By Barry J. Ewell
Write down as many facts as you know about the family. Spell the family name as it appears. Think of as many name variations as you can. Know the state and county that you are searching in. Keep in mind that you may need to check neighboring counties. I have research some families that have lived on state lines and found family both states. If you are going to go to a library to search microfilm, call the library ahead of time to find out what they have available.
- When questions arise in the census
- First and middle names
- Use the census to calculate the birth year of your ancestor
- Be careful with age in the census