The Basics; start here.
There are several companies, products, and organizations that can be considered major players in the genealogical research world.
Where to start?
Start with yourself and work backwards
There is much to learn about genealogical research!!
You can learn by reading books, by consulting websites, and by sharing information with other researchers.
One easy way is to join a genealogy society. You can join a local genealogy society even if your family is not local. Societies will often have programs and speakers about techniques and resources that are valuable for many places, not just local. You can join a genealogy society in an area where your family lived if the society has newsletters or publications.
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.
Lessons and courses are offered for a fee by many associations and companies. Sometimes free material is included.
Indicates a site that is entirely or predominantly fee-based.
You can get some of what you need but not all.
Not everything is available online.
Not everything online is indexed.