When I was back sort-of-home (city of which hometown was/is a suburb, basically? or, well, another suburb of the same city? the lines are a bit hard to completely figure out sometimes) for my grandfather's funeral last Fall, I got to catch up a bit with a cousin of some degree, something removed... it's a bit hard to keep track of my paternal family, frankly, because my grandparents had many, many siblings (which means there are A LOT of cousins) and my grandfather was so much younger than his siblings that he basically grew up with his own nieces and nephews, and, yeah, lots of people, I can't really ever keep any of them straight.
My cousin-of-whatever-degree, who my sister and I knew growing up, has been working on this BIG GIANT FAMILY TREE/REUNION plan, for that side of the family (it's my grandmother's paternal family). Which means that there is a family reunion next Summer; no idea if I will make it or not, or if anybody else from the immediate family will go.
The more interesting thing is that there's a bunch of family tree stuff up on line, and I've been poking around at it. It was, oddly, the branch of the family I knew the least about; I mean, I know way more about the German, English, and Irish of my mom's family (the ancestor who was in the Civil War... um.... not on the side I mention where I am currently living..errr...), and the English and Dutch (I think?) and possibly French Canadian on my paternal grandfather's side, and the Finnish on my grandmother's side... but the other part of my grandmother's side, I did not know anything about. Now I do!
Apparently, originally, that line came over from England (which pretty much puts English as the thing this particular Ami-style mutt consists of most ;-) ).
And... for nigh-close to a hundred years, we were pretty much a line of Canadian lighthouse keepers.