If you are just getting started [in family history work], complete a pedigree chart and family group record for yourself. On the pedigree chart, list your name first, then your parents' names and so on. If you are married, complete two family group records - one showing you as husband or wife, and the other showing you as a child.
After you have completed these forms for yourself and your immediate family, begin gathering information about the ancestors who are easiest to identify. Generally, this does not require skill in genealogical research. The most important thing you need is the desire to provide the saving ordinances of the gospel to those in the spirit world waiting to receive them.- A Member's Guide to Temple and
Family History Work, p.4