While doing this research almost three decades ago I found neither side of my relatives very interested in family history research.
Now before everyone starts jumping on me... I mean interested enough to actually compile information, get photos, visit cemeteries, interview people or even build a web site. Yes, they talk about it, but talking is very different from doing. Maybe they even have information that can be added here, but they do not send it. This site has been here since 1998. A lot of my research I did around 1989-1990.
I am grateful to those of you have sent in information, but now that I am the father of three autistic boys I no longer can progress in research but I am willing to update this site if you see it as a valuable resource for your own direct ancestry. I maintain this on my own strength and time. Domains and server space is very expensive. I am not rich at all so if you wish to make donations to my efforts please see below:
My grandmother did geneology for our family. On my mom's side they go back to the Plantagenets in England, and there was an entire page of ancestors in the geneology book she made who had been beheaded at the Tower of London.
My dad's side is Portuguese, from the Azores, and the Portuguese are infamous for their lack of record keeping. It's been pretty impossible to trace it back past their immigration to America. To make things worse, one of my ancestors took his mother's maiden name when they got married.