This quote always sticks in the back of my mind when I don't feel like I can make any progress on my family history:
"After you find the first few generations, the road will become more difficult... You will be tempted to stop and leave the hard work of finding to others who are more expert or to another time in your life. But you will also feel a tug on your heart to go on in the work, hard as it will be.
"As you decide, remember that the names which will be so difficult to find are of real people to whom you owe your existence in this world and whom you will meet again in the spirit world... Their hearts are bound to you. Their hope is in your hands. You will have more than your own strength as you choose to labor on to find them"
-Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(From April 2005 General Conference, in Ensign, May 2005, 29-89)