~ Welcome to my 'home base' -- just a longterm beginner on F.A.G. Hope to pay my respects at many of your memorials and expand, as time allows -- Please know it is always with much reverence and a great honor for me to leave my small tokens for your loved ones. Started here to find genealogical records--lots of surprises! Below is 'me,' in a nutshell ... Thanks for visiting.
~ Native Californian. Raised and educated up & down U.S. west coast and England. Work in Africa, Latin America, parts S. Asia; now Middle East.
. Professional career: 20+ years M.D. (& M.P.H.) at U.S. university med schools & ctrs, private clinics. Specialties: Tropical Medicine & Global Public Health research ‘anywhere,' but mostly in developing countries. Past work: refugee & disaster response; occas. consult for military. Based in U.S. but travel often.
. Large extended family. Industrious relatives continue documenting huge amt of genealogical info up to present day. I have minor duties -- to investigate significant family illness when found and verify if heritable. For those proven relatives who may be at risk (living in 2014+), I make info available and offer help if they wish to have it. Also DNA analysis when acceptable -- a great assist in resolving several challenging links to relatives (d.t. adoptions, divorces, surname changes, even correcting "typos" on documents from typewriters back-in-the-day).
. Many family members (known & unknown) throughout Calif & up U.S. west coast to Canada; also from Michigan, Nebraska, Tenn, Missouri, Mississippi, etc., etc., with some Native American ancestry (Cherokee). My most recent origins are in U.K. and Asia-Pacific Islands. Many blood relatives found on this site with links to wide range of traceable family all over the world. Surprised, humbled and honored by these discoveries.
. This (wonderful) ‘Find-a-Grave' site was recommended to me ~ 2 mos ago. Very grateful to those who started it, and to all the folks who voluntarily contribute their time & immeasurable efforts. Has given us new opportunities to reflect on our beginnings & start to pay our respects to many; helping us pass on the inner light of all our past generations to family members who follow so that theirs' may shine more brightly ...... My most SINCERE, HEARTFELT THANKS to EVERYONE!