I was born in 1945 in Des Moines, Iowa. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Mason City, IA before the family returned to Des Moines. During High School I studied air craft maintenance. After graduating from High School in 1964 I joined the Army and spent nearly four years working for the National Security Agency in the area of communication security. I was able to travel during this time to New Jersey, Florida, Korea and the British West Indies.
In the fall of 1968 I returned to Iowa and entered college at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where I studied Social Work. In 1972 I graduated and took a job working as a Parole and Probation Officer in Waterloo, IA. In 1980 I moved back to Des Moines again and took a job with the Department of Correction Central Office. I retired at the end of 2006.
In 1970 I married Terry while we were both in college. Along with Sara, my daughter, we established a long standing marriage. We have two grandchildren, Matthew and Lynsey. Terry does not want to retire and continues to work in the social services area. Terry and I raised Miniature Schnauzers for 15 years. Now we have five dogs and a cat. The house is never lonely with our barking friends.
My interest in genealogy began when I was in high school. However, I did not really begin doing research until 1975. In 1980 I work next door to the State Historical Society Library and began working on my genealogy in earnest. Fortunately, Iowa has several fine libraries that are helpful to genealogist.
My work in the Army had brought me into contact with early computers. I was probably one of the first people in the Department of Corrections to be assigned a computer and I purchased my first personal computer in the late 1980s. I wrote and sold a genealogical program for several years combining both of my hobbies. So, it was only natural that once the World Wide Web became available to most people, I would have a web site.
My first web site was started in early 1996 on AOL. It contained information about our Kennel and my Meek genealogy. In the beginning, there were only a few pages about a couple of my direct lines. As I continued to collect information about different branches of the Meek family it only seemed logical to store that information on my web site. My web site has continued to grow ever since. I eventually renamed the "Links and Misc." page to the "Clearinghouse" page. It is probably one of the largest collections of genealogies on the Meek family short of the Mel Meek collection at the LDS library.
My collection is free to everyone. I do not sell genealogical information nor do I allow others to sell my information. I do not put advertising on my web site with a few exceptions that I could not prevent. I hope other people will feel comfortable sharing their information with me and the rest of my visitors.
In 2004 I started a DNA project for Meek/Meeks genealogists. We have learned many interesting things and it is clear that many mysteries will be solved as this project grows.
Please feel free to contact me, if you have any question about any of the information on my web site.