Learning to seach your roots is like learning how to swim
There are two ways to learn how to swim: take lessons, observe others, practice kicking and stroking OR jump right in and find your own way. Your technique this way will never get you into the Olympics, but you will have fun. I am having a ball and looking for both sides of the family all at once, backwards and sideways. Logic says I should concentrate on only one branch at a time, but I am afraid I will lose interest if I hit the "brick wall" that so many write about. In 2 months I have found more ancestors than I ever thought I would using the "free" online sites. Am searching right now for POST, COGAN, GILL, SCHWAB, HICKEY, FRASER and PALLISER.