Dig Deeper at Local Libraries
You'll find that the libraries in the towns where your ancestors lived are one of the best places to conduct in-depth research. Here, you'll find town histories that may mention your relatives. You can also look through local newspapers that will have stories about births, deaths, social events and more. There may be school yearbooks or phone directories too. Many of these materials are not available online.
To make the most of your visit, have a list of things you need. Start with basics like births, marriages and deaths, but also look for addresses as well as school and business information. Before your visit, call the library to ask about whether you need an appointment and if they have limited hours for their local history room.