When you first start researching your own family history you might be able to keep track of it in your mind. This is fairly easy at first, but ancestors and facts are soon gathered in and before long you'll find that you need to plan and organize yourself better. If you don't, you could end up scrabbling through bags and boxes of notes looking for that vital scrap of paper that contains that crucial missing fact you remember finding. Information overload is soon achieved and this is where a properly organized recording system is such a boon, and it's much easier to set in place at the outset of your research. Whether you follow the paper or computer route, or a combination of both, getting yourself properly organized is an essential part of successful family history research. It is time well spent and something you will come to appreciate greatly as your research advances.