Companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe offer at-home testing kits that can trace your genetics back dozens of generations. These results can be a great starting point for conversations about family history.
Another way to research your family history is to use free sources for genealogical records (the study of families, family history, and the tracing lineages). Here is a site by the Government of Canada to get your resident started.
Check out the original idea here.