While doing this research almost three decades ago I found neither side of my relatives very interested in family history research.
Now before everyone starts jumping on me... I mean interested enough to actually compile information, get photos, visit cemeteries, interview people or even build a web site. Yes, they talk about it, but talking is very different from doing. Maybe they even have information that can be added here, but they do not send it. This site has been here since 1998. A lot of my research I did around 1989-1990.
I am grateful to those of you have sent in information, but now that I am the father of three autistic boys I no longer can progress in research but I am willing to update this site if you see it as a valuable resource for your own direct ancestry. I maintain this on my own strength and time. Domains and server space is very expensive. I am not rich at all so if you wish to make donations to my efforts please see below:
I have been lucky in my experience having been obsessed with where my parent come from all the way back.
Although I live in a country that only established proper infra-structure about a century ago, both sides of the family has been very diligent in keeping records.
My mother and all her ancestors have been keeping track of all their kin since the larger family landed in the early 19th century. That means for almost two hundred years there has been detailed records and even a family book printed with pictures. This book is updated about every generation or so and then there is a big gathering.
My father on the other hand was born in the Netherlands. This was a bit more trickier but lucky those authorities keep MUCH better records. There I was able to have my lineage traced back to the 17th century. I do not have the comprehensive list, but I have the name and profession of every male predecessor all the way back sine they started with the records keeping. Their records are so updated that it even has my generation on there that was not born in the Netherlands.