I started searching my ancestors arrival in Australia in the late 1970's with snail mail and hours sitting in Libraries, and Archives.
My great aunts asked who the descendants were, who were we related to, so I started searching downwards and outwards.
My first book was in 1998, over the phone with a second cousin I had never met. The introduction of computers and the internet certainly helped to make connections, and now my research is done on line or via email. I still visit the Libraries and Archives to get more details.
I work full time and this is my hobby. I love searching for more details on the families.
If you think you have a connection with these families, please contact me.