I have only recently started to trace my family tree, but have managed to get quite a way back using the census and register of births, marriages and deaths. It's amazing what you can find!
If you haven't given family research a try then what are you waiting for!
I have come unstuck with a few relations who came from Ireland (Philimenia Nettleton being one of them).
My family come from Newcastle Under Lyme and Huddersfield. On my husband's side, our relations come from the Plymouth area of the UK.
On my husband's side, we have already managed to trace a distant relative in Australia and await more news of the Payne and Keene families.