I'm finally getting around to creating a website for a domain name I've owned for a long time. This will be a personal site with family history, old (like 19th century old) photographs, Civil War letters, family stories, and more.
This is the first site I've developed from scratch in a dozen years. It will definitely be 100% HTML5/CSS3. However, I have a couple of questions about font and typography. Back in the dark ages you had to choose fonts based on what a majority of people might have had installed on their computer. With "webfonts" that's no longer the case. Is there a couple of fonts you use that you really like? I'm looking for one font for major headers (possibly a "vintage-style"?) and another, easy-to-read font for the body content. Perhaps with another for a site "logo" since I have this idea about using the domain name as the logo. Going to Google's webfonts display confused me more than helped me .
Informationally, I'm considering gray and dark-gray-going-on-black background colors with an off-white or "linen" font color. My thinking is that the photos will display better against the background colors and the font color won't be so bright against them as to be annoying. I'm open to suggestions there as well...
I'm seriously artistically and design challenged, so any help will be greatly appreciated!