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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy )

"Genealogy is the study and tracing of family lineages and history. Genealogical research is a complex process that uses historical records to establish biological, genetic, or familial kinship. Reliable conclusions are based on the quality of sources, ideally original records, the information within those sources, ideally primary or firsthand information, and the evidence that can be drawn, directly or indirectly, from that information. In many instances, genealogists must skillfully assemble indirect or circumstantial evidence to build a case for identity and kinship. All evidence and conclusions, together with the documentation that supports them, is then assembled to create a cohesive “genealogy” or “family history.  Genealogists begin their research by collecting family documents and stories. This creates a foundation for documentary research, which involves examining and evaluating historical records for evidence about ancestors and other relatives, their kinship ties, and the events that occurred in their lives. As a rule, genealogists begin with the present and work backward in time." 

Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies

The Continental Army by Robert K Wright Jr.

Dekalb County Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society

Historical Society of Delaware

Ellis Island Foundation Inc

The Macon-Bib Georgia County Public Libraries

The Thomasville Genealogical, History & Fine Arts Library

Idaho State Historical Society

Illinois Genealogical & Historical Societies

LaHarpe Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society

Moultrie County, Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society, Illinois

Indiana Historical Society

Elkhart County Indiana Historical Museum

Kansas State Historical Society

Kentucky Genealogy & Historical Societies

Minnesota Historical Society

Tishomingo County, Mississippi, Archives & History Museum

The State Historical Society of Missouri

Missouri Digital Heritage - Secretary of State Ron Carnahan

The USGenWeb Project - Land of the Free...Genealogy

Nebraska State Historical Society

Texas Genealogical History

Virginia Historical Society

West Virginia State Archives

Wisconsin Historical Society

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

General Land Office Records U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management

USA People Search - Genealogists & Family Historians

Research Tips

Be sure to evaluate the source of your information. Remember, you can't believe everything you read!  

Most everyone has two family names: your father's, but also your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your paternal family tree.
You need to realize the way your family currently spells your name may not be the same way your ancestors spelled the name.  It would not be unusual for them to have spelled their name more than one way in the same document.
When possible, you need to confirm your information with official documents: census documents, birth records, land records, family Bible records, etc.