I really enjoy researching. And it's fun finding new information and 'meeting' cousins from all over the world wide web. I admit though, I took a long extended break from genealogy, after an older program I have been using crashed, and I lost half the names on my list. I could not even look at the program without getting literary sick to my stomach. Then over the Thanksgiving weekend, I was given some new information and we visited a couple of cemeteries in the Cottonwood, Idaho area and I opened up the program and began to re-enter what was lost and enter new data.
I'm still working with Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - but the LDS Church is no longer supporting or updating this program, so I have been looking for new software or an online family tree program. I'm leaning towards Family Tree Maker. I like Ancestry, but can't afford the yearly subscription. I prefer to visit free database sites. I highly recommend Family Search. You can search birth, marriage, and death records from several different states, United States Census records, the Social Security Death Index, military records, etc. It has been a wealth of information. There is also record collections for Asia, Africa, Europe, Canada, and more. (Although, I have not had much time to explore these collections). I also like Find A Grave, another free program and it has been very helpful is verifying dates and birth and death locations of family members. Heritage Quest is another good source and can be found on many local library websites, most requires a library card to enter the site, but information can be found on these reference databases, including Federal census data and genealogy books and serials. If your family immigrated into the states and came through New York City, Ellis Island passenger records search is free. And of course, Family Search Centers are located around the world. Click on this link to find the center nearest you. Always free, except if you choice to make copies and then there is a small photocopy fee - but a very helpful and friendly staff.
To me, researching family history is like a mystery, and each new discovery or clue, unlocks the past. So, I am off to do some more exploring. . .