Some people have mentioned to me that they have been unable to find ancestors in censuses using the name indexes. If you are one of those people, I would recommend, but only if you have an address for your ancestor, to check on the Stephen Morse website at http://www.stephenmorse.org/ to see if he has an ED/AD finder tool for the particular census (federal or New York State) you are interested in. I admit that sometimes it can be time consuming to search for someone using the address method, but don’t let that discourage you. For me, the challenge of finding someone in the census this way always feels much more rewarding than had I found my ancestor using the name indexes.
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