David W. Jackson's childhood hobby of genealogy became the catalyst for his career path. He was graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in historic preservation in 1993. He is director and archivist of "The Orderly Pack Rat," an historical research and consulting service he founded in 1996 (www.orderlypackrat.com).
Since 2000, he has served as Archives and Education Director for the Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society, in Independence, Missouri (www.jchs.org). David is also author and publisher of, "Direct Your Letters to San Jose: The California Gold Rush Letters of James and David Lee Campbell, 1849-1852;" and, "Recipes of Our Past: Morsels from Our Grandmothers' Recipe Boxes."