Make it a goal to find all of your ancestors’ family (parents and siblings and their families) in every census taken their during lifetime. In my own genealogy research, I have found it to be critical to find and search for every member of my ancestor’s family. I will start with the earliest censuses when I see the family unit in the census and then move forward. I research not only my ancestor in the family unit but each of the parents and siblings. As the siblings leave home and start their families, I will follow and record their lives as they appear in each census. This type of research is often referred to as a researching your collateral lines. I will conduct this type of research for each generation. I will at least research one generation forward and one generation back for each family unit.
- Census closest to death can yield many records
- Search every census taken during a person’s life
- Study the ages of all family members in each census
- Return to the census when you have more experience