Family & Career
After 37 years at Bellsouth / AT&T
I am a retired computer systems specialist. My wife
and I raised 8 children. She died of
cancer in 2003. I remarried, retired, moved to another state,
and served 2 missions for my
am a Christian. At 12 years of age I joined a
protestant church then became
agnostic by age 17. In 1969 two LDS missionaries from Safford,
AZ re-taught me the gospel. I joined the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 40+
years I've served in various leadership positions
in the LDS Church. You can find out more about my church by
first worked on analog computers for the U.S. Air Force in 1967.
I took computer programming classes in
college. Our first personal computer was a Commodore-64.
bought my first IBM PC in 1990 with 4DOS OS and a PC
of UNIX shell.
We currently own 6 PCs, 2 printers,
external drives, scanners, etc. In July 2012 my laptop had
personal files in 8,497 folders (150 GB), 107 GB for digital
photos. We've taken 58,000 digital photos since 2002.
I use KompoZer and FileZilla creating websites,
IE and Firefox for browsing, PAF,
AQ Portable, Roots Magic To-Go, and Family Insight for genealogy (also
own and have
used Legacy). I am a Family Tree power user and tester of
upcoming new products for FamilySearch.
I use MS Office and have used Open
Office. I own and use many other productivity software
photo editing I use
Photoshop Elements on my laptop and IrfanView Portable on my flash
drive. I'm not the photographer in my family. My
the one with talent. I've had some compliment me on my
photographs. It isn't talent, it comes from good photo
software and from taking 100s of photos and getting lucky on one or two
of them. However, in the 10 years I've been taking digital
I've learned a couple things. I enjoy sharing what I learn.
Here's my Photography Lessons page: http://photography.ronv.net/
play some musical instruments: guitar, bass, dobro,
banjo, harmonica, and piano a little. My rock band during
school was called the Huns.
We've written and recorded our own songs. I have my
portable home recording studio. I've recorded multi-track
playing multiple instruments and singing 4-part harmony.
interests include classic rock,
blues, some bluegrass, classical, jazz, and other music forms.
and a band bio are at this link: http://southerngaragebands.com/huns.html
My wife and I
love to travel. I've visited Canada twice and Mexico 7 times.
seen 38 of the lower 48 states as well as
most of my church's and some of our country's
historic and geographical sights.
Family History & Genealogy
I've been doing family history
research since 1970. I self-published 2 family history books.
We've served two family history missions for my church, the first in
2007 - 2008 where I was assistant zone
Support, the second
2011 - 2012 where I
served as assistant zone leader
in Data Quality. I currently maintain a family
history website here: MyKinFolks.org.