Thanks for your quick reply, that's some interesting news grandpa always thought that his mom was part black but I do know that he was quite adamant that his father's name was Mack Todd, my father told me that they still live in the huntsville area and they are Irish. I thought he was Italian too but he said thattaliferio was his adopted name. I was wondering, was your grandfather by any chance Harold Spears? He was grandpas half brother. This is my next project,I was working on my tree on my fathers side but I want too look into my mothers side too. Did you find a lot of this info on ancestry .com or are there better sites?