I have been actively pursuing my passion for genealogy since 1997. When I was a child my parents diligently pored over records in libraries and courthouses during our family vacations to Florida (so boring as a child). Thankfully I've come to respect their interest and value their findings.
Maternal side: (Iowa and midwest to New England) Hetherington, Scott, Joy, Edwards, Scohy, Hendrix, Jackson, Barrett, Nelson, Clark, Dickinson, Fish, Townsend and so so many more way beyond colonial times and Europe.
Paternal side: (Georgia and southern states) Pearson, Guthrie, Register, Breeden, Head, Catchings, Roby, Register, Dees, Sirmans, Newbern, Rainey, Hill and so so many more.
First husband's side: Puellmann/Pillman, Mestemacher, Sexton, Aydlott, Rhoades.
Second husband's side: (Czechoslovakia, Lebanon, Spain) Belusky, Supej, Masny, Joseph, Landeau.
Third husband's side: just kidding, that's just crazy talk :)
Found a pirate, some "witches", hard working landowners, royalty, and miners. Oh what stories our ancestors could tell us... When we die we become "stories" in the minds of other people. I believe it's our responsibility to document our heritage because once it's forgotten it's gone.