Decide what information you want to find first. You may want to find a missing piece of information about one of your grandparents, for example. You will also want to verify the information that you have already written down -sometimes the information you were told by a relative may be incorrect.
If you can't find a record for a person, say the person's name aloud and write down the various ways the name could have been written and search using these variant spelling(s). Census, and often other offical records, were filled out by an official, not by your family member. The recorder may have misspelled the family member's name.
Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.