I have wondered about my ancestors ever since I was eight years old. We were at a family gathering at my grandparents, my mom's. Someone asked my grandfather about our family history and he said "No one wants to know about them, all of them were nothing but horse thieves and bank robbers." Sounded pretty neat to me, a genealogist was created that moment. It was another twenty years before active searching began, each new find now is as exciting to me as the first.