I have always been interested in family history. As a child, I would get my grandmother to talk about her childhood and I still have a few scribbled trees that I constructed from her info (not entirely accurate of course!). But I would say that I only really began investigating in earnest about 3 years ago, like Daniel. My mum, who had lived with me and my family, died 4 years ago and left me folders full of certificates, and all the research she had done for the previous 10 years. And when I felt ready, I picked up where she left off. And very quickly became hooked!