February 21, 2022 By

As a young adult, I saw the movie “Roots on tv and it quickly piqued my interest in genealogy. However, I did not know how to go about researching my family. In 2007, at the funeral of my paternal grandfather, his church member gave me a bio of his life that she had written. There in my hands, I had everything I needed. I have researched and discovered 4 generations of both of my parents and have partially broken into the fifth generation. I am researching my family from Ballwin, Chesterfield and Valley Park in MO; Putnam County, TN; Gibson County, IN; Rusk and Cass Counties in TX and Hinds County, MS. When I began this journey, my mother asked me “when will you be finished?” I smiled and told her ”you never finish”. 15 years later and I’m still not finished and I’m still smiling.