Ryan Dariush Wood

Member for
7 years 6 months 27 days
Find a Grave ID
48735128

Bio

I have two degrees and a resume that extends back into my teenage years. Professionally, I work mostly as an office administrator in the real estate field. My original ambitions were numerous and varied (opera singer, high school foreign language teacher, editor, poet, novelist, librarian, lawyer), but I consider myself to be well placed in my current career path. I am a secular intellectual and an artist with a passion for Egyptology, genealogy, singing, playing the piano, and trying to procreate peace in a politically dysfunctional world.

I am an amalgam of European, Jewish, and Middle Eastern roots with a touch of Asian and Native American. My interest in genealogy began when I was 12 years old as a result of my parents' enigmatic stories about our antecedents, and the journey has continued for more than 30 years. I have held numerous positions and memberships in the field, including President of the North Country Genealogical Society; President and Genealogist of the Lunenburg, Vermont Historical Society; The Vermont Historical Society; Sons of the American Revolution; The New England Historic Genealogical Society; etc.

While I do not identify as a taphophile in the strictest sense of the term, I am an ardent lover of all things relating to the study and preservation of cemeteries. The vast majority of the memorials that I manage here on Find-a-Grave are my direct ancestors, with a small percentage being collateral relatives and more distantly related individuals. Holding memorials hostage is a narcissistic practice, so I am more than happy to consider transferring any of those more distantly related individuals to the management of their direct descendants. My father and I invested hundreds of volunteer hours in repairing and recording the local cemeteries and gravestones of Lunenburg, VT and the surrounding towns many years ago. He passed away in February of 2020 and, although he can no longer work at my side, I take tremendous pride in continuing the pursuit in his memory with my mother's loving encouragement.

I have two degrees and a resume that extends back into my teenage years. Professionally, I work mostly as an office administrator in the real estate field. My original ambitions were numerous and varied (opera singer, high school foreign language teacher, editor, poet, novelist, librarian, lawyer), but I consider myself to be well placed in my current career path. I am a secular intellectual and an artist with a passion for Egyptology, genealogy, singing, playing the piano, and trying to procreate peace in a politically dysfunctional world.

I am an amalgam of European, Jewish, and Middle Eastern roots with a touch of Asian and Native American. My interest in genealogy began when I was 12 years old as a result of my parents' enigmatic stories about our antecedents, and the journey has continued for more than 30 years. I have held numerous positions and memberships in the field, including President of the North Country Genealogical Society; President and Genealogist of the Lunenburg, Vermont Historical Society; The Vermont Historical Society; Sons of the American Revolution; The New England Historic Genealogical Society; etc.

While I do not identify as a taphophile in the strictest sense of the term, I am an ardent lover of all things relating to the study and preservation of cemeteries. The vast majority of the memorials that I manage here on Find-a-Grave are my direct ancestors, with a small percentage being collateral relatives and more distantly related individuals. Holding memorials hostage is a narcissistic practice, so I am more than happy to consider transferring any of those more distantly related individuals to the management of their direct descendants. My father and I invested hundreds of volunteer hours in repairing and recording the local cemeteries and gravestones of Lunenburg, VT and the surrounding towns many years ago. He passed away in February of 2020 and, although he can no longer work at my side, I take tremendous pride in continuing the pursuit in his memory with my mother's loving encouragement.

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