I have been researching my family now for over twenty years. I guess I caught the bug off my dear late Dad who was so chuffed to get our family back to the mid 1800s in Buckinghamshire before he died. I've always loved history, this was my best subject at school, and always loved old documents, dusty old books and so on.
I had an accident over twenty years ago which left me sitting about at home with not a lot to do. So I decided to have a look at my Dad's notes to see how he went about tracing the family tree in Buckinghamshire. Since then I have gone on to take the tree back to the early 1500s and the family are more from Oxfordshire and Berkshire, so Dad would have been very surprised at my discoveries. I have the tree back to my 8 x great grandfather with certainty, but need some more proof to take it back to my 10 and 11 x great grandfathers.
It's been a very interesting journey and I have found a few gems along the way, but have many many brick walls to break through. It always seems that when you answer one puzzling question you get three or four more to stump you! And of course, I have found "new" cousins all over the world which is wonderful and also made a lot of good friends.
I wish you all much luck and success in digging and delving into your roots!!