HOW THE SITE WORKS
This site is designed to function as sites within sites. Each site or sub-site will contain it's own group of pages that will display information on a particular individual or individuals. Certain information, such as full-screen images, will open in a separate window. This approach means that all you have to do to return to the previous page is to close the most recent window and continue with your research. All pages will contain links at the bottom that will allow you to return to the home page or table of contents page, thus you will always have an escape route if you feel yourself getting lost. And, of course, you can always use the 'back' button on your mouse.
As you move deeper into this site, you may feel a sense of deja vu. This is not your imagination. Certain information is repeated or rephrased, particularly where photos are concerned, so that you don't have to go searching previous pages for information to match to the photos.
Because confusion is a constant problem with multi-generational use of the same given names over and over, I'm attempting to minimize that confusion through the following practices:
To begin with, my name is Richard Carlson Marmo. I was born December 10, 1942 to Ruby Claudine Wacaster (May 15, 1905 - June 25, 2002) and Caesar Sarafino Marmo (August 24, 1908 - December 29, 1983). My father used the nickname "Jack". To my knowledge, my mother was the only female in Wacaster history to be named "Ruby", though I understand that there have been several "Jack" Wacasters.
So, whenever a particular ancestor is referred to, their date of birth (only) will be given in parenthesis immediately following...except when referring to my mother. Because her name will appear so frequently, let it be understood that "Ruby" refers to Ruby Claudine Wacaster. My father will be referred to as "my father", "Jack Marmo" or "Caesar".
Finally, as we all know, most genealogical data is provisional at best, particularly the farther back in time you go. Certain information is absolute, mainly those supported by documents such as birth/death certificates, family bibles and other printed records. Even some of those are questionable (such as my youngest Uncle's height on his Army discharge) and will be discussed in the appropriate location. Other absolute information falls in the "I was there" category, though there will always be exceptions there as well.
A great deal of information is known on certain individuals...or is waiting to be found. On the other hand, there are many that we are lucky just to know their names and we're not even positive of that. However, if we're persistant, who knows what we'll find.
Let the search begin.
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