So, I signed up. And I spent many hours watching TV while searching into both his and my ancestors. And I found some expected things, some unexpected things (ancestors who were Tories, and left for Canada in 1777, along with some who stayed). I found my grandfather's parents, whose names I didn't even know, but not complete information because of the commonality of the name. And I learned that his mother's genes have doomed every one of her descendants (and her siblings to the extent I can find them) to a very short lifespan.
To back up a bit, when I was a child, there was a 3"x4" picture of a young man in a military uniform in my grandmother's house. So when I was maybe 11 or 12, I asked who the "soldier" was, and they told me it was "Uncle Jimmy," who left home in the early to mid 1950s and never came back. So, in 1987, I decided I would find the missing Uncle Jimmy, whose name was actually Robert. Confused yet? Me, too, when I learned that Jimmy was short for Robert. So I actually found his son, who said his father was an orphaned only child. Well, then. But he spoke to his father, who eventually admitted that I was his relative, but didn't want to speak to anyone from the family; he was happy being an orphaned only child. Fast forward to about 2 months ago, when I got a message through said ancestry website that someone claimed to be the granddaughter of my grandmother. What? I'm the only granddaughter. Nope. Not any more.
So, this weekend I met my cousin for the first time, and learned that there are at least 3 more cousins out there. Seems Uncle Jimmy is not forthright with his information, even amongst his children. But it was interesting to meet her; both of us learned a lot about the family's history. It is strange, however, to get not one, but 4 brand new cousins when you're as old as I am!
How about all of you; any family mysteries in your background?