After nearly twenty years of research. Off and on again work and guilt coming from the work done by others and not by me I can tell you that family histories are a labour of love. Twenty years of reading microfilm, holding records older than my great great great grandfather, and trying to discern names from Welsh language tomb stones are treasures of my life.
Anyone who has had to bend their tongues around names of places in non-English lands knows the pain of spelling and mangling the names our Ancestors bore and lived in. Often in history there has been a focus on the great, those men and women who bare a significant part of history or played a role in larger events.