I built this site in April 2005 after less than a year of research in my family history. I decided early on that I would only follow my direct ancestors with the surname of Brewer. This has partly to do with the greater availability of information about male historical figures. It also has to do with my preference for following a simple timeline through history. I am more interested in the opportunities and challenges faced by my ancestors than I am with who begat whom in every branch of my family tree. Eventually, I will add more information about female ancestors.