Ms. Griggs is a native of California whose parental ancestry is from Mississippi and Arkansas. She has written several books: A Mulatto Slave, the Events in the Life of Peter Hunt, 1844-1915, a comical book, Look What Shook from the Family Tree!, and a children’s beginning genealogy pamphlet, I Know Who I Am On the Family Tree.
Through her research, she has traced her mother’s family from Mississippi to County Tipperary, Ireland. Her forefathers were in the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. Another one of her maternal ancestor’s was a former slave who joined the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War in 1864, and mustered out from the 6th Heavy Artillery, serving in 1866.