Jerry Decker is descended from early pioneers in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Family members are traced back to England 1449, France 1066, and Germany 1580. Also there is said to be Native American ancestry through the Long family of Ohio. Most of the ancestors were farmers with large families and many descendants.
Wife Elaine is descended from dairy farmers and copper miners. Family members are traced back to Finland north coast and near by Sweden in the 19th century.
Find A Grave has helped me to connect with a number of distant relatives through the memorial pages. Almost every branch of the family has a living relative who is active in Find A Grave.