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Paul Hays (#47393402)
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It is indeed desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
--Plutarch (AD 46-127) "Of the Training of Children," Morals

I'm a native of Washington, DC, and have lived here most of my life. My parents met while at George Washington University, my father a Mississippi native, and mother a transplanted Kansan. I graduated from the Capitol Page School after four years as a Supreme Court page, then went to Georgetown, and while at GU began a 41-year career working in the House of Representatives. From 1988 until retiring in 2007 I was the House Reading Clerk, or announcer.

Like my father and grandfather, I'm a Mason. I'm also active in the Sons of the American Revolution, belong to a few other lineage societies, and believe it worthwhile to preserve genealogical data found in cemeteries for future generations. I've devoted considerable time in particular to the graveyards of Lamar County, Alabama, where my paternal grandparents were born; Arlington National Cemetery, four miles from my home; and Congressional Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark eight blocks away, of which my wife was Executive Director 2008-2012.

Surnames in my direct lines include
Adamson (England>PA>TN>IN>IA)
Astle (Derbyshire>IL>KS)
Bennett (Somerset>Jamestown)
Brewer (NC>KY>AL)
Brown (SC>MS>AL)
Dark (NC>TN>IL)
Dodd (MD)
Dowdle (Ireland>SC>MS>AL)
Ford (VA>TN>MS)
Fountain (DE/MD>IN>IA>KS)
Fowler (MA>OH>KS)
Hankins (NY>NJ>VA>TN>AL)
Hart (NC)
Hays/(Haas?) (SC>MS>AL)
Hickman (IL>AL)
Kennard (PA>NJ>OH)
Kirkland (VA>NC>TN>AL)
Mattox/Maddox (Eng/Wales>VA>NC>TN>MS)
Meixell/Maxwell (Germany>PA>OH>IL>KS)
McDougal (Ireland>PA>NC>SC>MS>AL)
Melton (NC>TN)
Middleton (SC>MS)
Moore (NC>TN>AL)
Morton (SC>TN>AL)
Overman (Germany>England>CT>NC)
Peden (Ireland>SC)
Sellers (NC>TN>IL) and
Williams (Wales>PA>MD>NC>TN>IN>IA>KS).

Please take special note:

As with anything you see on the Internet, you should confirm the accuracy of information on Findagrave before accepting it as fact, and especially before spreading it. As a rule, memorials under my care contain only data for which I have evidence, and my goal is to keep it that way. While open to adding information, I do so only when presented clear, specific, verifiable evidence supporting each change. The email address below is provided for that purpose.

It shouldn't be necessary to define "clear," "specific," "verifiable" or "evidence," but here are a few examples that fit the bill:

“1910 Federal census, Midland Co., TX, E. D. 165, Sheet --, Line --. “---------” age 3 months, born in ----, living with her parents --------- and ---------- in the household of her paternal grandfather ---------.

“-------- accompanied her husband --------- to Havana, Cuba, in the 1950s where he was an agricultural attaché at the U. S embassy until 1961. See Foreign Claims Settlement CU----- at http://www.justice.gov/fcsc/cuba/documents/---------.pdf.

"His son ---------’s marriage license (attached) naming parents.

"Florida Death Index has ---------, born -- --- ----, died -- --- ---- in Dade County, FL."

I don't require official documents - published obituaries often suffice - but please keep in mind that:

1) if you want me to add, change, or delete information in a memorial, the onus is on you to provide convincing evidence supporting each change;
2) being "related" is not evidence, nor is being "the family historian;"
3) the SSDI proves neither place of birth nor place of death;
4) lectures about doing the the research myself will earn an automatic rejection -- I did do the research that created the memorial in the first place; and finally,
5) edits are suggestions, not commands.

If you have no documentation please don't bother sending edits.
Those received without adequate evidence are declined after 24 hours, but of course may be resubmitted when evidence becomes available.
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