I'm new to WikiTree, but I've been researching my family history about 10 years now. Never got a chance to know my grandparents. Parents and aunts/uncles never spoke about family when they were alive and all are deceased now so I'm reclaiming my family history by following the paper trail. It's been a tough trek, but well worth it. I have managed to connect with several distant cousins who who have welcomed me and helped fill in some of the blanks.
Although I'm researching both my maternal and paternal lines, my current focus is on the Martin surname. My great-grandfather, George Dempsey Martin, was a U.S. Civil War veteran and a prisoner at Camp Douglas in Chicago, IL (the North's version of Andersonville in Georgia) from December 1864 - June 1865. If you know anything about Camp Douglas, then you know it was deemed "80 acres of hell" and it is only for the grace of God that he survived. One of my dreams is to find his grave to ensure it is marked with the recognition that is due to him. He deserves at least that much.