I will let you know that there are several forms you can use that will make your research go much smoother. Especially when you start looking back at what you did, and trying to make sense of it all. Because, if you're like me, you probably make these little chicken scratch notes, and then try to put them together. There is simply going to be way too much information to keep all of those notes straight and sensical.
My favorite place to find forms that help has been on the BYU site, which can be found here. This is a wonderful site to get you started. Lots of free forms, and instruction and videos. Even a free genealogy study.
An example of a very good research log.
I still have forms that I downloaded from Ancestry.com in 2001, and those I use most of the time. If they still have the forms, I wasn't able to locate them. However don't overlook their video series to assist you in locating information!
And let's not forget FamilySearch.org . It's one of the oldest, and most comprehensive sites out there for research. It was there before the others even thought about it! They also have a lot of very good information to help you get started!
And finally, don't count entirely on the world wide web to locate the information you are seeking. Most of the records you search for have yet to be digitized. That means hoofing it to libraries, court houses, churches, cemeteries, and more to locate the best of the records yet.
The main thing is to simply get out there and get started! Start finding that family history you've been wanting to find! If not you, then who?