I tried to keep bees before one could get information on the internet. I gathered some equipment and tried to keep bees according to the popular literature. The printed resources at the time did not deal with varroa. I tried multiple years to buy packaged bees and make a start that ended in the fall or before spring. I even bought colonies in the fall that failed to survive.
In short, I gave up... But, I had 2 stacks of a mixture of used hive and supers. They must have been really good swarm traps because they both caught 'em.
My life was turned upside down with my wife passing and raising our boys. No time to even think about bees.
I remarried and life settled a bit. My current wife occasionally asked about the bees in passing. She finally said that she did not understand why I had bees and she had no honey... Gotta fix that.
My research efforts lead me to this forum. Reading here informed me that I had some special bees. Survivors. I had 2 colonies living in the boxes that were left in place for over 10 years with no interaction from me.
Soo... I have begun to build an apiary from my past. I re-started in 2014 with bees that I have never treated. It's a work in progress. I have purchased queens and nucs from treatment free suppliers to augment my poor efforts at queen rearing and added splits that I have made.
I will get better at grafting this year. I intend to spread the genetics I have around my area... And make my lovely wife some honey.