I have always enjoyed genealogy and the Interwebs have given us access to records that were elusive before. On my paternal side, we have very good records going back to the mid 1500s...some gaps but pretty good indicators back as far as 1300. Essentially from Scotland...a few cross border incursions into England and first Ancestor in US in 1636. In Charles City County VA...was a 3 term Burgess. We are now sacttered throught the country. On the maternal side...very good records to about 1720, but there it ends in Germany/Holland...the Sur name reportedly had the Von prefix, but is traced to the Holland side of the border so maybe it was Van? Any rate they got to this country in waves from 1740 to 1760 and all settled in the Philadelpia area, but move sout to GA shortly after the Revolution. What is your known ancestry?