‘Super sleuth’ pieces together area history

Diane Welch has written a nice article about a genealogist, Richard Moore, ‘Super sleuth’ pieces together area history, in the The San Diego Union-Tribune. Richard has done a lot of work, not just on his own family’s history, but about early settlers in the Solana Beach area as well. He and Dick Schwartzlose are working on publishing a compilation covering title deeds of area property owners from the 1850s through the 1870s.

Excerpt from the article:

Richard Moore loves to dig through documents and mull over maps.

When he started researching his family’s genealogy, it lead him to become an expert on the history of the Stevens family, Solana Beach pioneers.

“It’s really exciting when you discover something that has eluded you for so long,” said Moore, 75.

Like the time he discovered his great-grandfather, Morris Trout Jr., had died when a tree fell on him. He was a lumberjack.

Most of Moore’s research is done by computer from his home office, which he calls his “astronaut room.” He named it after the memorabilia-filled office of the retired astronaut played by Jack Nicholson in the movie “Terms of Endearment.”

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