Genealogy research has become so much easier with the internet. My Great Uncle Valdi once hired a lawyer to help research the Barnes family lines decades ago, way before I was even born! Wouldn't those researchers who have gone before us be amazed at the resources before us today! I now have e-mail conversations with relatives across the United States, Norway and Sweden! We even received help from internet friends in Sweden, connecting us with relatives there and had a mini reunion in Sweden in 2001. Now with my blog, facebook and having written A West Ender's Scrapbook of my home area, I've met more relatives and have shared and exchanged ancestry with even more people! If you connect to my ancestry, I'd love to hear from you.
Researching family in the Ljung, Stjärnorp, ... areas of Östergötland, Sweden; Strada, Molde, Møre og Romsdal, Norway; Odessa, South Russia; Kulm Bessarabia, South Russia; Brandenburg, Germany; Efteløt\Sandsvær, Buskerud, Norway; Vaage/ Vågå, Opland, Norway; Pittsford, Rutland Co., VT; Randolph Co., IN; and locations in IA, SD, OH, VA, NJ, NH, NY, CT, NC, MD, PA, and England. My ancestors did get around didn't they!