I'm a second-year student at UCF where I'm enrolled in the Burnett Honors College studying Creative Writing and Film. I'm a youth intern at EPIC. I write songs, stories, blogs, and reviews at thedropp.com. In the future, I'd love to move to NYC or LA and work in the business of creating and writing television. I enjoy watching Community, Breaking Bad, the Wire, LOST, and anything written by Aaron Sorkin or produced by J.J. Abrams. I play guitar and I've played in local bands for quite some time. Writing, Film, TV and Music consume my life. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
My grandmother’s 80th birthday is this November.
To help with her celebration, my parents and I are putting together a slideshow of pictures of her life from the 1930’s to the present.
I’ve spent the day looking at 1930’s photographs, which inevitably led to me, racing through ancestry.com entries to try to find more about my heritage.
I learned that my grand parents are both first generation Americans and that almost all the males served in the military in some capacity. My great grand father William Smythe (my middle name) was born in Ireland, but grew up largely in England. He came to America as a twelve year old because his father (my great great grandfather) was a Episcopalian preacher, who was given a parish here in America.
My great grandmother’s family has lived in Pennsylvania, their whole life. So far back that, my great great great grandfather, John J Epright, served in the Union during the Civil War. In fact, his unit was in the Battle of Antitiem. Which surprisingly is the only battle I actually remember from my high school American History course. That was the one that changed the Civil War in favor of the Union. He’s one of the first generations from the Epright’s, that originated from Germany.
So the current tally for those keeping track at home, French Canadian (Dads’s), Irish, German, and one last nationality to be found out at a later date (Mom’s).
This is discovering is so interesting. If you’ve never looked at your heritage, I strongly recommend it. I haven’t paid one cent and I’ve been able to find out quite a bit. It’s well worth it.