Start with yourself. Document everything you know about yourself. Include your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Include occupations, where you have lived and all important events in your life. Then, and only then, start working backwards and with your living relatives.
Names for causes of death have changed over time. Try to match the old name with the current medical name.
The Social Security Death index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961.
An acre is a square measure of land containing 10 square chains, 160 square rods, or 43,560 square feet.
The National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C. has a genealogical course available for national accredation and sells both supplies and reprinted genealogies and other books.