Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology!
Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
Use family gatherings to collect stories or to interview the senior family members. Make audio or, even better, video recordings if possible.
The 1850 census was the first census to give the name, sex, color, age, occupation and birthplace of each free member of the household.
Use holidays and family gatherings to relate stories to the next generations. Christmas and Thanksgiving are great holidays for this to happen.