Debbie Gilpin was simply looking for something to do. The year was 1990 and Gilpin was recovering from gallbladder surgery.
Thinking back to her grandmother and the stories she used to tell about family, Gilpin decided that researching her family tree would be a perfect project to see her to recovery.
She says starting her research was easy.
"I was very fortunate in that my grandmother had written down a few things," Gilpin said. "I started with that and then talked to other family members."