It can be done. All you have to do is start from your family where they are from. Then start from the ancestor and work inward towards your family. Then go to the state libraries, churches, wherever they hold the census, birth/death records, marriage/divorce records. You can start with births and deaths. All this then can be peiced together. It takes a lot of time. My family did it and we have it all the way into Euro Royals. I don't know how they managed to do so well but they completed it.