The soil was cultivated when I found out there was a Ralph Jester in Hollywood and Daddy nearly gave me a spanking for pestering him to call this other Ralph Jester.
The Seeds were planted when in the 7th grade, my teacher who was from Texas (we were in California) told me about Gov. Beauford Jester and his father Lt. Gov George T. Jester, presenting two Texas firsts.
Germination began a couple years later when a friend of my mother's, had created this beautiful scoll of her collected pedigree charts, they laid out staggered down, each chart was completed to the point on the right said this line continued on chart #, Person #1 is the same as Person # on Chart#, and the bottom of each sheet had all the surnames that particular page contained. And yes, you could roll up the scroll and tie it closed. This pedigree chart scroll had people back to the 1500s.
The blossoming took place soon after my father died and I realized I only, and just barely knew his parents names and the grandmother who raised him. My mother sent me what she had collected on his family but hadn't pieced it together yet. I memorized the names and not only pieced the family together, but had back to my 4th ggf, but missing the 3rd. I had a choice of 2 of 3 brothers. I had what I thought were the possible brothers in Georgia, and their families. it was a couple years later I was able to collect all 5 brothers, and a total of 10 years before an unpublished manuscript written in 1933 was handed to me that confirmed all my findings and added two sisters, and gave me the name of my 3rd ggf.
And nearly 40 years later, I'm still stuck on my 4th ggf. Regardless that I have nearly every Jester in the US recorded, or have had them recorded and lost my database more times then I can count, compiled a Jester newsletter and collaborated with numerous other Jester researchers over the course of my genealogy career, and have also been involved lightly with Y-DNA and more heavily auDNA.
So yes, my line was hatched in a cabbage patch by eggs artificially fertilized by Jesters who arrived in VA in middle of the 1600s and dropped off from an alien spaceship.