Thanks Ekinoderminator. I started researching again today. I plan to start roaming through the woods on my property, as well as going out around what luckily is a very large park across from my home that has 3 different forest types, sand hill, oak canopy, and hardwood. I won't eat anything at all, until I get to a point of being very comfortable and right now, I think my first candidate will be to find either grifola frondosa aka "maitake" or another in our area laetiporus sulphureus aka "chicken of the woods".
From what I understand those two types are relatively easy to identify and don't have any real look alikes that are dangerous, so long as you understand that they DO NOT have gills.
For other mushrooms I might find, I think I will still do my best to identify them, as I know the only true way to safely harvest and ingest mushrooms that have dangerous look alikes, is to know very well both the desired and the deadly and to know the differences between them. Thanks again for inspiring me to get back into this, I love mushrooms and they have good health benefits if you don't eat one that ends up with you being "kilt".