The most important thing that you can do to get started with your family history and genealogy is to obtain/buy a computer program to store your genealogical information. It will benefit your research if you use a program that can manage your family history and genealogy data with ease.
Please take a look at the two programs below.Legacy Family Tree – 7.5 Standard Edition – Free http://legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp
RootsMagic – Essentials Edition – Free http://www.rootsmagic.com/Try/RootsMagic/
Here’s a link to an article for the “Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software“. Good information and explanation of several programs that are available.