About The Webmaster

Calling myself a "Webmaster" is a bit too much. My first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80, back sometime in the late 1970's I think, when they first hit the market. Many other machines have now come and gone. That first machine came with only 4K of RAM, and we were able to do amazing things with it. I wrote my own word processor, my early version of Windows, long before the real thing came out. I could switch between to different screens, which was a real inovation back then.

I've had a couple of Commodores, a Radio Shack Model I, another Radio Shack with a 10 MB hard drive, and sit here now with 12 desk top machines and two laptops. Top speed right now comes from a Pentium 4 running at 3.2 GHz and with a 500 Gig hard drive. Really leaves my first machine behind.

When it came to the genealogy, my Dad and sister Karen, gave me a boost about 20 years ago, by getting some of the basic things together, then I went on from there. Being a real novice at genealogy, I had a very slow start and thought that getting back to my Great Grandfather was really something. As I began to become familiar with records and using the computer, I began to make real progress and I started finding things that no relatives knew about. There are currently over 25,000 names connected to two large Ripley trees in my files. I may be a long time in getting all those names out on the Web, but they do make interesting reading. I have found that the hardest people to get information from are close relatives, privacy concerns I guess.

I owe a real debt of gratitude to the many other geneolgist friends here on the Web and elsewhere, whose work has joined in many parts of this effort. Each indivdual effort has helped in the greater goal, of finding and getting aquainted with our many ancestors. To all those researchers, I tip my hat with a big thankyou. Oh that car at the lower right, it's a 1951 Chevy, Powerglide Deluxe, 6 cyclinder, two door, my first car. Cost me $175 in 1959!

Happy hunting to all my geneolgist friends.