Now that federal census images are available online from multiple providers, it’s always a good idea to search each of them for your missing ancestors.

Some of the reasons why this is a good idea:

• Indexers may interpret handwritten names differently, leading to elusive family members

• Image quality may improve from another provider

• Some years of the decennial census may be completely indexed at one provider and not at another

Give the census from an alternative source a try – you may be pleasantly surprised.