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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
'''Census Records''' State census records may include the following information:
*The names of all household members
*Ages
When you have located your ancestor’s state census record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
===I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===
*Use the information found on the state census to locate the family in federal censuses. *Use the information found on the state census to search for the family in land and probate records. *Use the information found on the state census to search for the family in additional state and county records.
===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names. *Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records. *Search the indexes and records of nearby counties. *Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
== Citing This Collection ==
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
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