My own research began over a decade ago. My personal discoveries inspired my most current release "Where Two Rivers Meet." I have since developed this storyline into the Washington's Woods Trilogy with two more books to follow: Where Chains are Broken and Where Love is Spoken. This has been a challenge to say the least, but worth every minute I spend researching new information for the sequels, which are set in later war periods, specifically, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
I have always been fascinated with history and researching, which is one of my fondest pass times. With the computer and Internet resources so readily available now, I find the laborious task of perusing through historical reference books pretty much a thing of the past. Although, I don't neglect the opportunity whenever I find my research hindered. After all, not everything you find on the Internet these days is always true. Confirming my sources is an absolute must along with walking in the shoes of my ancestors. This personal experience can prove to be meaningful and bring you to a place of belonging and purpose.
If you love family history and don't mind the research, I encourage you to continue in your quest to put those pieces of your own genealogy together. It's never too late. Who knows? You might discover that long lost cousin was actually a royal or someone of significance. Creating a prominent family tree to pass on to the next generation is a wonderful legacy to leave your loved ones. Equally as wonderful, is the possibility of including some of your family history in a well-written novel. The names can be changed and the circumstances kept entirely fictional to protect those who may or may not be so innocent. Here's to good research and good writing. Cheers!