Congrats on finding more about your own family history!!
Some time ago, I started looking into join freemasonry for reasons not important on this thread. I kept it away from my family because I know they are a presumptive bunch. (I am the youngest of 4)
Long story short, when my mother found out I was joining, she made an off-handed comment about my grandfather being a Mason. (my grandfather died when my mother was 16, so I have very little access to any information on him)
I started trying to find out all I could about him, including making requests to several local lodges and the grand lodge for more information. Ironically enough, it turns out, when his lodge closed, they merged into the lodge I joined!
This past Christmas, as part of a gift I gave to my mother, a photo album booklet of me, my family and my brothers and their families, I also included a picture of his dues card at the very end. Needless to say, my mother was overwhelmed at acquiring another memory of her father which she lost so long ago. (she didn’t even know he was a truck driver!)
Now, why do I share this story?? Because I learned that family can be a source of valuable information and support or it can be a burden on your ability to interact with them. (something for everyone to think about)