As this is one of my hobbies, and I even do research for others when asked (working on 4 trees right now), if anyone needs help, just holler.
As far as my tree, I have over 4100 names, to include descendants of the brothers and sisters of grand and great grand parents.
I'm Scottish (Kerr and Gordon), Irish (Jordan), and English, although that branch is astually derived from before Germany was called Germany (It was Thuringia then) and the name was (Eichenberg).
If I were to recommend a single program to anyone for Genealogical research, I'd recommend FamilyTreeMaker. Also, subscribe to both Genealogy and Ancestry dot coms. This will give you access to census records, and much, much more. As far as famous folks, sure. From Lady Tryon (Wales), to still owning land and a castle in Scotland (Kerr clan), to the Bishop of the Conestoga Church of the Brethren in the U.S., to an American LCol POW of War in the Rev War, to a Mansion in SC, to...The fun thing about doing this as a hobby is what you find about your family that gives you a sense of who came before.
my father is mostly irish with a bit of scottish--his grandfather and great uncle found a gold mine in ca--it was claim jumped and my great grandmothers wedding ring was made from that gold--wallace silversmiths was another brother
my mother's side is dutch,norweigen,finn,swedish and french and one of the great grandfathers was a sea captian
sooooooo i am a true american--and then you add russian jew and italian to my kids heritage at that point i think we covered almost everyone--hahahahahha
ZeeDoctor write: Adult@ry 3 generations back huh ? Doesn't surprise me at all, we haven't invented anything new as humans in the love wars since Adam and Eve, LOL.
I think you're right Zee. Other then anything which can be related to technology, I don't think anything has changed in the human condition since the beginning of time. Love, anger, hatred, heartache, longing, and desire all felt the same to an ancient Roman or Summarian as they do to us now.
As for me I'm of German ancestory. My Mom was from north Germany and my Dad is from Posen. (Poznan) There's always been a rumour that we had a little Danish blood in there from way back, but we don't like to talk about that too much. Famous people? Har. Infamous maybe.