Starting With Yourself Write down what you already know about your family and yourself. Fill in a pedigree chart, starting with yourself. You should gather all your Vital Records (birth, marriage, civil and church records). Then write down everything you know about your family and put it on Pedigree and Family Group charts. Other online pedigree charts are found here.
The following link has pretty well any form you will need doing your research. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html
Talk to your Family
Explain to your family and family friends that you are compiling a family history and you need their help. Here are some sites, which give you interview tips.
http://genealogy.about.com/od/oral_history/ – A collection of articles on interviewing relatives
http://www.genealogyforum.com/gfnews/october02/gentrek1002.htm – Outlines the process and some questions to ask
http://www.ehow.com/how_1278_research-family-history.html – A good overview of the process
http://www.genealogy.com/70_tipsoral.html – Good questions along with related links
http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html – Step by step guide to doing an oral history
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=66 – Tips for Oral History Interviewing
http://www.cyndislist.com/oral.htm – Oral History links at Cyndi’s List
http://www.ancestry.com – Sign in page
http://www.familysearch.org – Sign in page
http://www.fold3.com – Military past (USA) search engine
http://www.google.com – Search engine
Google Blog Search
http://scholar.google.com – Articles and case law
http://www.archive.org – The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
http://www.mocavo.com – Genealogy search page.
http://www.archives.gov –Search US National Archives
Rootsweb Search Thingy
http://sitesearch.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search – Search page
US Gen Web Archives
http://usgwarchives.org/index.htm – In June 1996, the USGenWeb Digital Library (USGenWeb Archives) was developed to present actual transcriptions of public domain records on the Internet.
World Gen Web
http://www.worldgenweb.org – The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.