family trees to be messed up with misinformation. Time for long-time gravers to recognize and accept that for a half-dozen years now, Find A Grave is a fully-owned subsidiary of the leading genealogy service Ancestry.com and FAG profiles created are increasingly more closely linked to family trees at Ancestry.com. Time to accept that the mission is changed -- please consider continuing your caring work and future contributions under the reality of new Ancestry management.
On a happy note, I've recently found in July 2020 one of our 3rd Great Grandparent pairs, a couple personally researched for a decade or more, and finally found via a strongly welcome Ancestry.com "hint." The Ancestry hint provided by what seems to be updated and better-defined hint criteria in Ancestry.com's growing database. The value of an improved Find A Grave-to-Ancestry.com database linkage seems to be paying strong dividends to genealogical research -- and is very much appreciated.
Here a rigorous attempt is made to enhance existing FAG profiles made by others with family links and related personal biographical information. Otherwise put, it seems more valuable to create quality rather than quantity in FAG profiles. Gratitude is extended to those significant contributors who readily transfer the management of FAG profiles of related persons that may have added without holding good background data on the deceased individuals. A warm thank you to these many FAG contributors -- your efforts are strongly appreciated. In particular, soldiers and sailors, particularly Revolutionary War and Civil War Veterans, are another area of strong personal interest and a significant attempt made here to better document their gallant service to the USA.
NOTHING... no images and/or written material that is uploaded by me are copyrighted... please copy and add any useful information found to your not-for-profit family trees.
Visitors are welcome and may freely use any of my growing public FAG contributions or Ancestry.com information and photos under the educational fair use doctrine -- use any of my unaltered photos without additional permission or contact. My total intention in making FAG contributions and Ancestry.com public tree information is to educate my current and unknown future descendants, including very distant cousins.
Regards, DJ Paul of Herkimer County, NY.
Last update 26 Jul 2021.