Genealogy (from Greek: γενεά, genea, "generation"; and λόγος, logos, "knowledge"), also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.
Identify what you know about your family.
Decide what you need to learn.
Pick one of your ancestors and try to identify needed information (document pertinent information on other relatives as you find it).
Select records to search.
There are two types of genealogical records.
Be sure to check computer resources that are available.
Obtain & search records:
Use your information.