My family research began with the family Bible. It had the names and marriage dates of my great-grandfather, Rufus Daniel May and My great-grandmother, Laura Elizabeth May. The link with my antecedents came when I contacted the LDS library, after having entered Rufus's name. I found an unbroken line to William May, who came to Virginia in 1614, after having been raised in Ulster, and was Scots-Irish. I had always heard this from my father (the Scotch-Irish he called us), but never gave it serious thought that he was speaking of Northern Ireland. William's ancestors came from Scotland, and were a sept of the Donald Clan of the Isles, according to records of that Clan.
The other research went on through my mother's side and ended up in England showing lineage to the English kings. Again, I had always heard this from my grandmother, but had brushed it aside, and it was treated as a family joke. But when the lineage of George Melvin Sr., who died in Biloxi, Mississippi, was traced through the Lavinghouse line and others in that family, this was verified from several sources.