And so you start to wonder a bit about family of long ago, those that you have never met.
But that is where life gets interesting. It's time to do some investigative reading.
Looking into the lives of our ancestors, we need to pick out every place that they lived, every school that they attended, the churches that they visited on Sundays with family and any military and occupational experiences they had.
Look at all the possibilities that you have to gather more information into their lives. Research the schools that they attended. Google books on their churches. Find histories written about the towns, villages, counties and townships in which they lived. Research the history of the military units in which they served. Find the places of employment and read about the history of the company or corporation.
Besides reading books on all of the above, search for news articles in newspapers and periodicals that may have stories about those schools, churches, companies, etc. Your ancestors probably knew many of the people who are named in all of these sources. Now you know a little more about your ancestor.