I was born in Aldershot Hampshire England in 1938 My father was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corp (RASC) stationed there and my mother worked in the NAAFI. They married in the garrison church of St Michael Sebaston, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot in 1937.
I became curious about my family history a few years ago, when on the death of my mother I realized what little I knew about her or my fathers background apart from when my parents separated we (my elder sister and myself) where sent to live in Belfast with his father and his sister, not returning for some years, so I had some slight knowledge of his side of the family.
On partly retiring from work recently I could spend more time on what started as being just curiosity, but fast becoming an addition.
One of the biggest steps in recent years is of the commutor and the web, another learning curve to master, (hopefully),the increasing amount of data available,the ease that you can corrospond with co/researcher's having the same interest's, asking a question ( hopeful that it will unlock another door) and getting hundreds of replies (well not quite but near enough) it certaining makes research a lot more easier and interesting in, that, not only are you putting bones on your ancestor's you can also find what they did for a living,who they worked for, where they lived and about the area they lived, and lots more as well, I look forward to the time when they relax some of the rules about secrecy and make more of the official documents available on line.