Dan grew up in Codrington, studied at University of Western Ontario then worked in computer technical support in Calgary and Toronto. He returned to Brighton in 2010 to follow his interest in the history of the area, the genealogy of his own family and the genealogy of other local families. He calls this community genealogy and publishes his findings on his website www.treesbydan.com. Deeply involved in historical activities in his community, Dan was one of the founders of Brighton’s History Open House. In 2014 HOH’s focus on the story of Dr King, one of Dan’s own relatives, led to the writing of his book Murder in the Family: The Doctor King Story published by Dundurn Press.