Genealogy is so exciting! How rewarding and comforting it is to feel that you are part of a greater whole: part of a great family with deep roots that began before you were born. You can do the fun research yourself or hire a professional genealogist.
I use the free, simple Family Search.org to help connect the dots in my family tree. Another great source is Ancestry.com. NBC linked with Ancestry.com last year and ran NBC is running a popular series again this year about celebrities finding their ancestors, called Who Do You Think You Are? You can click here to watch the episodes and learn more about what Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Spike Lee and Susan Sarandon found out about their exciting pasts (the episodes are available until 2/05/11).
For more detailed search results, many people travel from all around the world to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have over two million rolls of microfilmed records.
We all have a mother and a father. It would be impossible to be alive if we didn't. They had mothers and fathers (and grandparents, great-grandparents and so on). Many of our personality traits and physical traits are ours alone ~ gifts from God. Many of our other traits (desirable or not) were also shared by a parent, or Great-Uncle Chester. If we don't notice it, a relative will often point it out!
I get inspired by people like Edward Francis Wilson who was doing his genealogy (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia) in the 1800's! I'm hopeful that you will get the bug to start a little detective work to find who your ancestors are, and get a better sense of where you fit in. Does it seem too difficult? Just click on familysearch.org and simply type in a relatives name and see what happens.