I first became interested in Genealogy when my Mother passed away in 1976. At her funeral my brother Joe and I were talking and realized that we new so little about our family history. Both our grandparents had passed away (Mothers side) in 1973 and no one left but our Aunt Fran (Moms sister) that new anything. I thought we better have a talk with our Aunt, I did, and that started the whole thing.
I have made many trips since to Salt Lake City, and been back to Massachusetts, Vermont, Ohio, etc., and all over California, (home State) to search records and Cemeteries. I use Family Tree Maker to keep tract of everything/everyone and have entered over 225,600+ names over the years to our data base. (All by hand, not one merged file) I do most of my research on line now, with some local travel here and there.