I have been researching both mine and my late husband's families for about 30 years.I have learned a lot about our ancestors as well as our contemporaries.My highest achievement was finding where my Scroggins grandfather went after he abandoned my grandmother in 1912.I have corresponded with half-cousins that I didn't know I had and I am finally at peace about my grandfather.
On my mother's side, we are a family that has always stayed close, having a family reunion every year for probably 80 years.I published a Durden Family Cookbook that included lots of reunion food recipes from the original 12 children, plus the information I had gathered on the Durden genealogy.
I recently assembled notebooks for my late husband's family, and included eight of their ancestral families, going back to their immigration to the U.S.
Needless to say, this has been a rewarding experience not only for me but for family members who appreciate the work I've done.Not surprisingly, I cam not be content until I get all the way back to the Garden of Eden!!
From both sides of my family, I have had and known 52 first cousins.Most of them have passed on, so I'm glad that I made the effort to talk with them a few years ago.
I am more than willing to share my research with others who are looking for the same people.