If you're curious about your ancestors, the Internet has made it much easier to learn more about your roots.
RootsWeb is a directory of free genealogical tools, including step-by-step research guides, surname resources and more than 20,000 mailing lists. The USGenWeb Project hosts sites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, where you will find a wealth of records and history.
GenealogySpot.com is a collection of the best research sites, including passenger lists, the Social Security Death Index and cemetery lists. If you're a novice, read the Getting Started article.