Been doing family history research on and off for some years. Been a $29 per month member of Ancestry.com for the past year. Yes, the collection of family history is amazing. I've found the ship manifest with my grandparents names from 1907. Traced my mother's side back to the 1700s where the first relative in the US from her side came as an indentured servant to Philadelphia about 1760. My wife has a prominent English name, and recently found that Rodger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island was her grandfather 10 times removed. Found other prominent and famous ancestors in her family as well. Based on her family history, she's applying to the Daughter's of the Amrican Revolution for membership. ALso found an ancient family coat of arms, and direct line to William the Conquerer, and Othe of Windsor. We now have downloaded copies of old wills, photos, birth and death certificates, ships passengers lists of relatives coming to America. It takes time, but each inquiry can set of an amazing adventure into who you really are and where you came from. We're not historians, but just folks who have been married 42 years, retired, got some extra time, and want to get this done to pass off to our children and grandchildren. My wife has a hand written scroll done by a relative in 1902 that lays out her family tree back to the 1200s. We used that as a document to validate and as a basis for starting this. We found quite a few errors in the old scroll. Mainly birth and death dates, and sometimes additonal children in a family. The US Census documents that are available on Ancestry.com are really helpful. Although we found many spelling errors of names and ages in the Census, it nevertheless shows you where your ancestors lived, how many were in that house at the time, their ages, occupation, father and mother of the adults, and places or countries of birth. If you are interested in this stuff, it's worth the $29 per month do get it done. You should be able to trace most of your family members over a couple months or so and then you can end your membership. So....who do you think you really are? You may be very surprised. We were.