Both of my parents were from Aurora, Missouri. They married very young and divorced when I was six in 1944. Because of circumstances, I never knew any of my father's relatives and my knowledge of them is sketchy. My father's name was Fredrick Franklin Windes. His dad's name was Elzie Windes. His mother's name was Brooksie. I think her maiden name was Hoe. Elzie Windes was married previously and had children by that marriage. My father's siblings were named Martha, John, Lola, and Delcia. I think one of the older children from the first marriage of Elzie was named Nolan. All of the siblings are deceased. I've always wondered what nationality the name Windes derived from.
I have never done a genealogy search and do not know the first thing about how to start. Any information or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.