ROBERT B. NOLES
Robert "Rob" B. Noles was first elected as an Officer of the
KKNFA at the 2000 Reunion in Dover, Delaware. Rob has been a member
of the KKNFA since 1998.
retired from McDermott, Inc. (The Babcock & Wilcox Company) in 1994. After
playing golf extensively for the first couple of years of his retirement, Rob
began to use his computer skills to collate and document his familyís history
(and the history of his wifeís family as well) from the various records and
family notes collected over many years. Rob thought he would simply
organize what was known and conduct some basic research, write a report or two
and be finished within a few weeks. Ha! Thirteen years later, Robís
genealogical research and documentation efforts have expanded beyond the
traditional lines of his and his wifeís grandparents to include any and all
lines of his and his wifeís ancestors. (Note: just going back 10 generations
involves over 1,000 direct ancestors for an individual).
In addition to the traditional family genealogies, Rob has
been adding genealogies for many well known families and famous personalities to
his database; e.g., U.S. Presidents, Declaration of Independence Signers,
Pilgrims, Western Civilization Royalty, Magna Carta Signers, the Popes, the
Bible personalities, etc. And of course, all Knowles (all spellings)
progenitors an their descendants are a target for Rob's research and
documentation. His goal for the KKNFA is to identify the genealogy of all the
Knowles (all spellings) who have lived in the U.S. prior to the early years of
the 20th century. As a result, Robís genealogical database already includes over a
quarter of a million individuals.
Recently it has become apparent from both
genealogical studies as well as mathematical analysis that most, if not
everyone, in the Western world is descended from Charlemagne. The challenge is
proving your own connection. Rob says, ďThatís the game of genealogy. Genealogy is the ultimate hobby; you never run out of ancestors to collect.Ē
Rob was born and raised in Louisville,
Jefferson Co., Kentucky. His NOLES
family had been in western Kentucky for 100 years before his dad moved to
Louisville after college in 1928. His NOLES ancestors were in Lincoln Co.,
Tennessee; Oglethorpe Co., Georgia; and Wake Co., North Carolina for 100 years
prior to arriving in Kentucky. Recent genetic genealogy test results
identify his Knowles ancestors were from Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1700s.
graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1963 as a
mechanical engineer. He joined The Babcock & Wilcox Company that year and
spent the next 25 years engaged in the design and manufacture of nuclear power
plant steam generation equipment. Most of his nuclear efforts were with B&Wís
Naval Nuclear Program that has provided the propulsion equipment for nearly all
of the U.S. Nuclear fleet, past and present. The current fleet of Nimitz class
aircraft carriers, as well as the Ohio and Los Angeles Class submarines have
nuclear steam generators that were designed and manufactured during Robís
tenure with B&W.
Rob also served McDermott, Inc. as the manager of their
Washington D.C. Government Affairs Office. The McDermott Washington D.C.
Office was responsible for lobbying efforts for energy issues and
securing government research contracts. His last assignment with McDermott
before retirement was in the New Orleans area as one of the 12 DynMcDermott
Directors brought in to manage the governmentís Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Rob has been married twice and has 3 children and one
step-child. His current spouse for 28 years is the former Dyann L. Hersey.
were married in Rockford, Illinois in 1977. Their daughter Amy, graduated from LSU in 2002 with a degree in microbiology and currently works at the University
of Arizona involved with breast cancer research. Robís two sons from
his first marriage (to the former Joan M. Myers), Robert and Geoffrey, are located in Chicago and Louisville
respectively. They both have jobs in computer related fields.
Besides his basic genealogical interests, Rob has a
significant interest in history, genetics, archeology and paleontology, all in
support of genealogy.
In addition to his volunteer positions with the KKNFA as
Historian, Webmaster, Librarian and DNA Project Manager, Rob is the First
Vice-President, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the St. Tammany (Parish, Louisiana)
Genealogical Society (STGS) and a Director and Webmaster of the Huxford
Genealogical Society and Library in Homerville, Georgia (www.huxford.com).
Rob manages nearly two dozen Genetic
Genealogy Projects, including surname projects for many family surnames plus
three regional projects; i.e., Wiregrass Georgia Project (southeast Georgia),
West Florida Parishes Project (southeast Louisiana), and the Lumbee Indian Tribe
Project. He is also a co-manager for the Lost Colony Project (from
Roanoke Island - 1587).
Although Rob was not actively researching ancestors in Louisiana,
where he currently resides, he felt
participation in the local genealogical society would be worthwhile for him and
the Society. He was first elected as an Officer of the STGS in 1999. During the years he has been an Officer for the St. Tammany Society he has expanded his
participation to include the development of the STGS Web site, and the Editor of the
Society's Newsletter. Rob also was successful in establishing the St.
Tammany Parish Library System as an independent LDS Family History
Robís personal genealogy library
consists of thousands of genealogy books and CD-ROMs and an estimated two million genealogical documents and
related correspondence. His genealogy filing system requires over 2,000 binders,
a fleet of filing cabinets and four computers.
Robís personal genealogical library specializes in Knowles and other family
lines of course, but also includes a comprehensive coverage of southeast Georgia
for the 18th and 19th centuries. Rob says, ďDo not start researching in
southeast Georgia without talking to him first.Ē
Hobbies, besides genealogy include travel, golf,
photography, computers, plus coin and
stamp collecting, all of which suffer because of his genealogy
Bio Issued December 2008