Custom CDs from Heritage Quest may help you fill in the blanks of your 1870 Census research.
Efforts to put census records on the Web have been the buzz of the genealogy world lately, but those databases aren't the only way to tap the federal census from your computer. Census schedules have also been popping up on CDs — and now HeritageQuest <www.heritagequest.com
> has come up with a unique way of packaging them. You can order a customized CD-ROM with the nationwide listing of every head of household bearing your surname (and all Soundex variations, to cover spelling variations) for the 1870 census.
The searchable CD contains the head of household's name, age, sex, race, birthplace, locality, county, microfilm series, roll and page number. The data is organized in tables, and you can construct searches using any combination of the database fields.
This surname-specific CD won't list neighbors or relatives with different surnames — whose records often help you track down your own ancestors. But it does give you a good chance of finding ancestors whose names were misspelled or those who, because of changing boundaries, lived in a different locale than you previously searched. You can also find relatives you didn't even know existed.