my great grandmother Helen Margaret Bensoskey (changed to Benson) at school
my grandfather Ronald Davo Sr. in the Navy - he became an inventor!
My grandfather Donato Pasquale Battista Sr., born in Italy in 1920
about 10% of the Battista grandchildren 2009
Anyway, all of my mother's cousins are out in Ohio and Michigan. After the funeral, some of us connected on Facebook. I used information and pictures that I inherited from my grandmother (she kept meticulous notes, plus every obituary, funeral card, engagement announcement, wedding invitation, birth announcement, birthday card, etc.) plus the following sites to piece together a tree that includes 1,659 people from 1644 (related by marriage from 18 steps) to immediate family members that were born this year.
www.myheritage.com - free site that allows you to start a simple tree and connect it with existing trees if you have a match; I love the Memory Picture Game - you get to know people's faces quickly! It also has statistic features that tells you everything from average age at death to number of children to most common name.
www.ancestry.com - must pay to use this site but it is worth it...I suggest you wait until you have exhausted all other options first before joining though
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp - site run by the Church of the Latter Day Saints - one of the best free sites out there!
http://news.google.com/archivesearch/advanced_search - Google News Archive allows you to check
newspaper articles; some require you to pay to see articles
http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ - Roots Web Social Security Death archive - no # needed
Click to download a simple tree template.