You've decided you want to do some research but you don't have a lot of time to do heavy reseraching. Check out the children's non-fiction books. You may find a book on the topic you are looking for: fashions of the period; military events; presidents or other rulers where they lived; food and customs and more.
I have been doing research on a great grandfather who fought in the civil war. I discovered that he fought in almost all of the major battles. Children's library had a book on the battles of the civil war. It was just enough information to help me understand what was going on, without going into so much depth about this company moving here and that company moving there against the enemies right flank or front line, etc... That is a lot harder to keep track of that I didn't need. Children's non-fiction books can give you just the right amount of information.
Sometimes you will also find pictures or illustrations in children's non-fiction that may be harder to find otherwise. You can use these if you are putting a notebook together or a scrapbook for your personal use. If you publish, however, you need to be aware of copyrights and use them accordingly.
Maybe you do have a famous ancestor, like Thomas A Edison, for example. Look for a children's book or books on him. Or any topic you are interested. You might be surprised what you'll learn beyond just dates and places from children's non-fiction books.