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And what a sense of humor! Eric knows every smiley on the internet.
Eric Thomas became actively involved in genealogy in the early 1980's.
He began experimenting with his Atari 800XL home computer with graphics for video
recording and with online Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) that dealt with genealogical research.
BBSes predated the World Wide Web and all networked computing had to be done with very slow modems that connected one computer to another via regular telephone
calls which often involved very expensive long distance phone calls for the connections.
He also began frequenting
genealogy BBSes and about 1990 he became a regular visitor to Tracks,
a BBS that that Valencia King Nelson operated out of Anniston, AL. He has been
affiliated with AfriGeneas and its precursors ever since. According to
Eric, "It's been a long and gratifying relationship for me with Valencia's BBS and AfriGeneas."
One of his most memorable experiences as president of SAAGG was a research trip to Salt Lake City:
Originally from Philadelphia, Eric now lives in Sacramento, CA. He is twice retired from careers as a computer programmer and from the Sacramento Fire Department. He has one son.
Eric Thomas is very modest and prefers to work behind the scenes. We are proud to shine the September AfriGeneas SPOTLIGHT behind the scenes on Eric as he takes a curtain call.
15 Oct 2004 | 06 Aug 2006
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