When you start, simply make a detailed note of the facts as you know them. There is no necessity to purchase software at this stage.
Visit click here and enter the details you know. These details will appear in the form of a family tree and will have the added advantage that other contributors will see the names of your relatives but will not be able to view your tree without your permission.
Subscribe to click here and you will have access to BMD's, Census reports etc. Google: genealogy, family tree, family records, BMD etc and follow your nose. I'm back to the mid 1750's doing the above.
Happy hunting and let us know how you get on.