There are many valuable genealogical records available online but as we all know, not everything is online. It is important to get out from behind the computer and visit the many wonderful archives and libraries we have available to us as researchers.
I was working on research for a new client, looking particularly at the 1930 census in Cook County, IL. I had reached a point it was going to be a page by page search of an enumeration district if I could narrow it down. I found a listing for the family I wanted on FamilySearch.org but could not find them on the page and line in any of this particular area’s census sheets. FamilySearch did not give me an enumeration district, just a page and line. Assuming the family was where they had been in 1920 I started there. Discovered Ancestry is missing an entire enumeration district in one area.
What now you ask? I’ll do it old school and go look at the microfilm when I’m at the Illinois State Archives next week doing work.
So don’t forget about all the records available to you offline. You may find gold when you go looking!