Thankeee Kindly, lots of good support people on this forum.
I would take advantage of that time off and visit a FHC, learn about using the FamilySearch site.One can do it on their own, but there are some handy hints others can give you on getting better results from its use.
Another of my favorites are the GenWeb sites:
That will take you to the U.S. level, from there you select a state and then select a county.The sites are manned by volunteers so they do vary in the amount of information and records they get on their sites.I recommend you click and look, become familiar with what is on the site, go back, because most are growing.
Some state levels are good, too. TN and TX are among those.On the TX state site, click on Texas Research Helps, it will give you "links" to such as the state library, state archives, TX Confederate pensions etc etc.
All states have an "unknown" county site, also.If your ancestor came from a state, but you do not know which county, then post on the unknown county site. It worked for me in KY.A lady recognized my family and took me back another generation.
I don't understand the difference, but there are "archived" sites for counties.Most will have a search feature.Goal for the sites is to get all cemeteries online, someday.Once you learn how to maneuver you'll find ways to go directly to the archived sites, for now here is the site for all states.