FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
1790-1840 Censuses only list the head of the household, but don't overlook using them. They are helpful to place a family in specific locations at specific times.
The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area called an enumeration district. The first census was done in 1790; there are no censuses before 1790.
Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If youâ€™re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.