I'm a novice and one reluctant to immerse too quickly without checking out total costs. I understand the local library could be a good source, especially if they have a Library Subscription to those online sites I might use at home, but at my costs. Well, I just learned my local public library closes at 5:00 p.m. on a regular basis, so it is hardly worth my closer examination of its inner workings. How about online subscriptions that I must pay for? Is Ancestry.com worth my purchase on a one-time, monthly- or annual basis? If so, why? If not, why not? Your greater experience in these matters will be worth its gold, so to speak.