One of the most satisfying aspects of Family History work is finding new family members through research efforts. Researching has become significantly easier with the help of multiple search services, "Record Hints", and such. So many different types of records are on-line now, such as Census Records, Military Draft Records, City Directories, Probates & Wills, birth, marriage, and death certificates, obituaries, and more.
Doing research is like putting a puzzle together. Try it with other family members. Feel free to explore the tips below. New information is added often, so please check back periodically.
US census records started listing the names of individuals in 1850, and by 1880 the relationships of the household as well. Every 10 years a new census was completed, that showed the composition of the family. New children will be added to the next census. Don't forget that new children would die between census decades and so their names wouldn't be noted on census records.
Looking at a census record for the first time that shows your ancestors, perhaps your grandmother as a young girl, is an exhilarating experience. Did you know that the census record even shows the street address and name of where they lived? Take some time and Google search on Google Maps for the house, and see what you find.
Let's say that I have an ancestor with 11 sources attached to my ancestor. It's interesting how many times I have just gone back to review each attached source, from top down, and found additional information to record from the source, and it is often other family members that have not yet been added to Family Tree.
The process of using the FamilySearch "Source Linker" can be a bit confusing at first. It is typical to not know how to use this tool and so some family members may have incomplete sources attached. We can show you how to use this great tool!
Another common problem we see, is that the person attaching the source record, doesn't even look at the actual document. They only look at the index of the document. Always look at the document image to see for yourself what is in it. Remember that dates or other information can be mis-indexed.
By actually looking at the document image, gleaning all the information from it, and correctly attaching the source, you will be amazed at how much more information will be available for them, including additional family members.