Hi, Will. Boy, do you fit right in here with us! Pull up a chair and read/post and share.
What do you think would be the more important thing to achieve first?
Do you have family or friends who could help you at times?
Do NOT throw out the photos! I'd give anything to have photos like that in my own family, since I am working on a family ancestry tree. Do you have children or younger relatives (nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc.)? There is a good chance that one or more would be thrilled to eventually get the pictures and/or help you work with them.
If not, there are historical societies and researchers who would be interested.
The pictures can be your "fun" time you can work on at your leisure. Label the pictures with whatever information you can: date, names, place, relationships, event, etc.