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family_history_researchMarc D. Thompson, owner of VirtuFit® & VirtuGen, is a prominent fitness trainer, personal coach & professional genealogist with a background in medicine, exercise physiology & family history research. He has pioneered virtual training and teaches via webcam one-on-one and group classes. He also combines traditional genealogical research methods with cutting edge internet surfing while using multiple computers to produce the fastest, most accurate results. Along with over 25 years of experience in both fields, he draws from thousands of exercises, fitness disciplines, sports psychology techniques, nutritional principals & research techniques to teach & empower each individual client. His published works have appeared in Fighting Chance Magazine, Love’s Chance Magazine, Northern Stars Magazine, Offerings, Poetry Motel, Suzerian Enterprises and The Pink Chameleon.

  • Pompey Park, Delray Beach, FL Pompey park is located at 1101 Northwest 2nd Street, Delray Beach, FL and is named for Charles Spencer Pompey. He was a coach and social studies teacher & principal at the formerly all-black Carver High School in Delray Beach . Pompey was also a local Civil rights activist, author, and founded the Palm Beach County ...
  • Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach, FL was named for David Swinton, who served as chief clerk for Stacy and Walpole, booksellers and stationers of Kingston and acting as special correspondent to the Toronto Daily Mail, of the Government of Canada. He was one of the incorporators and for, a number of years, vice-president (acting president) ...
  • The Delray Wreck The Delray Wreck, Delray Beach, FL Many of us have endured a hurricane in our time here in South Florida and one such Hurricane in 1903 has given us an historic site. There is an old shipwreck known as the Delray Wreck that rests at the bottom of the ocean about 150 yards offshore. The wreck is ...
  • Butts Road, Boca Raton, FL Butts Road in Boca Raton, Florida is named for August H Butts. He was married to Natalie Swanson and was a prominent landowner. He established Butts Farms, which became one of Boca Raton’s main employers during the Great Depression and one of Florida’s largest truck farms. Successfully cultivated many of them as bean fields, helping ...
  • Addison Mizner, Palm Beach, FL Spending any time in South Florida, you more than likely have heard the name Addison or Mizner. Where did these names originate? Mizner Park located at Plaza real, East Boca Raton  and Addison Reserve at 7201 Addison Reserve Boulevard, Delray Beach. Both are named for Addison Mizner, famous for his designs of ornate pseudo-Spanish hotels and ...
  • Noteworthy Places in Delray Beach, FL and their Namesakes by Marc D. Thompson In previous blogs, we highlighted South Palm Beach County places and their namesakes. Here are a few more of note: MERRITT PARK, Delray Beach named for Leroy ‘Buddy’ W Merritt—Delray Beach city council member and mayoral candidate MILLER PARK, Delray Beach named for Robert P Miller—Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce officer, teacher and baseball ...
  • Barwick Place, Delray Beach,FL Barwick Park, located 735 Barwick Road, Delray Beach, is named for Luther Leonard Barwick. He was a commercial real-estate broker, a leader in the Delray’s financial growth and served on the School Board and the City Council. Barwick was born Georgia and moved to Florida about 1913. Here is a brief timeline of his life: 1876 born ...
  • Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL by Marc D. Thompson Old School Square Cultural Arts Center and National Historic Site is a nationally recognized historic preservation project and a testament to the role of the arts in downtown revitalization. The restored school buildings now house the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Crest Theatre, Vintage Gymnasium and restored classrooms, where world-class ...
  • Catherine Strong Park, Delray Beach, FL Marc D. Thompson Catherine Strong Park is located at 1500 SW 6th Street, Delray Beach and was named for Catherine Elizabeth Link Strong. As mayor and commissioner, Strong was a minority voice in helping the black community receive fair treatment. A wing at Bethesda Hospital was named for Strong, who served on their founding board, The ...
  • Sakai & Morikami of Delray Beach, FL “Yamato,” a Japanese agricultural colony south of Delray, was established by Jo Sakai in 1904. He named the area after an ancient name revered in Japan. Sakai was born about 1873 in Japan and immigrated in 1896 to Seattle. By 1910, he was living in Delray, with his wife Sada and a daughter, nine month old Chicako. ...
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