All this is simply to tell you that sometimes it is really easy to find your ancestors and sometimes, it is not. But I encourage you to keep after it if you are interested, and, more to the point, whether you are interested in genealogy or not, collect all you can, write down all you know. Record, audio or video, everything you know. Write down your childhood memories. Even if you don’t think they are important, your children or your children’s children may.
And, whatever you do, don’t keep your family history to yourself. If you have a cousin who is interested, share it. It’s a joy to have a family history – after all, some people don’t! If you have old papers and you don’t want them, ask family members if they do, and, if not, scan them and burn them to a disc, because, mark my words, someday someone will want them. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away!
Summer’s back is broken – enjoy it. Go out and take photos of family headstones and share them with your family and put them on Find-a-Grave. Every little bit helps to piece the past together for the future!