How to Get Started Building Your Family Tree
“Getting Started in Genealogy ” put out by the North Carolina State Library is meant for those researching in NC, but has basic advice helpful for anyone just getting started exploring family history resources.
Your friendly local reference librarian. (Sorry, I don’t have a link.) If you’re truly just beginning, they are the best ones to point you to their getting started resources, both online and in print.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Centers. Use Google to find the one closest to you.
Looking for Photos of Ancestors
If you share the same ancestors, most researchers are willing to share what photos they have. One of the best way to find others that are researching the same family lines is through Genforum (free), where you can post queries by surname or county. Ancestry.com, though a subscription service, also makes it easy to find people sharing the same family tree.
Tips on Archiving, Protecting, and Converting Family History Records
New York Times’ Ask an Expert relates tips from Bertram Lyons of the Library of Congress in Washington: Tips on Archiving Family History, Part 1