It is interesting to see how the family dynamics play out under the circumstances. I am a firm believer that you need to understand your past in order to build the future that you want. I also realized that the people who could give me some insight were getting older and we were starting to see each other more because of funerals. With this in mind I decided that I wanted to give myself and my family the gift of knowing our roots. This would be a huge undertaking considering that both my maternal and paternal family are large. I started my search reviewing the censuses provided, jogging my aunts'/uncles' memories and reading about migration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Early on I realized that this was a project that was going to stir emotions. I pursued it publicly for sometime but stopped when a cousin (who will not be named) asked me to stop because there was information that he did not care for his kids to know. I can respect that so I continued "off-line." Because of my parents family reunions I have had the opportunity to spend time with distant and not so distant family. I have come to know the different reactions people have on the subject. Though I may not agree with how some people approach the subject (good and bad) it has given me insight on the dynamics of a large family that was forced to be blended because of geography, resources and the tests of time. Fortunately during the last reunion I met another family member (Marrero side) that embarked on the same project. It was a blessing. Being a professor he has had access to resources that have helped him with this genealogical project. He even had the opportunity to visit Tenerife! Because of our schedules and unfortunate situations I have not been able to meet with him yet but I will. When I am prepared I will share. Hopefully by that time rather than argue or get angry maybe dialog will occur and we can get to understand our past.