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Candidate for

USGenWeb Advisory Board
Southwest/South Central Region
County Coordinator Representative

The suggestion that nominees create a "campaign" page gave me pause.  I love what I do now in and for the USGenWeb. Why should I run for Regional Representative on the Advisory Board, and why should you vote for me?

Well, if you don't already know me, you probably want to know a little about me.  My interests are somewhat eclectic and I like learning new things. My professional/work history reflects that:
  • Office Manager for a major building materials manufacturer.
  • Designer of women's clothing and theater costumes.
  • Commercial photographer.
  • Paralegal.

I love to read, especially history and geography.  Genealogy research is a natural companion to those interests. I grew up on family stories about French castles and an ancestor who was the son of a French aristocrat.  Supposedly his parents hid their child in a barrel and loaded him on a ship bound for Ireland to save him from the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.  Who wouldn't be hooked on such heady and romantic tales?

Unfortunately I have never been able to confirm that particular family legend.  The dates don't quite match up <grin>, but the search for one more piece that fits into the world's largest jigsaw puzzle has been a near life-long hobby for me, and I am still excited every time I find a new piece of the puzzle.

I discovered internet genealogy, RootsWeb and the USGenWeb in 1998 and have been a supporter ever since. Early on, I used RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards for my own research, and I currently administer several surname lists and boards, the ARBenton county list, as well as some technical lists, Copyright (discussion) and Freepages-Help.  As I began to learn HTML myself, I saw a need for and developed a web-site explaining the basics to aspiring webmasters. Some of you may have had occasion to visit Help for the Beginning Web Author.

The USGenWeb mission to provide free internet access to genealogical research materials for every state in the U.S. is one which I wholeheartedly support, and am proud to be a part of . I am always looking for new information to add to the Benton County site that I coordinate for ARGenWeb.  I am also the File Manager for the Benton County Archives and I occasionally transcribe and donate records for other counties as well.

You also probably want to know what I promise to do if elected. Campaign promises are often made only to be broken, so I will make just one promise -- one I know I can keep.

There is always more than one way to see a particular issue, so I will always listen to all sides and opinions on issues that come before the Advisory Board.  The USGenWeb-SW list is a very active regional list, and discussions can be lively.  Members usually have differing opinions on almost everything. As your representative, I will listen to the opinions of the vocal minority that are stated loudly and emphatically. A minority is sometimes right. But I will also listen to the opinions of those who state their opinions quietly in a non-contentious way, and who quite often represent the opinion of the majority.  I will vote for what I believe to be right according to our bylaws and rules, and will best serve the interests and goals of the USGenWeb Project.

If you have questions for me send them to SWSC.ccrep at or ask on the SW Region Mailing List.

Pat Asher

UPDATE 2 Aug 2010:

I want to thank everyone who voted in the 2010 election, whether you voted for me or my opponent. I am honored that you have chosen me to represent you on the Advisory Board.