David W. Jackson began genealogy in 1980 at age 11. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University. He enjoyed a 20+year career as a local historian and archivist for nonprofit historical organizations (including Unity Archives at Unity School of Christianity's World Headquarters and Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society). And, since 1996, he has been director of The Orderly Pack Rat (orderlypackrat.com), and independent research, consulting and publishing house.