But today, something a little different... a nicely organized and sort of lovely visual aid to effective genealogical research.
Mark Tucker, who runs a nice site over at ThinkGenealogy.com has put together a visual chart that lays out the research process to use as you try to discover family relations in the past, and just as importantly, as you document your discoveries and insure that you have credible information.
Visit ThinkGenealogy.com for the full-sized version of the chart
The chart itself, the Genealogy Research Process is based on concepts laid out by professional genealogical certification programs. At 9+ MB, it's a sizable download, so be prepared. But this is a PDF worth having, and maybe even printing out and sticking up on the wall.
Visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.
And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com. These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.