Dear Ms Ivonne Pohlman: I appreciate your response and the opportunity to assist you in a positive way. Don't give up on your genealogical pursuits. One good rule that my Lebanese mother used to tell me as a boy and which I use today as an adult is, "Faith is never factual, but when applied correctly it will produce the needed facts." If in your heart you have a sensitivity that your family has Lebanese roots, then I would go with your feelings first and let the proofs come as a consequence. If it is proven that there are no Lebanese roots, then you will have done a greater service to yourself for having tried, than to accept things without serious personal pursuit. I encourage you to keep trying and never ever give up. When you do Middle Eastern genealogical research, you will soon learn that great results come as a consequence of "a sense of adventure" and not because you have the proof staring you in the face. If your relatives have voiced that the family line came from Lebanon, I would pursue that effort first versus trying to prove that it just couldn't be true. Many times our older relatives remember things in a different perspective than we think we may understand them. The Tamez family may indeed have Lebanese roots. If so, that's wonderful and exciting for you. If it proves otherwise, that's quite fine too. Nothing ventured...nothing lost. But......something ventured...well, lots of risk...but if successful...what a quest. And don't ignore in-law lines. There may be some linkage here. Keep looking and don't give up.