I did some research on both my Mom's and my Dad's heritage and it was fascinating, but became too much to absorb so I quit for a few months (going to start again after the New Year).
My grandfather and some of his siblings landed on Ellis Island in 1910, and shortly thereafter a huge earthquake in Italy destroyed their hometown and most of the family that remained there.
I was able to go back on Mom's dad side to the early 1600's in Germany which was very cool (one, after coming to the US, received medals for his work in the Revolutionary war) My grandmother's family, though, had too common a name and I couldn't find anything further back than her parents.
Now I'm anxious to get started again!
Cookieee, I remember studying The Perils of Pauline in film class at college!
Can't you just eat what I put in front of you? Do you have to know what it is?
Ria Parkinson, Butterflies (BBC, 1978-83)