By Barry J. Ewell
When I first started research the census, I eagerly went from census to census coping down the names of my ancestors. I kept a log of the pages where I found them. A few years later I had the opportunity to return to the same census for another search. I returned to the pages I had noted and I was able to see connections and clues that I didn’t see the first time I was there. I had more experience and more information. From that experience, I went back to all the censuses I had previously research to reexamine the data and answers and insights many questions I was researching.
- Using 1860-1900 migration patterns to find records
- Build a family profile
- Know the difference between primary and secondary information
- Look carefully who’s living next door