Apparently i'm 13th generation, and I have connections to Boston, Rhode Island and Maine. All that New England Yankee stuff. Huh. There were several generations of shoemakers and shipwrights, and even some high-seas swashbuckling types peppered in there, too. Very strange. I always associated myself more with the other side of my family, the more recent immigrants.
I've managed to get through a small amount of my mom's things, but I found some of my own things that I can easily see my way clear to donate and recycle, so that's something, I suppose. I have a lot to do.