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.
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