Well, after finding a lot of information about my grandma Audrey, I decided to also trace the Roy line as well. I also hit the jackpot on information there and even attended a Roy family reunion a couple of summers ago. I did reach a point though where I felt stuck.
My grandma did a lot of genealogical research many years ago before the days of the internet. You know, when you had to order in a census and go through every stinkin' page and hope you could read the census taker's handwriting. I thought I would at least enter her information into my computer database and see if I could find anything beyond what she had listed.
Well, I actually found lots and lots. This internet thing, it's amazing!!!! I found old wills and photos and connected with many people who wanted to share loads of helpful information with me. It was all quite exciting. If you haven't done family history work, you won't understand how exciting it all is.
I got a bit obsessed with this one particular branch with the last name of Swick. I felt really strongly that there was information I needed to find. I kept looking through postings on this message board and never located anything connected with my branch, but I still felt like I was missing something. I decided to delve into the siblings of my direct branch and see what information I could locate. Well, after I had flushed out information on the siblings, I went back to the message board and located a message that was directly connected to my family!!!! I contacted the man and bought a photo album full of photos of my great, great, great, great, great aunts and uncles. It was an amazing find. But stilll...
I felt like I was supposed to keep looking. I had the line all the way back to 1809. I just couldn't find anything prior to that because census information before that doesn't have the names of the family members, only the male heads of families and I didn't have any money to hire a researcher. So, I spoke with my Uncle Mickey. He agreed that if I would send him all of the information I had, he would pay for a researcher to find out who was the generation back from where I was stuck.
Last night I received news that through mine, my mom's and my grandma's work as well as the researcher, we found him. His name is Anderew AND we know two more generations past that. Wow!!!! How exciting. If you want to get started, let me know, I'm happy to help. It really is so fun.
Here are a couple of websites that are great for getting started:
http://www.familysearch.org/ (provides a free database where you can begin entering your info)
http://www.rootsweb.com/ (it's free and you can play around with tons of options)
http://www.usgenweb.com/ (is a great free resource once you know location for your ancestors)