Each census record collected different pieces of information. It is handy to have a copy of the Census Headings showing the labels for each column available. Click on the button below to view and download these headings.
Census records do not just contain the names and ages of the family members. There is information for the home address, occupations, where the parents were born, and much more. It's also important to not just focus on the one page, but on both preceding and following pages. Families and friends often moved together back in the earlier days. Below is an example of how important it is to fully evaluate a census source for information.
Census trackers are helpful to keep track of the names of family members, their ages, where they lived, and such from census year to census year.
Adding a census record to the whole family is actually pretty easily done with the FamilySearch SourceLinker. Attaching the same source to all the family members allows that source to be viewed on any of the family member's "Person Page".