Genealogy Research: How Far Back?
Preface: All of this work was done by my mother's sisters, and my father's mother...
Mother's family has been traced to Ladies in Waiting to Queens of England in the 1600's
I am related to that famous signer of the Constitution, John Hancock (he had no children, but we descend from his brother).
Father's family we trace to the French Heugenots, also in the 1600s, who fled to America by way of Amsterdam. There is a city in New Jersey with our family name, and a museum of some infamy in New York. :) New Paltz? Albany? I forget...
My son's father's family was traced by an aunt of his, going back to Germany in the 1800s, where they sold their noble title for passage on a boat to America.
My daughter's father's family has no idea of how to make a family tree. The one grandmother has some information on her father coming from Portugal but won't share it with me. The grandfather has no idea what the name of his own grandfather was. But they think they are Norwegian. I'm working on census records to find things, but it's really difficult to start with next to nothing.
I can't imagine, JB, having so many "offshoots" from the tree :) It's hard enough finding one line!