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Born in Lampeter, Cardiganshire, Wales, Louis was raised in Millville, New Jersey in the United States. His mother was resident in Lampeter and his father a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He grew up through high school in New Jersey while enjoying summers through age 12 at Lampeter and his junior year abroad at University College Wales, Aberystwyth. He graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History, and from Temple University School of Law with J.D. degree. He is admitted to the Bar of New Jersey, and Supreme Court of the United States since 1970. He has been engaged in general practice of law in Flemington, N.J. from 1970 - 1981 and 1988 to the present. Appointed Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey from 1981 - 1988, he is presently retired. He was member of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation as New Jersey Assembly Speaker's Representative from 1993 - 1997. The purpose of the Commission is to investigate corruption in government and organized crime.
Louis notes, "my interest in genealogy research has been primarily with investigations into my own family background. It became more formalized with my application for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and in trying to trace our rather large family in Wales with my mother." He notes further that he has been called upon in legal practice to "do some fascinating heir searching and seeking out classes of inheritors of several estates."
Louis is columnist of "Finding Wales in America", a photo essay column published regularly in Ninnau/Y Drych. In addition to his membership in WAGS, Louis is member of the Hunterdon County Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Welsh North American Chamber of Commerce, National District Attorney Association, American Judge Association and Who's Who in American Law. Louis is also Life member of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia and the Cumberland County (NJ) and Millville (NJ) Historical Societies, and he is member of the Advisory Board of Directors of Historic Ships of Baltimore and the USS Constellation Museum in Baltimore, MD.
"The older I get, the more interested I get in my antecedents. Unfortunately, the older I get, the older become those who can pass information on to me directly and then, suddenly, those sources are no longer there. I am fascinated by the sheer volume of information available in all sorts of records, if only one does the spadework to dig it out. I have found diaries in my parents' home from the American Civil War written by a multiple great grandfather, which exactly matches his record of military service on file in the Archives kept at the Library of Congress. Photos of European ancestors have turned up as a result of newspaper articles published in Yugoslavia when I was looking for 'lost' heirs in estate proceedings. Cemetery monuments in Massachusetts have proven that there really was a William Miller who lived among the Indians, bears, wolves and panthers in 1657. The Internet helped me find a long-lost cousin in California. In five minutes!
One of the ironies of this Country is that its boundless opportunities have resulted in a tremendous scattering of its population, which has further resulted in many instances on more individual self-reliance than a reliance on an extended family.
Genealogical pursuits help us all bring the family back together while providing the genealogists with a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. I also want my children to know from whence they have come."
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