Today I start a new blog specific for my genealogy research. I wish now that I had started this blog back when I started on this quest. But at the time I thought I would have my 30 day free trial of ancestry.com, fill in some gaps, and be done. But nearly two years later I have come to realize that this is a lifelong quest that will always offer things to be learned and discovered.
I had an interest in my family roots, and I can remember making family trees when I was a kid, but it was never something that I had got back to as an adult. For me it started on the day my father died. A group of family and friends had gathered at his house, and we had taken out some old photos while looking for his military discharge papers. There was a photo of my dad's mother, my grandmother. She died when my dad was only four years old. I looked at the photo and thought about how I knew nothing about her, not even her maiden name and as of today I could not ask my dad about the little bit he knew about his mom's family.
Since that day I have made amazing progress. I have learned many details about my grandmother's family, as well as the other branches of my family, and my wife's family. More to come on those.
I am giving this blog the title of 'Across An Ocean' in dedication to six people in my family who gave up their life in their native country and came to live in the United States. To my great-grandparents, who came from Italy in the 1890s. To my mom who came from England in the 1960s. And to my wife who recently came from China.