If you want to make your family tree, you will not get very far for free. Your first step should be quite obvious - get as far as living memory will allow you - which involves speaking to your parents, your aunts, uncles and grandparents and finding out as much about your immediate family and names and dates as you can. See where the different members of your family agree on names, dates and places, and see where they disagree. Someone might have the old tin of photos your granddad kept with his WW2 ration card or other old letters and pieces of paper, or better yet, an old family bible. Sooner or later of course, living memory will fail you - probably before you even get as far back as 1901 and could make the best use of what online resources are free, because quite simply, you will at some point need to buy a birth, marriage or death certificate simply in order to get back another generation. Just because you happen across a tree online, doesn't make it true. Whose to say that the original researcher was doing his research right in the first place. It is very easy to go down completely the wrong tracks in this game, and nothing should be taken for granted as fact unless you have the records in your hand that say it is so. My tree goes back to the 1500s on one line. If anyone asks me to prove it, I can hand over all the birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial and census records that say it is so, plus several wills and other documents. These things don't come free. You will have to pay at some point. If you don't happen across a fellow cousin or great aunt doing your tree by then and up online at Genes Reunited, then your tree will come to a juddering halt very very quickly. A family tree can take years to compile. It can also cost a small fortune. Don't enter into the hobby lightly. And if anyone says you can do it for free, then they are lying or else riding on the coat-tails of someone elses research and have never tried doing any of the work for themselves. The words "free" and "genealogy" are two words that should just never go together in the same sentence. Ever.