When I was growing up all my friends had grandparents. The only grandparent I knew was my father's mother and she died when I was six. I don't remember too much about her, except that she was ill. I guess that's why I've always felt that my family began with my parents and aunts and uncles.
I decided to do a little checking since I learned the names of my grandmother and great-grandmother. I had heard that my grandmother came over from Germany when she was about 15, so I decided to check the records at Ellis Island. Well, it looks like she came over here two years before they kept records at Ellis Island.
Then I decided to check with the Church of Latter Day Saints. I've heard that their genealogy records are very complete. I checked my father, they had a record. Feeling very confident I checked my grandmother and grandfather, no luck. They had no records of them whatsoever. Now I'm back to square one.
Maybe my family really did start with my parents' generation.