For the past few days, I have been involved with telephony trying to get my house phone line repaired. Evidently, it was two completely different problems. I think it is fixed but I am afraid to say so out loud.
In my opinion the most difficult genealogy tasks are ones that involve "non-American" research. My paternal grandparents came here from Soctland. I took a course online some years back which was wonderful except for the time difference (7 hours, I think) and I learned the basics. I did search the Scotlands People (for Pay) Web site with moderate success at that time.
Last week, after finding my grandfather, Thomas Broadfoot in Edinburgh living in the household of his step-mother, Helen Tait's brother, I knew I had finally found out the intermediate step of him living with his family in tiny Dalbeattie and getting on the ship to come to America in Edinburgh. He is listed on the passenger record as a "car conductor" in Edinburgh. He was only 17 when he left home and went to live in Edinburgh. It doesn't look like he ever went back to see his father and step-mother again.
I am now working on my grandmother's family again but with more luck now that Ancestry.com has index lists of the Scottish census so I can search for them more easily. It's a slow process....