findagrave found more than a grave
I've picked up the family research from where my father left off probably more than 10 years ago. He did it the hard way - sending off for birth/death/marriage certificates, hunting through microfilm etc.
I got on to the internet and found findagrave and in the space of 2 nights, from Australia, found a stack of information about my husband's family in the US.
It helped that the family had settled in one place and stayed there for over 60 years, so the cemetery was filled with relatives. What was so helpful, though, was the description on the side of the burial, with reference to family members and other wonderful details.
Through it I was able to find the Czech birthplace of one of the direct ancestors Nettie DUFEK - next step Czech Republic!