Genealogy has been my hobby for 14 years and I find it totally absorbing but also very frustrating when I come across yet another brick wall.
What always fascinates me is that we can never be certain who are ancestors really are. Even if we think we know our parents, grandparents, etc., they or their parents may have had affairs, or you or your ancestors may be adopted and never told about it. There are so many reasons and circumstances why our families or ancestors may not be who we think they are. I know one little boy who grew up thinking his grandmother was his mother. His birth mother was really his ‘eldest sister’.
You’ll find my (perceived) ancestors under “Lancashire Ancestors” at http://www.ancestry.com until I have them all on here.
My family names from direct ancestors are: Smith, Alker, Pennington, Barton, Thistlewood, Holt, Clayton, Evans, Westhead, Bryers, Booth, Murphy, Peers, Edgar, Tabener, Halliwell, Arrowsmith, Atherton, Marsh, Greenhach, Barton, Fishwick, Birch, Tyrall, Webster, Johnson, Wnstanley, Holcroft, Winstanley, Knowles, Green, Ascroft, Lunt, Bickerstaffe, Davies, Sampson, Mercer, Haselden, Rawsthorne, Foster, Birchall,
My Holt ancestors are listed at http://www.joseph-holt.org along with many other Holt ancestors from Ireland, England and Australia.