I signed up for Ancestry.com after watching several episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" I wasn't sure how to proceed, but it is very intuitive and easy to use. Guess what? I have traced my Boston-area grandparents back to the very early 1600s in Plymouth and area. The ones before that, in the 1500s, are from England I learned, and so I am pursuing that info. I have also traced one grandmother's family back to Ireland, and the other side of the family back to the 1800s in IL, and both sides of my husband's family way back. I even found the name of the ships
various family members came to America on in the 1800s. It is amazing!!! I go to log on and check a few things and the next thing I know it's 4 hours later! I didn't know it would be so addictive.