I am John, Benjamin, Miles, Parley, Adrain Garfield, Leonard Compton line.
My mother is 81 and dad 85 and they wanted to known their roots. So I bought the www.ancestry.com for $155.00 for a year. Found thewww.Rootweb.com thatis free, www.familysearch.com that is free. So I began my search for info.
I sent letter to to get acurate information from all living relatives.
Ask them and their children to fill out and go to these sights and add any family info they had. Alot did. I started this 11 years ago.
Now so many people are searching and hitting walls, and as more is added it is all coming together. And it is great.
I have found people whom have family bibles with alot of info.
So I went to www.ancestry.com and started a family tree under Simpson, my husbands family line, because his side is from Wales and alot of unknown info, and are dead.
From there I have found all the other connections, that were looking for the roots of their trees also.
My aunts (2) have a different father born in the 1880's when the states kept no records, only midwives and dr's offices, and stored in court houses by county tax offices,and historical records and alot are lost or in one case, building burned and lost 50 or more years of records. LOST FOR EVER..