I grew up in a small town in Northeast Arkansas and family has always been an important part of my life. I read Alex Haley’s Roots with my Granny when I was 12 years old. That book introduced me to oral history and family ancestry. It wasn’t until I was in college that I put together my first family tree for a class project about my family health history. Eight years later, I was with my then, six-year-old son, going through some family photos when he began asking questions about the people in the photos. But I didn’t have any answers for him. So in 2011, I started my genealogy journey so that I could answer any and all questions my son would ever have about our family.