It could be a little game — how much information can I find for free! I went to the Pubic Library and found out that my library card will give access to the heritagequest databases which include all the US Census reports. Unfortunately, the local library is having a problem with the database so I renewed my LA card and accessed it through that account.
I already found out by searching ancestry.com that there was info available; just didn’t want to subscribe quite yet. A few more searches and I found two useful pieces –
1880 Census – Samuel Chamblin and wife Mercy with children Minny, Maud, Norman
1910 Census – Roy Paulen and wife Arline with child Lucile
The next thing will be to chase either vital statistics or try to get names, places for Chamblin/Winsor parents.
Also tweaked the database b/c the filenames weren’t meshing with other entry forms – they all need to share similar field data in order to search and extract the info effectively. Deleted dedicated address fields, then added city, state. This family moved around so much I think those fields will prove to be very useful. Organized letters 1910-1920 in chronological order, although I know there will be more as I keep working with the boxes.