I already have a family tree at ancestry.com here:
and am in the process of making the same one here.I've gathered much information from various genealogy sites and sources and have discovered a lot of things about my family,and have researched them much further back than I ever imagined possible.It turns out some of the stories passed down from older family members are accurate,and a few went in totally different directions.My tree at ancestry.com starts with me,and on my mom's side I have been able to trace the earliest ancestors who arrived in the North American colonies and where they came from,as well as several centuries back across the other side of the Atlantic to England,Wales,Scotland,and Ireland.
My 10x grandfather,my earliest known maternal ancestor,was Captain Thomas Morgan,a merchant ship captain who according to records was a third cousin of the more famous Captain Sir Henry Morgan (their great-grandfathers,also named Thomas and Henry,were brothers,both sons of Rowland Morgan;grandfathers John & Thomas were first cousins,and fathers William & Robert second cousins).He was born in Pembrokeshire,Wales,in 1623,and settled in Baltimore,Maryland in 1655.He died in 1698 in Baltimore.
His daughter Sarah Morgan married Hector MacLean,who is listed as "an exiled Scot sent to the American plantations" in the 1680s,and their daughter Katharine MacLean married John Stinchcomb,grandson of Nathaniel Stinchcomb & Thomasine Massey,who came to Maryland from Gloucestershire,England,in 1664.
So I am related to the Morgan family(I think that would make me,what 3rd cousin 9 times removed? 12th cousin? to Captain Sir Henry Morgan,which gives me something to toot my horn about)through my mom's paternal line,the Stinchcombs,who later moved to Elberton,Georgia in the late 1700s and then to Fayetteville,Georgia in the mid-1800s.
I haven't found as much information on my dad's family,but my earliest paternal ancestor,Francis Hough,the first of the Hough/Huff family to selttle in Virginia and later Georgia,came to Virginia from Cheshire,England,in 1624.It also turns out the family story of two English brothers who arrived in Virginia in 1741(one returned to England) is accurate,and our family name,Sprayberry,was originally a place name in Yorkshire,Sprotbrough,which is still in existence today.
Some of the names in my family history include:Sprayberry/Sprotbrough,Stinchcomb/Stinchcombe,Huff(originally Hough),Aiken,Slaton/Slatton/Sladden,MacLane(originally MacLean),Morgan,Massey,Cromwell,Hardy,Barr,Elrod,Jones,Goad,Ayers,Wandisford,Colville/De Colville,and many others.