I have fallen off the ancestry searching wagon also. I am expecting baby #3, recently moved to a new state in Jan so things got a little hectic. I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing and your health problems.
I keep meaning to get back into it again very soon also because there are so many unanswered questions. I did have a friend recommend a book to me that had some sort of connection she found in her own family and we had a great discussion. I will have to look that message up again to find the name of the book or research she was doing.