Did you realize that there are TWO "online genealogical encyclopedias?" Called WIKIs, there is one at www.familysearch.org and one found on www.ancestry.com . So what are Wikis? They are websites where information and answers to most all your genealogy questions are posted and not just posted but also maintained and corrected and updated by experts and users. Think of them as online tutorials. They do not just teach about and explain Ancestry or FamilySearch.
I suggest that this holiday week you sneak some time for yourself and go Wiki exploring. It will be fun and you will be most thankful for the learning opportunities.
Welcome to the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki
A great place to learn more about family history
A service from Ancestry.com