I started off 10 Years ago this month. I started off about 200 to 300 names. My search has found me over 100 cousins on the internet and tons of friends in my ten years. I have close to 50,000 names in my database. I am on my third computer and still today I am going strong and hard at it. Patience pays off. I LOVE Family Tree Maker and highly recommend it to everyone. I do not care for the new style of Version 16 but I won't give it up. I have had it for less than 2 weeks and it has increased the efficiency of my research. I have found tons of things on the internet with this new Version. I have purchased 4 versions of Family Tree Maker, and this one is the best one yet. Genealogy has sure got me hooked as my hobby!!