A fourth-generation native of Napa, California, Dan began formal family history research as a teenager. During those early years Dan satisfied his interest in technology by earning amateur radio license K6GAA and building a line of simple robots.
After he married, Dan collected birth, death, and marriage certificates from state and Canadian offices.
He laboriously transcribed his family's ancestral records in ink onto the pages of a leather-bound book, the
then-popular Bailey's Photo-Ancestral Record. Meanwhile, he earned a B.S. degree from the
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a MBA degree
from the California State University at Fullerton.
Dan began his professional career as a reliability engineer at the Autonetics Division of North American Aviation (NAA). Promoted to senior engineering and managerial positions, he remained with NAA (later named Rockwell International and now part of The Boeing Company) for 16 years. During those years he worked on the Minuteman, Polaris, B1, and numerous other military programs — and worked with IBM 7094, 7010, and 360 mainframe computers.
In 1978 Dan launched Adventures In Computing, Inc. and developed accounting software for small businesses. In 1981 he joined the Citicorp Development Center (CDC) in Los Angeles, a software-development unit of Citibank and Citigroup. During his 23 years there he worked with minicompters, ATMs, developmental networks, and personal workstations. Most recently, he was CDC's Business Information Security Officer (BISO) and manager of Security & Configuration Management.
Meanwhile, Dan designed and programmed the A&D genealogical software system, founded Adventures In Ancestry, Inc. with his wife Karen, and in 1995 obtained U.S. Patent 5,745,796 on genealogical date processing. During his 50+ years of computer systems experience, he taught numerous courses on information system design, computerized report writing, IBM utilities and job control, word processing, Microsoft programming, and on accounting and genealogy applications.
Dan's family history currently covers over 2,500 individuals, is supported by over 1,250 source documents, and includes the surnames Hancock, Bean, Bird, Buck, Butler, Catt, Coleman, Duhig, Ellison, Fisher, Glos, Imboden, Jackson, Lacaze, Land, McFarren, Martin, Nickels, Rath, Samuels, Whitthorne, and Williams. (Click here to learn more about the Hancock family.)
Dan's other interests include reading novels, ocean and river cruising, and alpine skiing. He has visited 49 countries.
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