A few words regarding the inspiration for this work. Growing up in Walnut Creek I remember my father hanging in the family den, a large 4’ x 8’ panel of plywood covered with a burnt orange-colored burlap stretched over the surface. He had glued old family photos on it along with a printed double page family tree posted right in the middle. This wall-sized family collage was peppered with various duotone images of long gone bearded patriarchs and turn of the century Oregon family farms. It implanted within me a desire to learn more about my family history. Starting with my father’s Xerox copies, scrapbooks, letters and handwritten notes along with the endless megabytes of data provided by the Internet, I have been able to further his endeavor and continued this undertaking for most of my adult life.