Richard’s presentation is titled, How To Write Your Family History In 9 Easy Steps. He has been activity involved in genealogy since 1995 when he began to write his maternal family history. He was inspired by all the stories his mother shared with him and his sisters during dinner. She was also intensely involved with many of her 61 first cousins who later became his source for information.
He has written the following books:
- Grandmother Dora Knoll May’s Family, 1835-2000. The book traces his Black Native American heritage. Because of his research he and 28 members of his family are now citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
- Discovering Our Past, The May Family History, 1705-2004. The book traces Richard’s slave heritage. With the assistance of a descendant of the slave owner’s family he was able to prove through DNA that the slave owner was his Great great-grandfather.
- Aunt Ruth’s Story, The May Family History, 2005. Richard’s aunt had a successful business located on Central Avenue.
- How To Write Your family History In 9 Easy Steps, 2007
- Running For Success, An Anthology Of Fremont High School Track History, 1950s-1980s, 2011. Fremont High School located in south central Los Angeles won 10 Los Angeles City Track and Field Championships during that period and produced four Olympians.
The first two books are located in Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles County Library, AC Bilbrew, Black Resource Center and libraries located in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Richard has a versatile and eclectic background. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Richard attended Fremont high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science degree from California Stare University at Los Angeles. After receiving his master’s degree he began his professional career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Watts. After transferring to the Employment Development Department (EDD) he became a manager and worked in that capacity for 34 years. He is also a professional scenic and wedding photographer with plans to publish a book of his photography this fall. He has participated in numerous photography exhibits. Richard is a California licensed Marriage Family Therapist and worked briefly as a clinician/ manager after retiring from EDD. He is a member of the California African-American Genealogical Society.