Alta Griffiths, nee Rudolph, was born and grew up in the picturesque town of Heidelberg in Gauteng. She is the eldest of two children. Alta's family roots in this town go back to the early 1845's. Although her mom was born Kruger, the maternal side with the Rossouws, Brits and Slabbert families were there much earlier with baptisms recorded in the Potchefstroom register being done at the Suikerboschrand.
Alta has been doing family research for the last 16 years , with a couple of brick walls still to be worked on. On the Rudolph side she has ties with the Voortrekkers, it was believed that there were so many orphans under the Voortrekkers that her great-grandfather was appointed the "Weesheer" (Orphan Master).