It's now been almost 20 years since I started piecing together my family tree. In that time I have uncovered a lot of information about past and present relatives, both close and distant. The discoveries are still continuing, and I highly doubt that I will ever be able to uncover all of the people with whom I share a common bloodline.
This year I turn 55. I'm not quite sure that I've come to terms with that number just yet, and probably won't until I take advantage of my first "senior's" discount, which starts at 55 with many retailers and services. It seems like just yesterday I was in school and trying to figure out what I was good at and what I wanted to be when I grew up. Truth is, I still am not sure what I want to be when I "grow up"!
Knowing that your family includes people who have not only ruled countries, but have survived adversity, changed the path of history, improved the lives of their fellow mankind, fought for justice and won rights and freedoms for all mankind is humbling. Other family members have done great things in business and have built empires, some of which have lasted, and others that have not. Many of my relatives were and are entertainers - musicians, singers, actors, artists, poets and novelists. Still more were rebels, fighting for what they believed in and forming a new, free country. Many have fought for their rights, and the rights of their fellow human beings - religious freedoms,