Genealogy is the study and tracing of ones lines of ancestry or decent. Simple put researching what makes up you and your family. Learning about your parents, grandparents and so on backwards.
While doing this sometimes requires travel, thanks to computers, internet and webpages we have to travel a lot less. Many documents are now at your finger tips or by the click of a mouse. There are free and paid options to do your research online. Some sites offer more records than others. Usually the paid sites have access to more records, as well as have the ability to digitize more records. There are good free sites as well.
There are also people who will help you do the research for a fee. They often do all the work for you and then present you with the findings. That is something I do. But I also like to have the individual involved so that they can learn and share in the experience.
So what is keeping you from researching your family history?? How can I help you get you started?