I think genealogy is so neat! I've been trying to get more info on DH's side of the family, but I'm not very good at researching yet so progress is slow (okay, there is no progress, I admit).
Thanks to my religious background, a lot of research has already been done on my own side of the family. After getting bummed out about not finding a lead to DH's roots in one night, I went to a church website where anyone can load up their family info and after a while I spotted a branch on my dad's side that took me back 26 generations! I'd seen my dad looking at it before but it was fun finding it myself and putting it into my free genealogy software. :)
I traced roots back to Castle Cary, in Somerset England. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Cary Sounds like my kind of place!
It's too bad there aren't any stories about who these ancestors of mine were, or what their lives were like. Part of the path went through an Archdeacon, and part through a woman whose last name was Knight. It's also really humbling to see how many children died in infancy.
There are so many things that you can wonder about a person even if all you know are some names, dates and places! I wonder who did all of this research?
Here's where I had the best luck searching, but it might not be effective if you don't have (long lost) relatives uploading info. http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=prf/search_PRF.asp&clear_form=true
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