I did some extensive research of my ancestors about ten years ago and found lots of information at the time. I had it all written out on large white sheets of paper and rolled up tight in the bottom drawer of the buffet. I pulled it all back out the other day to have a look. I remember what started it, I stumbled upon a website that talked about Mennonite family names and gave brief histories of the families. My family names where in there and that sparked a renewed curiosity about the people I came from. That led where it always does for me... big sheets of paper, hours of research and a pencil. Not a pen... a pencil! (Believe me, not a pen!)
At this point the top half are my father's father's ancestors. The lower half are my mother's father's ancestors. Mainly because I have very little information to go on for either of my grandmothers. So... I'll keep working on these for a while and then move on when I can't find any more. I'm missing some information at this point to finish out these nine generations (including me) and will then follow some of these lines that go back to 14 and 15 generations... maybe further. It's tedious and I'm not really sure what I'm learning about myself in this process. I'm enjoying it though, aside from the tedious aspects. There are discoveries that mean something to me along the way. More on those later.