I am researching the Wilson family surname. My Grandfather, Birl Wilson, who began this research as a hobby, could only get back as far as his grandfather William Douglas Wilson. There was a fire in a county records dept. and thus, a brick wall to his research. If I ever get enough time, I would like to jump that wall and see how far back I can go with the surname.
Ironically, my grandmother, who could give a hoot about family history, can trace her maiden name of Scroggs back to the 1600's.