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What’s in a Name? Exploring Our Family History with

What’s in a Name? Exploring Our Family History with

What's in a name? Exploring Our Family History with

For years I have been wondering about my ancestry. Researching our family’s roots and creating a family tree is something my Mom and I have been talking about doing for a while now. Somehow, we have never found the time to get started on it. Getting the opportunity to partner with on the #surnameproject was the kick in the pants we both needed to get started discovering our ancestry and the meaning behind our family name.

What's in a Name? Exploring Our Family History with

That first night, after creating an account on, was a real eye opener to our family history. Once you start discovering things about relatives, some you don’t even know you have, it quickly becomes addicting. My Mom stayed up that entire first night working on our family tree.

My Mom never knew her own father, so that is where we started. She has his name, but other than that we knew nothing about him or the rest of his family. Within 15 minutes of exploring on we learned a lot, including that Mom had a half-sister that she didn’t know about. Sadly, her sister is now deceased but we are hoping to connect with some of her children. We also learned that one of my Great Grandfathers was a farmer in Texas and was once injured in a shoot-out.

Then we came across an image of another of my Great Grandfathers from my Grandmother’s side of the family. Mom and I both immediately noticed that my son is the spitting image of this man. It’s amazing how much they look alike. Luckily, one of my Mom’s distant cousins has already been on and has done a lot of the legwork for us, including some old family images that she has uploaded.

What's in a Name? Exploring Our Family History with has given us easy access to a variety of public records like my Grandfather’s World War II draft record. I am quite certain we would have never otherwise located these bits of history.

We have only just begun our family tree, but have already learned so much about our family. I look forward to expanding the branches of this tree to include my Father’s side of the family, and also my Son’s family from his Father’s side who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy.

What do you know about your last name? I am so grateful for free trial I received and the chance to discover more about the origin of my family’s last name.

Ancestry is the world’s largest online resource for family history. Ancestry strives to fill the fundamental desire people have to understand who they are and where they came from. With a unique collection of billions of historical records, including handwritten historical documents and state and local government archives, Ancestry is the perfect place to learn fun and interesting facts about your family’s tree.

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