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A Little History

In 1943, I was born in Watsonville's, Community Hospital in California, USA. I graduated from Watsonville High School in 1961 and earned a bachelors in 1966 and an MBA in 1970 from San Jose State.

I worked for Lockheed starting in the late 60s and from 1978 to my retirement in 2007, for Kaiser Permanente. I've developed some competitive skills playing duplicate bridge, becoming an ACBL Ruby Life Master in Unit 500 of District 21 in 2005. I've enjoyed exploring personal computers and the Internet, trying to absorb it all. When my mom passed away in 1998, I was elected by my siblings to receive family history documents and continue with genealogy research she started.

News Flash

C L I P A R T - Do you ever need clip art for that great project you're working on? Well, try Googling the word "Clipart" plus a word describing clipart you need, then [RETURN]. A large number of useable images will be displayed. Interestingly enough, when you use the search engine, it does the same thing, but the images differ. So, visit and then type "Clipart" plus another word(s) then [RETURN]. For example try typing in (without the quotes) "Clipart Genealogy" in both Google and Bing. They are VERY useful.

Stuff I'm working on

On December 23, 2017 disabled the web site (See reason in their blog post) with no notice. Four web sites I manage had to be recreated: With any luck the original sites will be up within a month, but until them please use the following::

Started working on my vacation cruise web site again in Dec. 2017. Originally created with DreamWeave in 2007, I started using iWeb (example Mexico Cruise) when I converted to Apple computers in 2007. Apple discontinued iWeb about 5 yrs ago, so I returned to Dreamweaver. Decided to try another product in 2017, RapidWeaver 7 and I'm currently creating cruise pages (example 2016 Hawaii). So far I've retooled the cruise home page, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska pages. I have 4 others to complete and I'll have cruise web sites from 2002 - current day.

I started maintaining the Indiana County U.S. Pennsylvania, Genweb Web Site on August 20, 2012, added Santa Cruz County, California Sept. 20, 2015 and added Mendocino County, California. Rootsweb supplies so many things to the genealogy community including free web pages, e.g. Rootsweb supplies many of the free web domains too. They are part of now.

My mother's genealogy... starting with Henry Austin Snider, my mother's maternal grandfather, born in Ohio in 1868. He has descendants in all over the west (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, California etc). I'm also working on my George line from time to time, but it's slow going. I've identified Samuel George b. 1815, d. 1889, m. 1842 from Indiana County, Pennsylvania as my 2nd great grandfather and am attempting to find his father who was Irish according to the 1880 census (of Samuel and Emily George, residing in Sandy Lake, Mercer County, PA since 1871). I volunteered to maintain the Indiana County, Pennsylvania GenWeb site to get some perspective on the area Samuel George lived in for most of his life.

Membership in several local Genealogy groups... San Ramon Genealogical Society (SIG coordinator) , East Bay Genealogical Society (webmaster), Hayward Area Genealogical Society (webmaster), Livermore Amador Valley Genealogical Society, Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group in Santa Clara.

Castro Valley Library twice-monthly Genealogy Study Group meeting - I'm helping my wife conduct this meeting. The Castro Valley Library has a very well equipped computer lab where we meet. The class is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Due to holidays, vacations and other committments it gets shifted occasionally. The library has a list of events on their web site and we set up our own web site to support the class.

A Macintosh Genealogy Society I started in 2009 that has 2nd Wed. 7pm, monthly meetings, at the Oakland FamilySearch Library. See

I play ACBL Duplicate bridge in the Southern Alameda County, ACBL unit and have advanced to the Ruby Life Master category (between 1500-2500 master points). I also manage the South County Unit 500 web web site...

Attend occasional computer group meetings, PC Community, San Leandro Macintosh User Group, San Leandro Computer Club ( for Atari Computers and The Nybblers (TRS-80). Sad to note that the Tri-Valley Mac User Group, of which I was a member, folded shop in November, 2015.

Photography, stamp collecting, keyboard playing.

I've accumulated many of my favorite genealogy links on my personal genealogy web page. One link that's really cool is that lets you be very nosy and see what home prices are.

I use Twitter, Facebook and Google+. They are easy to set up, and are FREE, as are Blogspot blogs.

Internet Presence


Not So Active


My wife and I have been happily married since 1982. She has a similar passion for computing, exploring the internet and is an accomplished miniaturist. She does enjoy her anonymity.

My families (Paternal is George, Maternal is Pardee) have get togethers annually. If you are a family member please contact me to be included.


 I maintain the Unit 500 Southern Alameda County web site, a member of the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League), District 21 (Northern California).

Computer Groups

I've helped to start four computer user groups since 1978. All continue to exist (as of July, 2016). I'm helping with a Castro Valley Genealogy Group that meets at the Castro Valley Library.

  • 1979 - The Nybblers - for Windows, DOS and TRS-80 Computers. 7:30 pm, currently being held the 3rd Friday of each month at Ron Ring's house. Request information by sending an e-mail to
  • 1983 - San Leandro Computer Club - For Atari Computers, SLCC - Meets on the first Tues. of the month at 7pm at the San Leandro Community Library. Contact Robbie Bridges at (510) 797-5636 or
  • 1988 - PC Clubhouse, - For IBM PC's and compatibles. It meets at 7:30 pm, 1st Friday of each month. See the web site for details. The name was eventually changed to PC Community.
  • 2009 - MacGen for Mac computer users who are interested in Genealogy. See
  • 2012 - Castro Valley Genealogy Group - to assist with the twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thursday) Castro Valley Library Genealogy Class.
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