Being new to genealogy is not a cardinal sin Sarah, we all had to learn to crawl before we could walk. Census records are available from many sources. These referring to your Dierks family I found as follows. 1870 Christian Dieres is on Ancestry.com, a paid subscription site. The 1880 Christian Dierks came from www.familysearch.org , a free site. And the 1900 for Herman & Kate Vooren came from a subscription service, Heritagequestonline.com. If you would like to view any or all of these, (sent as attachments) e-mail me direct. Tips or suggestions on genealogical research I could talk to you all day about. Be glad to help you with any specific questions you may have tho. Dick P.S. As you can see from the surname variations, do not always expect your names to be correct. Too many possibilities for errors in both enumerating and indexing.