Welcome to Wiktree. Like you, I was much more involved in the pay sites (ancestry.com and myheritage), but the pay walls, among other things, left me feeling pretty disillusioned with those sites. You're going to like it here. The learning curve can be a bit daunting, but once you get the hang of things, you will appreciate it here. The community feel is great, too. Lots of people willing to lend a hand with any of your research needs.