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I've been hanging out in cemeteries since I was 11 years old, and am grateful to my wife for tolerating it. My mother instilled in me a love of history, and a pride in where I come from. Born in Fairfax County, VA, my roots trace back through the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia all the way to Jamestown, but I also have ancestry in nearly every one of the original 13 colonies, as well as a few Canadian Provinces.
In over 30 years of research I have discovered ancestors who fought on both sides of the American Civil War, on both sides of the American War for Independence, as well as in almost every major conflict of the past 200 years. I hope to eventually add what I can to the memorials of my kin that are already on Find A Grave, and perhaps add others one day as well.
An avid traveler, when I am able, I have visited over 2 dozen nations around the Earth- having travelled and lived abroad throughout North America, Europe, The Caribbean, North Africa and Asia. When possible, I like to see the places where my family has been, and where great events in World History have transpired.
I'm open to taking on management of memorials for relatives of mine, no matter how distantly related, and I'm ready and willing to assist my fellow researchers if I am able. I almost neglected to mention that I graduated with honors from George Mason University in 2005 with a BA in History and a BA in Religious Studies, then earned my MA in History from GMU in 2008 (i.e., I can follow a paper trail).
I am also a former employee of Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc - the official guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery - where I worked on tour development, narration and training (2014-2015). In this capacity, I researched and scripted the first official tour script for the company, assisted in route planning, worked closely with company leaders and US Army staff, trained the first cohort of tour narrators, and delivered the company's first guided tour at ANC.
I don't suggest edits unless I'm convinced that my research is sound... though insomnia may have some effect on my sociability.