This Darbon (or Darbin, Darbun depending on the spelling at the time) family research I started in 1976 while working in London, England. Lunchtimes found me around St. Clement Dane's church, which is where most of my earlier Darbons were Baptised, or at Australia House going through every telephone book for Australia looking for Darbons. Regretfully, I had few older relatives in this branch line who were willing to give me much information. Luckily, the relatives I found in Australia were more forthcoming.
Slightly earlier than 1976 found me working on the Gillard family from Broadclyst, Devon. Thank goodness I had several older relatives who could give me word of mouth information.
The Kilgannons have been a right royal pain inasmuch as I can find very little information on this branch. So far they haven't connected with any other Kilgannons I have found over the nearly 30 years of research.
November 2007 short update:
I went to Wales and met with quite a few Gillards and I have also been to Australia and New Zealand and met either Darbons or Darbon descendants - all very good positive experiences.
Just the other day I was contacted by someone who is a descendant from my grandmother Gillard's brother's family tree - always an exciting experience.
I have had one troubling experience - someone contacted me via another genealogy website and asked to see my tree. As a result she has added my family tree to hers. So far I have asked her what makes her think her family is connected to someone whom I had always been told had died without being married - she is showing that he was married and produced children. She will not respond to me and has not taken my family inforamation out of her family tree.
I find this exasperating and concerning, since I wonder how many people will receive this inaccurate information from her tree. I would be delighted if my great uncle had not died and had married, but so far there is no evidence of this that has been given to me. This information refers to my Darbon family tree.
Other than that, my genealogy internet experience has been wonderful and there's always something new popping up - like one of my 'greats' not being the person I thought he was, but finding someone with the same name 5 years later who is my correct 'great'. It helps to look at the old census reports and check 10 years out I think.
Always something new to learn in this research, even when you've been researching for over 30 years, like I have.