Originally Posted by muddie
Researching one's family geneology can be a lot of fun but it is a lot of work and can be very time consuming. It is however, very much worth the time you invest.
My Dad's side of the family (Clark) had a relative who was a genealogist (he passed away several years ago). Many years ago, at our annual family reunion, which has been held in Gallipolis, Ohio since the 1920s, he gave out copies of the family tree based on such research. Very interesting stuff. William Clark (Lewis and Clark), as well as his brother George Rogers Clark, are uncles.
There's a cemetery outside Gallipolis that has been renamed, but for ages was known as the Clark Family cemetery, dating back to the Revolutionary War. I've been there numerous times - my Dad took us, and I've taken my kids - to visit the sites of many of our ancestors. A majority of the land in Gallia County us to belong to the Clarks, especially a Thomas Clark (originally from Virginia), who, upon serving in the Revolutionary War, would be given huge land grants by the government because of their service.