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Conducting a performance of Sweeney Todd in 2011

Husband and father are my vocation.  Instructional design is my job. I focus on elearning and learning technologies. Musician is my avocation – more than a hobby in that I work in various public theaters as a music director throughout the great Garden State … so it does help to pay the bills as well.

I’ve been researching my family history since the early/mid-1990’s. And only wish I had more time to devote to it. Yet, I’m loving the exploration when I can.

In my copious spare time I volunteer as a catechist at St. Bartholomew’s Church (www.stbartseb.com), working with 8th-grade students in their final year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I sing in the choir, and I maintain the parish web site.

And to top it all off I’m a gamer, a geek and an all-around tech freak.

In the Summer of 2013 my family took an actual-honest-to-goodness vacation … something that we hadn’t done in far too many years. And it was then while reconnecting with my family that I realized the importance of continuing our genealogy research.

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My son and I on vacation 2013

While growing up I heard many “family stories” – most of them funny and all of them very intriguing (as I’m sure all families have such stories). My father had a natural gift of storytelling and it was through this that my interest in family history and genealogy was born.

One day I was given, by my mother, a copy of “The Book.” It was a photocopy of the genealogy record that a relation had worked on for many many years … back in the day of typewriters and card catalogs prior to the Internet and genealogy software. Cousin Alice’s Book has become a cornerstone in the family history work of other relatives within my whacky family tree.  The gift of Cousin Alice’s book of research propelled me to learn more about genealogy … the how-to’s and such … and to research more of the family – looking at my mother’s side of the tree as well as continuing where Alice left off on my dad’s side.

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