I reviewed this forum and it appears that my father, Boyt, may have been the first person to post on this forum. It appears that he was involved with the forum early on but I suppose that it became a bit too much to keep up with over the years. He continued to work with people from all over on genealogy, for this was his second love, next to his wife Mary Grace Cathey.
My Dad had always planned to write a “Volume II” but as I witnessed, it appears that the task would be tough to match “Volume I”. He was somewhat of a perfectionist although we all know that undertakings like his first Volume are imperfect. They are a work in progress. “Volume II” would have had to be as good as “Volume I” and I know that he decided to let someone else tackle this task. No “15 generation 97 page” book from my father. (You probably know who I am talking about.) Discrediting a body of work over expected imperfections is self-serving. Insults within the genealogy community have no place. They can damage the efforts and ruin the fun of family history. He was not in it for the money. He was in it for the family. The way I look at it he helped lay the groundwork for the next significant effort. There may be more elaborate software applications or more savy data manipulators, but I can attest to the fact that my father did it the old fashioned way. I moved his office from Jamestown, NC, to Salem, VA, to Greenville, SC, to Spartanburg, SC within his retirement community. Believe me, I know. He did his best. He had a fantastic memory and incredible recall. (My two cents in defense of my Father’s work.)
I have been studying Boyt’s computer and found his memoirs of his life. Even though his book was rather technical, he also had a flair for writing in a colorful, interesting, and funny way which many people may not know. I have also completed the first draft of my memoirs (which is more than 97 pages by the way) but I am no genealogist. Don’t have the skill or memory for it but I encourage everyone to write a memoir for their family members. That is the key thing I have learned from my Dad that everyone can do.
For those who might be interested, and may not know, Boyt had an engineering degree from NC State, a masters degree in education, and masters degree in engineering. He was licensed to practice engineering in NC in the 1969s. He worked primarily for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and AT&T Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent). He loved Benny Goodman and played both the clarinet and saxophone in his youth.
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