T.G., welcome to our forum. You will probably be checking in here more than you realize, we have a wealth of knowledge here that you can glean. Ask your questions, there will be many, and you will get great answers.
You have that edge already, having helped your Father keep bees. That is wonderful. Good luck with your packages and nucs, you were captive under the spell of the honeybee as a young man, you know that, hee, hee. Have that beautiful and most wonderful day, Cindi