Thank you all for your encouragement and advice. I didn't think I'd be able to qualify for the pre-1500 badge, I found the computer-speak a little unnerving and was on the verge of throwing in the towel but you persuaded me to try, so I did, and to my utmost astonishment it was not all that difficult to get involved and do the necessary, and now I'm able to submit the rest of my family tree and as a result I've found a link to the American Horner family which I'd been looking for over a long period. It has bucked me up no end and given me a sense of genuine achievement.
I just hope all you other good folk struggling with this set-back will grasp the nettle and give it your best shot and surprise yourselves with what can be achieved when you refuse to be deterred.
All kindly blessings, Carl.