At this point you should be familiar with the two basic forms genealogists
and family historians use.
There are more than
forty genealogy software programs currently available, and trying to select the
"right one" can be a bit overwhelming. However, I
recommend just three simply because they're easy to use. In addition,
they're also very popular so you stand a good chance of finding someone who is
also using the same program and can, perhaps, help you.
Family Tree Maker
The links will help you make an informed decision as to which program you
choose to use.
There is another program, one that is free. It's the
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints. A lot of people find it difficult to use. I "grew
up" with it and still use it.
If you would like to see
others, here is a
link to many of them.
Scams ... BEWARE!
For the Beginner