I signed up for the trial membership of Ancestry.com. I often feel bereft of roots, and it seems none of the family members (read: all three) that I’m in contact with have very much information to share. So I signed up, not expecting to find nuthin’ much of nuthin’.
My father’s side of the family is pretty much a dead end, and will continue to be unless I find out who his parents were, and what his actual birth date was. I don’t think I’ve ever met my paternal grandparents, though according to my uncle they were very lovely people.
On my mother’s side of the family, I can’t get past my grandfather’s parents. On my grandmother’s side, though, there’s a TON of information via HER mother, my great-grandmother, and I’ve gotten all the way to great-great-great grandparents from England, Prince Edward Island, and Scotland, all born in the late 1700’s. With such fascinating surnames as Hill, Cantelo, MacPhee, and McInnis. This is all very exciting stuff, to me.
In poking around and reading “hints” generated by other people’s trees, it seemed that someone else was researching the same familial line from my grandmother’s people. It turns out to be a girl who is the granddaughter of one of my grandmother’s sisters. She and I are about the same age and used to be pen-pals back when my mother first died. Her family encouraged her to write me, and we exchanged letters for several years before we lost touch. I sent her a message via the website, I’m hoping she reads it and gets in touch with me again.
Anyway. This stuff is probably only interesting to me (even Bill’s interest is of the polite type). Sorry to bog you down, carry on!