Finding your ancestor in the census is a great way to extend the family tree, but what do you do when you just know he should be there, but he isn't turning up in your searches? When that happens, it's time to stop searching and start browsing old school style. Here's how to browse the census by location in both Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Note: Even though the examples I show are from the U.S. federal census, the same technique can be applied to other censuses collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch (as long as they have the images).
Press the play button and follow along with this short video.
I do find it kind of ironic that back when we only had microfilm, we cried when there wasn't a printed index. Now we cry when the index doesn't give us the results we're looking for. Sometimes you just have to skip the index altogether.
Did you like this tip? You might be interested in the "5 Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know," a free guide I put together to help you beat the index and make more discoveries.