USA : Finding Elusive Ancestors in Online Census Indexes

“I know they have to be there!” is a commonly heard complaint amongst those who can’t find their ancestors in US census record indexes. Census records should help genealogists expand their roots, not stunt their growth. Many times, researchers are correct in conclusions that ancestors should be found in certain locations, even when they can’t find them listed in indexes. Actually finding these lost souls requires unorthodox approaches to searching the census.

Never totally rely on census indexes

Over the years, many census indexes have been created. Statewide name indexes by Ronald Vern Jackson, Family Tree Maker, et al, and more recently nationwide name indexes found at,, and, promise to quicken the process of finding ancestors throughout the United States. However, when attempting to accomplish such mammoth aims, most fall short of creating the most accurate searchable indexes. Without local knowledge of families who lived in certain time periods and places, indexers will never sufficiently master the palaeography to be mistake-free. Since companies have produced many of these indexes independently, try checking multiple versions to find missed individuals.

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About Price Genealogy

Located one block from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Price & Associates is able to trace
most family histories back four or five generations without difficulty. With additional assistance from our research professionals across the globe, we have successfully traced genealogies back as many as thirty generations—to William the Conqueror, 1066 A.D. and beyond.

Price & Associates professional genealogy researchers have been helping people discover their heritage for more than thirty years. As one of the United States’ largest genealogical firms, we have assisted thousands of families to organize, chart, and verify their ancestral lines.Price & Associates uses the best software andgenealogy resources available, and even provides access to free databases and researching aids to everyone interested in their family history.

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