Researching your family history can be a long term project, you may spend almost every spare minute you have to do the research, it is like a drug. But the rewards (non-financial) can be immense, you can learn a lot about your family, where and when they lived.
Family History isn't just a list of births, marriages and deaths, there is much available to allow you to expand the information about your family, newspaper reports, court reports and much else besides
You will come across a great deal of information during your research so you
must make a note of where the information comes from, this way you will be able to refer back to it.
The first thing to do is to get software to help you collate your information, click here to view some recommendations.
A good source of local and family history knowledge are the Rootsweb mailling lists. Other people researching their family histories exchange information and give advice about local people and places. Join the counties that your family came from.
Good luck with your research.