Here¡¯s an example from my own family of what using just one of these
simple techniques can help you discover:
.I found out that one of my ancestors was a skilled craftsman who owned
his own business ¨C now I knew where my carpentry skills came from.
.I found out another had been a great opera singer who specialized in
playing the villain¡¯s roles (I can¡¯t sing worth a lick -- I wonder
what happened to that gene).
.I found out another had been a drummer in an early American jazz band
(this blew my mind ¨C I had been a drummer in my own band in high
school!). I even found an old reel-to-reel recording of one his jam
.I found priceless photos of my great-grandfather Giovanni from ¡°the
old country,¡± and finally figured out where the heck all the hair on
my head comes from (if you remember the sitcom Seinfeld, and Kremer¡¯s
crazy hairstyle, you¡¯ll have a pretty good mental picture of old
And that¡¯s from using just one of the incredibly simple research
methods I uncovered!