To begin recording your family history, I suggest use either a spiral note book or a three ring binder. It is important to keep things simple at the beginning of your research. Now that you are ready to begin your family tree, start with yourself. The following is an outline that I started with.
1. your full name, birth date, birth place.
2. your father's full name, birth date, birth place
3. your mother's full name using her maiden name only
her birth date, birth place.
4. your grandfather on your father's side full name, birth date,
5. your grand mother on your father's side, her full name with
just her maiden name, birth date, birth place.
Continue on with the ancestors on both sides of your family. When you get to the point where there are deaths of family members then you add those dates to the appropriate person.
This is the basic starting place for tracing your family surname. One thing to keep in mind is that when you go back a couple of generations the spellling of your family surnames may be spelled differently. The may be due to the fact that the family member who gave the family information to the census takers were illiterate.