I enjoy doing genealogy research. My parents did research the "Old Fashion" way. For the better part of thirty years they traveled through a number of states gathering "first hand" or primary documentation of the people and time they lived in. Their task was a laborious, time consuming, and expensive. And they loved doing what they were doing.
I have spent the better part of two decades adding to their research, at times doing as they did, traveling and reading old documents either on microfilm or wearing white gloves to read documents written as far back as the early 1700's.
Computerization of records has been a blessing and a curse. Many old records are available on the Internet. State archives, court documents, census records and the like are easily searchable online. And then there are the numerous "family trees" posted by individuals where people can easily find the names of their "ancestors".
Remember, just because it is on the internet does not mean it is true.
I hope you enjoy your research as much as I have enjoyed mine - and as much as my parents who did it "the hard way" - at times proving and at times disproving the myths and legends as we journey into the real history of our ancestors.