Absolutely. My paternal grandfather was a musician, actor and photographer - yet my father (due to other issues - my grandfather was also a pretty nasty character) never told me. I always wondered where I got my love of art, music and writing. I was given some sketches my grandfather drew along with some history by an aunt after my dad passed away. I also have a lot of "viking" dna on both sides of the family and my boss tells me that I am a "viking" with respect to projects: hunt it down, kill it, cook it, clean up the mess and make something out of the hide." (I try to see it as a compliment.
I find it fascinating to study family histories and see little bits of myself, my husband and my children in our ancestors.