At some point in their lives many people develop an interest in their ancestors. A lucky few will have access to existing information compiled by a relative, but the format of the information may be largely paper documents. Given the state of computing technology, communications technologies (e.g., the web), and genetic technology, modern genealogical efforts can be much more productive and rewarding than at any time before. This presentation will serve as a basic introduction to useful techniques and tools. It is not intended to be all-encompassing, but will help those with an interest to get started on their own genealogical research. A familiarity with use of the internet and home computers will help make this course meaningful.