Plenty of people these days are learning about their roots using the multitude of tools provided online.
Signing up for www.myheritage.com is free and it has all of the features expected from a site of this nature - with the optional paid for premium options.
Storage is free up to 100MB for users wanting to build a family tree and upload pictures to share with family and friends.
There is a genealogy search engine to aide with your research, or just have a look around other people's sites.
The interface is family friendly, and users young and old should have no problems getting to grips with it.