Whilst I traced my own family on my father's side back to the mid-1600s some years ago, I only recently decided that I'd rather like to search my mother's family. I've literally only been doing this for a couple of weeks and what spurred me into doing this was during a visit to the National Archive at Kew. At this time of the year, the soldiers/sailors/airmen of WW1 are much in out thoughts and I was sad to find that one third of all Army records from WW1 were lost in the Blitz in WW2.
So I've been looking at any information I can find on my maternal grandfather Joseph Sayers. I believe he was born in Northumberland in about 1900. I think he enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps towards the end of WW1, and in 1923 married Minnie Josephine REES in Doncaster. They lived at 30 Warren Close and had three children - Cynthia Josephine (my mother), Ronald (b.1929) and Paul. All the siblings have now passed away. Cynthia married my father Vernon Narramore during the war and had two sons, Paul and Stephen. Ron served in the RAF then emigrated to Rhodesia where he enlisted in the Royal Rhodesian Air Force. Paul remained in Doncaster with his wife and children.
So there you go. I've only just begun this search and of course it's extremely interesting.