Hi Erin,Check with a local genealogical society, see where researchers in your area go to look at microfilmed census records.You might have a good source near you.There are a dozen branches of the National Archives across the country, and each has a complete set of the census records for the public to use 1790-1930.Or, there may be a large public library near you with a good genealogical collection and at least a partial set of census films.
Check the GenWeb site for your own local county, see if they have any societies or libraries listed on their site.Check with your public library, they may know of genealogical society in your area.If the society offers classes, they can save a lot of time and wheel spinning.After going to some classes, you might want to talk to your great aunts again.Often beginners do not realize how helpful little tidbits can be further down the line in researching.Those aunts may not remember much, but if you just visit with them, let them reminisce, they may begin to reveal things that will help.Nicknames might not seem important right now, but jot them down.My own grandparents both used their nicknames on their marriage record.And, they were not common ones like Dick for Richard.I'd have quite a time trying to prove that record if I hadn't known their nicknames.I even know how they came about.Those stories help to flesh out our bare bones family trees, too. (^_^)
If you haven't used GenWeb sites, click on http://www.usgenweb.comhttp://www.usgenweb.com -- this will put you at the U.S. level.From there you can choose your state, then county within the state.The sites are manned by volunteers and vary in quantity and quality.Many are growing, and you can check back from time to time. Happy Hunting (^_^)