1) Read the Camcorders Forum Sticky. There is a lot of helpful information there.
2) Do some general research on camcorders in general. Read about the different formats and see which one suits your needs best. Once you know what type you are looking for, head on over to www.camcorderinfo.com to look through some of their reviews.
3) Search the forum to see what others have suggested.
Come back with a short list of possible camcorders and we can narrow it down from there.
I'm looking to purchase my first camcorder. I'm not looking to spend alot, frankly as little as possible and I have no idea on what to look for. My main purpose will be recording at night and it will probably be for some length of time. I'm not going to be doing anything fancy, just simply recording for myself. No editing or uploading or anything will be involved.