MEET THE CAPTAIN
John Kenneth Brantley
Ken Brantley first became involved
in genealogical research in 1962. He may have taken short spans of
time out to further his aviation career, but clearly his greatest thrill
has been in genealogy.
He published his first genealogical
book in 1985, a true Civil War story involving his mother's family.
In 1987, after 25 years of research, he founded The Brantley Association
of America currently including over 428 membership families and still growing.
As the president of the association, Ken has published over 2500 pages
of historical and genealogical data on the Brantley family alone.
In addition, he has published five commercial publications of various genealogical
materials. He is presently working with the R.J. Taylor Foundation
on his 4th grant for genealogical publications.
In 1990, he produced the first
known official genealogically specific documentary of an early American
family. The video production: Edward
Brantly - His Life - His Progeny is found in libraries and in
hundreds of Brantley homes throughout America.
Ken joined the Federal Aviation
Administration in 1968 and became an airman examiner and aircarrier certification
specialist in the Flight Standards Division. He flight-tested and
certified pilots, approved and monitored Flight Training Programs for
Pilot Schools and Air Carrier flight training facilities for over 25 years.
In 1998, after 30 years with the agency he retired from the FAA and
is presently a contract pilot, flight instructor and designated Proficiency
Examiner in the Lockheed Jet Star, an aircraft he has specialized in for
over 20 years.
A native of Cobb County, Georgia,
Ken and his wife, Linda are the parents of six children and grandparents of six children.