I have jumped on board the ancestry dot com train, and as a result, have uncovered hundreds of my forebears, going back to the 1200s on just one long, meandering line, and back to 9th great grandparents on a dozen or more lines. I have discovered at least a hundred family surnames ; all of those lost matriarchal monikers.  The endeavour is intoxicating, the ancestry dot com algorithm affords an addictive attainability to it’s historical records and corresponding family trees. Previous generations of genealogists had to spend years of meticulous research to access this kind of information, and even then, the idea of being able to trace quite as many individual lines would have been impossible without a dedicated team.  Even programmes like Who…