I am trying to do both, get more info on Wallace and his family, AND trace the family further back. Om my maternal Grandmothers line, Desautels, I was able to trace, with a reasonable degree of certainty, to Lyon, France in 1500. I know the likelihood of going so far with Boucher is slim, but I'd like to know where we came from as much as possible.
At lease with my mothers family, there are resources. For my fathers side of the family it is like they did not exist prior to World War One.