I am a family researcher that concentrates primarily on the Bias-Byas-Byus family that began with James Byass/Byas c.a 1722 and his wife Elizabeth in Amherst County, Virginia. That was my dad's side of the family and I became enthralled with the research, the many many branches, and the variety of personalities that developed. The expansion of generations, geographic locations, and variety of achievements throughout time.
We have ministers, doctors, poloticians, farmers, railroad men, coal miners, thieves and even a couple of murders. But most of all, when we had the need, our men and women turned out in vast numbers to serve the nation.
Many of the males married multiple times and so some of the numbers of children were staggering.
I only wish I had started sooner so I could have shared all of this with my dad....he always tried to talk me into the task.....But then why would I want to spend all that time trying to find "dead people?"
Well that changed...so now I walk cemeteries in person and online. I chase records and distant cousins to expand the 26,000 data base I have for te descendants of James and Elizabeth (??) Byass/Byas of those early days in VA.
It is my passion!