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Last night was the first class and the instructor asked the nine members of the class about their ancestors. As I expected, most had English backgrounds from relatives who settled in the USA.
One man had a relative from the "Buffalo" soldiers, a nickname given to the African American regiment which fought against the Native American "Indians". Supposedly the Native Americans called the black cavalry troops "buffalo soldiers" because of their dark curly hair, which resembled a buffalo's coat.
I was the only one with roots in Italy, being the first generation born in this country. This may make my search a bit more difficult yet in a way more interesting.
For now I'll have to look over my notes and start the search.