Daniel M. Lynch was born and raised in Waterbury, the 3rd of 5 children close in age. He first lived near and attended St. Francis Xavier grammar school until the family moved to Waterbury's Town Plot section in 1969. He then attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Church, where Dan and his brothers also served as altar boys (those were the days before gender equality allowed for altar servers). His parents still live in the home where the children grew up. His dad (Bernie) retired from the U.S. Postal Service and his mom (Louise) from Mattatuck Community College. Dan considers himself lucky that his Italian grandmother, Louise Ditoto Lombardo, lived with the family. He has always been interested in family history and is proud of his Waterbury roots which date back to the 1870s, as well as his Irish and Italian family heritage.
All five Lynch children graduated from Holy Cross High School. Dan was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, competing as a decathlete. He was elected class president for his junior and senior year, graduating in 1980. Dan is still in contact with many Holy Cross friends, especially for their annual Thanksgiving golf outing! For more than a decade, Dan was as a caddie at the Country Club of Waterbury, and also worked at Waterbury Hospital during his high school years.
Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BS/BA) from Bryant College in 1984 with a major in marketing and secondary emphasis in computer science. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Boston and began his technology marketing career at Cullinet Software, Inc, continuing in that field ever since. He managed the Microsoft vendor relationship from 1989 to 1992 for pioneering software reseller Corporate Software, Inc. His frequent trips to Microsoft's world headquarters in Redmond, Washington, connected Dan with many of the technology industries most influential and notable individuals, including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. In 1992, Dan accepted a Norwalk-based job which brought him back to Connecticut, but continued his close alliance with Microsoft. He directed a highly profitable $400 million technology products business as part of the $2.6 billion technology reseller Micro Warehouse, Inc., later acquired by CDW of Illinois.
In 1998, Dan focused his technology marketing efforts on his long-time passion — the up-and-coming field of online genealogy (family history research). He was hired as Ancestry’s first vice president of business development and was instrumental in helping the company define its products, establish partnerships, and become a global household brand name.
In 2003, Dan established a private consulting business, Mattatuck Consulting, LLC, working with leading companies throughout the world creating products and services for family historians. Among his very first clients was The Statute of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in New York. He would go on to assist with the sales and marketing efforts of many of the leading genealogy companies in the world, including Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and others. Dan was also selected to serve as a National spokesperson for the 2012 release of the digitized 1940 U.S. Census by a consortium of companies, in partnership with the National Archives of the United States.
In 2008, Dan authored and co-published an award winning book, “Google Your Family Tree,” and has traveled extensively throughout North America, Australia, and Europe presenting at industry conferences and training genealogists from around the world in advanced internet search techniques. He was also invited by Google to present search techniques at their California world headquarters. Dan is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), as well as a Life Member, former vice president and Governor of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (Glastonbury/East Hartford).
Dan is a life-long golfer, runner, cyclist and in recent years, a competitive Master’s rower with the Litchfield Hills Rowing Club (Bantam Lake, Litchfield/Morris). He has run and cycled literally thousands of miles on the roads of Senate District 32 (trying in particular to avoid Route 317, Good Hill Road, from Woodbury into Roxbury). Dan is also an active member of Southbury Ultimate Frisbee and can be found on the fields of Southbury's Community House Park most Sunday afternoon's (weather and injury permitting).
|Dan Lynch (left), volunteer cycling coach at the Middlebury Bike Trail with a group of young triathletes in training as they get ready to compete in the Race4Chase Kid's Triathlon at the YMCA Camp Mataucha in Watertown CT.|
|Southbury Ultimate Frisbee, Community House Park. All ages, all abilities, co-ed. Join us!!!|
Sunday afternoon, weather permitting (Spring, Summer, Fall and an occasional nice Winter day).
While living in Trumbull (1994-2014), Dan was a volunteer coach for youth soccer and lacrosse. During his college years, he was very involved with the Rhode Island Special Olympics, ultimately serving as Director of the Games. In 2015, Dan attained special certification as an advocate for persons with disabilities (Americans with Disabilities Act or “ADA”), called a “Forensic Disabilities Specialist.”
Dan has previously served as a member of the Waterbury Hall of Fame Committee, an Economic Development Commissioner for the Town of Trumbull, a member of the Board of Governors and vice president of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, a board member of the Trumbull Tech Foundation, as well as other forms of community engagement.
Since 2006, Dan has been attending House and Senate sessions in Hartford, often giving testimony at public hearings. His advocacy efforts have included legislation regarding access to historic vital records for genealogical and other research, as well as more recent efforts in the area of court reform and governmental accountability. Dan has been praised publicly by members of our General Assembly, from both sides of the aisle, for his professional and respectful approach to advocacy. He has also been recognized by several judges, in spite of his open critique of our Judicial Branch, for his knowledge of Court Rules and legal proceedings and motion practice.
Dan is a 54-year-old divorced father of young adult daughters, one living and working in Boston and the other in her junior year at the University of South Carolina (Columbia SC).
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