I was interested in the stories of the family that I heard from my grandparents or great-grandparents to the extent that I would listen. However, I didn’t really appreciate their value until much later when it was too late to hear most of them again.
My real interest in genealogy began when I was in college and my grandmother had this large box of photos that she showed to me. There was one photo in the box that was a picture of my dad as a small boy holding a chicken. The photo was identified on the back as “Buster holding chicken”. This was one of the very few photos that had anything written on the back and it identified the chicken but not my great-grandmother standing in the background or who the man sitting on the porch was. I am still trying to get that man identified over 25 years later!
I have researched off and on since then. About 5 years ago, I joined my local genealogy society and have since served as the president for the past couple of years. I have attended one national genealogy conference and several local genealogy events.