Once again I have to thank whitetail for showing me the genealogy website Family Search. I play around on it almost every day to find pieces of my family history puzzle. I'm glad our government was so intrusive! Old death certificates usually contained mother's maiden name as well as occupation of the deceased. So now I know that one of my great great grandfathers was a cigar maker and another worked for the street car system. The whole thing started with me wanting to know about my father's aunts and uncles since he never talked about them. According to my mom there was some bad blood between my father's mom and her in-laws, so they were not talked about. Having been exposed to family drama on that side of the family, I can certainly see how family can drift apart. Distance can also play a factor. I'm pretty sure one of his uncles moved from Chicago to New York. One other nice thing is that I found the names of cities in Czechoslovakia and Poland where my relatives immigrated from in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I even found someone on Facebook with the same last name as myself in the city in Czechoslovakia where my great grandfather came from. It might be fun to contact him, but I have also found many dead ends where the connection, if any, would be many many generations back. I can certainly see how this stuff could get addicting. Having some connection to a place in the distant past is somehow comforting.