Start with yourself. Document everything you know about yourself. Include your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Include occupations, where you have lived and all important events in your life. Then, and only then, start working backwards and with your living relatives.
The information in this source does not directly answer the research question, but helps to answer the question when combined with information from other sources.
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Digest everything that is recorded on the census, not just a name and a date.
STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.