Genealogy/Ancestry Search?

I know almost nothing about my ancestry and would like to conduct a search. When I try to find information online, I am invariably directed to pay sites. I don't think I should have to pay for my history, first of all, and second; I'm not sure what sites I can trust to give me accurate information. Is... show more I know almost nothing about my ancestry and would like to conduct a search. When I try to find information online, I am invariably directed to pay sites. I don't think I should have to pay for my history, first of all, and second; I'm not sure what sites I can trust to give me accurate information. Is there anyone who could tell me how to get started on this family tree?
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