Chester Hashizume has worked with the Japanese American National Museum as a volunteer and consultant since 1990 in public programs, fundraising, and computer technology. As a result of working at the National Museum, he began researching his own family tree. This grew into a hobby and passion that resulted in the creation of a family tree class for Japanese Americans when the National Museum opened in 1992. In leading this class, Chester hoped he could pass on what he learned to others, knowing that most Japanese Americans of his generation were probably unfamiliar with their roots. He has continued to give classes and presentations for the past sixteen years at the National Museum as well as numerous other Japanese American organizations and conferences. Chester has been to Japan twice to meet his relatives and has made a presentation in Japan on the importance of Japanese Americans exploring their roots.