I'm the 4th great grandson of Joseph and Theresa Ebaugh, who arrived in America at the Port of Baltimore in 1834 and settled in Indiana. My Y-line is a pretty straight shot; I've known the sequence since I was a kid. I started formally studying my family's history around a decade ago. I completed 95% of my maternal domestic ancestry and much of my post-1830 paternal ancestry over the next several years the hard way - pouring over records. Four or five years ago I finally started using ancestry and discovered that the ancestry I wasn't aware of was quite a bit more extensive than I ever would have imagined. The key to my paternal line is the women. My grandmother, Helen Harbeson descends from 18th century Scotch-Irish immigrants. And the gold miner who married a Swede. Ethel (Worden) Ebaugh, Hattie (Deuel) Ebaugh, and Nancy (Applegate) Ebaugh, my 1st-3rd great grandmothers, all have colonial roots. My 4th great grandmother Theresa (Fridman) Ebaugh's living brothers and sister came to America with Theresa and Joseph, and have interesting stories of their own.
Not every project is being actively worked right now; none will ever be "complete" - there's always more to learn. Each link below leads to a description of the project with useful resources and a list of profiles belonging to it.
As I hint at above, I conceptualize my ancestry as a stacked set of maternal lines, each terminating in a marriage with a man in my Y-line.
Boyle to Haughville - Tracing descendants of formally enslaved people in Boyle County, Kentucky, some of whom were enslaved by my ancestors. Many were involved in the Migration, ending up on the west side of Indianapolis.