Our fastidious Uncle Nick has made it one of his life's works to work on our family's genealogy. He has amassed hundreds of pages and countless photos - at last I heard, he has made it to the year 2005 (I imagine that he can track down the pieces from there). Until that mammoth work is complete, however (and I have no doubt he will complete it), we can settle for a recently acquired work from one of our grandfather's cousins, which revealed a few very interesting bits of our family's history.
Some of our ancestors have been in the country far, far longer than I thought - our great-great-great Grandfather (I think that's enough greats?) was born in Ireland in either 1810 or 1811, and moved to Canada and later the United States when he was 19 years old. There are no photos of him as far as I can tell, but there are some tombstones for him and his wife Catherine that are probably still around in a Catholic cemetery in Ohio:
There are a biblical amount of names and begats in the genealogy, but perhaps the most interesting piece of new knowledge was that our grandfather's maternal grandfather served in the Union Army from 1862-1865, in the "River Regiment," which participated in the battles of Knoxville and Atlanta. Below is a photo of his extended family, with he and his wife Catherine on the far left. Below that is his Union Army discharge certificate, which lists that he was a farmer, and that he had gray eyes. I'm not sure I knew until right now that anyone had gray eyes.