Originally Answered: How would I go about finding about my family's history?
Congrats on your interest and welcome!
Four of the best ways to learn about genealogy:
1. Check out several tutorials on cyndi's list and familysearch.org (links below).
2. Attend classes, seminars, meetings, genealogical society meetings. Many are offered in community centers, libraries, and Family History Centers.
3. Hang out here.
4. Check out the history or family history section of your local bookstore (do those still exist?) or library.
A good foundation is built by following a good research process:
1. Interview your living relatives.
2. Examine your documents and those of relatives that will allow it.
3. Prepare for research by learning about basic genealogy, genealogy specific to your known ancestors.
4. Organize your data. Free software is available.
5. Research one document at time for one generation at a time, one ancestor at a time.
A few hints for making good use of resources: Because of privacy laws and etiquette standards, you'll want to get back 70-100 years before hopping on the internet or trying to order records. Avoid user-submitted or prepared trees/pedigrees except where they have sources cited, and go to the sources. Indexes and transcriptions are better than trees but still likely to have more errors. Use these to get you to the original source. Try to find and work with original documents or images as exclusively as possible. Understanding how each type of record was collected and prepared and what that means is an invaluable tool for assessing the information.
In step 1, keep pressing those that you do know. I've been working on my husband's 2 family members for 10 years before they "remembered" little facts and a document or two that cracked open everything.
Some helpful starting places:
http://www.cyndislist.com/ (START with How To and Genealogical Standards and Guidelines)
Here -- Many of us have resources or knowledge specific to certain documents, times, places, and groups.
Google -- Look for local libraries, archives, agencies, and GenWebs, or websites similar to above for your ancestor's country.
Offline -- Libraries, archives, museums, genealogical societies, Family History Centers (operated by the Mormons), etc. BIG note: FHCs and some libraries have free access to some of the paid subscription sites like Ancestry.