I was fortunate enough to have parents and grandparents who left a long and lasting impression of good on me. Though I miss those who have passed, I carry them close, in my heart – I think of and dream about them often.
I was also fortunate enough to marry an amazing woman from a sweet family. She is my life’s love and muse.
My family has taught me how to love deeply and to care about life. I cannot begin to express the profoundness of the gratitude I feel for these wonderful people in my life.
My family history tells the story of how I became what I am today – a jigsaw puzzle that fascinates and delights me. I love discovering and figuring out the placement of each puzzle piece. I especially enjoy reading, hearing, and sharing historical family stories and accounts that give color and perspective to the overall picture.
A Computer Genealogist
I built my first computer in 1968 and have been programming them since 1967 (PDP-8s). When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) came out with their free PAF genealogical database decades ago, I jumped on it. Today, I depend on Roots Magic (RM) as my prime genealogical software on my Windows 10 desktop. Every year, RM software gets more useful and better connected to major online repositories.
Thanks to online resources like findagrave.com, WikiTree.com, Genealogy.com, Ancestry.com, and the LDS church’s free online resource, FamilySearch.org, millions upon millions of records are available to anyone with access to the internet. I encourage you to join me and the nearly hundred thousand other contributors involved in FamilySearch’s on-going indexing program – over a billion records indexed so far!
I Love Photos!
Thanks to my Dad, I have a huge collection of digitally scanned Bennette-Odell family photos to share with you. Thanks to my Grandpa (Paul) Tuggle, I have an even larger collection of digitally scanned Tuggle-Beard family photos to share. And thanks to the Norman Family of North Carolina and Virginia, I have a large collection of Hurd-Warwick-Norman family photos for you to enjoy.
If you have a photo that might fit into my collection, please contact me!
Stories substantiate families and societies with historical context. We understand ourselves by reading the history of our families within the context of the environments in which we lived. If you have a story to share about one of my ancestors or relatives, I’d love to pass it along. Please contact me!
Correct Me, Please!
I’ve gathered a lot of data from a lot of sources. Some of it is not supported with adequate documentation. I appreciate any and all assistance toward making my database accurate. Please feel free to contact me – I love communicating with relatives.
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