August 2004, V3#8: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Don’t forget when searching the census that several “schedules” exist for different time periods.  If available, use them together.  For instance, if you find someone on a mortality schedule, you will probably be able to find them on the main census.  Mortality listings also point to other non-census places that may have information such as death records, obituaries and funeral home records.

June 2004, V3#6: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Have an “ancestor swap”.  Have a pre-determined time period that you and a fellow researcher (or group) works on your line while you work on theirs.  This can sometimes produce better results than just “picking their brain” for helpful suggestions on a problem you have.

April 2004, V3#4: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Have you checked out alternate Census options?  Don’t discount all census that were taken – in addition to state and federal options there are/were agricultural, etc. at different time periods.