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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.

  • 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. ...
  • North Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL by Marc D. Thompson Our history relies heavily on our foliage and wildlife. Among those is the amazing stretch of pine trees on North A1A. In 1992 North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) in the Town of Gulf Stream was designated as a State Historic Scenic Highway to preserve the last remaining Australian pine canopy and ...
  • Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, FL Linton Boulevard, located in Delray Beach is named for William Seelye Linton. Below are some highlights of William’s life: 1856 born in Clair, MI 1878 married Ida M Lowry and engaged in the lumber business with his father in Saginaw, MI; also was connected with other business enterprises. 1884-1885 was a member of the East Saginaw common ...
  • Who’s Your (Grand)Daddy? His name was Abel Robert Thompson and he had passed 17 years before my father was born. He was my great-grandfather and my parents knew little of him and when I asked them for a photograph, they did not have one. So at fifteen I began a search that would continue for decades. As I began ...
  • Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, FL Woolbright  Road, Boynton Beach Thomas Edward Woolbright Sr. He was born 1875in Illinois, he married Lovesta Ione Meredith, and he died 1953. He was an Illinois coal miner who brought his wife and three sons to Boynton in 1912 to grow pineapples. Woolbright’s wife, Ione taught at Boynton Elementary, which opened in 1913. The family lived in a tent until ...
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