My mother Lucille Dickinson Ainsworth has compiled several books on our family genealogy and on Franklin Parish, Louisiana history. Her books are in the New York Public Library, Mormon Library, and most of the other big libraries that house genealogy collections. The unstinting work she has put in over several decades is unbelievable.
Often, other people ask her how she did it. In fact, she's thinking of starting a Genealogy Club to help others. She did it the hard way, before there were computer data bases set up. I know she'll be interested in family tree maker as a tool to perhaps shortcut some of the arduous research work in genealogy.
The database at FindFamilyTree.org contains a vast number of records needed by those searching for their roots. They've got documents from historical passenger lists to census records and everything in between and they try to make your search quick, easy, and as inexpensive as possible.
Oh, by the way, my mom's memoirs Memory Lane: My Sentimental Journey about life from the Roaring Twenties to the New Millennium should be available for purchase next month. Just in time for Christmas gift giving. More later on this.
The Internet has made many research tasks easier to accomplish, and genealogy is one of those.