Census records can provide the building blocks of your research, allowing you to both confirm information, and to learn more.
Usually, you can begin searching census data if you know your relative's first and last name as well as the state they resided in at the time of the census.
Here are a few ways you can begin to research your ancestors:
Now is a great time to be researching history! Every day, more and more content that was previously accessible only in special collections and archives is now being scanned, digitized, and posted on the web.
Search for primary source documents both online and in the library catalog.