My mother does a lot of genealogy research, and has traced her family tree supposedly back to Italian royalty. My father's father's side of the family apparently came to the US by jumping ship at the turn of the century under an assumed name, so details are obscure before that point.
I recently learned that my paternal great-grandparents were first cousins, which makes me a little uncomfortable, but apparently it was not that uncommon at the time.
I'm a cynical optimist. I think the only way out is through, but once we get through it'll be better. Very different, but better. Howard Tayler
It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust. Charles Darwin
Power, Lord Acton says, corrupts. Not always. What power always does is reveal. Robert A. Caro