Hi everyone, thank you for reading and contributing to this thread.
One of the best sites out there to really give your searches some meat is the U.S. Census found here: http://www.archives.gov/research/census
As you may well know, they track and record the population by name in every household in America.
This can be significant in that many times we may not know exactly where a lost relative might live. By searching the national database, we can many times determine just that.
Again, thank you for your contributions.