Last week I started up my free two week trial of ancestry.com. It was pretty easy to trace things back because most of it has already been done by people and they shared it publicly. I loved finding the little stories and pictures of people. It turns out my Great-Great-Great Grandmother and Grandfather lived in the same town I currently do, in 1860. That is extra interesting since none of my biological family is from Illinois. There were pictures of them listed also and civil war documents. Out of 8 family lines (great grandparents) 7 of them go all the way back to the 1700's at least , in America. One line is very well documented. Simon H. was the first person to come to America. He was a Quaker from Ireland. He moved here with his children in 1712. He had many children and they all had many children. There are pages and pages of records for this family. In fact there is an entire society for ancestors of Simon H.
Many records were kept because of their involvement with the Society of Friends. Simon's grandson Joshua, Jr. is a documented Patriot of the Revolution due to his providing supplies. There are pages and pages of records for this family. In fact there is an entire society for ancestors of Simon H. On another side of the family, Godfried (Goodlife) N. came to America from Germany in 1759 and immediately became involved in the French and Indian War. He was in the New York Provincial Militia. See p. 89. I haven't gotten as far with my mom's side of the family because my aunt has already done it. She has things listed back to the 1500's. It is all pretty interesting to me.
I am actually very interested in trying to join the Daughters of the Revolution. I don't know why exactly, I just am. I have requested to be contacted to apply, but I haven't heard anything back yet. (They apparently take the summer off.) The book series I have been reading this year is currently set during the American Revolution. Maybe that has me really invested in the story or something. Anyway, that is my newest story.