- This is a good form to get you started - http://www.hamersleyfamily.com/5generationpedigreechart.pdf
- Create a folder for each of your grandparents - you should have 4, and if you are working on your husbands line too, you now have 8 folders, and 8 surnames, right off the bat. Create a 9th folder and place the above chart in it for now. I use all "center" folders for these, it helps with my organization later. All direct line ancestors go in "center" tab files.
- Print at least 4 copies of this form. Fill one out for each set of grandparents, as much or as little as you know. Once they are filled in, make a copy of each, each form has two surnames, the wife's and the husbands... so place the form in both folders, the original in Surname1, the Copy in Surname2.
Step four - go to http://genforum.genealogy.com/ and see if there is a forum for your surnames. Use the search feature to search for names you know - like your grandparents. Then try by location - if you know where your grandparents grew up, or where your family is from, type that in.