Little girl pulling at her dress was my mom :)
Let's see how did it all start??? Oh yeah, I have been watching this show on Friday nights about celebs discovering their roots. Who Do You Think You Are? On the show they suggest you find your own roots at a website called Ancestry.com.
Well...I gave it a try. You see we are planning a trip to France and Italy. I have been a little curious about what areas in Italy my family is from. Oh my gosh! I am having a ball. I am finding out all sorts of interesting info. I have three towns in Italy I can actually document my grand father and two great grandfathers are from. One side of my Italian heritage is from Umbria and the other side is from Delle Fierie and Massa I Giorgio, Messina, Sicily. I have found out I have an English sea captain from what I thought was just French Canadian and Irish roots. It turns out one of my great great grandfather is from Yorkshire, England. Wow, now I know why I adore England (Barbara!) I know both towns in County Cork, Ireland where my great great grandmother, and great grand father came from. And I now know where my French Canadian grandfather came from Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.
With my immigrant background and grand parents all dead except one before I was born. (my little Italian Noni, who didn't speak English) I have been really clueless. My parents have both passed away so all this info is coming from Ancestry.com. What I am finding that is so exciting is that I am able to see the actually original documentation tracing all this back to boat passenger lists, censes, and even a pension for my great, great grandmother when she was a widow from her seafaring husband!
Now DH is requesting I do his family...