I have been searching my family history for a few years now. My father's side of the family was challenging since the only thing I knew to start was his parents' names. Since, I have learned that my father's family was born, lived or died in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.
I had help starting my mother's side of the family from my cousin who is also here on find-a-grave. My mother's family lived in many states including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Minnesota and foreign locales such as England, the Channel Islands, Scotland, Germany, France and Turkey.