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Like a lot of Americans, I can't claim much of a pedigree. Northern European mishmash is about the best I can do, which isn't particularly interesting. However, over the last few years an aunt of mine has been researching the life of my great-great grandfather, an Irish ironworker who fought in the disastrous Fenian Rising of 1867. Last summer a few of my cousins and I actually had the chance to visit his former home in Drogheda outside of Dublin. It was an amazing bonding experience with my cousins, and I feel like I can finally claim some real roots.

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