Hi, Risha:You have a very good start because you have some names that are fairly unusual!!I started by ordering (even though it took 6 months with a few of them) birth certificates AND death certificates.IF we just go by "family tales," quite often it proves to be false, etc. etc.SO, if you start with just the "facts," which most of the birth certs/death certs will do, there will be all sorts of things you will find out!!!Put your dates on your queries also...."when" (year) did your Briggs first arrive in the U.S., if he did?Where did they settle?I found that my entire Briggs line all came out of one particular U.S. state, so I could even follow out the collateral families.Good hunting to you!!!
An additional thought for you is to join a local Genie Society...they, and their books, etc., were very helpful!!