thank you for your reply and happy you were able to find your roots with Frank's help,
it's always a boon to get proper guidance in finding our ancestors or lost cousins,
not sure how long you've been in genealogy but there's so much we learn and history always reveals something new as we travel back in time.
i've been at it, genealogy, for three years now, and admit i started out with a wrong approach when first discovering web-gen sites, in that i was asking everyone to pass me all their files and pics, ... (oh la la !things not to do eh, .. in hindsight i mean).
this wasn't well received naturally, so i set out digging genealogy on my own,
during this three years, i have come to realise that there are different kinds of genealogist.
Lynn Marion for example apparently has an incredible familly line of Marions,
whereas, i don't keep such data on other Marions,
what i do keep are the governments ruling over Marions, the wars that our ancestors were experiencing, the clothing and change of fashion over the times and countries, political-tensions, migration, religious-wars, slavery, royalty, plague-years, rail-road years, age of industry,etc etc etc, .. gaul, the romans, .. just keep going back in time, and this is what i study.
Gilles Marion on the other hand studies something that is key to our Marion-migration,
his findings help me understand how our first family were subsequently treated during french-regime rule, and why migration occured for the next generation.
perhaps my oblique view in genealogy-research goes beyondcollecting births, marriage and deaths. without knowing the history of their times, i have no stories to bequeath to my heirs.
i'm rattling on again huh, .. lol
thx for replying once again, and write if ever you arestuck somewhere,..