G'day Doug, I saw your name, too, and wondered whether we may be related somehow. Ours is a small family - my father is a retired dental specialist. He had two sisters (one now deceased) and two brothers. I am one of three children and I am a primary teacher with an interest (obsession) with rallying.
I don't know of any American connection family-wise, but hey, we may be related somehow!!!
Best wishes to you and your family "Stateside" and cheers to you from 'Downunder".