dmossfritchMember Since 23 Feb 2016
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Western Washington State
I started my genealogical researches in 1965 using paper forms. I would NEVER return to paper forms with their major problems when transferring information by hand from one form to another and resulting error situations.
In the mid-1980s I moved my paper genealogy records to computers, first onto CPM+, then DOS, and finally to Windows family history software. Over the years I have used most genealogy software, including many no longer available, such as The Master Genealogist (1994-2002) and Genbox (2002-2016).
In 1972 I completed the Ancestry Research Certificate program (Brigham Young University) and in 2002 a Canadian Records program (National Institute for Genealogical Studies). In the early 2000s I was the Review Editor for the "APG Quarterly" (Association of Professional Genealogists).You will find my early work on CD 1 of the World Family Tree series, FamilySearch Person records, the Loyalist Directory (United Empire Loyalists Association website), Find A Grave, and various 'family record collections' included in Ancestry record databases.
I was a member of the National Genealogical Society (1971-2016). In December 2016 I resigned my life membership with NGS in protest to NGS policies and treatment of individual members; along with their repeated refusal to offer any guidance to recording LGBTQ family members.
I retired from the US Army in 1983 as an investigator for counterintelligence (HUMINT) during which I "supervised and conducted counterintelligence surveys and investigations to detect, identify, assess, counter, exploit and neutralize adversarial, Foreign Intelligence Service, and terrorist threats to national security".
After retiring from the US Army, I spent the next 26 years as a writer (database API, schema, and reports) and manager (with an MBA) in Silicon Valley. The last decade before retiring at 66, I was the writer and manager of a publications department for an international company.