For my research to date I've been using a software programme called Family Historian.
This software is easy to use and has many interesting charting features. I'm now starting to use its query tool more but this is not very straightforward. It's been great to have a way of linking my source photos and documents to individuals.
There will be a new version coming out soon and I'm hoping that it has some improvements in the reporting and web section.
I've found the Family Historian User Group very useful when trying to pick up tips and ideas.