Step 1. Choose a method of organizing the information.
For me this was easy. I was given The Family Tree Maker software.
Step 2. Write what you know.
In the first sitting, I recorded just the basics and had 32 people, 2 States and 2 Countries.
Step 3. Search the Census ( I used the online resources of my local library)
By the end of these searches over the course of a month, I have a total of 105 people, 4 States and 2 Countries.
Step 4. What now?
My next step is to find other records related to my family besides their page in the census. I have a few days planned in Mississippi in June and will visit the archives while I am there. I will be looking for marriage and death certificates. In the meantime, I will continue to pester my relatives for information.