Many years ago, on the birth of my brother, my great Uncle Alden sent a letter to my father requesting particulars on both my brother's birth and that of my sister and myself. With that letter, he included details of the family history, as known at that time.
This started an on-again, off-again research, that has been passed like a baton from my father to myself and back to him again. With the advent of the world wide web and Family Tree Maker, the search has widened, its horizons becoming open without the limitations of travel and hesitations caused by contacting unknown people for seemingly sacred information.
Now a sharing of information has filled gaps, expanded knowledge and put somewhat to rest part of an age-old question:
"Who am I? Where do I come from?"
Information has been supplied, and the realization of many is closer at hand then ever before.
I am, like us all, the summation of many, as well as my own creation. By knowing where "I've" been, I see more clearly where I'm going.
I thank everyone, whoever picked up a pen, and asked their parents, "so what's Grandma and Grandpa's real name?"
And I thank the parents who knew more than "mom" and "dad" as an answer.