I am new to all this genealogy but I am now passionate.
I began my family search looking for the Native American that I am descended from. Since I never go half-way I am now working on ALL my ancestors. My list became so large on Ancestory.com that I broke it into 5 trees.
1) my siblings, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and their siblings.
2) my Maternal Grandmother - Anna Marie Watkins McDaniel
3) my Maternal Grandfather - Leander McDaniel
4) my Paternal Grandmother - Leota Belle West
5) my Paternal Grandfather - James Gideon Hughes
With 5 gedcoms uploaded and working on the all simultaneously I am on the computer A LOT!
I have inherited a generous number of records compiled by my sister Bella Hughes.Bella put a number of "snarky" comments into her personal stories and the family consensus was to ignore her information.
Bella did a great deal of genealogy driving around looking at records in person. She emailed and wrote to many family members to obtain their data. I have 6 rolls of pictures she took from two main family albums of Cockrells and of Culls.
I'm still looking for the connection from our Blevins to the Sizemore family of Native Americans but I have covered so much territory in the journey I have amazed myself.
My biggest challenge here has been matching profiles. I find myself back on Ancestory.com looking for all the parents, siblings, spouses and children just to be able to connect one person from my Gedcoms.
I absolutely love this Wikitree project. I have worked diligently on Ancestory.com and been taken down erroneous paths by assuming other family trees have gathered all valid information. I went back to the beginnings of most of my family and only added information that I can see actual documents to support.
I was beginning to feel isolated because I ignore all the other family tree connections because of some errors. Here I feel less of a "freak" meticulously examining each connection.
I have my DNA information attached but so far most of the information about matching is clear as mud.
Thanks for all your good work. I look forward to meeting some of you!